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After an accident, you might think that you can easily just repair the damage yourself, especially if it's something simple like a dented fender. However, there are accidents that result in significant damage to the vehicle that you want to leave to a mechanic. A benefit of getting a professional to do the work is that you can usually file the cost of the repair on your insurance claim so that you can be reimbursed.
If you are in a collision that involves the front of the vehicle, then there is a good chance that you're going to have some kind of damage to the radiator and fan of the car. You'll usually see coolant on the ground and even a dent in the radiator. This means that you can't drive the car because the proper parts won't keep the vehicle cool. The coolant won't circulate through the car. Sometimes, when the front of the car is hit hard enough, the radiator is pushed back into other components of the vehicle, such as the motor.
If the tires are flattened and the wheels are bent, then the car likely suffered a significant impact. It's best to leave this repair to a professional who has the tools needed to straighten the wheels out and to properly align the car once again. When an impact is hard enough to bend the wheels, it sometimes means that you could have injuries. Consult with a car accident attorney to talk about compensation for your injuries and repairs of the vehicle.
You want to make sure your bumper and fenders line up with the rest of the car after an accident. Most of the time, it only takes replacing these parts, but you want a mechanic to do it the proper way so that everything stays in place and blends together. At times, the new fender and bumper need to be painted to match the rest of the car.
When the air bags release, you'll probably need a mechanic to either install a new one or just remove the one that is there. This requires precision, especially if a new one is installed. Check with your state requirements as some might not require that an airbag is replaced after an accident. Any kind of car accident could result in damage to the car that you can't fix on your own. Instead of trying to use a few tools that you have to fix the vehicle, take it to a mechanic for the work to be completed. You'll be able to get proof of the damage and the costs associated to turn in with your claim as well.