Everyone wants to be safe on the roads. Accidents do happen and you should be prepared for them. A number of different types of car accident can cause front-end damage on one or more vehicles. These include head-on collisions and rear-end accidents, as well as single-vehicle collisions and t-bone crashes.
You should choose a collision shop that you can trust for repairs.
What should you do next? What do you need to do?
In Minnesota, it is a legal requirement to stop your vehicle and return to the accident scene if you come into contact with a person, another car, or an object.
You must do your part to ensure that everyone involved is okay. Check for injuries, damage and exchanging information. You should also take steps to protect yourself in the event that the other driver lies to the police or to their insurance company.
What to do if you’re involved in an accident
- Check for any injuries and get to safety.
- Take photos of the damage and scene.
- If necessary, call the police to file a complaint.
- Exchange information with witnesses and parties involved.
- Ask any questions about filing a claim by calling your auto insurance company (preferably from the scene).
- Seek medical attention, if necessary.
- Choose a collision repair shop that has experience with front-end damage.
How to evaluate front-end damage
It’s important to look closely at your car after exchanging information with witnesses and other drivers. This will help you to gather as much information as you can.
Here are some steps you can follow to evaluate front-end damages:
- Inspect the front bumper and the fender. These areas are most likely to be damaged if there is a collision. If you can, measure any cracks and dents.
- Check for cracks on your headlights. Many drivers drive with cracked headlights, thinking that it is not a problem. Working headlights are vital for safe driving, and even small cracks can have a serious impact on your visibility and cause future accidents.
- Check underneath the hood. Most car engines and transmissions can be found in the front, so you should check for smoke or obvious leaks.
- Check your windshield. Even small cracks can become a problem. Early detection of small cracks in the glass is key to avoiding larger ones that can affect your visibility and cost more to repair.
Remember that not all car damage will be visible. Hidden damage may lead to dangerous risks and affect the functionality of your vehicle. It’s always a good idea to have your car inspected by a professional.
Estimated Repair Costs and Problems with Front-End Collision
The most common front-end collision damage types are listed below, along with the estimated repair cost. Learn more about the repair timelines.
According to the angle at which the collision occurred, the frame of your vehicle could have been dented, scratched or chipped. Frame damage, if left unattended to, can lead more serious problems like rust or weather-related damages.
The bumper is the first part to contact in front-end collisions. This is why bumpers are often damaged. This type of collision can cause damage to your bumper in many ways. From minor scratches and cracks to dents and dings to complete separation from the vehicle.
Suspension & Alignment
In frontal collisions, suspension parts can be damaged. They can also lead to alignment problems, which can make driving your car difficult. The type of damage will determine the repair.
Engine and Transmission Damage
Front-end collisions can cause damage to the engine and transmission, which are located at the front of your vehicle. Front-end collisions can cause engine damage, radiator damage and oil or transmission fluid leaks.
The cost of replacing a transmission is dependent on several factors. The engine repair of your car can be a complex process.
Your car’s hood is designed to lift up in case of a collision. It can be damaged, but it is important to fix hood damage as soon as you can. Damage under the hood may cause serious issues for your engine or other components.
Wheels & Hubs
Your wheels may bend in a collision. This can lead to serious road problems and affect your ability drive safely. These collisions can also cause brake problems.
The cost of repairing damaged wheels and hubs varies depending on their severity (small scratches, punctures or bent wheels), and how many wheels are affected.
Modern vehicles have complex electrical systems that can be damaged in almost any collision. It’s also difficult to estimate costs without a diagnosis because there are a lot of electrical components which can be damaged and need to be changed.
It is not always functional damage that affects your vehicle, but it can be an eye sore. Over time, superficial cracks, dents and scratches may also become worse, leading to more expensive and lengthy repairs.
Even seemingly insignificant damage to the headlights can be dangerous after a collision.
The severity of the impact will determine the extent of windshield damage. The damage could range from a cracked windshield to a completely shattered one. Even small damage will likely grow over time and require a new windshield.
Have you sustained front-end damage after a collision? Bill’s Auto Body
A car accident is a frightening experience. We can help if your car has been damaged by a frontal collision. Bill’s Auto Body’s team has the knowledge and tools to restore and repair your vehicle.
We will get the job done quickly and efficiently. We provide first-rate repair and service processes, and always offer transparent cost estimates.
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