Today, most passenger vehicles are of unitized construction in which the frame, body, and major parts are welded into a single unit or unibody. This design is lighter and more fuel efficient, as well as less expensive to manufacture.
Unibodies are designed to crush upon impact in order to absorb the kinetic energy of a collision and protect the passenger compartment. While the unitized bodies are safer for occupants, they present greater challenges in collision repair. Because damage tends to Travel though a unibody, the entire body needs an examination and/or correction after a collision.
There are several crumple zones engineered into a unibody. These areas are designed to collapse upon impact to absorb the impact of the collision and isolate the passenger cabin. Extreme care should be taken when repairing or replacing these structural members.
It is for these reasons, one should insist on a repair facility with the equipment, training and experience to handle unibody repairs. At Classic Auto Body we guarantee the accuracy and durability of our repairs for as long as you own your car.
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