One of the biggest concerns when your car has been in an accident, is whether there is frame damage.
You will want to know whether there is any, and if it can be repaired. The alternative is the car being a total loss and sending it to the scrap yard. Below we’ll cover what causes damage to the frame, how to tell if there is such damage, and whether it can be fixed.
What is a Damaged Frame?
The frame of a car simply refers to the main structure of the vehicle. Its purpose is to support the weight of the car, provide safety to occupants of the vehicle through its rigid structure, and to allow the car to operate safely on the road. When the frame is compromised or damaged in any way, each of these main purposes is likewise compromised. For this reason, it isn’t safe to operate a vehicle with a damaged frame, and driving the car without fixing it can cause further mechanical damage.
What Causes Damage to the Frame?
The main cause of frame damage is car accidents, but different types of impact can create specific kinds of damage to the frame. Here are the main kinds of damage you’re likely to find:
- Mash damage. Typically caused by either head-on or rear-end collisions, the frame can compact somewhat, like an accordion, shortening the frame. This type of damage can happen even in low-speed collisions.
- Twisted or sagging damage. A tell-tale sign of this type of damage to the car frame is that the vehicle will be unstable at higher speeds. You’ll also be able to see gaps in the body, and coils and tires will wear much faster.
- Sway damage. A result of a T-bone collision, this can also occur when a car is hit in the corner. The frame bends left or right, and when operating the vehicle, it will tend toward one side and not drive in a straight line. Signs of this issue are vibrations and problems with the driveshaft.
Can a Damaged Frame be Fixed?
The short answer is yes, it is possible to fix a damaged frame. This type of repair is best completed by an experienced auto body shop with the correct tools and technology. These types of shops use computerized framing machines, which have the ability to return the frame to factory specifications using hydraulics and torque. If that repair is not effective, it is also possible to remove sections of the frame and weld in replacement parts. Many times the question isn’t whether a frame can be fixed, but rather if it is worth repairing. Most insurance companies will determine this using a repair-to-value ratio.
Trust Schneider Auto to Repair Your Damaged Frame
When repairing your car’s frame damage, you want an auto shop you can trust, with skilled technicians. Located in Salt Lake City, Schneider Auto Karosserie has expert technicians and highly specialized equipment to completely restore your car to pre-accident condition. Whether you drive a Ford or a Ferrari, we can help your car drive like new again. Contact us for an estimate, and let’s get you back on the road!