A minor fender bender has the potential to cause underlying issues for your vehicle. Even if you only see a small dent or a few scratches, there may be hidden internal damage. While it may not seem necessary to take your car for an inspection, neglecting to do so could prove dangerous. You may not be able to see it, but internal damage can often snowball into more serious issues. Regardless of the severity of an accident, it is vital that a qualified auto body repair shop examine your car. At Minnetonka Collision, we recognize the potential for damage and can alert you to any dangers. What can a fender bender conceal? Let’s take a closer look.


Frame Damage

Even a low-speed collision can cause damage to your vehicle’s frame. While this may not be noticeable to you, it presents a danger in the event of any future accidents. A bent frame can affect your airbags’ ability to deploy properly and can decrease your vehicle’s ability to absorb impact. It also diminishes the structural integrity of your vehicle and puts you at higher risk of injury should you have an accident. If you’ve had a fender bender, have your car inspected promptly. Using specialized equipment, a collision repair shop can measure how straight your vehicle’s frame is.


Electrical Issues

Your vehicle’s electrical wiring is delicate, and even a minor accident can loosen or damage it. What can happen when your wiring is compromised?


●        Power window failure

●        Security system failure

●        Loss of power

●        Radio, navigation, heating and cooling issues

●        Door lock failure


A collision repair shop can remove any damaged vehicle paneling and inspect your wiring system for safety issues. Early recognition of these issues is key to avoiding future malfunction.


Transmission and Suspension Damage

A collision can easily damage your vehicle’s transmission, even if it’s only minor. All-wheel drive vehicles are especially susceptible to this type of damage. A minor rear-end collision can push the drive shaft into the vehicle’s transmission and result in costly repairs. Similarly, even a simple pothole can damage your car’s suspension. A more serious fender bender can do even more damage, affecting how your car handles or rides. To protect your vehicle from developing more serious issues, request a thorough inspection from a qualified professional.



Collision Repair in the Twin Cities Metro Area

If you’ve had a fender bender, contact Minnetonka Collision to have your car examined promptly. Our ASE certified technicians will inspect your vehicle and help you determine your best options for repair. We offer comprehensive auto body repair for vehicle owners throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. For any questions, or to schedule an estimate or repair, call us at 763-230-7805, or you can message us on our contact page.