So you've been involved in a collision. Whether you struck another vehicle or a stationary object is irrelevant at this point: the fact is your vehicle is damaged. What's more, even though it may still be operable, it needs to be repaired back to its original condition. Neglecting repairs might seem convenient at the moment, but can lead to bigger problems down the road. It can be tempting to just "roll with it" and ignore the damage to your vehicle. This temptation can be particularly strong when it appears that the damage is only superficial and does not affect the utility of your vehicle. However, this is a dangerous game to play. Here is more information.
What only appears to be cosmetic may be structural
First, it is not uncommon for the damage to a vehicle to appear to be merely cosmetic. Thus, you may take a look and think that the fender is only dented but the vehicle is in great operating condition. While this may sometimes be the case, many times it is not.
Even damage that appears to be minor can mask a hidden and significant issue with your vehicle. When a vehicle is involved in a collision, the shock of the impact can travel throughout the entire vehicle. Thus, you may have an evident dent in the front fender—and a hidden crack in the frame. To ignore the issue can lead to disaster, as the hidden damage can worsen over time until it leads to a serious and sometimes dangerous condition.
Serious damage may not be evident to an untrained eye
Complicating matters further is the fact that sometimes your vehicle can sustain serious damage, and that damage may not even be apparent to a layperson. It takes the trained eye of a professional to properly inspect the vehicle and diagnose any hidden damage—damage that has the potential of developing into something more dangerous and expensive.
We are here to help!
We at VMS Auto Collision Center want to see you back on the road as quickly as possible. At the same time, we care about your safety. We are here to help you during this time. So, if you have been involved in a collision, please don't hesitate to call us or drop by for a visit. We'll get you rolling again in no time!