Car Frame Damage: How to Know if Your Frame Can Be Repaired or if it is a Total Loss

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Car frame damage is typically caused by a severe impact like a collision with an object or another vehicle. When this damage occurs, it is important to know when to repair the car versus when you need a whole replacement. And nothing is worse than a totaled car—your vehicle is considered totaled when the cost to repair is more than the cost of the car itself.

A Closer Look at the Types of Car Frame Damage

To understand when damage repair is possible, let’s discuss the types of frame damage as well the situations where repair is futile. The most common types are as follows:

Twisted/Sagging Frame

This type of damage is usually due to an accident or collision where a car has been hit from the side. It can cause unevenness in the frame, leaving it distorted or sagging which leaves you with a car that wears out faster. A twisted car frame can be harder to detect so it is important to have the car checked out by an expert

Mash Damage

Similar to twisted/sagging damage, mash damage occurs when there is a major impact on the frame that causes it to bend, fold, or collapse. This type of damage usually occurs when the car has been hit head-on or there has been a rear-end collision. Mash damage can be identified by deformities or wrinkles in the hood, fender, or rails. A mashed frame can also lead to damage in other areas of the vehicle. 

Sway Damage

This type of damage can occur when any corner of your car gets hit. This damage is easier to detect because the car leans in one direction. Sway damage can make it difficult for you to drive your car in a straight line. This type of damage also leads to misalignment and serious damage to the vehicle’s transmission. 

When is Frame Damage Irreparable?

The answer to this question varies depending on the severity of the damage and the age/mileage of the car. Check out the following signs to see if your damage may be beyond repair:

1. If your vehicle has a lot of miles: Over time, your car’s frame will naturally weaken and become more prone to damage. If you already have a lot of miles on your car, chances are the damage may be too severe to repair.

2. If the damage is severe and the car is over 5 years old: The age of your vehicle can also play an important role in determining if the damage can be repaired. If the car is over 5 years old and the damage is severe, it may not be worth repairing.

3. If you’re experiencing leaking fluids: If you notice fluid leaking from your car, this could be a sign that there is significant damage that cannot be repaired.

Valley Collision: the Right Choice for Your Vehicle Repair

If you’ve been in an accident and are unsure whether your car frame is damaged, contact Valley Collision. Our team of experienced professionals can assess the damage to your vehicle and provide you with a detailed report outlining what needs to be done to restore it to its pre-accident condition. 

We offer fast and efficient service at competitive prices, making us the ideal choice for all your vehicle repair needs. Don’t let frame damage keep you from getting back on the road—contact Valley Collision today!

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