Fortunately, a damaged frame can be repaired-if it's detected and the job is done right. An improperly repaired frame diminishes the structural integrity of the vehicle and increases the risk of serious injury in an accident. It may also harm the vehicle's other safety features, such as airbag deployment. Frame experts, however, are now using state-of-the-art laser technology to better detect defects in a car's frame after it has been repaired. To help you protect your family, auto experts recommend the following:
• If you're driving a car and it just doesn't feel right, it could be there is something wrong with the frame. Take it to a mechanic immediately to make sure there's no damage of which you were unaware.
• Many body shops use outdated methods for repairing cars. Pick a mechanic with state-of-the-art laser technology, which uses lasers to measure a frame's correct specs within a single millimeter.
• Before you buy a used car, check its history carefully. Online services such as carfax.com can help buyers get detailed information about the history of any used car, which could reveal if it's been in a major crash. Simply enter the vehicle's VIN and Carfax will search its nationwide database and provide a detailed vehicle history report in seconds.
For more tips to help protect yourself and your family, or to get a detailed report on any used vehicle, visit www.carfax.com.