"More Than Meets The Eye"

This is the 3rd installment in a series by Jim Wetzel of Hudson Valley Auto Appraisers.

Below is a 1995 Jeep Cherokee with a moderate right front impact. It appears that nothing unusual exists. A routine inspection would entail writing for all of the obvious sheet metal and inner panel damage. Not a big deal right?

Jeep Hit

Wrong...Wrong... Wrong... This particular model has a tendency to have complications with the suspension and steering. The wheels and tires are really oversized for the size of the vehicle. If even the front edge of the tire is impacted, resulting damage often occurs and must be inspected very carefully. The next page shows what happened in this impact.

Jim Wetzel
Hudson Valley Auto Appraisers of Newburgh, NY

Previously in the series:
"Air Bags....A Lot of Hot Air?"
"You call that a bumper?"