If You’ve Recently Been in an Accident, Here’s What Car Repairs to Expect

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Just about anyone who drives throughout their adult years ends up in at least one vehicular accident. No matter who caused the accident, you likely will need collision repair services – unless your vehicle is a total wreck. Different types of accidents cause different types of damage, but many require some of the same types of collision repair. Here are some of the most common repairs that you might expect after an accident.

Engine Repair or Replacement

When a vehicle suffers front-end damage, the engine, suspension, and steering systems are usually affected. Repairing or replacing an engine can require a lot of money for parts and labor. According to AAA, it costs between $2,000 and $5,000, plus labor, to repair or replace a motor. Suspension and steering parts can also cost thousands of dollars, and one or more wheels might need to be replaced. Fortunately, your insurance coverage can help pay for most of this.

Frame Straightening

The higher the rate of speed when an accident happens, the more likely a vehicle’s frame might be damaged. Many collision repair shops have frame straighteners. If the frame can be straightened, the vehicle can be fixed if it holds a high enough value for the insurer to cover the costs. After the frame is affirmed to be straightened, the remaining collision repair is done.

Dent Removal and Panel Replacement

Dents happen when vehicles collide and in single-vehicle accidents. Dents might be fixed by pushing or pulling them out and smoothing them over with a thin coat of plastic. Technicians can cut out a dent and weld a patch in its place or replace an entire panel, door, or another part. If an insurer is paying for the collision repair, then new panels, doors, and other parts usually replace the damaged ones. Such damage often affects the auto glass, so it also gets replaced as needed.

Final Paint and Polish

When the dents and damages are fixed, and the auto body is prepped for paint, it goes to the spray booth for a new coat. The spraying process might take several hours to apply and several more to dry and start curing. New paint often isn’t fully cured for weeks after it’s applied, but it usually is dry to the touch within hours and ready for polishing in a day or so.

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and you’re in need of a collision repair, don’t hesitate to give our team at a call at S&S Automotive. We’re here for all your collision repair needs!