Some hidden problems caused by rear-end collisions
Have you ever had your car rear-ended while stopped at an intersection, or know someone who has? If so, take heart in the fact you’re not alone. Most are not serious, and the resulting damage to the rear-ended vehicle is usually superficial, like a broken tail light or cracked bumper. But unfortunately, even minor rear-end fender benders can cause more serious, underlying problems to your car that may not show up for a while, ones that could place your safety, and that of your passengers, in jeopardy. At Pfaff Autoworks, we are much more than a certified collision center responsible for repairing our customer’s high-end vehicles. There are some hidden problems that can arise after you have been in a rear-end collision. If you think you have escaped the situation without major issues, there’s a chance that you just can’t see it. In this blog, we look at some hidden problems that can be caused in a rear-end collision.
After a rear-end collision, you may not have any distinctly visible damage, but after a while, you could begin to notice your trunk is malfunctioning. Some trunk-related glitches can include:
Trunk pops open unexpectedly:
You could be driving briskly down the highway one day and the trunk lid flies open, obstructing your rearview mirror’s field-of-vision.
Trunk won’t stay locked:
This isn’t good when your car’s left unattended for several hours in a strange area where there might be potential thieves around.
Rear-end collisions can compromise the trunk lid’s seal, allowing potentially-harmful moisture to enter the compartment.
Trunk won’t open properly:
It’s no fun if you’re standing in the pouring rain and can’t get the trunk to open with your key fob or the trunk release inside the vehicle.
Your wheels can become misaligned when you get in a rear-end collision. This issue can be hard to spot with the naked eye, but you can feel it when you’re driving. When your wheels are out-of-alignment, you will notice the following:
The steering wheel can feel wobbly:
Could interfere with your ability to swerve, if needed.
Your car can track unevenly down the road:
This makes driving down winding roads trickier. You may feel the vehicle pulling to one side of the road.
Your car’s bumpers are plastic that’s been painted to match the rest of your vehicle. When the bumper gets dented or cracked during an accident, that means the impact’s force may have reached the frame beneath. Even minor accidents can slightly bend your frame. Unaddressed frame damage can lead to future safety problems like:
Warning system sensor errors:
Bent frames can cause cameras and sensors that make up your onboard driver warning and safety systems to be out of alignment, including your airbags.
Reduced frame strength:
In the event of a subsequent, high-impact collision, a previously-weakened frame could give way and not protect you as it was designed to.
If you have been in a rear-end collision that has left your vehicle with only minor visible damage, don’t take it lightly. You could have various non-visible issues occurring with your vehicle that you could begin to notice immediately or slowly over time. For high-end collision repairs at a certified collision center, choose Pfaff Autoworks today. Click here to find our contact information at Pfaff Autoworks.