The Hidden Impact: Understanding the Unseen Damages After a Collision

February 16, 2024
Understanding the Unseen Damages After a Collision

When we think of a car accident, the first thing that comes to mind is typically the visible damage done to our vehicles. Dents, scratches, and broken windows are often the most obvious signs of a collision. However, many people don’t realize that not all damages are immediately apparent after an accident.

Even if your car looks like it has sustained minimal damage, it’s important to have a thorough inspection done by a professional at your local collision repair shop. Let’s explore why this is necessary and what unseen damage could lurk beneath the surface.

Why a Thorough Inspection is Crucial

After an accident, your car may seem like it’s functioning normally and that there are no issues. However, there could be underlying damages that could lead to serious problems down the road if left undetected. This is why a thorough inspection by a trained professional is crucial.

During an inspection, the technician will carefully assess the entire vehicle and identify any damages that may not be visible to the untrained eye. They have specialized equipment and knowledge to detect even the most minor damages, ensuring your car is safe and roadworthy.

Common Unseen Damages

So, what types of damages could be hidden after a collision? Here are some of the most common unseen damages that may occur:

Frame Damage: Even a minor accident can cause damage to the frame of your car. This is not always visible, but it can significantly affect the structural integrity of your vehicle and compromise its ability to protect you in another collision.

Alignment Issues: A collision can knock your wheels out of alignment, which can cause uneven tire wear and affect the overall handling and performance of your car.

Electrical Issues: Modern cars are equipped with complex electrical systems, and a collision can cause damage that affects these systems. This could result in issues such as dead batteries or malfunctioning sensors.

Suspension Damage: The suspension of your car is crucial for a smooth and safe ride. However, it can be easily damaged in a collision, leading to issues with stability and control while driving.

Signs Your Car Has Unseen Damages

While a thorough inspection is necessary after a collision, some signs could indicate your car has hidden damages. These include:

Strange noises coming from the engine

Noises such as squealing when you turn, roaring when you accelerate, or engine noise/difficulty starting the vehicle. These could indicate problems with the suspension, alignment, or various other components that may have been damaged in the accident.

Uneven tire wear

After an accident, the impact may have caused your wheels to become misaligned. Driving with an alignment can cause the tires to wear unevenly, resulting in poor performance and the need to replace the tires sooner.

Difficulty steering or controlling the vehicle

After a collision, the vehicle frame can become misaligned, leading to a range of steering issues. A bad alignment not only makes the car more difficult and unsafe to operate, but it can also cause damage to other parts of your vehicle.

If your car has been in an accident, you may experience:

  • Unsteady steering
  • Shaking when in gear
  • Steering favors one direction
  • Noise is present when steering the vehicle

Leaking Fluids

If you have an all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive vehicle, your car has transmission parts near the rear-end, so if you are hit in the rear of the car, it can knock these components out of place or cause damage to them.

If you see translucent, dark red fluid leaking from your vehicle, it is usually transmission fluid. If this leaking begins after the collision, that is a likely sign that you have transmission damage.

Leaking fluids such as oil or coolant may mean there is damage to your engine or other essential systems such as the radiator or cooling system.

Doors, Trunk, or Hood Won’t Open or Close Properly

If your vehicle is involved in a rear-end collision, it could cause damage to the trunk or hood, and they may not close properly. Damage to doors can also affect their ability to open and close smoothly. In many cases, if doors or other parts of the vehicle won’t open or shut properly, this is due to the frame of the vehicle being out of line, which messes up the alignment of the latches.

Don’t Neglect Your Safety

Some people may try to save money by skipping a thorough inspection after an accident. However, this decision could put their safety at risk. Unseen damages could compromise your car’s safety features, making it less effective in protecting you and your passengers in case of another accident. Other risks of skipping an inspection after a collision include:

Undetected damage can lead to costly and serious repairs in the future.
Decreased value of your car if you decide to sell it later on.
Difficulties with insurance claims if hidden damages are discovered later on.

In the end, taking the time and effort to have a professional inspection done at your local collision repair shop is worth it for your safety and the longevity of your vehicle.

Why Work With Freedom Collision Center?

At Freedom Collision Center, we understand the importance of a thorough inspection after an accident. Our team of trained professionals has extensive experience in identifying and repairing all types of damages, whether they are visible or not.

We use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that your car is thoroughly inspected and all necessary repairs are completed to the highest standards. We also work closely with insurance companies to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for our customers.

Don’t neglect your safety and the well-being of your vehicle after a collision. Visit us at Freedom Collision Center for a thorough inspection and any necessary repairs. Our mission is to get you back on the road safely and with peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more!



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696 Fairmont Rd.
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