How do you know if a car has frame damage?

I was recently in an accident with my Jeep. It seems off when I drive it now. I'm worried it has frame damage. What are the signs?

Sophie Newman · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“Worrying about your vehicle can create a lot of anxiety while driving! Damage after an accident isn’t always noticeable at first, so there are a few things to look for if you suspect
frame damage
, such as:
  • Visible bending or damage
  • Any cracks, bends, or missing components (especially underneath your vehicle)
  • Poor alignment
  • Weird noises
  • Uneven shocks and suspension
  • Uneven wear on tires
If you notice any of these signs or are worried about your vehicle’s structural integrity, take it to a repair shop. They can inspect your vehicle and determine what the issue is.
Depending on your
car insurance
coverage and who was at fault in the accident, you may be able to submit a claim for repairs if needed.
While it’s always better to have your vehicle repaired and safe to drive, sometimes submitting a claim can raise your rate. If this happens, try using the
app. Jerry is a licensed car insurance broker that gathers the best quotes from top insurance providers in minutes and delivers the best deals to your phone for free.”
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