Chief Auto Frame Repair Machines
If you’ve been in a major collision, our auto frame repair company can help. Our professionals will make your vehicle look brand new again with our frame repair services. After an accident, your vehicle’s frame will be crunched. Now, It’s been rendered un-drivable. While the damage looks crazy at first, there’s a reason it looks that way! The goal for modern vehicles in particular is to reduce the force of the impact on you in a collision. Otherwise, if your car was made of more rigid material, you would experience the full force of the impact. Now vehicles are made to crunch and collapse. This allows the passenger compartment to remain intact. While it looks excessive, that damage to your car saved you. But, this kind of damage can’t be restored by human hands. Hydraulics and torque are required to get the job done.
We use Chief Automotive Frame Machines to straighten your vehicle’s frame back to factory specifications. For example, it provides multiple, simultaneous pulls with giant straight edges. The pulls are then made with equalized pressure to prevent rolling, bending, tearing or ripping. Also, both of our benches can handle pulling from 360 degrees easily. With Chief Frame Machines, we offer the fastest and most accurate frame repairs possible. We also use Genesis Velocity Computerized Measuring to fully assess the damage in order to completely restore your vehicle. This also allows us to monitor the repair which ensures that your vehicle will handle correctly, and be safe to drive again. Let us be your auto frame repair company.
Don’t Drive With a Damaged Frame
Driving with a damaged frame can affect the balance and alignment of your vehicle. This will cause the car/truck to drift as well as incur uneven wear on your tires. And most importantly, if your frame has damage, it is now far more vulnerable in the event of another accident. If it isn’t reset to factory restoration, then it won’t provide the same protection that it once did. You’re now putting yourself and your other passengers at risk.
Types of Frame Damage
There are various types of frame damage that may occur:
- Twisted Frame: Identifying a twisted frame can be challenging, but noticeable signs include gaps in the body. The car might exhibit a tendency to lean in a particular direction, leading to accelerated wear on coils and tires. Instability at higher speeds is another indicator.
- Mash Damage: Mash damage occurs in rear-end or head-on collisions. The frame compresses onto itself, resulting in shortened frame ends. Notably, mash damage can happen even in low-speed collisions.
- Sway Damage: Sway damage occurs when a vehicle is hit on the corner or T-boned. This causes the frame to bend either to the left or right. Identifying sway damage is relatively straightforward — the car may tend to drift to one side instead of driving in a straight line. Vibrations and potential driveshaft issues may also be experienced.
Our Professional Process
It all starts with a computerized measuring system. It reads how far off your frame is from its original shape and integrity. Once we have a precise reading, the Chief Frame Machine works its magic. It is also built to withstand tons of pressure, so it won’t flex or bend under the pulling forces. It performs multiple, simultaneous pulls under equal pressure to prevent damage to the vehicle.
Is Auto Frame Repair a Wise Decision?
Certainly! Contrary to common misconceptions, proficient technicians at an auto body shop can effectively repair frame damage. Specialized framing machines are employed for this purpose, capable of restoring the frame as closely as possible to factory specifications.
These machines leverage hydraulic pressure and torque to straighten any bent sections of the frame. In cases where the structure is deemed irreparable through this method, damaged portions of the frame can be removed and replaced with new metal pieces, seamlessly welded into place.
When is Frame Damage Unrepairible?
While frame damage is often repairable, the crucial consideration is whether it is economically viable.
Insurance companies typically assess this through the repair-to-value ratio. If the cost to repair the car exceeds the vehicle’s appraised value, it might be more cost-effective to declare the vehicle a total loss. In cases where the car has sustained severe damage to the extent that the frame is fragmented, it might be advisable to consider scrapping the vehicle.
Chief Frame Machines
Most efficient pulling system in the world. Both of our benches can easily handle pulling from 360 degrees and simultaneously pull in multiple directions.
The Genesis Velocity is the world’s most accurate frame measuring system. It provides full-color one page reports on the exact condition of your vehicle’s frame before, during, and after repairs have been made.
Do You Work with Insurance Companies?
We work with all insurance companies, and in fact, we are a direct repair facility for many insurance companies. So, let us know who is your provider.
If My Vehicle’s Frame has Damage, is it a Total Loss?
Frame damage is no longer the nail in the coffin for a damaged vehicle. Modern equipment, techniques, and advanced expertise of the technician allow for even severely-damaged frames to be repaired. Of course, the less damage, the better the likelihood of saving the car.
Can Car Struction Match my Paint Color Exactly?
Absolutely. In addition to working with Porsche and Mercedes-Benz closely to keep paint formulations on hand, our paint technicians can flawlessly blend the new paint into the existing paint of your vehicle.
How Many Estimates Do I Need?
We work with your insurance company to establish an estimate, as do many collision repair centers. Getting multiple estimates is generally not advantageous, as they will all be nearly identical.
Do I Need an Appointment?
We do suggest scheduling an appointment through our easy-to-use form ahead of time. If you find yourself short on time, then please give us a call and we will fit you in as soon as we can.
What Happens if Additional Damage is Found After the Estimate?
Unfortunately, the first observation and inspection doesn’t always discover deep-down damages. During the course of repair, we may find further issues that need to be addressed. In this case, we will contact the insurance company for authorization to pay for any supplemental damages. Then we will notify you before we take further action.