Is My Car Totaled If It Has Frame Damage?

Does frame damage mean it’s time to say goodbye to your vehicle, or is there a chance you can save it? WeBuyTotaledCars can help you find out.

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The short answer is maybe. It all really depends on the type of frame damage that you have. Some frame damage can be easily fixed and will not cost you an arm and a leg. Some frame damage will cost more than what the car is actually worth, so we recommend that you should scrap that car and purchase a brand new vehicle.

We also recommend that you do check for frame damage as often as possible. The earlier you can find any bent car frame symptoms, the cheaper it will be for you to repair the damage. So what should you look for? Here are four common symptoms that you should look for when inspecting a car frame that’s bent.

1. Visible Damage Underneath Your Car

This is the easiest way to find frame damage on your car. All you have to do is lay on your back, crawl under your car and look up. Make sure you bring a flashlight with you though, as it will be dark under there. With your trusty flashlight in hand, you can look around to see if there are any cracks or bends in any of the metal. If you find any weak-looking spots, it is time to take your vehicle to the mechanic so they can hopefully weld it back together.

Is My Car Totaled If It Has Frame Damage?If you catch this damage early enough, it should not cost you much in order to weld the pieces back together. If the damage to the frame is severe, it will cost you a lot of money “just” to weld the pieces back together.

“Just” welding it back together means the mechanic will need to get a second person to help them hold and bend the piece together so they can hopefully not have to take too much apart. If they need to take it apart, you can guarantee that this repair will be costly.

2. Some Components Will Not Easily Fit Together

Are you having an issue with closing your door? Have you already replaced the insulation that sits between the door and the locking mechanism? It sounds like your vehicle is starting to bend out of shape.

Even if your locking mechanism is working properly, it will not latch on when you have frame damage; the car will keep beeping its open door light even if it looks like the latch is holding on.

Over time, the exterior of your car will start shifting from how often it is being used. The most common places that you will find shifting is around the doors and on your bumper. All of the pressure that these panels receive is bound to affect the car.

If you catch this issue early enough, a mechanic can bend the panels back into place so you can go back to driving your car without the insistent “door open” beep.

3. Shock and Suspension Damage

Shock and Suspension DamageThis issue will be a lot harder to find than the others. If your car is properly aligned, that means all of its weight is evenly distributed. If the car is not properly aligned, that means some of your car’s weight will lean in an undesirable direction.

This leaning will put pressure on your shock and suspension systems. If you keep driving like this, it will cause long term damage that will become too expensive to fix. This is why you take your car in for an inspection every year; make sure you get everything checked so you can continue getting the most out of your vehicle.

4. Your Vehicle Will Not Realign

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle will start veering off in one direction? No matter how firm you hold that steering wheel, it keeps moving to the left or right; and it will keep moving in that same direction. That is because you have frame damage. All of your vehicle’s weight is leaning in that direction, which means it will keep crawling in the direction that it is leaning.

These are all not easy signs to spot. No matter when you have spotted the damage, you should take it to your mechanic as soon as possible. So with this in mind, I believe the next question is…

What Is The Car Frame Damage Repair Cost?

What Is The Car Frame Damage Repair Cost?Unfortunately, this all depends on the stage of damage your car frame is in. If you caught the frame damage early enough, it should cost you anywhere between $600 and $1000. If you catch the damage late, it can cost you up to $10k to repair your frame! That is a lot of money! So what should you do if you run into frame damage that is this severe? I recommend that you sell the car to

Unlike our competition, we make sure that you get fair market value for your car, no matter what condition it is in. A junkyard will only pay “by the pound,” a chop shop will cut the price down significantly so they can pay for their work, and breaking the car down on your own will require you to spend a lot of time figuring out how to do it AND will require you to deal with hagglers.

Considering that you will need to purchase a new car, you should aim to get fair market value for your damaged car.

Sell Your Car With Frame Damage To WeBuyTotaledCars!

Sell Your Car With Frame Damage To WeBuyTotaledCars!So how can you sell your bent frame car to Easy!

  • Go to our website and request a questionnaire
  • Fill out the questionnaire and submit a few photos
  • Review our no-obligation fair market value quote

If you accept the offer, you can schedule a pickup time that is convenient for you. Our towing partner will grab your car and you will get paid on the spot.

Even if your car requires $10k worth of frame damage repair, the price our experts send to you is still guaranteed for a week. Doesn’t this sound so easy? Selling your damaged car should never be difficult.

Is Frame Damage A Total Loss?

Frame damage is not necessarily a total loss! If you catch the frame damage early, a mechanic can fix it up for anywhere between $600 to $1000. That cost is significantly cheaper than purchasing a new car.

But if you do not catch the frame damage early enough, it can cost you up to $10k to have your frame repaired. At this point, I recommend that you sell your car to

All you have to do is go on our website, request a form, fill out the questionnaire and submit it with a few photos, then review our no-obligation fair market value price. If you agree to the price, you can schedule a pickup that is convenient for you.

If A Car Frame Is Bent Is It Totaled?

Frame damage on a car does not always mean it is totaled! If you catch the damage early enough, a mechanic can repair it for anywhere between $600 to $1000. And there are plenty of signs that you can look for to help you identify frame damage before it becomes a major issue.

  • Inspect for frame damage under your car
  • Keep an eye on your exterior components and make sure they easily fit
  • Have your Shocks and Suspensions inspected yearly
  • Watch how your car drives on the road

These are the four surest signs to look for in order to determine if you have frame damage on your car. A mechanic can take your car apart and weld the damaged pieces back together so you have a sturdy frame. But it is important to keep an eye on how your car is performing so you do not cause severe frame damage to your vehicle.

Can Frame Damage Be Fixed?

Yes, frame damage can be fixed by a mechanic. Once they discover where the damage is, they can get a piece of metal and weld the damage together. If the damage is significant, they can get a second person to help and/or take a lot of parts out of the car so they can perform the repair.

An easy repair will cost anywhere between $600 to $1000. Frame damage that requires significant work can cost you up to $10k in repairs. So make sure you are keeping an eye out for signs of frame damage so you do not have to spend an arm and a leg fixing your frame or purchasing a new car.

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