Why Should Vehicle Owners Visit Car Repair Facilities to Ensure that Their Car is Roadworthy After a Minor Collision?

Many car owners simply detest the thought of leaving their car in an auto body shop for any reason. In many cases, the expenses of maintaining a car can act as a major deterrent. In others, the inconvenience of not having a vehicle to use on a daily basis can be the stuff of nightmares. This is especially so if you use your vehicle extensively each day.

People who use their cars frequently will often view a minor collision as an inconvenience. They will observe the scrape or scratch marks on the panels of their vehicle. They might even perform a cursory examination of their vehicle to see the extent of the damage. But, in many cases, these individuals will convince themselves that they do not need to visit the local body shop. This is especially so because barring a few scratches or dents, they might not have come across any significant damage.

However, it is worth highlighting that even a minor collision could cause significant damage to a car. In many collisions, the damage might not always be apparent or easy to see. For instance, not many car owners will bother to check components underneath the car to look for signs of damage. As such, they could well end up driving cars that could jeopardise their lives. This is because they are driving cars that are not roadworthy.

For these reasons, automotive experts recommend car owners to visit the local body shop after a minor collision. The experts at these facilities will give the car a thorough inspection and examination. Some collisions might only have resulted in the appearance of scratches and dents on the body of the car. However, the impact of the collision might have affected the inner components of the vehicle in ways that are not easy to ascertain. But, professional panel beaters and other repair technicians will be able to identify damage that is not all that apparent.

Some of the most common problems that arise in cars involved in minor collisions include:

  • Reduced Battery Life: Situations could arise where even minor collisions could end up jarring the batteries of the car. This could shake up the sediment in the battery. As a result, the lead plates in the battery could end up breaking. Alternatively, they could end up short-circuiting.
  • Flicking Engine Lights: Minor collisions could affect the emissions components. This could lead to the engine light flicking on and off.
  • Leakages: In many cases, a minor collision could end up jarring the hoses present on the underside of the car. The impact of the collision could cause tiny cracks in the hoses. This could result in oil, gas or air conditioning leakages.
  • Improper Alignments: Many car owners seldom consider drivability or suspension-related issues when they become involved in minor collisions. The impact of the collision could make the tyres improperly aligned. This could result in excessive wear-related issues on the tyres.

How Does an Auto Body Shop Go About Repairing Damaged Plastic Bumpers in a Vehicle?

Many automotive part manufacturers produce plastic bumpers. They design these bumpers in a manner so as to make them flexible. This flexibility carries a lot of significance. It gives the bumpers the capability of absorbing the impact before popping back into place. As such, not many vehicular collisions necessitate the need to repair or even, replace the bumper of the vehicle. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the paint on the bumper. Even the most minor collisions can damage the paint on the bumper. Some people might feel that repairing this will involve depositing the car at a reliable repair shop. But, this is not the case. In many cases, vehicle owners have the ability to repair damaged or cracked paint on the bumper of their cars by themselves. However, not all car owners are comfortable in dealing with automotive repairs. Hence, it’s probably best that you hire professionals for the job.

Professional repair technicians will repair paint cracks in bumpers by:

  • Washing the bumper thoroughly with a sponge soaked in warm water and soap for removing the dirt, debris and grime
  • Removing the bumper from the vehicle by removing the nuts and bolts that secure it
  • Sanding the damaged painted areas of the bumper with (usually) 60-grit sandpaper until the area is even and smooth with the surrounding areas of the bumper
  • Filling the cracks with a flexible auto filler and leave it to dry
    • For this, the panel beaters and repair technicians will refer to the stamp on the bumper that identifies the materials the supplier used for the bumper in your vehicle
    • This stamp will usually feature two or four digits such as PP, PPO, PUR or TPUR
  • Sanding the affected area with 80-grit sandpaper and wiping the bumper with a cloth for removing any dust
  • Sanding the entire bumper lightly with 120-grit sandpaper for roughening the surface of the bumper
    • This usually makes the surface of the bumper facilitate better adhesion for the paint
  • Applying several light coats of automotive primer to the bumper in a back and forth manner by holding the nozzle about six to eight inches above the bumper
    • It is worth mentioning that the painting technicians will need to ensure that they apply the primer smoothly and evenly
    • The application of several light coats of primer eliminate the issues of running and dripping
  • Sanding the primed bumper lightly (after the primer has dried) with 400-grit sandpaper
  • Applying several light coats of the base colour to the bumper in a manner similar to the one where the painters applied the primer
  • Attaching the bumper back to the vehicle once the paint is dry and,
  • Polishing the bumper with a rubbing compound and a soft cloth