Fender-Bender? Don’t Assume Your Car’s Okay

Accidents happen.

What seems like a minor fender-bender can do more damage to your vehicle than you realize.

If you’re involved in what seems like a “little” crash, keep your eyes and ears open for unseen issues that may be signs that your vehicle was more damaged than you thought.

These are the symptoms you should be on the lookout for.

Diminished battery life
The impact of your accident may have shaken the battery to the point that sediment caused the lead plates in the cell to short.

Blinking check engine light
Due to the way a vehicle’s computer system works, it may take several days for the system to reset, meaning you won’t be alerted to a problem right away.

If your light begins flashing a couple days after you’ve had an accident, get your car to the mechanic as soon as you can.

A leak
Sometimes a fender-bender will cause tiny cracks that begin to slowly seep power steering fluid, oil, or another fluid that go unnoticed for a few days.

The same could happen with a radiator hose or any number of components under your hood.

Pay attention to any spots where your car has been parked for a few hours or overnight and see if there’s any evidence of leaks that weren’t there before your accident.

Alignment that’s off
A low-impact hit to your bumper usually won’t have an adverse effect on your car’s alignment, but anything even a bit more serious than that might.

You’ll want to get this issue checked out right away because a bad alignment can cause a whole host of issues, including uneven and premature wear on your tires.

Don’t put it off
It’s important that you handle any of these problems that come up right away so that you don’t do further damage to your vehicle or unknowingly put yourself in an unsafe situation.

At the Park Auto Group, our skilled auto technicians can take a look at your car and diagnose any issues that you have going on.

If your accident puts your car totally out of commission, we can help you find a replacement that’s just what you’re looking for!
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