Purchasing a used car is often a risky proposition. While everything may look fine on the surface, a car may still be carrying damage from an accident that isn't readily apparent to the untrained eye. A bent frame can be very difficult to fix correctly, so the auto body repair specialists at Lexington's Benton Auto Body offer a few tips to help you determine whether that used vehicle you've been looking at is really a wise investment:
- Doors, hoods, and trunk lids that don't line up correctly are a good first indicator of major frame damage. Even if they close securely, check and make sure the edges are in line all the way up.
- Visually inspect the underside of the car with a flashlight to check for signs of bent metal on the frame.
- A bent frame will also result in distortions in the body, so measure the door openings on each side to make sure they're the same width.
- Depending on how a frame is bent, the wheels may not be centered in the wheel well. You might also be able to detect a visible curve in the car when you look at it from the back.
- If you can, drive the car slowly through a puddle and then 2-3 car lengths beyond it. If the tracks overlap side by side when you drive in a straight line, the car likely has a bent frame.
For any auto body work or collision repair services, be sure to give Benton Auto Body in Lexington, Kentucky a call at (859) 258-9842 today.