Signs Collision Damage is Worse Than You Think

Car with significant front-end damage.

There are telling signs that may indicate the damage is worse than you think.

If you have been in a collision, be it smacking into a post, tree, building, or another vehicle, the damage to your car or truck might be apparent, or not. Either way, you should know how bad the damage is in order to decide whether or not to get it fixed. If the damage goes unaddressed, it could very well lead to future accidents and headaches down the road.

When you get into a minor collision and the damage isn’t that visible, it begs the question of whether or not you should find the best auto body shop in the area right away or evaluate the damage yourself and move on with the rest of your day. Here are some signs to help you decide if you should take your car to a pro:

1. Steering Pulls to the Side

When you are driving in a straight line, you should be able to let go of the steering wheel and your car should keep going straight without pulling to one side or the other. If it pulls to one side, it could indicate the collision has damaged a tie rod, control arm, or another steering component of your vehicle. It might simply be that your alignment is poor – but it could also mean your car has more serious damage and professional help is needed.

2. There is a Leak

With the onset of winter, there are also new potholes in the roads — which will get larger every time they are hit. Small ones can be harmless, but the big ones can cause serious problems for drivers. Coupling that with freezing, thawing, and heavy snowfall, it’s obvious the roads are not as smooth as they could be. So when you hit a pothole or run over large objects or road debris, you should check underneath your car to see if there is fluid leaking. If so, you need to have it repaired.

3. Unfamiliar Noises

If you have been driving your car for a while, you are familiar with all the thumps, squeaks, and growls it makes. So after a minor collision, you should listen carefully to your vehicle to see if there are any strange noises that you have never heard before — such as clunking, scraping, or dinging sounds. A strange new noise could mean something is wrong and you need to repair your car right away.

4. Slow Turning

There is a complex network of parts behind your steering wheel to help to direct the vehicle. The steering knuckle is one of the most important parts, and if that is damaged, you will have difficulty turning. Usually, it only affects turning of one direction and not the other. If your steering is not working properly, it is best to get your car fixed before you get into a more serious accident.

M3 Collision Group is a collision repair shop in New Jersey that specializes in accident repair for all makes and models. Get in touch today to see how we can help.

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