Let us assume you are driving in the night, and you have a long road ahead of you. Destination: home after a long day at work, out on the field, or traveling back from a business trip/seminar. All you can think of is getting there sooner and running a long and hot bath. To stay awake, you’re blasting your favorite radio in the speakers. A song you hate comes up, and you look down to change the station for a brief moment when all of a sudden you feel a serious nudge and you hear a loud sound. You’ve just hit the car in front of you! Now what? There are a series of issues that could arise from such an event. We are now going to consider the less severe scenario in which no one was hurt, but there are some small car matters that need to be taken care of.
Common Post-Collision Problems
Light car crashes that usually come in the form of small rear-end bumping incidents usually lead to issues that might not be immediately visible. As a responsible driver, you are going to need to make sure that everything is in order with your vehicle before you get in back on the road again. Here are a few issues you will need to keep an eye on:
#1: You cannot start the car. This is usually caused by an inertial switch that has been damaged and tripped during the impact. When this occurs, it means that there is no fuel pumping, which will, of course, prevent you from using your car properly.
If you are driving a car that features such an inertia switch, you should have it checked after a collision. Look for an inertia switch in the owner’s manual if you are not sure if your car has such a switch or not. Press the indicated button in the manual and you should be able to start the car normally.
#2: The headlights are damaged. Small car crashes usually result in damaged headlights or taillights. Light break at impact, lens get broken and wires are disconnected wiring. The good news is that you should be able to easily reattach a loose wire and help the lighting system resume its activity without too much effort. You can buy a repair kit for car headlights lens and do a little DIY work.
#3: The battery is dead. Collisions usually impact car batteries too, causing them to die. Given the fact that batteries are known to considerably shorten their life-cycle after a crash, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your regular car mechanic and look into the matter. You may need to have the battery fixed or changed, and you should let a pro handle it.
#4: You cannot open or close the door/s to your car. This is another common problem drivers deal with after a collision. Damage done to a car can prevent drivers from using the doors properly. A local car locksmith in the area can help you quickly restore the function in a broken car door with zero hassle. In case of lock damage, a trained lock technician will quickly replace or fix any broken parts that can still be salvaged, saving you money and future headaches. Make sure you also check the ignition switch and/or the lock on your trunk, depending on the type of collision your vehicle has been through. Do not jeopardize the integrity and safety of your car and of the passengers in it by failing to inspect the locks before getting behind the wheel again.
#5: Your car has been cosmetically damaged. More often than not, a vehicle involved in a car crash will show signs of cosmetic damage. The type of repairs that are needed to make the vehicle look good again is decided by the type of damage the car has been subjected to. Get in touch with us for any cosmetic repair and painting jobs you may need done on your car as a result of a collision. See if there are any other problems you would like us to fix. Keep in mind cars can get easily thrown out of alignment during minor collisions, or you may experience issues with steering the vehicle the right way. Don’t let anything prevent you from safely getting back on the road again!