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What Do Collision Repair Technicians Look For When Assessing Collision Damage?

What Do Collision Repair Technicians Look For When Assessing Collision Damage?

When your vehicle is involved in a collision, you want to get it repaired as quickly as possible, but you also want to be sure the car is as safe as possible. When you take your car to a NJ collision repair technician, one of the things they should do is inspect the car for a wide range of problems. A highly-trained collision technician will not simply address the cosmetic damage or the issues that can be seen with the naked eye. There are many other factors they must consider when they determine what repairs are needed.

Door Panel Damage

Door panel damage may initially seem minor and you may believe the damage is only to the exterior of the car. A collision involving the door panel can cause significant damage, however. A collision repair technician will inspect the damage to determine if an entirely new panel is necessary. They check for misalignment or unevenness in the door gaps, and if any exists, the entire door panel should be replaced. If there is no misalignment, it is possible the panel can be repaired rather than replaced.

Damage to Fenders or Bumpers

Fender and bumper damage are the most common after a collision which is why they are designed to absorb a significant amount of impact. The fender and bumper are often made of lightweight material, so a collision repair technician will look for cracks or scratches which can usually be fixed easily. If the damage is severe, the fender or bumper will need to be replaced.

Cracked or Chipped Windshields

Your windshield is part of the roof support in your car. Even if the collision caused a minor crack or chip, it could lessen the integrity of your roof. If you are involved in another collision, the roof of your car could collapse. If a chip has broken through both layers of glass in your windshield, you will need to have it replaced. In addition, it is possible that an accident could cause tiny cracks that are not clearly visible. A collision repair technician will recognize those cracks and replace your windshield, keeping you and your passengers safe.

Collision repair technicians should be able to recognize all types of vehicle damage, even damage that is not easily seen. If you have been involved in a collision, schedule an appointment with Elmer’s Auto Body today by calling or by filling out the form online.

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