Tips & Information
Owasso Collison Specialists cares for our friends and family as well as members of the Owasso Rams Community. As a repair shop we have seen first hand the implications of driving while distracted by a cell phone. Please take a stand and SAY NO to TEXTING & DRIVING
Keep safety first, make sure there are no serious injuries, call 911 if so!
If no emergency assistance is needed, exchange the below information for your records and for the insurance companies.
- Phone Number
- Insurance Company
- Drivers License Number
- License plate
- VIN Number (17 digit number on dashboard)
- Year, Make, Model, and Color of vehicle
- Photograph and document the accident scene
Types of Constuction
The two types of automobile construction are body on frame and unibody. Body on frame is mostly used for trucks and SUVs. Unibody is the construction used for most automobiles and smaller crossover SUVs. Some vehicles like Jeep Cherokees are a combination of these two designs. Regardless of the design, the frame of a vehicle has multiple functions. First it defines the dimension of the vehicle. The frame is what all other parts align with. Secondly, the frame is designed to provide safety in the event of a collision. It is built to bend and crumple in certain places in order to absorb the energy of a collision while at the same time protecting the passenger compartment.
What is frame damage?
In about half of collisions, there is some degree of frame damage. It could just be the bumper mounting member that’s bent or the damage could be extensive enough to require the replacement of a part or all of a frame rail. Frame repair not only involves restoring frame components to their original dimensions, but also to their original strength. Where metal is bent it becomes hardened in the bend where the molecules are pushed together. Through a process called stress relief, the molecules are arranged back to their original configuration and the steel is restored to its original strength.
How is frame damage repaired?
This type of repair is done on a frame machine which is a platform onto which the vehicle can be clamped. It also uses hydraulic rams which will pull with a force of up to 20,000 lbs.
Along with the devices for pulling, a measuring system is utilized. A common system uses a laser and reflective targets which are accurate to within one millimeter. This system can be used live and the dimensions of the vehicle can be monitored during the pull. The vehicle is measured in three dimensions; height, width and length. Once the frame has been restored to its original condition, all other parts will fit and the wheels will align correctly.
Not every shop is qualified to repair hail damage. Some paintless dent repair companies drill holes into vehicle panels. Choose a shop who will perform hail repairs without compromising the integrity of your vehicle.
Hail storms may seem harmless, but one little hailstone can dent your car or break your windshield, mirrors and headlights. The worst part is that unless you have comprehensive coverage, your auto insurance won't help you with auto hail damage.
The average hail storm lasts about five minutes, but according to the National Weather Services, the damage left behind adds up to $1 billion every year.
Hail is formed when raindrops pass through currents of freezing air and turn into small blocks of ice. Most of the time they measure only a fraction of an inch but they can also reach the destructive size of a grapefruit or softball.
Damage to sheet metal can cost thousands of dollars to repair and replacing a broken windshield can add up to hundreds of dollars. Don't expect a check from your insurance company unless you've purchased comprehensive coverage, the kind that also covers other types of weather-related damage, theft and vandalism.
If you are covered, you have the right to get your car repaired to the condition it was in before the hail damaged it. There are two ways to accomplish this: the traditional method of body repair - hammering and painting - or paintless dent repair.
To prevent hail damage, the Better Business Bureau recommends taking the following precautions:
1 - Park your car in a garage or under a roof before the storm begins.
2 - If you have to leave it outside, cover your car with a thick blanket to minimize the impact of hail.
3 - If driving, look for a covered safe place and wait for the storm to pass.
4 - If there's nowhere to go, stop your car. The impact will be stronger if your car is in motion.
5 - After the storm, assess the damage and call your insurance company. It can be difficult to spot.