However, when they took the car in to the body shop, the mechanics found another problem. In the inspection, they discovered the sway bar was broken. The sway bar holds the car together and serves the purpose to keep the car from flipping over when you make turns.
There was no indication to my parents that anything was wrong with the suspension. Had they not had this "accident," they would have continued to drive the car, unknowingly risking their lives every time they made a sharp turn.
So, the accidental collision with a mailbox was a blessing in disguise.