A car is a total loss only when the price of repairs exceeds the insurance company’s determined value of your vehicle. Nowadays, most cars are built using unibody (frame and body as one) construction. Our highly skilled technicians, with the aid of our state-of the-art computer measuring system, can return your vehicle to its original factory specifications. If it is determined that the frame section is bent beyond repair, that section can simply be replaced.
For decades, almost all vehicles had frames that were basically two steel beams that ran the length of the vehicle. The suspension, engine and transmission were mounted to the front of the frame and body of the vehicle was set on top of it. This type of technology is still used on full sized pickup trucks and some types of full size cars and vans.
In the early 1980’s the unibody structure became more popular. It’s basically a series of metal panels that are welded together. This all forms a skeleton and all other panels are attached to it making it very strong. This type of vehicle usually has a sub-frame that is bolted to the unibody and the suspension, engine and transmission are attached to it. It is normally made of thicker steel, so it has the strength to carry all of the weight and hold the suspension. Whether it’s a full frame or a unibody, the structure of the vehicle can be damaged in an accident. But don’t worry, it can be repaired!
When a frame or unibody needs to be straightened, the vehicle goes on a frame machine. With chains or clamps hooked to the damaged area and it is pulled back into line. In the old days you could heat the bent area to soften the metal and straighten the frame back into shape. Excessive heat cannot be used on newer frames and unibodies because the molecular makeup of the high strength steel will be compromised.
Let the professionals handle your frame issues! Call ICC Collision today!