Structural integrity is key in ensuring engineered structures or structural components remain safe and functional over their intended life span, which requires taking into account engineering and technical considerations that must be managed effectively.
This is especially important when repairing collision damage; using salvage structural parts could compromise your vehicle’s safety in case of another incident later.
Shop technicians can ensure structural integrity when they repair vehicles by adhering to OEM guidelines, but determining these specifications can be challenging for new and experienced repairers alike.
Structural components in your car include floor elements, body panels and frame rails that help hold it all together. They may sustain serious damage in an accident that compromises its safety; that is why General Motors disapproves of using salvage structural parts for repairs to their vehicles.
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Damage caused to vehicles during an accident can reveal much about how and why an incident took place. For instance, let’s say you get rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight – the evidence on your car shows that someone behind you rammed into you, suggesting they are likely at fault for this collision.
Even minor accidents can sometimes leave hidden damage behind. For instance, if your headlights or taillights don’t work after an accident it could indicate structural damage has displaced them out of place and rendered them nonfunctional.
Repair technicians can detect and remedy these types of issues using tools to restore the frame or unibody to manufacturer-specified original specifications. Furthermore, measuring and diagnostic equipment may also be utilized to detect any damage to structural parts like bodies, floor elements, frame rails and more – this work is known as structural repairs – while to ensure its completion correctly they must adhere strictly to OEM guidelines.
Damage caused to vehicles involved in car accidents can reveal much about how and why the incident happened. For instance, if someone rear-ends you and causes significant rear end and front end damage as evidence that they were speeding and failed to leave enough braking distance behind their vehicle.
As such, GM does not recommend its cars to be repaired with anything other than genuine OEM structural parts – these being floor elements, body panels and frame rails which hold your car together and provide extra protection in an accident. However, many insurance policies insist on aftermarket parts.
Even minor impacts can have devastating repercussions for your engine, transmission, or exhaust components. To ensure their continued integrity over time, it’s crucial that any vehicle accident victim visit an accredited repair shop immediately following an incident – this way a collision repair technician can quickly detect issues before they worsen further.
5 Star Autoplex works closely with vehicle manufacturers and repairers to identify collision damage and supply materials to restore structures to factory condition.
Even small dents can lead to hidden damage that compromises performance and safety over time, so adhering to OEM guidelines when making repairs is vital.
By choosing Five Star Body and Paint you get the best repairs while saving up to $1000 on your deductible. Call today to schedule your free estimate.