What Frame Damage Could Mean to You and Your Car
A vehicle’s frame is essentially its primary safety feature, serving as the car’s skeleton. The frame gives a vehicle its foundation while protecting the passengers and its contents from different types of harm, from natural elements to serious injuries during an accident. Vehicle frames are also often designed to work together with other safety features. This allows the car to have a seamless safety system that ensures the driver, passengers, and vehicle contents are kept as much as possible.
This is the reason why when car models are tested for collisions, the entire safety system is checked, evaluated, and graded. Even the smallest flaw in the frame of a vehicle can make a difference during a collision or crash. As a result, the quality of a vehicle frame can make or break the safety of the entire vehicle.
Vehicle owners and drivers must understand the importance of each part of their vehicle. This post aims to shed light on the importance of the vehicle frame and discusses what could be the implications when it gets damaged.
When is Frame Damage Considered Serious and Dangerous?
Many people think that minor vehicle frame damage should not be a cause for worry, and the car can still be driven until the owner can get the damage repaired. Many car owners believe that frame damage only counts when the car was totaled or if it can’t be driven at all. Somehow, you can blame action movies and TV shows for the spread of such an idea.
While it’s true that cars with frame damage that were not totaled can still be driven, they still may not be safe — as even the smallest frame issue can pose safety risks. Worse, frame damage is not always noticeable. Many people buy second-hand vehicles without knowing about hidden frame damage. A tiny issue in the frame can grow and lead to more severe problems in the long run, and these problems can put your safety and life at risk. This is why it’s essential to have a car regularly checked.
DIY Frame Repairs are a No-No
Frame damage repair is best left to professionals. As mentioned above, the frame is often designed to work with other safety features. When you resort to a DIY repair, you are likely to overlook safety features that may have been affected by the frame damage and fail to restore the frame with consideration of the other safety features.
Frame Damage and Vehicle Safety
Thanks to modern manufacturing technology and techniques, the number of fatalities during car collisions have been reduced by up to 35 percent in the last decade. This is due to the safety technologies applied in modern cars. However, this is only a possibility when a vehicle’s frame is intact.
Vehicle owners should keep in mind that no matter how big or small the frame damage of their car is, it should be checked and repaired professionally. It’s important to repair the car’s frame according to how it was originally designed with consideration of the safety features that came with the car.
M3 Collision Group has experienced professionals in auto collision repair, who have up-to-date training and qualifications. Stop by and let us restore your car to its former look in no time!