FAQ Frame Damage

If my vehicle’s frame is damaged, is it a total loss?
A car is a total loss when the price of repairs exceeds the insurance company’s determined value of your vehicle, or if it is structurally unrepairable. Mahnke technicians are expert at replacing a single section of the vehicle’s frame to completing a full-frame replacement.
Can frame damage be properly repaired?
The answer is yes, if the frame has not been permanently weakened by a tear or kink. Also, some areas of the crush zone are off limits to repair. Serious damage may require a frame component section or replacement. Today’s light cars are designed with a uni-body frame, meaning most of the vehicle core is part of the frame structure. It is very common and safe for a competent shop to correctly repair a vehicle frame.
What if my frame is bent?
Frame damage is a very common occurrence in an accident. The problem isn’t so much the damage but rather the techniques utilized for repair. Mahnke uses computerized measuring systems that contain a database for all vehicles commonly sold in the USA. This equipment is used in conjunction with state of the art pulling and anchoring equipment. The end result is a vehicle returned to manufacturers’ specifications, as safe as the day it was built.