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Would transmission be damaged in accident while parked?

Asked by Tony Fey

Recently when parked on the road with the handbrake on and the auto in park an unattended vehicle rolled into the rear of our 2012 Mazda CX-5 at approximately 35km/h. I fear when our car is returned after being repaired there could be problems with the automatic gearbox down the track. Are my concerns justified?

Answered by CarsGuide

5 Jun 2015 Graham Smith

It's hard to say, but it's unlikely as the park brake would have kept the rear wheels and brakes from moving, and are likely to have taken the brunt of the crash rather than the transmission. Presumably the repairer would have assessed the possible mechanical damage to the car as a result of the incident so have a chat with them about it and perhaps note your concerns before taking delivery of the repaired car.

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