Accidents or collisions can happen even to the most experienced drivers. Depending on the force and point of impact, the damage can be very small or so extensive that car won’t be suitable for use anymore. Crash repairs should be done by specialists to bring the car back to the proper condition. If you don’t intend to have your car repaired at a certified service centre, it’s always wise to get some opinions about the garage that will take care of your car.
Body repairs are carried our on special frames to straighten the car and bring it back to the original dimensions. Straightening is done without heating the components, so the car doesn’t lose the anti-corrosion protection.
If the repair of certain parts is impossible (e.g. wings, bumper, lamps), they need to be replaced by new (original or aftermarket) or used parts. These parts are then attached or welded to the body. The last step of body repairs is spraying the car, preferably in a dust-free painting cabin.
After an accident, it often turns out that not only the body was impacted but also the mechanical parts were damaged. If the front panel was damaged, probably the radiator is damaged too. Radiators can be repaired or replaced. The same applies to other mechanical parts. After carefully examining the car, the repairer should know what needs to be repaired and what needs to be replaced. But not all the damages are visible at the first sight.
Even if you are not a mechanic or a car specialist, sometimes you can notice some symptoms that indicate some defects of certain parts or systems, for example:
- a yellow-green, light blue or orange leakage can indicate a leak in the radiator,
- dark brown or black stains under the car may be related to the oil leakage.
Sometimes it’s the unusual sounds that may indicate that something is wrong. For example:
- a whining noise at higher speeds may be related to problems with power steering, fan or air conditioning,
- a chinking noise at higher speeds may be related to a loose fan blade.
Even when the car is repaired, it’s wise to keep your eyes and ears open, observe how the engine works, etc. Sometimes some defects may be unnoticed by the mechanic and one faulty element may cause the damage to other components.