(503) 656-6825

Framework and Chassis Repair and Replacement

Chassis and Framework Repair Services

Does frame damage have you worried after an auto accident?

The framework, or chassis, of a vehicle often becomes bent and warped after a wreck or significant auto collision. Damage to the frame, steering, and suspension systems of the vehicle can be extensive and require high-tech equipment to repair properly. Years ago, when the frame of a car was bent, it could never be returned to pre-loss condition truly. Nowadays, we have the technology of computerized laser measuring systems that calculate and restore framework to factory specifications.

A vehicle driven with a bent frame will at the very least cause alignment issues, such as uneven tire wear, reduced gas mileage, and steering problems. A bent frame can even cause structural damage that prevents your frame from holding the weight of your vehicle over time. When your framework experiences strucutural damage, it requires technical work and machinery to repair, and falls within one of the following three options: straightening, welding, and replacement.

Framework Straightening is the best option for restoring a vehicle to pre-loss condition when there is not significant damage. This method of repair involves bending the vehicle's metal frame back into OEM Alignment specifications. This is the preferred method of framework repair on fender bender accidents. To guarantee this precision accuracy , we use ultrasound technology to determine the extent of the damage and then use lasers to determine the degree of alignment required to restore manufacturer specifications. This method of repair is ideal when the damage isn't too extensive, and in most cases the vehicle can be restored to original condition without issue.

In some instances, car frame straightening won't be suitable for framework damage, and it's necessary to cut, and weld the chassis and framework back together. Framework Welding is only the ideal solution when bending the metal is not an option for viable repair. The bent portions of the frame are cut from the vehicle and new straight metal pieces are welded back into the chassis. While this repair is easier than bending metal back into place, it can affect the structural integrity of the frame and should only be completed by a trained welder with the experience to not compromise the chassis of the vehicle.

In the most extreme cases, with the heaviest damage, there is high difficulty and expense required to repair the framework back to factory specifications. Sometimes the cost and work necessary to fix the chassis outweighs the value of the vehicle and it will be recommended that the vehicle be "totalled-out" or scrapped instead of repair. This is usually recommended when the frame is bent enough that poor wheel alignment and structural damage will prevent the vehicle from ever driving the same way again. Although it may be inconvenient to accept that the vehicle is beyond repair, sometimes a bent frame is exceptionally dangerous and cannot be driven. Contact your insurance company to provide you with a check to reimburse you the value of your vehicle.

IS A BENT CHASSIS REPAIRABLE?

Repairing Chassis damage is dependent entirely upon the type and extend of the damage present. Some bent and cracked frames can be repaired. Chassis' can be bent back into original form, or welded back to safety standards in some situations. Small automotive accidents such as fender benders are often minimal and repairable chassis and framework damage.

Some chassis rail damage cannot be repaired and the vehicle may be totalled if the cost to replace the chassis is valued more than the vehicle itself. When the damage is extensive and the chassis is heavily bent out of shape, the suspension and safety of the vehicle are compromised as well. Inspection is the only way to know for sure if your chassis and framework damage is repairable.