It’s always terrible to discover a dent or a scratch on your car, whether it’s due to a minor fender bender or a runaway shopping cart. However, these dents and scratches may be a bigger issue than you realize, resulting in lasting damage for your vehicle. This guide from J.B.A. Collision Center will help you identify the different kinds of dents and scratches that can be left on your car and the major issues they can cause when left untreated.
The severity of a scratch left on your car is dependent on how many layers the scratch has gone through. If the clear coat is the only area scratched, then you should be able to simply buff it out. However, if the scratch reaches through the paint layer, the metal of your vehicle’s body or frame may be exposed, leaving it vulnerable to rust.
Small dents may not appear to be a big deal, but depending on where they are located on your vehicle, they may have some lasting effects. Be sure the dent isn’t near any critical components of your car. If not, it should be easy for a professional to fix the dent.
Major dents, on the other hand, should be fixed as soon as possible. Not only could critical components of your vehicle be at risk, the body and frame of the vehicle could also be damaged.
Frame & Body Damamge
Any major damage to the frame or body of your vehicle should be addressed as soon as possible. Missing components of the body or frame will leave the most vulnerable components of your vehicle exposed to the elements. If your vehicle has sustained any major damage, bring it to a repair shop as soon as you can. They should be able to catch any damage — even problems that you may not even be aware of.
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