When a collision causes damage beyond the exterior, a touch-up or entire repaint is often needed. While not necessarily crucial to the integrity of your vehicle at first glance, it is important for a couple of different reasons. Unbeknownst to many, vehicle paint acts as a protective barrier between the elements and the metal of your car. When paint chips, fades, or is otherwise disturbed, this exposure can quickly lead to rust. If left unaddressed for a significant amount of time, the rust can eventually weaken the structural integrity of your vehicle. A professional paint job also adds to your car’s residual or resale value. Aesthetics is an important factor of selling and trading in your vehicle, and when you invest in fresh paint on an as-needed basis, you capitalize on its trade-in value significantly.