Three Signs That One Part Of Your Car's Body Will Need To Be Completely Replaced After A Collision

Posted on: 15 July 2015

When you take your car into an auto body shop after a collision, stressing about what the final price will be is normal. While some collision damage can be taken care of at a surprisingly low cost, other cases are more difficult. When you're in the process of bringing your damaged car into an auto body shop, use these three tips to get a reasonable idea whether you'll have to pay for a complete replacement of one part of the body.

The Two Ends Of The Body Part Are Both Facing The Sky

If one edge of the body part is still straight and where it's supposed to be while the other edge has only bent upwards or downwards a little bit, there's a good chance that the part can be straightened out quickly without full replacement. On the other hand, if both ends of the part are bent at such a sharp angle that they're facing upwards at the sky, the distortions are probably too extreme to repair without taking out the part and replacing it.

This is especially true if the body part is something particularly large like the hood of your car. In this case, ignoring the severity of the damage and trying to repair the part without replacing it would only put the fragile engine parts underneath the hood at risk.

Paint Peeling Has Occurred All Over The Part

When a body part gets hit by something, paint peeling commonly occurs in areas closest to the impact. When damage is severe enough to require replacement, paint peeling often occurs throughout almost the entirety of the part.

So if you didn't have a problem with paint peeling before the accident and you now see peeling throughout almost all areas of a particular body part, prepare to spend a significant amount of money on part replacement. Even if every single square inch of the part's exterior isn't affected, it's enough if no side or quarter of the part is completely free of the phenomenon.

A Detached Section Of The Body Part Has Moved To Cover A Big Portion Of The Vehicle

Sometimes, glancing blows from a car can cause body parts on the side of a vehicle to stretch and partially cover another part. In this case, the part that's moved from its original position is probably so warped that there's no way to mend it back into its original shape without severely weakening it. Your automobile collision repair shop will likely want to replace the part in this case.