Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Things to Look for After an Accident

2000 Honda Civic with rear end damage before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body

Bumpers are designed to take minor hits without showing much damage. Generally it's a good thing. But when the bumpers pop back into shape, they can hide damage. Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a good example. This 2000 Civic was hit from behind in the center of the bumper. There's a dent on the corner but that is actually from a previous accident. The photos below show some telltale signs that there may be more damage than is obvious on the surface.

Before:
This is where the impact occurred. The dent doesn't look big.
This is where the impact occurred. The dent is almost unnoticeable.
Before:
We noticed there was a large, uneven gap above the bumper.
Panel gaps up to 1/4" and sometimes even 1/2" can be normal but this one is approx. 1" and is uneven.
Before:
Gaps on the side of the car are bigger than at the front bumper and the bumper is pushed forward.
Gaps on the side of the car are bigger than at the front bumper and the bumper is pushed forward.
Before:
When we take the bumper cover off, you can see more significant damage.
When we take the bumper cover off, you can see more significant damage.
Before:
The bumper reinforcement has a big crease and the energy absorber is cracked.
The bumper reinforcement has a big crease and the energy absorber is cracked.
Before:
Flange where bumper attaches is bent.
Flange where bumper attaches is bent.
Before:
Large, irregular panel gap indicates damage under the bumper cover.
Large, irregular panel gap indicates damage under the bumper cover.

After:
Panel gaps are back to normal after the bumper and components are replaced.
Panel gaps are back to normal after the bumper and components are replaced.

Before:
Large, irregular panel gap indicates damage under the bumper cover.
Large, irregular panel gap indicates damage under the bumper cover.

After:
Panel gaps are back to normal after the bumper and components are replaced.
Panel gaps are back to normal after the bumper and components are replaced.

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