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Old 10-23-2012, 08:05 PM
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Bent frame...

Okay so I discovered my prelude has a bent frame. I'm wondering if it's worth fixing, how much it costs, and if anyone has done it before?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:22 PM
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Re: Bent frame...

Depends on how bad and where it is at. pics would help alot.
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Re: Bent frame...

Yeah depends how bad a bent frame is never good and won't ever be the same no matter what though.
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Think I'll just sell it or part it out. The mechanic said he wouldn't keep the car himself so it sounds pretty bad.
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Re: Bent frame...

could always try bending it back into place.
somewhat fixed my current car due to the PO's front end wreck.

only if you don't really need to drive it right away though. it does take patience
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Buy yourself a gutted out shell And. Swap everything to the shell.
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Re: Bent frame...

Even on NEWER cars, if an insurance company finds out the frame is bent, most of the time they total the car.
That oughta tell you something


Let alone a 10-15yr old car.
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It was rebuilt... lol
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Re: Bent frame...

I had a whole new front clip put on my car, just as straight as any prelude from the factory.
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Sorry to hear that. Hope your next car treats you better!
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Re: Bent frame...

How did you find out it was bent? Mechanic told you? Pulls to one side while driving?

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Re: Bent frame...

I haven't been driving it too much yet, but it's really rough. I could just keep dumping money into it and eventually after 10k have a good-working-90%-at-it's-best car for a while, but winters here are brutal so even if I switch out the rusted parts and paint them, in about 3 years they will start to rust.

I also don't have much mechanical experience so I can't do much myself, as well as I don't make much money so I often have to save up for months to get a part installed.

If I had more money or experience OR both, then I would probably keep this car as a learning experience.
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If it's a serious problem to you, and you say that you are not making enough money to really fix the problem, I would get rid of it, count your losses and move on to another car (sorry, another Prelude ). . . you can actually learn a lot on mechanics yourself, pull the engine and tranny and sell them, then scrap the body. but a car with a bent frame is not a safe car, I wouldn't drive a car with one for very long without fixing it as best as I could or getting rid of it.

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Re: Bent frame...

I'd start looking for another car, for it being that old its not worth it. And don't you Dare try to bend a frame back into place. Leave that to a pro shop that does that work.
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Re: Bent frame...

I looked up info about bent frames and I see 2 solutions, bend it back or cut and weld. I haven't seen the frame myself so I can't really tell what it's like, but I guess it's possible to bend it back and keep the lude as a project. Has anyone bent a frame back or fixed a frame, I don't mean yourself, but at a shop. I'm wondering about a ball park price.
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Re: Bent frame...

You're back to "it depends", but it's less a matter of how much than it is how long before the cost exceeds the value of the car. If "bent frame" means "bent subframe", then it's a matter of swapping in a new subframe. If it means a subframe's been pushed out of true with the unibody, it's sometimes possible to put the thing on a hydraulic rack and pull it back into place. If it means the unibody itself it kinked, forget it, no matter what you're told...it'll never be straight enough to align.
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Re: Bent frame...

Yeah I know, I should get a body shop to look at it, but I want to know how much it would cost. Am I looking at hundreds on dollars or thousands. I'd estimate the car's worth at about $3500. The engine runs pretty well, but there are a lot of things to attend to in terms of cosmetics.

The car is listed as "rebuilt" and the frame has been welded (in a shotty manner) so I'm not sure how much damage there is. There is about half an inch of bumper sag and alignment gaps on one side as well as the hood peeks over the headlights a bit. it doesn't seem to steer to either side, but the power steering feels weaker than normally should be. The damage was to the front driver side.

I'm also wondering if the insurance company would total it if they found out it had a bent frame?
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The car is listed as "rebuilt" and the frame has been welded (in a shotty manner) so I'm not sure how much damage there is. There is about half an inch of bumper sag and alignment gaps on one side as well as the hood peeks over the headlights a bit. it doesn't seem to steer to either side, but the power steering feels weaker than normally should be. The damage was to the front driver side.

I'm also wondering if the insurance company would total it if they found out it had a bent frame?
If Im understanding you correct, yes they would. But the insurance company has already "Totalled" or gave it a rebuilt title for some reason or another, maybe for the bent frame?... Get the CarFox and see what it says.
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So if I take it to get it safety(d?) they would total it? It was safety(d) back in 2009 which I'm guessing is the time it was rebuilt. It also got an engine swap, I'm not sure when, and the doors, fenders, hood, and front bumper are JDM swapped out and slightly don't match the white colour.

If I do take it to SGI (our provincial car insurance company) and they do total it, would they give me whatever it's worth?
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The car has already been totalled and repaired. They wont give you anything.
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Why not? I'm pretty sure if I get into an accident and they total it I should get whatever they price it as.
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Do you have full coverage? If not your insurance only pays for the other persons car. But if the accident is not your fault then their insurance will pay you. Im not sure, but if your car has a rebuilt/salvage title then they may say your car isnt worth as much as if it wasnt rebuilt/salvaged.
KBB wont even give you a price if you have a salvaged title...
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Get an alignment check. The printout will show you where and how bad it is bent. Then take it to a bodyshop that has a frame machine, and see what they think.
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