Common Types of Hidden Collision Damage

Collision repair experts most often work with vehicle owners not long after they’ve been in a car accident. But a surprising number of people avoid taking their cars to auto body shops after a crash because the damage seems to be minor, or only cosmetic in nature. This can be a costly mistake. It’s all too easy for a car to have serious damage that you can’t see. Only a skilled technician can spot the hidden collision damage.

Restricted Cooler Hose

A malfunctioning transmission is one of the most costly repairs that car owners dread. Your transmission may be working fine after the crash, but if you don’t take your vehicle to an auto body shop, you may have an undiagnosed cooler hose problem. The force of the impact can damage this hose, such as by pinching it and restricting the flow of essential fluids. If the cooler hose can’t cool down the transmission, the transmission will eventually fail.

Wheel Misalignment

Collision specialists routinely check wheel alignment after a crash. Since driving over a pothole can cause wheel misalignment, it only makes sense that the impact of a car accident will too. If your wheels aren’t aligned properly, your tires will wear out unevenly , and you’ll have to replace them sooner. Since you might not notice this until months after the crash, your insurance company probably won’t pay for it. Additionally, checking the wheel alignment may reveal other problems that require fixing, such as damage to the suspension system.

Diagnostic Codes

Car repair technicians have the necessary equipment to check a car’s diagnostic codes. After a crash, you may have pending codes, even if your check engine light isn’t on. In many cases, a technician can even determine if the code occurred before or after the accident, making it easier for you to get your insurance company to pay for the damage.

The highly trained technicians at Michael J’s Body Shop will go over every inch of your car to make sure it’s returned to you in its pre-accident condition. We even offer extended business hours, including Saturdays, for your convenience. Call us at (408) 279-2070 right away if you need bumper repair services in San Jose.

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