After a crash, it’s important to know if your bike is still safe to ride. What may look like a few scratches may actually be a bent frame, or worse. Such damage could lead to a dangerous failure down the road, so it’s important to have your bike checked out by a qualified mechanic, just in case.
If the crash was caused by a car, there’s another important reason to have it checked out: an insurance estimate. In my experience, most insurance adjusters don’t ride bikes (yes, I always ask). This means that they often have a hard time getting their heads around the idea of a bicycle that cost more than $250. In fact, the idea that rims alone can cost more than that is often enough to boggle their auto-centric minds.