What is Minor Cosmetic Car Damage?

If you’re involved in an accident, you’re probably hoping to hear that the only damage is minor cosmetic car damage.

You will have a lot of initial concerns. Are you ok? Are the people in the other vehicle ok? Once you’re certain that everyone is fine and the immediate danger is over, you’re likely to worry about your car’s appearance and functionality.

While there is no official classification system for the amount of damage done to a car in a collision, we can provide you some general categories of damage, the collisions that cause them, and the price repairs might cost.

Types of Car Damage

A skilled technician will be able to properly classify your car and prepare accurate quotes according to the following basic categories.

Minor Cosmetic Car Damage

Minor cosmetic damage is categorized as any damage that does not interfere with the operation of the vehicle. Essentially, this type of damage is anything that doesn’t make it difficult, impossible, or dangerous to drive the car. A chip in the windshield is considered minor cosmetic damage, but a large and spreading crack is not, since it can impede the driver’s vision. The most common form of minor cosmetic damage is scratches or chips in the paint of a vehicle caused by scratching against another car, pole, fence, or obstacle.

Structural Damage

A far more concerning category of damage is structural damage. When a car is in a significant collision at a high rate of impact, it will sustain structural damage. The frame of the vehicle can be bent, making it impossible to drive away from the scene. Sometimes, structural damage can be the misalignment of axles or other car features. Structural damage is usually more severe and more expensive.

Hidden Damage

While structural damage can prevent you from driving a vehicle, this isn’t always the case. You may find that structural damage is hidden and go dangerously undiagnosed if you don’t take your car to a trusted auto body shop. Furthermore, structural damage will cause instability and premature wearing on alignment, tire, and suspension over time. We recommend getting your car checked out after any collision, even if you don’t think there’s a structural issue.

Total Damage

A car is considered “totaled” if the damage to it is greater than the cost to replace it. Often, people visualize a car that has been crunched into a pulp when they hear the word totaled; however, it might be a standard collision that disables the car to the point that repair isn’t advisable. Therefore, it’s easier to total older vehicles since they have less value.

Trust Us With Your Collision Damage

If you experience a collision, we hope you only face minor cosmetic car damage. No matter the consequences of any car accident, Schneider Auto Karosserie Body & Paint can repair your car and get it running in no time.

We’re located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Contact us right away for quotes and second opinions for any type of car problem you’re experiencing.

What Car Damage Is Common After An Accident?

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you may have had whiplash or other injuries. Just like accidents can cause physical or structural damage to a human, it can do the same with a car, but do you know which parts of a vehicle are the most damaged or commonly damaged? In our blog today, we’ll discuss this topic.


Car Damage After an Accident

Fender benders happen all the time. It may scratch your vehicle or dent your bumper or take out a front or rear light. A major accident can cause severe damage, such as to the frame, which can render a car undrivable. Insurance companies label it “totaled.” Here is the most common damage done to a vehicle after an accident.


Rear Bumper Damage

It’s no surprise that most rear bumpers are rubber. This is so a minor, or even major, car accident doesn’t take out your back end. This car part is also the most commonly damaged in an accident. Keep in mind that there’s more to the rear bumper you need to consider and inspect since the layer of foam beneath the bumper absorbs the impact and may also need repairing or replacing.


Trunk Lid Damage

Along with rear bumper damage, the trunk lid can also take damage in a rear-end collision. If the accident was severe enough that it opened the trunk, ensure, you have the latch inspected. If damaged but not fixed, it could cause the trunk to open while driving, resulting in problems or even another accident.


Inertia Switch Damage

Another typical car part that gets damaged is the inertia switch. (gives power to the vehicle’s fuel pump) In an accident, a tripped switch prevents it from feeding electricity to the fuel pump, thus preventing a fire. If there’s damage in an accident and your car won’t start, this is a good thing. If your vehicle has an inertia switch, you will likely push a button to start the car regularly, allowing you to get it to a shop. Check your owner’s manual. 


Headlights & Taillights

These parts are nearly always damaged in a car accident since lights are made of hard plastic and usually take much of the impact of a collision. If they do break, get them replaced immediately. If these lights don’t function properly, the police could fine you.


Battery Damage

Depending on the severity of the accident, it can jar your battery, resulting in it becoming prematurely inoperable. Keep this in mind after an accident.


Door Damage

If you were hit broadside or hit someone while turning, you will sustain damage to your doors. Because of this, they may not open or close, so ensure each door is operable after an accident.


Steering Damage

After an accident, you may find it hard or impossible to steer or roll your car—particularly in a severe collision. If this is the case, it’s inoperable and needs towing. 


Contact Schneider Auto Body

If you’ve been in an accident and need a car repair or replacement, contact us and let our mechanics inspect your vehicle. We will discuss with you any damage we find and create a plan to get your car fixed and running smoothly again.