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. We use 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 factory specs that will track straight and true.
If my vehicle’s frame is damaged, is it a total loss?
No. A car is a total loss only when the price of repairs exceeds the insurance company’s determined value of your vehicle. Most cars these days are built using uni-body (frame and body as one) construction. Our highly skilled technicians with the aid of our state-of-the-art measuring system can return your vehicle to its original factory specifications. If it is determined that the frame section is bent beyond repair, that section can simply be replaced.
Who determines if my car is a total loss?
Typically, if the cost to repair your car exceeds 70% of its market value before it was damaged, then it’s considered a total loss by most insurance companies. Insurance policies contain clauses that limit them from paying more than your car is worth. The insurance company makes the determination if your car is a total loss based on repair costs, salvage value and pre-loss market value.
Can I keep my car and have it repaired even if my insurance company has deemed it a total loss?
Yes, in some cases, this may make sense and serve your needs. Our service representatives will give you the necessary information to see if this is a viable option.
Who is the Insured and who is the claimant?
If you’re using your insurance company to pay for repairs to your car, then you are the “insured” and the terms of your policy apply. When another person’s insurance is responsible to pay for repairs to your car, then you’re the “claimant.”
What if I get my car back and something isn’t fixed right?
Contact Xtreme Collision immediately! Although we take every step to ensure a professional, safe and quality repair is performed, we also know that latent and undetected problems can develop after the repair work is done. Either way, we want to get it fixed as soon as possible!
Can you match the paint?
Yes, provided that your vehicle is an original factory color that is not faded or discolored. The following is a brief description of how paint matching works:
Your vehicle carries a paint code printed on a label on your vehicle. This code is broken down into a formula given to automotive paint manufacturers. Xtreme Collision uses the formula to mix the color using premium Sherwin Williams paint. This works fine if your vehicle is precisely the color specified by the paint code. However, in actual production, there are often slight variations in color.
Can I wash my car?
RECOMMENDATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS IN THE FIRST 30 DAYS:
Stiff brushes or sponges could mar the finish and damage the surface. Do not “dry wipe” your vehicle. Dry wiping can scratch the finish. Do not drive on gravel roads. Chipping the finish is easily done in the first 30 days. Avoid parking under trees and utility lines which are likely to attract birds. Bird droppings have a high acid content and will damage a freshly painted surface. Also, tree sap can mar or spot a freshly painted surface. Do not spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, or windshield solvent on the new finish. Do not scrape ice or snow from the newly painted surface.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS IN THE FIRST 90 DAYS:
Do not wax or polish the vehicle. This will allow the finish to dry and harden completely. It is recommended to wait at least 60 days before waxing. Although the clear coat reaches its maximum hardness in 30 days, there may still be some additional cure-out of solvents for another 30 days.