What to Do with Your Car Following an Auto Accident
Automobile accidents are a calculated risk we take every time we set out on the road. Unfortunately, when they do occur, we’re often left traumatized, which can make it difficult to focus on the matter at hand. The physical wellness of those involved in the accident is priority number one, but at some point it becomes necessary to deal with the car itself, either in the form of repair or replacement.
The Moments After
After an accident occurs, you’ll want to get it out of the path of other vehicles if it’s both possible and safe to do so. This will help maintain the flow of traffic and hopefully prevent further accidents from occurring.
What You Should Do in the Long Term
What you do with your car after you experience an accident depends on the nature and extent of the damage involved. Obviously, do not drive the car if the accident caused a safety concern, such as a shattered windshield or inoperable brake lights. If a car is not drivable, you’ll need to have it towed away from the scene.
Sometimes a car is so badly damaged in an accident that your insurance company will deem it to be unworthy of repair in terms of cost. If all goes well, you’ll be compensated the pre-accident value of your vehicle if it indeed is determined to be totaled. Speak with you insurance representative about the details involved with filing a claim.
If your car is not totaled, you’ll want to take it to your body shop for repair. Even if there is no noticeable damage, you’ll still want to take it in to have a complete inspection done by someone trained to do so. The fact is, the physical shock of the accident might have caused damage to the internal components of the car. Such damage could lead to further problems with your car down the road, or it could cause a safety concern for you and your passengers.
In addition to helping to ensure that the car is safe to drive, your auto body shop will work to make it more aesthetically pleasing to you by repairing dents and scratches to your car’s exterior. They’ll also work hard to restore the condition of the paint job.
If you wish to discuss this topic or if you have other questions regarding body work, please contact Central Auto Body at (503) 894-9500.