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Common Damage Areas on Vehicles After a Collision

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Common Damage Areas on Vehicles After a Collision

Whether you’ve just been in an accident or bought a used car with some damage, car body repairs are a part of vehicle ownership. When car accidents or minor scrapes happen, there are several body parts which usually absorb the brunt of the incident. At Pfaff Autoworks, we make it our mission to provide our clients with high quality collision repair. With our state-of-the-art equipment and machinery combined with our highly knowledgeable technicians, you can drive your car away looking like new! In this article, we will be talking about some of the common damage areas on vehicles in a collision.

The Front Bumper

It makes a lot of sense the front bumper tops the list. Most accidents involve at least one traveling forward and the front bumper is the first thing to receive the impact. Collisions are not the only cause of bumper damage, though. Inattentive driving can result in scraping the sides of a bumper, leaving ugly marks many owners would rather be without.

The Fender

Although sometimes confused, bumpers and fenders are different and easy to tell apart. Bumpers are on the front and rear of the car and are designed to protect it from impacts. Fenders are, essentially, the frame of the wheel well. Their main purpose is to catch “road spray” and prevent tires from throwing dirt and debris at other vehicles and pedestrians. Just like bumpers, though, fenders often absorb a lot of the force of any impact. Side collisions, in particular, tend to damage fenders.

The Rear Bumper

Nobody likes being rear-ended, but rear bumpers sure get damaged a lot. Whether it’s from backing into a post, dumpster or another vehicle or from a minor crash, rear bumpers get cracked, dented and destroyed fairly often. What many people consider the bumper is actually just a plastic cover for the functional part of the bumper. There is a thick foam pad underneath the plastic cover. This layer of foam is actually what protects you in an accident. If you have been in a crash or bought a car with a cracked bumper, you should get the bumper checked.

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The Hood

Hood damage happens for all kinds of reasons. While car accidents are the obvious cause of crumpled hoods, hail and other falling objects can put serious dents in a car’s hood. Instead of writing off these imperfections as cosmetic, owners should be careful lest the hood not latch closed properly.

The Trunk Lid

If you are ever involved in an accident severe enough to pop your trunk open, be sure to get the latch inspected. As with hoods, an insecure trunk can open while you are driving. Spending a small amount now on a replacement truck deck and latch will save you a lot of trouble down the road.

Front and Rear Doors

Side impacts are the main cause for door damage. Modern car doors are designed to protect passengers inside a vehicle in the event of a collision. There is a surprising amount of engineering and safety built into every car door. For this reason, you should always replace damaged car doors. Safety systems, like the anti-intrusion bar, are located inside the car door, where you cannot see them. If they are not in perfect condition, they will not be able to protect you in an accident.

If you have recently been involved in a car collision, and you are in need of collision repair for any of these body parts, then Pfaff Autoworks is the pace for you. Let our professional team repair your damaged vehicle back to its original condition. Click here to find our contact information or to fill out our contact form.