The news magazine "60 Minutes"
reported on unibody vehicles that were
collapsing in low
speed crashes (30 mph) and killing the occupants. These vehicles were previously
involved in a collision, and put back on the road again. A unibody vehicle,
previous frame damage, will have substantially weaken or compromise the
structural safety of the vehicle. The only way to determine the structural
safety of a repaired frame vehicle, is to wreck the vehicle again, and see if it
protect the passenger compartment.
Also, there is a direct connection from vehicles with previous accident damage and chronic mechanical
problems. You may hear of people complaining that their car (Ford, Chevy, Honda,
Toyota, etc...) has chronic mechanical problems. Many times these chronic
mechanical problems can be attributed to some past accident and un-repaired or
un-repairable frame damage. "Farmers Insurance" estimated that 40% of all
accident repairs are substandard.
Frame inspections should be performed to determine previous collision damage such as
rebuilt or damaged frame
channels, frame rails, front and rear frame horns, subframes, floorpans, core supports, upper
and lower control arms, valence panels, crossmembers, rust damage, non-factory welds, etc.
A frame specialist will be able to tell the buyer if the frame is the same as when
it came from the factory.
Most automotive technicians have little or no experience in frame analysis or repair. There is big difference
between a mechanical technician and a body technician. Rarely will you find a shop that has
ASE Master Technicians and ASE Certified Body and Frame Technicians under one roof.
Before purchasing, be sure to have the vehicle's frame professionally inspected by a ASE
Certified Frame Specialist.
The #1 reason vehicles with existing problems are purchased is the
buyers' inability to determine the current condition before purchase.