We often hear from our customers wondering how the frame straightening process works, and more importantly, whether or not they need it for their car or truck. To help answer some of those questions, we wanted to provide insight into how our autobody frame straightening process works and why it’s so crucial to the repair of your vehicle.

Most frames can be repaired. At DiCarlo's, we have the ability and equipment to do frame replacement. We have the frame machines, years of training, and experience. There is no truth to the old thought that once the frame is bent the car will never track the same again.

We have taken new cars and straitened out tracking problems. Some newer frames have crush zones built into them. A crush zone is designed to use up energy in a crash. These areas are replaceable. With the right equipment, knowledge, desire and experience, we take the mystery out of frame repair.

What is frame straightening?

While some damage to your car or truck only occurs to the body of the vehicle, like hail damage for example, sometimes the damage is more extensive. If the inner frame of the car is in need of repair, then frame straightening is necessary to get your car or truck back in working order. This kind of damage happens in almost half of all accidents, so frame machines are an important piece of equipment in body shops.

Our autobody frame machine is used to restore the frame to its original shape using hydraulics and torque that humans simply can’t do. These machines allow us to pull or push the frame to straighten it back to its original shape, depending on the amount of damage and the type of frame.

At DiCarlo’s Auto Body Service Center, your car repairs are not only performed using these frame straightening machines, but we take it one step further with industry-leading technology like our laser measuring system. This technology is combined with the expertise of our auto repair technicians, providing the precision to return your car to its factory specs or better.

When is frame straightening needed?

One thing we hear time after time from our customers is how surprised they are at the amount of damage to their vehicles, even after a low speed collision. However, there is a good reason for this. A key innovation to auto safety in the last few decades is the crumple zone. Crumple zones are areas of a vehicle that are designed to crumple and crush in a collision, absorbing some of the impact’s energy from being transmitted to you and your passengers.

These crumple zones result in less fatalities to people, but they also mean more damage to vehicles in low speed collisions. Even if you don’t think your accident was severe enough to warrant repair, you should still request an estimate. There may be thousands of dollars worth of damage you are not aware of.

After a car accident, it’s common to wonder if your car will ever be the same. If you’ve recently been in an accident, even a low speed collision, call us today. We have the technology and the expertise to get your vehicle in the best possible condition. And as always with DiCarlo’s, your repairs come with a lifetime warranty on workmanship and paint.