Part of being a vehicle owner is making sure you’re prepared for the possibility that you’ll need collision repair at some point. Whether your vehicle sustains weather-related damage or you’re involved in a fender bender, it’s important to have a plan. To help you get started, here are a few of the most common collision repairs you might face.
Damage from rear-end collisions is extremely common. With almost 6 million accidents happening on U.S. roads annually, it’s no surprise that rear-ending is one of the most common. Some of the parts typically affected by a rear-end collision include the rear bumper, taillights, trunk, and fender. While this type of collision typically doesn’t result in much mechanical damage, the cosmetic repairs can be extensive.
Front-end damage to your vehicle will most commonly affect the bumper, grills, headlights, and hood. If you’re lucky, front-end damage may be fairly minor. In the case of cracked headlights or minor dents in your bumper, the repairs aren’t too extensive. Something you may also need to be prepared for is mechanical damage to your engine or other internal components, though. Since so much of a vehicle’s mechanical function is at the front end, it’s likely that more expensive repairs may be necessary.
Dents are an incredibly common occurrence that most body shops can help you repair in no time at all. In most cases, dents will be the result of weather-related damage. Hail, falling branches, and other environmental debris can leave dents in the top and sides of your car. In severe cases, you may need to invest in dent repair and auto paint replacement. For minor dents, it’s possible to preserve your vehicle’s original paint.
Cracks in your vehicle’s windshield are another common occurrence. Whether a stray pebble hit your windshield or another type of debris caused the crack, it’s important to invest in repairs for this issue as soon as possible. Minor cracks will likely be sealed up without having to replace your entire windshield. Larger cracks or cracks that web out across your windshield can impair your vision while driving and the integrity of your windshield. In these cases, you’ll likely need to invest in windshield replacement.
No matter how responsible you are as a vehicle owner, it’s key to prepare for the possibility of collision or weather-related damage. Once you understand some of the most common causes of vehicle damage, it’s possible to create a good plan for collision repairs. If you have questions about vehicle repair or you need your car looked at, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.