This refers to vehicles that are a “body-on-frame” such as most pickups, larger SUVs, and service vehicles.
Many body shops will operate within the guidelines of an insurance carrier and a vehicle can be determined as a total loss. When this happens, you have the option to purchase the vehicle back from the insurance carrier (usually at the cost of auction value).
Some vehicles hold sentimental value and when most body shops are unwilling to attempt a frame correction, LucasMWF will assess the possibility of repair. In some cases, we remove a section of the frame and install a replacement. In other cases, we may recondition the frame and install a patch or sleeve to improve the structural integrity of the frame.
What about rusty, perforated, or deteriorated frames?
Yes, we will help with those cases. We will repair most frames with missing sections, significant holes, or cracks. Once we remove any parts blocking the frame area(s), we thoroughly clean and prepare the frame for reconditioning, replacement, or modifications. Once we correct the structural concerns, we tend to offer an undercoating preservation service.