Whether it’s a scrape from a curb or a ding from a rogue car door, cosmetic damage is to be expected during the lifespan of a car. If you want to retain your car’s appearance so it looks like you just drove it off the lot, you’ll want to have any cosmetic damage repaired.
At Andy Mohr Collision Center, we’re here to keep vehicles around Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, IN, looking great on the road. To learn more about our collision center, what’s considered cosmetic damage, what can be done to fix it, and why you should repair cosmetic damage, keep reading!
Cosmetic damage is considered to be any damage that doesn’t affect the operation of the car. In other words, cosmetic damage isn’t going to impair your car’s performance, but it will definitely impact your vehicle’s appearance.
In most cases, cosmetic damage may consist of light harm to the body of the car, such as minor scratches and dents. This type of damage doesn’t affect the frame of the vehicle and doesn’t require immediate repair. Still, you’ll want to have these exterior issues taken care of at some point with our detailing services.
Some common examples of automotive cosmetic damage include:
While repairing cosmetic damage is not life-altering to your vehicle, fixing up those dings and scratches can keep your vehicle looking like new.
Cosmetic damage can be repaired using a variety of methods. The type and extent of the repair that’s required can vary. For example, a scratch in your vehicle’s paint may need just a simple touchup. However, if the scratch extends into the bottom layers of your car’s paint job, a more comprehensive repainting becomes necessary.
Dents can often be fixed using paintless dent repair if the dent is mild. This process involves pushing the sheet metal outward until restored to its original position. If the dent has cracked the paint, buffing and additional repair work will be required.
A small chip in your windshield may seem like a minor problem. However, little chips can cause weak spots in the glass, potentially resulting in even greater damage if something hits your windshield again. Luckily, our team is readily prepared to take care of a chipped or cracked windshield by doing repairs or replacements.
While not an emergency, a small nick in your vehicle’s paint can constantly bring your attention to it. Whether a hailstorm caused the paint to chip in multiple places, or a rogue rock skidded one of your rear doors, our ASE-certified professionals can match your vehicle’s paint job perfectly so your car can look brand-spanking new.
When discussing automotive cosmetic damage, it’s important to note that it’s a good idea to take it to a professional to have your vehicle’s condition properly assessed. This is recommended because there may be hidden damage that is not currently posing problems. This is a top priority reason why you should fix cosmetic damage as soon as possible.
Alongside having your vehicle assessed by a professional, seemingly harmless cosmetic damage can cause more issues in the long run. For example, paint damage can lead to oxidation of your vehicle’s metal body and base paint color. When this happens, this can accelerate fading, rusting, or further paint peeling. Another example, dents near your wheels can affect their alignment.
Not only is fixing your vehicle’s cosmetic damage necessary to the health of your vehicle in the long run, but it can also grant you and save you more money. By fixing the damage as soon as possible, it can potentially cost less doing it sooner than later because leaving it may lead to further problems.
Having paint chips or bumper dents repaired is a great idea if you plan to sell your vehicle in the future. A pristine vehicle has the potential to sell for a higher cost. On the other hand, noticeable cosmetic damage may deter someone from purchasing your vehicle.
At our collision center, we offer manifold services alongside cosmetic damage repair to keep your vehicle in tip top shape. We offer these services and more:
We know that car damage can put a damper on your busy lifestyle. Our repairs are also backed by a lifetime limited warranty, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving quality repairs.