Delaying repair to car body damage – however minor – can put safety at risk, due to the complex protection systems in place on all modern cars. Additionally, the longer you leave a dent unrepaired, the costlier it’s likely to be to put right – and damaged or dangerous bodywork could constitute an MOT failure under the new testing regulations.
> Small dents can hide underlying structural damage that you may be unaware of.
> Damage to paintwork lets water in and raises the risk of rust and further damage.
> Any unrepaired damage suggests you’ve neglected the car, lowering the value and over all WANT factor.
When it comes to car maintenance, safety is always the top priority. Even small dents can hide underlying structural damage that isn’t obvious on the surface. For example, today’s flexible bumper covers with plastic outer coatings are designed to minimise damage in low-speed collisions. Yet, the underlying damage can often be much worse than it looks on the surface – and that could compromise safety for you and your passengers.
2 Rust issues
Dents cause unsightly blemishes on your car. But a further problem is that a dent damages the paintwork. Cracks caused by even a very small impact can allow water to seep underneath the paint where it will reach the unprotected metal part of the car. Over time, the water will cause the metal to oxidise, causing rust.
3 Longer-term paint damage
When you ignore the damage that occurs with a dent, the paintwork isn’t going to get better. Weather conditions, everyday wear-and-tear, and even washing your car can cause the cracks in the paint to grow larger. This can lead to flaking and peeling, leaving the underlying sealant exposed. If the car dent is severe enough to damage the sealant as well, peeling paint can leave bare metal exposed. Once this happens, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to rust.
4 Reduced resale value
No matter how well your car runs, the exterior appearance is a vital factor when it comes to selling. Few things lower the value of a used car as effectively as unrepaired damage, even if it appears minor. Add paint damage and rust spots and the price a buyer is willing to pay goes down even more. Furthermore, unrepaired dents are a sign of a neglectful owner. Potential buyers may wonder what else is wrong with the car because you didn’t take care of the engine, brakes, or other parts. Unless your car is old and in poor condition overall, fixing any dents should bring you a better price.
5 Cheaper to put right
Repairing car dents right away will always cost less than if you wait. It doesn’t take long for rust spots to appear or paint to start flaking away. In times of bad weather, or if there’s a lot of salt in the air (as you’ll find in coastal locations), the damage will spread even faster.
If you care about your car’s appearance, it doesn’t make sense to leave a dent unrepaired. So, the next time someone opens their car door into yours or you bump into someone else when parking, don’t wait. Get the damage assessed and repaired by experts.