If you get into a minor accident you may think it is safe to drive away and live with the damage on your vehicle. In fact, many people are driving cars that have been in an accident and have not had proper collision repair. While this saves money, there are many reasons to have collision repair done on your vehicle post-crash. Here are a few of those reasons.
- Misalignment: While body panels of the car may be misaligned, the wheels might be messed up as well. Having a wheel being misaligned by a few degrees can ruin the tread of the tire and even make the vehicle unsafe in handling, braking, and accelerating.
- Resale Value: A crashed car that has had collision repairs may be worth less than if it were never crashed, but the value lost when a car still has damage is large. A car with a huge dent or gash in it is worth very little in cash value, and you should consider repairing the car soon after the accident to maintain the value of the car.
- Frame Damage: Most cars are a unibody design, which means a small crash on the body can lead to the car having reduced structural integrity. This can lead to the car not driving properly or being especially unsafe during an accident.
- Damaged Components: A small fender bender may seem like something you can live with, but the radiator may disagree. A small hit can seriously damage the drivetrain components of your car which in turn can damage itself more if you continue to drive it.
For the sake of your own safety and the safety of your car’s life, make sure to go to a collision repair shop after any accident. While the accident may seem minor and something you can live with it is better to be safe rather than sorry.