One of the most common types of vehicle accidents is the rear-end collision. Rear-end collisions account for approximately a third of all motor vehicle accidents. Although rear-end collisions often occur at slower speeds than some other types of car accidents, they can actually cause hidden damage.


At Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, our car crash repair technicians are familiar with many of the common structural issues that occur with low-speed collisions. We’ve put together this guide to some of the invisible damage that can be hiding underneath seemingly minor auto body damage after a rear-end collision. To get your car back on the road safely, give us a call.

Causes of Rear-End Collisions

There are many reasons leading up to rear-end collisions, but they often boil down to the rear vehicle not having enough warning time to stop. Speeding, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and congestion can all be contributing factors, but at the end of the day, it’s important to be aware while you’re driving.


If an accident does occur, it may appear that the damage is minimal, but it’s always necessary to have your car properly assessed by a professional auto body repair technician. These are some of the hidden problems that may not be readily visible.

●      Alignment Damage

If your car pulls to one side while you’re driving, you may have alignment problems. A shimmy in the steering wheel can also indicate alignment damage. When your car is poorly aligned, it will put serious wear on your tires and could cause other long-term damage.

●      Electrical Problems

The wiring in your tail lights or brake lights can get shaken loose when you collide with another vehicle. It’s important to have your vehicle checked by a manufacturer certified collision repair team.

●      Trunk or Frame Damage

Even low-speed collisions can interfere with your trunk’s locking mechanism or ability to open and close easily. The last thing you want is to find out your trunk will no longer close the next time you use it. It’s also important to have your car’s frame evaluated after an accident to make sure the structure is as safe as it should be.

Schedule Your Auto Body and Collision Repair

If your vehicle has been involved in a rear-end collision, it’s important to have it assessed for underlying damage no matter how minor it initially appears. This can help to protect you and your passengers while avoiding more serious problems down the road.


Our Suburban Auto Body accident repair technicians are certified to repair a wide range of vehicles. Give us a call at 651-633-8900 or contact us online to get a free estimate on your rear-end repair.