Was your car damaged recently in a minor collision? It may have only suffered cosmetic damage, but you can’t be sure. A cracked windshield, dented bumper or buckled hood may seem like no big deal, but here’s why you shouldn’t delay repair work on these types of problems.
The force of a collision could send shockwaves through the windshield, causing it to crack, even if nothing actually hit the glass. Even small cracks can spread quickly with the jolt of driving over uneven roads or potholes. Cracks obstruct your view and could reflect light into your eyes when the sun is at just the right angle.
Moreover, a cracked windshield is not structurally sound, putting you at risk of greater injury or being ejected from the car if you get into a rollover accident. Optimize safety by replacing your cracked windshield as soon as possible.
The purpose of a car bumper is to absorb the energy of a crash and prevent greater damage to other parts of the vehicle. A bumper weakened by a prior collision can’t withstand the force of another impact as effectively.
Plus, if the bumper came loose in the accident, it could fall off while you’re driving, which could be very dangerous. It may only seem cosmetic, but replacing a dented or loose bumper is important for roadway safety.
Rear-end collisions often cause the hood to crumple. Even if a quick assessment of the engine reveals that everything is still in working order, you shouldn’t leave this repair undone for long.
A buckled hood may be difficult or impossible to open, so you can’t check on fluid levels and engine components. Worse still, air can blow under a buckled hood and pop it open while you’re driving, obstructing your view and increasing the likelihood of getting in another accident. Timely hood repair eliminates this risk.
Damage from a minor collision may only seem cosmetic at first glance, but it’s possible there could be more going on than you realize. Leaking brake fluid could prevent you from stopping the car. Leaking antifreeze could cause the engine to overheat. And driving with a punctured gas tank could cause serious engine damage, leading to a more expensive repair.
Look under your car after getting into an accident. If you see any fluids dripping onto the road, call a tow truck and take the car to a collision repair shop immediately.
B&L Automotive Repairs in Chicago has nearly 30 years of experience repairing mechanical and body damage resulting from car accidents. Our staff is continually trained and educated on the state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment we use to get vehicles back up and running quickly and affordably. No matter the make and model of your car, we can meet your needs. Contact us today at (773) 463-1622 for more information or to schedule a service for your vehicle.