I Backed Into My Garage Door — How Do I Fix It?

Accidents happen, and sometimes they involve your garage door. If you’ve just crashed into the garage door with your car and aren’t sure what you need to do to fix it, this guide will get you started.

Common Problems Caused by a Car Crash Into the Garage Door

After you run into your garage with a car, the damage will depend on how fast your car collided with the door. Some typical problems include:

  • Dented or broken panels: The bottom panels on the door may be damaged, as these sections are the most likely to be hit by a car. You can replace the broken panels or all of them, depending on the severity of the damage.
  • Off-track rollers: More serious garage door damage can bend the vertical track and misalign the rollers. You may need to replace the garage door hinges and rollers and get the door back on the track.
  • Damaged track: Misaligned and broken garage doors are dangerous to operate. It’s best to call a professional to replace the track or bend it back into place.

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How to Fix a Garage Door After Backing Into It

Follow these steps if you’ve backed into your garage door.

1. Keep the Garage Door Shut for Now

Damaged garage doors may be too dangerous to operate. It’s best to inspect the door first before trying to open it.

2. Review the Extent of the Damage

Check over your garage door to see the damage. Look at the impact site and the damage on both sides of the door’s surfaces. Your car most likely hit the bottom panels, so pay attention to these areas.

Next, look at the rails, garage opener, rollers, hinges, lifting cables, springs, bottom bracket and other components to see if any hardware got hit. Take note of any damage you see to communicate to your repair technician.

3. Try to Open the Door Manually

If the garage door components are operable, try to open the door without power. Opening it automatically can cause more damage. See if you can open the door on your own without forcing it.

4. Call Your Local Garage Door Repair Company

Start your repair with a professional garage door company. Garage door maintenance can be dangerous to complete on your own, so it’s best left to the experts.

Tell your technician about the damages, dent location and size, and garage door material. They will assess the damage and determine the necessary repairs to get your overhead door working again.

FAQs About Fixing Garage Doors Damaged by a Car

Here are our answers to a few commonly asked questions about garage door repairs.

Does Insurance Cover Hitting the Garage Door?

Your home insurance may cover the costs of your garage door damage. If your car was damaged severely, your car insurance might cover those repairs. Consider your policies’ deductibles to decide if you should open a claim or cover the costs yourself. 

How Much Does a Garage Door Repair Cost?

Your garage door repair expenses will depend on the age and condition of your door. Older garage doors with severe damage will cost more to fix than newer overhead doors with minor dents, for example. The type of repair needed will also affect your cost. For instance, replacing a few rollers will likely cost less than replacing all the door panels.

Will I Need to Replace the Entire Overhead Door?

You may need to replace your entire overhead door depending on the repairs and labor costs. It might be more cost-effective to get a new garage door than to repair your current door.

American Overhead Doors, Inc. Will Repair Your Damaged Garage Door

After you’ve backed into your garage door and looked everything over, schedule a repair with American Overhead Doors, Inc. Our technicians can repair damage from a car collision, including panel repair, track realignment and door hinge replacement.

Request service from your local garage door expert by reaching out online or calling 860-347-1507.