Although heavy-duty vehicles have a long life expectancy, one incident could leave you with a compromised frame and an investment that just took a financial free fall. To recover your capital outlay and keep your business moving, give A-1 Truck & Equipment in Ventura, California, a call at 805.659.1817 to discuss frame repair. We're the only I-CAR Gold Certified body repair shop for heavy-duty vehicles in the western United States, so you know you can entrust your important collision restoration project to us. You'll find us conveniently located at 1588 Los Angeles Avenue. While there may be a few bends in the nearby Santa Clara River, we'll straighten those curves right out of your commercial application vehicle frame.
The Importance of Frame Repair
While a cut-rate repair facility with low standards might focus solely on initial visual appearance, we recognize the importance of an auto body repair that addresses all physical issues, including the frame. This is important because the result of every other body repair--whether related to aesthetics or safety--hinges upon the structural integrity of the frame. If a warped frame is not fixed properly, other body parts will never fit together as well as they should. The underlying problem can add undue stress to all components of the suspension system, causing untimely wear. Tires may also fare poorly because proper wheel alignment cannot be achieved with a bent frame. Finally, driver and passenger safety may be compromised if there is a subsequent crash because an ailing frame cannot provide adequate structural protection.
Special Frame Repair Challenges Posed by Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Commercial transportation and equipment is costly. Therefore, if a safe and practical repair can be achieved, it is often in your best interest to repair crash damage rather than replace the vehicle. That said, frame repair for these types of vehicles poses unique challenges. Technicians must consider these when repairing heavy-duty frames. For instance, a substandard repair could leave you with a frame that is subject to buckle under strain or heavy loads. Also, many large trucks, some buses/RV's, and nearly all commercial equipment pieces have hydraulic mechanisms tucked around the perimeter of the frame for applications such as operating fork attachments, dump beds, wheelchair platform lifts, and leveling jacks. Those will need to be addressed in repairs too. Finally and most obviously, these frames are just plain big! When you choose A-1 Truck & Equipment in Ventura, California, rest assured that you have selected a repair shop with great staff and the facilities you need for a successful repair.Request An Estimate