It doesn’t matter how much experience you have behind the wheel; fender benders can happen to anyone. Rear-end damage and collisions are so unbelievably common that it’s almost a foregone conclusion. Most of the time, it’s a “no harm, no foul” type of accident and both parties drive off.
There are some instances in which your car might not have any visible damage, except for a slight dent on the bumper. However, it’s possible that the interior has suffered from the impact. And because the damage is hidden, you may not be aware of its significance. It’s essential that you have the car inspected by an auto repair professional for the following hidden damages.
Damage to the Alignment and Frame
Unfortunately, bumpers are not as well equipped to handle shock as we’re led to believe. Misalignment is common after rear-end damage. You may notice the car is harder to steer, pulling to one side, or vibrating abnormally. Depending on the severity of the impact, the car’s frame may have been damaged too. Continuing to drive a car that’s out of alignment will lead to a range of other issues such as tire damage.
Rear-end Damage can Affect the Electrical System
Your car is wired similarly to the human circulatory system. Sometimes an injury occurs in one place and the symptom occurs somewhere else. The most common feature damaged by a rear-end impact is taillights. Meanwhile, if the electrical wiring has been significantly altered, there could be damage to electric elements such as the ventilation system or the air conditioning.
Damage to the Trunk
Unless there’s substantial evidence of damage, you might overlook the trunk. Minor collisions can result in hidden damage to the seal and alignment of the trunk, which could lead to further malfunction and damage. You may have trouble opening the trunk, or it might not open at all. If the seal has been damaged, water could flood the compartment the next time it rains, or when you run the vehicle through the car wash. Regardless of your own estimation of the damage caused by a rear-end collision, it’s best to have it looked at by a pro.
Here at Collision Centerz, we have worked with many customers who have been involved in a rear end collision. We want to make the process as stress-free as possible for you and will work with your insurance company. It is our goal to have all of our customers driving cars that are inspected and safe after experiencing an accident. Contact us today!