Structural vs. Cosmetic Auto Body Damage

When your vehicle has been damaged in a collision, you may typically assume that all damage is the same, but there are many categories of damage depending on the type of repair needed. It is crucial to understand the various types of damage and how they can impact your vehicle’s performance. Your vehicle may have structural, cosmetic, or a combination of both types of damage. By being aware of the different types, you can ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive and in good working condition. Auto body damage is no joke and can compromise your safety and security if not handled properly. Our collision repair shop can help determine the damage sustained and get your vehicle back to pre-accident condition.

What is structural damage?

Only a seasoned auto body shop can execute proper cosmetic repairs meant to last for as long as you own the vehicle. The kind of vehicle, the color of the paint, the location, and the degree of the damage all affect how simple or difficult this kind of repair is. Based on these variables, the price for this kind of repair varies greatly. The expertise of the auto body professionals working on your vehicle is the most crucial component for the outcome of the repair. Your vehicle's aesthetic and value restoration are our auto body shop’s areas of expertise. We specialize in paint restoration and recognize that a fine paint job completes the appearance of a repaired vehicle.

What is cosmetic damage?

Cosmetic damage is defined as harm to the vehicle's appearance but not its structural integrity. This includes damage ranging from a straightforward rock chip or scratch to bumper scrapes and, in certain situations, small panel dents, and scrapes. We are well-equipped to fix cosmetic damage and well-suited to handle cosmetic repairs. There are a few things to check when determining whether you have structural or cosmetic damage.

  • Do the metal panels have significant dents, or are they heavily creased?
  • Are the panels crooked?
  • Does the vehicle drive any differently now? If that happens, make sure to stop driving it as quickly as you can.
  • Are the trunks, hoods, and doors closing as they used to?

What to do when you need auto body repair

Look no further than our collision repair shop when you need auto body repair. We employ top-of-the-line technicians to help your vehicle get back to pre-accident condition. We also have modern technology to help diagnose and determine the level of repair needed for your safety. We want your vehicle to ride smoothly and be back like it was before your accident. That’s precisely why our auto body specialists have trained so much to provide excellent care for your vehicle. Call us today or schedule an appointment with us right here on our website.