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Natural damage from the outdoor elements is also a common form of vehicle damage. The sun’s UV rays, falling branches, hail storms, ice and salt, or rocks and road debris can all be detrimental to your car’s paint and body.
Ignoring damage could lead to worse problems down the road, so be sure to repair any damage as soon as possible.
If you are concerned about cost, be sure to ask your center about paintless dent repair.
You will also need to coordinate with your insurance agent and the shop before finalizing the pricing to confirm all the details.
Check your vehicle regularly for new scratches and dents, as this is where rust is likely to form.
Wash and wax your vehicle at least once a month. Be sure to wash within the wheel wells, as well as beneath the vehicle. If you’re washing it by hand, use carwash detergent and not everyday soap from around the house.
In addition to cleaning the exterior, clean your vehicle’s carpets and protective mats. Your footwear is in constant contact with these surfaces and can spread salt onto the rocker panel beneath the door.
Remember, rust is a verb and is constantly looking for exposed metal. Your car is most vulnerable at the vehicle’s connection points. With this in mind, use a flashlight to closely inspect the following areas:
- near and under the sunroof, trims and moulding
- the wheel wells and the undercarriage
- the door and rocker panel (that base piece you see when you open the door)
- the area attaching the mirrors
Heavy Damage & TowingHeavy Damage & Towing questions
If your vehicle has suffered major structural damage—such as a bent frame—that makes it unsafe or impossible to drive, it is defined as severe. In many cases, you might assume that a vehicle that has suffered severe damage is totaled and beyond repair.
If your vehicle has a large area of damage (3 or more panels), a large dent (11” or more), or a dent deeper than 2” (confirm these descriptions with Travis) it may have heavy or severe damage. In this circumstance, there may be underlying damage that is difficult to see or to assess the full extent of repairs needs. The technician at the Maaco shop can do a thorough inspection of the damaged vehicle and give accurate pricing for repairs.
Contact your local Maaco franchise to find out if they offer towing services or can make recommendations. Find a Maaco near you. When the truck arrives, share the Maaco location and contact information with the tow truck driver.