Have you ever wondered why a car is made out of metal instead of ceramic or even plastic?
Obviously, if we had cars made out of ceramic or plastic, they would not hold up very well in accidents. Just imagine a car on the side of the road, lying in shattered pieces like a dropped ceramic mug. Using metal as the main material for vehicles was well and purposefully chosen, but not many really think about why metal is such a good choice.
Luckily, when you are involved in a fender-bender you usually only have an unsightly dent in your bumper. This is because unlike ceramic that shatters and breaks or plastic that cracks and buckles, metals bend and dent, not break. The metal that surrounds you as you drive your vehicle each day has some distinctive properties and abilities that make it such an ideal material for cars and trucks. Depending on the type of metal, it may conduct heat or electricity or, most important for vehicles, have the ability to bend into different shapes and retain that form.
The metal used to build your car was chosen both for its strength and its flexibility – a seemingly contradictory pair of benefits. The reason why metals are so popular in modern society is because they can be molded and shaped to create a specific form, unlike some other elements. Metals also have the ability to move atoms when under stress – not like having too much work on your plate at the office, but more like a collision or other force. This is what allows metal to dent in response to an impact, notes PBS, unlike glass or ceramic materials that break and crack.
So, the next time you discover a dent in your vehicle – whether from an accident or a pesky shopping cart – just be glad your car’s body isn’t made with one of those less flexible elements! At Impact Paintless Dent Repair, we can help restore the look of your vehicle and remove those unwanted dents to make it look like nothing ever happened. We’re experts in dent repair and can help you get your car or truck looking like new again. To learn more, call the location nearest you today.