The accident didn't seem that bad. . . the plastic bumper bounced back into place and it didn't look like there was much damage.
Sometimes the damage isn't obvious. Be wary when accepting settlement payments from a driver that hits you or their insurance company. Significant damage to the car below was not visible from the outside. The damage to the bumper reinforcement and rear body is a safety concern if the car is hit again from the rear. And the trunk is going to leak in the rain or a car wash.
|Bob, our Master Technician, works on|
a car with rear end damage
|The bumper cover is removed and things still don't look too bad|
|But when we take off a plastic cover|
you can see the big wrinkle in the metal
on the driver's side of the trunk opening
|There is a wrinkle at the weather seal on the passenger side too.|
|The weld on the bumper reinforcement is broken|
|The bumper reinforcement is crushed and twisted|
Almost Everything Autobody repaired all of the damage on this car, replaced the crushed bumper reinforcement and energy absorber and repainted the damage area with factory paint.