What is a car frame and why should you check for frame damage?

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One of the most important safety features of your car is the one you can't see - the car's frame. The car's frame is the foundation on which the entire car is built. You should always check the car's history to ensure the frame has no damage. If you're shopping for a used car, you want to make sure that the vehicle's frame is in good condition, with no rebuilt title. Even minor damage, if not repaired properly, can seriously degrade a car's ability to protect you in an accident.

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What is car frame damage and how can I check for it?

Frame damage is damage to any component of a vehicle that is part of the main structure of the vehicle, or any component designed to provide structural integrity. Examples of these components include any suspension mounting location that can't be removed, the lower frame rails, any upper frame rails, and in the case of unibody construction, the A, B and C pillars, windshield and rear window frames and rocker panels. Components that are bolted on are not considered part of a car's structure or frame.

You can use a vehicle history report to help you evaluate the used car’s history. A rebuilt title can signify issues with the car’s frame to be cautious about before buying.