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Frame Damage: Is My Car Totaled?

Last updated 6 years ago

Many car owners mistakenly assume frame damage to be a vehicular death sentence. In reality, advanced equipment and expert automotive repair can address most repair problems. Anyone who has recently been involved in an auto collision will benefit from knowing some of the following frame damage fundamentals:

  • Frame Facts: The frame of a vehicle is, in essence, its skeleton. It is made of rigid metal, unites the wheels and suspension components, and serves as the platform on which the vehicle’s body and various mechanical components are mounted. Forceful impacts from collisions of virtually any nature can bend the frame, compromising the vehicle’s structure and causing its various components to fall out of alignment.
  • Damage Symptoms: Frame damage is difficult to identify without the use of detailed diagnostic techniques. Many of its symptoms can be traced to individually damaged components like the suspension, wheels, and brakes, as these parts are most susceptible to damage in a collision. However, concurrent frame damage is always a possible culprit of these problems. Common problems that can indicate frame damage include pulling to one direction, steering wheel and brake pedal vibration, and misaligned body panels. Drivers should always have their vehicle inspected by a professional if any of these problems present themselves following a collision of any severity.
  • Ongoing Damage Concerns: Even minor frame damage can result in progressive damage across your vehicle. Minor damage can still cause parts to wear out quicker, leaving suspension components, axles, wheels, and tires all susceptible to premature failure. Likewise, a damaged frame can put undue stress on vehicle bolts, engine and transmission mounts, and door panels. Additionally, unaddressed frame damage causes the value of a vehicle to depreciate significantly, potentially cutting its market value in half.

If you’ve recently been involved in a collision and have noticed strange behavior from your vehicle, a visit to collision repair shop is vital to preserving the capabilities, value, and safety of your vehicle. Greulich's Automotive Service & Collision can handle all of your vehicle’s collision and mechanical repair needs. Drivers can also log on to our website to learn about our 10% off repair specials. Contact us at (480) 483-8186 for additional details. 


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