How to Tell if Your Car Has Hidden Damage After a Collision

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According to the CDC, car crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States for those ages 1-54. This frightening statistic shows the impact that can come from a car collision and how frequently those collisions occur. Many times crash damage can extend beyond what is visible.

Hidden signs of car frame damage can be tricky to detect, but knowing how to spot it can protect you and your car from further problems down the road—no pun intended.

Alignment Issues

One telltale sign that car frame damage has occurred is uneven tire wear or alignment issues. The following can occur in this instance:

  • Your car is pulling to one side
  • You hear strange noises when you turn
  • Your tires are wearing down unevenly

So be wary when these issues appear—frame damage may be the culprit.

The Trunk, Doors, or Hood Won’t Open/Close

When you’re trying your hardest to close or open that car door, the problem may be much worse than a stubborn car door. This can happen if car frame damage has occurred, meaning that the car door is no longer flush with the car body as it’s been bent out of shape.

Leaking Transmission Fluid

When damage is severe, car fluids may be leaking from car bodywork. Pro tip: if you notice fluid that is red or brown in color, it’s likely to be transmission fluid. So as soon as you notice that damage has occurred, take it to a car repair shop as soon as possible.

The Drive Isn’t As Smooth

Your drive should feel smooth and responsive. Are you noticing car instability, car shakes, car wheel wobbles, and the car pulls when driving—all signs of hidden car frame damage, and none are fun.

The Check Engine Light is On

One of the signs of car frame damage is when the engine light comes on. The car’s frame is tightly connected to the car’s engine and even a small collision can cause damage to the engine. Even if the damage is at the rear of the vehicle. This happens because many cars have transmission components in the back half of the car. 

So, if someone hits your car from behind it can damage your transmission or even push the exhaust components forward, affecting their efficiency.

If you notice the engine light coming on, get it checked out!

Hidden Damage? No Problem with Valley Collision

Hidden damage can be a real hassle to deal with. But when you take your car into Valley Collision, you can rest assured knowing you’re in the trusted hands of professionals. From car frame straightening to car body repair, Valley Collision is here for you.

So if signs of car frame damage have occurred after a collision—don’t wait! Get your car checked and repaired today. Your car and safety are worth it. Don’t let frame damage ruin your day! Bring your car in for an inspection and we’ll get you safely back behind the wheel.

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