Rear end collision repairs
The best way to minimise the stress of a collision is to know what to do if you’re involved in a car accident. Being prepared simply by knowing what to do first and who to call will give you some peace of mind should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of dealing with a car smash. So here’s a guide on everything you need to know about rear end smash repairs.
First things first
The first thing to do is to check that everyone is safe. Check the people in your car, the other car(s) involved, and anyone outside the car that may have been affected. Often a rear end collision happens when you’re stopping suddenly at a traffic light or a pedestrian crossing. Make sure that any pedestrians or cyclists are also okay.
If anyone needs medical assistance, call 111 (in NZ) for immediate help and tend to them first. Once you’ve established that everyone is okay. Get the names and details of other drivers or pedestrians involved. You may also want to get the details of any witnesses.
Secondly, make sure you have the contact details of a reputable mechanic or collision repair centre handy. Mt Roskill Collision Centre has the expertise and experience to look after a range of vehicle rear end smash repairs and panel beating services. And can look after you and your vehicle after a rear end collision. Therefore, give us a call on 0800 227 762 if you’ve been involved in a rear end smash or any other type of collision and we’ll help you as quickly as we can.
Check for vehicle damage after a rear end collision
It’s important to look for any damage to your vehicle. Check whether you can safely drive away from the smash. If there is significant damage to your car and it is unsafe to drive, you will need to call the police and get towed. However, if you determine that you can drive your car away, make sure you arrange to bring your vehicle to a panel beater or collision centre as soon as you can. As we’ve written about in another blog, there is often hidden damage to your car that you cannot see.
The obvious and hidden damage we’ll check for after a rear end collision
The best way to ensure that you’re back on the road safely after any type of collision is to bring your car to us at Mt Roskill Collision Centre for a check. Where we can suggest any rear end smash repairs if needed. After a rear end collision there might be obvious damage to your bumper or lights. However, often there is also hidden damage that you can’t see.
We’ll check the frame and chassis of your car to see if there is any damage or cracks. The strength and structural integrity are extremely important in keeping you and your passengers safe on the road. Even if you can’t see any damage, there may be damage to your chassis that affects how your car drives.
Wheel alignment and steering
We’ll conduct thorough checks of your tyres, wheels and axles. Sometimes the effect of the collision is subtle. You may feel your car pulling to one side as you drive. Hence, it’s important not to ignore this. Over time it will worsen and damage your car even worse. If left attended, it may actually cause another crash.
Engine and mechanics
Since there are so many parts to your car, damage to one area may cause problems in another. When you bring your vehicle to us after a rear end collision, we’ll do a check similar to your warrant of fitness test. This ensures that there hasn’t been any flow-on damage from one part to another. For example, damage to your car’s chassis may affect the driveshaft. This, in turn, may cause problems with the engine. Many of these parts are interdependent so it’s not enough just to check for visible damage to the body of the car.
Lights and electrics
Even if it appears that the lights and electrics all work immediately after a crash. It’s still a good idea to have us test them. Sometimes the damage isn’t immediately apparent. But wiring that has been affected by a rear end collision will cause lighting malfunction later on. Additionally, there may also be electrical damage caused by the collision that affects how your boot or doors lock remotely. Or whether the “door open” warning indicators still work.
Never underestimate the possible impact (sorry, bad car pun) of a rear end collision. There are several things that may go wrong if you delay having your car checked by a mechanic or panel beater. If there is any underlying damage from a previous smash, the consequences can be serious. It’s important to note that your insurance company may be entitled to refuse your claim if you have chosen not to have your car checked after a collision.
Panel Beaters Auckland
Don’t forget, at Mt Roskill Collision Centre we can provide rear end smash repairs. We also have been working with most of New Zealand’s major insurance companies and can help you get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.
The Mt Roskill Collision Centre promise
Our goal is to have everyone on New Zealand roads driving safely. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our car repairs from our panel beating and collision repair service centre in Mt Roskill, Auckland. Contact us online or call us on 0800 227 762 for a free quote or to book an appointment.