Whether you've been in a serious accident or a fender bender, it can be difficult to determine the actual extent of the damage. Cars are designed to "crumple" when hit in order to protect you and your passengers from impact. Some damage, such as paint damage, is often considered to be cosmetic. Other damage, such as frame damage, is more severe. Of course, the best way to determine whether you have frame damage is to see a professional -- but in the heat of the moment, you might just want to be able to visually assess the problem.
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