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Not everything is clear after an auto accident. When you get your vehicle home, you might think that it’s safe to drive and that there’s nothing wrong. However, in reality there might actually be structural damage that needs to be repaired. Some states won’t permit you to resell a car that has this kind of damage, which is why you need to examine any car that you’re interested in purchasing from a car dealer. Here are a few signs of structural damage to look for if you think that there is something significantly wrong with your vehicle.
If you’re involved in a car accident that damages the front end of the vehicle, then you’ll usually see more in the way of structural damage once you are done repairing other parts. Common issues with the front end of the car include the radiator, fan, and motor. When you’ve repaired these parts, you might notice that the vehicle pulls to one side while you’re driving or there are odd noises coming from the vehicle when you turn. These are signs that there is damage to the frame and that need to be examined and repaired before they begin to wear on other parts of the vehicle. Many accidents that involve front-end damage can result in significant injuries to the body. As well as structural damage there could be various legalities to handle as well, depending on the crash and who was involved. A car accident attorney could be a great resource to help you with legal questions.
Sometimes, you might not be able to feel anything different when you’re driving if there is structural damage. Pay attention to how the doors line up when they are closed. You also want to pay attention to how the trunk and hood close. If any of these areas don’t meet up in a straight line or have a bulge where there shouldn’t be any kind of bulge present, then there is likely some kind of damage to the frame or other parts of the overall structure of the vehicle. The misalignment that is present will usually get worse as time goes on, so it’s important to get these issues repaired quickly so that your doors, hood, and trunk latch properly.
An area of the car that you might not think about regarding the structure is the windshield or the rear window. The other windows are also considered part of the structure of the car as well. Signs seen from the windows include not rolling up or down properly or cracks that are seen. You can also detect structural damage by looking at the windows and seeing if there are gaps between the glass and the frame.
There may issues with your vehicle that can impact the way that it operates that you might not notice right after an accident. Some issues with the structure are clearly present while others rely on a thorough examination by a mechanic. Most structural issues need to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent damage to other areas of the car.