Sunday, May 22, 2011

Not Always Obvious. . .

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.

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