Can Frame Damage be Fixed?

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!

What’s Included in a Full Car Detail?

If you have never had a full car detail service for your vehicle, do yourself a favor and don’t wait. Think of spring cleaning, but for your car. 

The end result will have you feeling like your vehicle is almost brand new again. What’s included in a full car detail? We are dishing it all out here.

Paint 

Exterior paint care should be included in a full car detail service. The process of caring for the paint on your car should not be taken lightly. A trustworthy company will clean and wash the paint on the outside of your car, remove any dirt or tar, and then have it polished and protected from further damage that could occur in the miles to come.

Wheels

The wheels of your car should be intricately cleaned. The surrounding areas should also be cleaned which would be the undercarriage, the wheel wells, the suspension components, splash guards, fender liners, and tires. A protectant will be used where able to allow lasting effects and prevention against cracking and corrosion.

Headlights

Most used cars accrue oxidation on the headlights and tail lights which creates the foggy look they have to them. When you receive a full car detail, your headlights and tail lights will be polished to eliminate the oxidation and then sealed afterward to prevent further oxidation from happening down the road.

Engine Bay

Your engine bay will be cleaned using a gentle mist and then cleaned with a special degreaser. After rinsing and drying has taken place, all of the silicone, plastic, and rubber parts will be primed for protection to prevent any cracking or damage in the future.

Interior

Having a full car detail cleaning means the interior (and all of your garbage too). Your vehicle will be clear of any trash or garbage you have piled up or laying around. Your carpets and seats will be vacuumed and the miniscule trash that wasn’t initially picked up the first time around will be eliminated. Once this is completed your windows will be washed and left sparkling clean. Your carpets and matts will then be washed and any stains found on them will be removed. If you have leather components in your car, these will be well washed and also conditioned for proper treatment.The dashboard and other components inside will be cleaned and an air freshener will be provided to leave your car smelling fresh. 

Visit Us at Schneider Auto Karosserie

At Schneider Auto Karosserie, we pride ourselves in making our customers happy. We hope you found this information on what is included in a full car detail helpful. Taking care of your car is a top of the line investment that will payout for years to come. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and make high quality collision repairs working hard to repair your car to its pre-accident condition. We can help with anything from minor to major. Give us a call at (801)-484-9400. Contact us today!

What Happens When You File a Police Report for Vandalism?

Nobody wants to file a police report for vandalism, yet many people each year fall victim to criminal acts. 

Filing a police report is important for documentation, protecting your rights as a victim, and to help prevent future crimes. Read on to find out what happens during this process.

What Qualifies as Vandalism?

To vandalize a car is to deface, damage, or destroy another person’s car without their permission. Common types of vandalism are keying the car, slashing tires, egging, or smashing windows. Although some of these acts may seem petty, they are in fact considered crimes under state laws. Other legal terms used to describe these criminal acts are criminal or malicious damage and malicious trespass. Vandalism is also an intentional act, which is different from accidentally damaging someone’s car. Though you’ll be liable to pay for any damage in that situation, it isn’t a criminal act.

How Do You File a Police Report for Vandalism?

The very first thing you need to do when you notice vandalism is to call the police. Ask for a police officer to come and assess the damage. If that isn’t possible, you’ll need to file the report at the local station or over the phone. In Utah, your local police department may also have an online form to submit a report, which may help speed the process. Here is information you’ll want to document and include in the report you file with the police:

 

  • Photographic evidence of the damage. Make sure to take these pictures before doing any cleanup of paint or broken glass. 
  • Your driver’s license
  • The registration information for your car
  • Your auto insurance information or policy declaration page
  • The date and time of the vandalism
  • A detailed list of any stolen items. Remember to check for personal documents stored in the glove compartment. If information for bank accounts or credit cards may have been compromised, you should set up a fraud alert and consider freezing your accounts.

Why is It Important to File a Police Report?

One reason to file a report is that vandals will often target multiple vehicles in an area. Letting police know about your case may help them solve broader crimes. Additionally, you may want to file a claim with your insurance company, and they usually require a police report to process your claim. 

What Happens Next?

Once you have submitted the police report, the next step is to assess how to repair the damage. Take your car to a reputable auto repair shop to get a quote on repair costs. If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, your auto insurance will likely cover the damage, but you’ll need to meet the deductible first. Depending on the extent of damage, it may be more cost-effective to pay for minor repairs yourself. As for the perpetrator, penalties under Utah law depend on factors like the extent of damage and prior convictions, ranging anywhere from a class B misdemeanor to a second-degree felony.

Turn to Schneider Auto Karosserie Body & Paint

If you have had to submit a police report for vandalism to your car, you need an auto shop you can trust for reliable service and repairs. Here at Schneider Auto, we are dedicated to restoring your car back to its original quality, and we will be your advocate with your insurance company. Contact us today for a free estimate on your car’s repairs. We serve Salt Lake City, Utah, and the surrounding cities. 

We Work For You

At Schneider Auto Karosserie we work for you with your insurance company. We like to build a personal relationship with our customers and the cars they love. We’ll go the extra mile to make sure you leave satisfied every time.