Accidents happen and when they do, your lorry or other type of vehicle may end up with some damage to the body. What many people wonder is whether or not they really need body repair on their vehicle. Is it just another expense that isn’t necessary? Or should you immediately fix the problem, even if it only appears to be aesthetic?
Unfortunately, even seemingly minor dents and scratches may cause further consequences. You should choose body repair if one of the following is true.
The Damage Was Caused By a Blow
If you know the damage came from a key or something similar, it is likely superficial and you could potentially leave it. However, if your vehicle struck something, even backing into a post or similar, it needs to be fixed. This is due to the fact that a dent or scratch on the outside may be camouflaging a bigger problem underneath. Any type of blow could cause underlying damage and it’s usually only noticeable to a trained expert.
Essential Functions Are Damaged
If your vehicle has been damaged and the damaged area includes lights, you will have to get the area mended. Even if your light works, but the cover has been damaged, it can cause issues with the function of the vehicle. You may be fined, as well, should authorities notice the damage. It’s important to keep your vehicle functioning properly at all times, even if the damage may look like it’s minor and only on the outside. Having a light that works poorly can result in a major problem in time, so fix it as soon as you notice the issue.
You Have Received Insurance Money
Claiming a crash on your insurance, but not repairing the problem when you receive the money can land you in trouble. In the future, if you try to claim another issue, your insurance company may have an issue with the pre-existing damage and this can end up being a very serious problem. Technically, using the money for something else could end up being insurance fraud.
You Plan to Sell the Vehicle
Resale value will be improved by having a flawless vehicle, so it may be worth the effort to repair the damage so your vehicle can sell for a higher price. This is particularly true when there are multiple areas of damage to the body, which can lead potential buyers to worry about the underlying structure.
In general, bodywork is worth doing as soon as possible. Not only does it keep your vehicles looking good, but it also prevents future problems.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy place to have your bodywork and repairs done, contact TransCare today.