When you’ve been in an accident, your first priority should be to make sure that you and your passengers are unharmed and that your vehicles are clear from creating further collisions by impeding the roadway. After that, you will want to assess any damage to your vehicle. It’s important to keep in mind that not all damage is visible and by continuing to drive a damaged vehicle you could be causing additional damage or actually be behind the wheel of a vehicle that is not safe for operation. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s time to have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.
If you notice that water or oil is pooling under your vehicle, it’s a strong indication that your vehicle was damaged and is in need of immediate attention. Leaks can be small and difficult to notice, so it’s important to pay close attention in the days following your accident. Be sure to have any suspected leaks looked at by a professional and repaired as soon as possible to avoid further complications with your vehicle.
Check Engine Light
Even if it has been a while since your accident, if your check engine light comes on do not ignore it no matter how tempting it may be. You should have your vehicle looked at right away because in many cases, this light will be the only warning you get about a serious problem with your car, and the risk of ignoring it is too great and can add up to major costs down the road.
Be aware of any symptoms that your battery may be failing. An accident can precipitate premature battery failure; including difficulty starting your car, a rotten-egg smell coming from your engine and trouble using your power windows or your other electronic components.
You know your vehicle better than anyone. If your gut is telling you something is just not right, get it checked out.
Peninsula Auto Body is dedicated to you and focuses on providing the best customer service regarding your auto body needs during what can be a stressful time. Our team strives to make your visit as seamless and hassle free as possible.
Should you find yourself in need of collision repair services, stop by for a free estimate at 1430 San Mateo Ave., S. San Francisco, CA or call us at 650.588.0999 Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm to speak to our expertly trained staff.