Rear end impact on towbar help

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  1. Furbz

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    hi guys,
    i got rear ended the other day.
    i drive a 1 seies bmw with a removeable towbar.

    when i got hit the towbar was in place and bent a good inch back towards my car.
    (this is really thick metal for it to bend)

    thankfully that is all that visually looked wrong.
    (little bit of a paint scuff on my bumper, but nothing bad)

    however, my question is this. a towbar attaches to the chassis...
    with the towbar bending the way it did, what are the chances of chassis damage?


    thanks in advance
     
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    Most likely not.

    These removable units are attatched via bolts. If you can manage to get in under your car, you would be able to see.

    would rather bend the frame of the towbar, or bend the bolts. Where they attatch these towbars are strong, for pulling and pushing of weight being towed.

    But, best option is to take it anyone that uses lifts (exhaust guys, tyre guys etc.) and have it jacked-up and have a look underneat.
     
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  4. Furbz

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    thanks,

    gonna have to arrange to take it in next week
     
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    I disagree! It can definitely do some damage!

    Remember, cars don't have the strong support of a chassis, they are basically just panels spot welded together, and with crumple zones, they can bend.

    Have a look where the bumpers meet the body on the sides behind the rear doors, look if there appears to be any movement!

    Best would be to pop it past a panel shop and let then have a look.
     
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    first thing to be amiss will be alignment, the car may " crab " sideways without it being obvious. No pun intended. The tow bar is a serious piece of steel if you take into consideration the amount of weight that you will pull with a caravan. That kind of displacement would have me running to get the chassis checked. Imagine if there was no tow-bar, it would have surely been scrap.
     
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    Behind the rear axle there are nothing but plastic and sheet metal. Only solid thing is your spare wheel. Ever seen a proper rear-end. The backside just folds away. Front end got the engine. But that is also designed to "break away" downwards under the dashboard. But yes, the front end is a lot more stronger. And towbars get bolted normally to the sheet metal that forms the spare wheel well.

    On a 1 series BMW, being rear wheel drive, you got the propshaft as the only strong connection between the back and front. Even the rear suspension on all cars gets bolted to sheet metal.

    Take it to a panel shop, and have it accessed.
     
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    Thanks guys,

    went to a panel shop.
    the chassis is fine, however the general bill to repair what was damaged is more than i expected.
    taking the car to a few more shops for quotes...
     
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    Cool news, at least its only repairable damage, not serious damage. Glad the chassis is ok. Did the towbar bolts/frame bend ?
     
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