Frame damage, like a lot of car issues, can hide behind a great paint job and a low price-tag. Used cars run at premium prices these days, between inflation and a general shortage of manufacturers and parts. So, when you find any kind of deal, it might make sense at first to leap before you look. However, there are a few easy ways to tell when the car you’re looking at has frame damage.
It Won’t Drive Straight
This is a red flag no matter what, but it’s also not something that can be fixed with a simple re-alignment or tire rotation like a salesman may try to pitch to you. Damage to an automobile’s frame can heavily affect its ability to drive in straight lines, which is an obvious safety issue.
The Wheels Go In Different Directions
Sound crazy? We wish. Frame damage to an automobile can mean that tires move in different directions while in motion, which as you might imagine causes all kinds of other, more exciting, even worse problems. How do you find out for sure? Try driving over some mud, dirt, or even while it’s raining and you’ll see differences in the tread.
Visible Damage Tells The Story
Crumple zones on a car’s bumpers and quarter panels are designed to absorb impacts in a safe way. The problem is that, once these zones have been crumpled, they’re compromised and need to be fixed. Pay special attention to cars that look like they have numerous dents and bumps in grouped locations–this is a red flag that means frame damage is even more likely from repeat collisions.
If you’ve picked up such a deal that you can’t turn it away, finding the car of your dreams for a great price, but you’re still full of concerns about frame damage, talk to us at Shur-Way Auto Body. We’ll work up an estimate for you at no cost, get the work done quick, and make your car look and feel good as new.