Damage to frame rails

Asked by May 18, 2009 at 10:22 PM about the 1998 Chrysler Sebring 2 Dr LXi Coupe

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I'm considering buying a 98 Sebring LXi but these is damage to the frame?rails to the point where the floor is slightly raised under the driver's seat.  The owner claims the damage is due to improper jacking, the rails are crushed along most of their length but there is no other underbody damage.  Does this damage compromise the integrity of the chassis or are they not an integral part of the car's structure?  Any help is appreciated.  

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If it has raised part of the floor it could have changed the alignment of the car because the chassis is no longer straight. It is hard to say without physically seeing the car. Personally I would not touch it.

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Thanks for the advice Sean, I think I'll take it in to a body shop and see what they think. Other than the frame rail damage, the car drives great and is in excellent condition. It's such a shame.

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