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August 30, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/fender-bender.jpgForecasters are calling for a warm, wet winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing icy, slick roads this fall. With those conditions come fender benders, and lots of them. Though they aren’t always severe, even low-speed accidents can cause lasting damage to your vehicle. Here are three signs your fender bender may be a bigger issue than you thought.

One of the most obvious signs of damage can be felt, rather than seen. If you notice your steering wheel is pulling in one direction, it’s likely your accident knocked your car out of alignment. Left unfixed, this can cause your car’s tires to wear unevenly. Besides causing lasting damage to your tires, this can lead to sudden tire failure and blowouts on the road. If you think your car is pulling in one direction, make sure to note the direction and get immediate help.

Even accidents that don’t cause extensive damage to your car’s exterior can affect your car’s frame. And, even small changes to your car’s frame can cause serious problems. Your car’s frame is designed to absorb the forces involved with major accidents, and that little bend now could mean your frame fails to function properly down the line. Frame damage can even affect a number of the safety features in your car, like airbags.

One final issue to be aware of: In a low-speed collision, your car’s paint and metal exterior can be damaged. If that happens, rust has a way to start sinking its teeth into your car, which can cause lasting damage years from the fender bender. Remember to keep an eye on the area, and immediately address any corrosion.

Always exchange insurance information, even if the car you’re driving isn’t in the best shape. And if you find your car is suffering from any of the symptoms we’ve described, bring it by for a checkup.

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