Originally Posted by tvguy
I was wondering what kind of SUV you had since few have frames anymore. An Escape does not have a frame, it's a unibody. So you don't have frame damage, it's damage to the unibody. Not sure that's any better, or any worse. They have a rack that they put them on to pull them back to where they are supposed to be. We have an Escape at work that got rear ended, it's been in the body shop for 3 months now. We were amazed that the insurance company was willing to fix it. It's a 2008 Hybrid with 100,000+ miles on it. The impact caused the roof over all the doors to bow out. Estimate came in at $6,500. Part of the delay was the person who hit it was driving a car owned by a local government. I think our insurance is stepping in to pay the bill because settling an accident claim with a government agency can take 6 months to a year. Also, they keep sending the wrong parts.
My personal mechanic (who has not seen the damage) said that if they try to fix a broken frame it will never drive right again and be nothing but problems. I have never heard the term unibody, but maybe they were dumbing it down for us since we are not car people.