Examples Of Hidden Auto Damage

Some car damages are not easily visible to the naked eye, but there are telltale signs that can point you to them. Here are some of the signs that may mean you are dealing with hidden car damage:

Frame damage

The frame is the part of the car that provides it with the necessary structural integrity. It is the frame that makes sure your car doesn't get crushed into a pulp if the car rolls in case of an accident. This means any damage that weakens the frame is dangerous because it reduces the protection the frame can give you in case of an accident. Don't forget that the frame also supports other parts of the car, such as the transmission and engine, so frame damage may also leave them exposed to damage risks. Auto accidents are the main causes of frame damage, and since frame damage is not always visible to the naked eye, it's best to have an auto mechanic check the car for frame damage even after a relatively minor accident.


Although rust is visible to the naked eye, it is counted among hidden damage because rust usually strikes hidden parts of the car first. For example, you may find rust on the:

  • The undercarriage of the car where rock chips have damaged the finish and exposed the metal underneath;
  • Fenders behind the wheels;
  • Electronics and electrical wiring of the car; or
  • Engine and engine components.


A properly aligned car should steer straight when you drive forward in a straight line. Sometimes, however, there is an almost imperceptible discrepancy between the direction of the car and the direction the wheels are pointing. This is what is called misalignment, and it is not easy to notice. Misalignment will cause accelerated wear of certain parts of your car as well as uneven wearing of the tires. It can be caused by various issues including poor height adjustment, worn-out suspension parts, and auto accidents.

Dashboard Light Malfunction

Dashboard lights are meant to alert you when something goes wrong with the car. For example, a dashboard light may light up when the engine is overheated or when the fuel volume is too low. However, a malfunction of the lights will prevent them from coming on even when they are needed. You will not know that your dashboard lights are malfunctioning if you don't know what to look out for. Such problems are typically caused by electrical malfunctions; for example, a flood-induced short-circuit can easily interfere with your dashboard lights.