In order for you to understand this subject, you will first need to understand the idea of a car frame. Like a human body, every vehicle has a skeleton. Of course, it isn’t made of bones like yours, but it serves the same purpose. Car frames are made of high-quality steel, and they protect the car from all sorts of damage.
The Two Kinds Of Vehicle Frames
In general, there are two different kinds of vehicle frames. The first and most common kind is called a unibody frame. As the name implies, this is a combination of frame and body. Let’s put that in perspective: it would be as if your skeleton were attached to your skin directly. Of course, this wouldn’t work for you because your skin is not as tough as the exterior of a car.
Unibody frames are the most commonly used frames in the auto industry today, and that’s because they are easier to make. These frames can be mass-produced at a lower cost when compared to the cost of making frame and body separately. Not only does it help the financial bottom line, but unibody frames are also known to be a little bit safer.
Frame-On-Body vehicles are the older kind, in which the frame and body are manufactured as two different structures before being welded together. Although these frames are a little more expensive to make, they do offer superior load-bearing ability. Thus, frame-on-body designs are usually found on large trucks and other vehicles that have to carry a lot of weight.
How Bad Is Frame Damage On A Car?
There is no way to sugarcoat the fact that your vehicle may be ruined. When any car has suffered extensive frame damage, it is very hard to correct the problem without compromising your safety. In some cases, a frame is bent back into shape without being reinforced. This leads to a weak spot that can fail in the event of another impact.
If you have frame damage, you will probably need to replace your car. Serious frame damage will probably mean that your car is good for nothing but scrap, so don’t let any “shade tree mechanics” steal your money by telling you otherwise. That being said, minor frame damage can often be repaired, but only by an experienced professional. Any part of the frame which has been compromised will have to be reinforced with additional steel.
What Causes Frame Damage On A Car?
In most cases, frame damage on a car is caused by one of two things: Impact and rust. We probably don’t have to tell you that a strong impact can cause your vehicle’s frame to buckle and bend. Thankfully, it takes a pretty strong hit before this will occur. In fact, any impact which is significant enough to warp your frame is probably significant enough to endanger your life.
Rust, on the other hand, is a slow killer. Even if the exterior of the car is shiny and clean, you might have unseen degradation underneath. If you happen to live near the ocean, the salty sea air will make the problem much worse. Saltwater has a tendency to eat metal, and a mixture of salt and water vapor will do much the same thing.
When In Doubt, Throw It Out
No one wants to discard their car, especially if it has served them well for a long time. However, your frame is the last line of defense between your body and the impact of another vehicle. If it fails, you can probably guess what happens next. As such, we would recommend that you replace the vehicle in most cases. No matter how nice it once was, no vehicle is worth that kind of risk.
At Fix Auto, we have the experience and the skills to fix most minor frame damage in such a way that your car will be as good as new. When it comes to your safety, we realize that nothing else will do. We also have the honesty and integrity to let you know when your car is beyond saving. We want every customer to walk away happy, and you will see that when you pick up the phone and call us at 1-626-442-6558. While you’re at it, you might also want to fill out the contact form below so that we can keep you updated.