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Hidden Damages: Why a Thorough Inspection Matters After an Accident

Learn more about further hidden dangers following a road traffic accident

In the aftermath of an accident in your car, the visible damage often steals the spotlight. Dented fenders, cracked windshields, and scratched paintwork demand immediate attention. However, what about the concealed aftermath—the hidden damages lurking beneath the surface? This is where the narrative takes a turn from the evident to the obscure, unravelling the importance of a comprehensive inspection after an accident.

The Unseen Culprits: Mechanical Problems After an Accident

Accidents, whether minor fender-benders or major collisions, can wreak havoc on a vehicle’s internal systems. Yet, these damages are like silent intruders, not immediately apparent to the untrained eye. For instance, the impact of a collision can misalign the vehicle’s frame, leading to subtle yet consequential structural issues.

Suspension System Strain

One of the often-overlooked casualties is the suspension system. Its intricate components bear the brunt of sudden force, resulting in misalignments that compromise the vehicle’s stability and handling. A post-accident inspection becomes the detective work needed to identify these hidden instabilities.

Underlying Mechanical Stress

Beyond the visible exterior, crucial mechanical components might suffer from stress and strain. The engine, transmission, and braking systems, although seemingly unharmed, could harbour internal damages that compromise performance and safety. It’s akin to a ticking time bomb, waiting to disrupt the vehicle’s functionality when least expected.

Electronic System Malfunctions

Modern vehicles are equipped with sophisticated electronic systems that control everything from airbags to traction control. However, the jolt of an accident can disrupt these delicate systems, potentially rendering safety features ineffective. A thorough inspection becomes imperative to ensure that these electronic guardians are in optimal working condition.

The Path to Restoration: Hire and Repair Process with National Claims

Making a Road Traffic Accident Claim with National Claims:

From the perspective of National Claims, the journey begins with the initiation of a road traffic accident claim. Our streamlined claims process aims to alleviate the burden on victims by facilitating the financial aspect of repairs. Once the claim is lodged, it acts as the gateway to a comprehensive inspection and subsequent repair procedures.

Expert Inspection

With the claim approved, the vehicle undergoes a thorough examination by seasoned professionals. These experts delve beyond the visible damages, employing specialised tools and diagnostics to uncover hidden issues. It’s akin to a medical check-up for your vehicle, revealing ailments that might otherwise remain undetected.

Comprehensive Repairs

Armed with the insights from the inspection, the repair process kicks into high gear. National claims services often collaborate with a network of authorised repair centres. These centres, equipped with the latest technology and skilled technicians, embark on a mission to restore the vehicle to its pre-accident glory. From frame straightening to electronic system recalibration, every facet is scrutinised and addressed.

Quality Assurance

The journey doesn’t end with the repairs. Rigorous quality checks ensure that every aspect of the vehicle meets or exceeds safety standards. It’s a meticulous process aimed at not only rectifying the visible damages but also eradicating the hidden time bombs that could compromise future journeys.

All throughout the hire and repair process, you will have a hire car in your possession within 24 hours of the accident. When your car is being repaired too, the correct parts will be used. This means that no generic parts will be used to fix your car ensuring that your car will feel brand new.

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The Bottom Line: Why It Matters

“Why bother with such a thorough inspection?” one might ask. The answer lies in the intersection of safety, performance, and peace of mind.

Ensuring Safety on the Road

A vehicle compromised by hidden damages is a potential hazard on the road. Suspension misalignments, faulty brakes, or compromised electronic systems can turn a routine drive into a perilous endeavour. A comprehensive inspection acts as a safeguard, ensuring that every component operates harmoniously to guarantee the safety of both driver and passengers.

Preserving Performance and Longevity

Beyond safety, there’s the matter of performance. Hidden damages, if left unattended, can escalate into major malfunctions, significantly reducing the vehicle’s lifespan. A stitch in time, in this context, not only saves nine but also preserves the performance and longevity of the vehicle.

Peace of Mind for the Road Ahead

Knowing that your vehicle has undergone a thorough inspection and repairs instils a sense of confidence. The road ahead becomes a journey of assurance, free from the nagging doubts of undetected damages causing sudden breakdowns or compromising safety features.


In the realm of vehicular mishaps, it’s not just about fixing what’s visible; it’s about addressing the unseen adversaries that can undermine the very essence of a vehicle. The collaboration between national claims processes and meticulous inspections emerges as the unsung hero, ensuring that what’s hidden doesn’t turn into a ticking time bomb on wheels. So, the next time you find yourself in the aftermath of an accident, remember, the real story lies beneath the surface.

Find out more about the hire and repair process with us by contacting us and speak to one of our claims specialists, who will also help you get started on your claim.

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