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Though common, nothing changes how shocking these small accidents can be. Make sure you can get the police report for an insurance claim. Mesenbourg & Sarratori Law Offices recommend taking photos of the damage to your car, and getting statements from witnesses if there were any. You never know how a fender bender might affect you later on. When it comes to getting repairs, insurance can mitigate the cost if the damage is extensive and often you’ll probably need the following fixes.
Depending on the impact, shattered bits of your car’s headlamp may be scattered across the asphalt. Fixing a broken headlight or taillight is, fortunately pretty simple and quick. You can even get the new light online or in store and follow your car’s manual for installing it yourself.
Fender and/or Bumper Repair
Fenders and bumpers usually have padding to reduce the consequences of an impact, but we’ve all seen the fender benders that simply demolish these regions of a vehicle. Plus, there are plastic clips that sometimes hook the fender or bumper to the quarter panel of the car. You might not notice that a panel is dislocated without closer inspection. There may also be dents and dings exposing metal that will need repainting. These fixes are pretty common for most auto shops and you can probably get help with payments from your insurance company.
Alignment and Suspension System Repairs
This issue can be less obvious, especially when driving your vehicle back home from the incident. Alignment and suspension issues gradually get worse and more expensive as time moves on. These problems lead to your vehicle pulling to one side of the road, vibrating, tire-balance issues, and could have a negative effect on the smoothness of the vehicle’s ride. Be sure to have the frame and undercarriage of the vehicle examined to ascertain the extent of the damage.
The wiring running through the vehicle’s body is delicate, kind of like the human nervous system. You know how it feels to hit the funny bone in your elbow, and the same thing happens to your car with wiring. Even slight damage to the outer shell can cause shorts in the wires. The computer system may even need reprogramming. Jolts and impacts can even damage battery connectors, which affect the anti-theft systems, electrical windows, locks, and a variety of other operational systems. Because these shorts are troublesome to locate and fix, the expected bill will be probably be more expensive.
Though these are the most common accidents, fender benders usually result in other cosmetic damages, like paint transfer and scratches. Minor collisions are bound to happen on today’s roads so stay aware, avoid distracted driving, and be prepared for anything. If you do get into a fender bender, remember to have your vehicle carefully inspected to prevent future trouble.