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It’s the scraping. That incessant scraping whenever you drive your car is enough to drive even the most sane person mad!

If you aren’t aware of what’s actually making that sound from beneath your car, then let us be the first to tell you; it’s your car’s undercarriage. The undercarriage is the section of your vehicle that is underneath the main cabin of your vehicle.

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The undercarriage serves to protect the bottom mechanics of your vehicle from the elements and constant wear and tear experienced while driving. Damage to it can lead to more serious and costly car issues in the future!

What Causes Auto Undercarriage Damage?

The top-side of a car is the primary attention grabber and, therefore, gets the most car. That said, the undercarriage often goes unthought of and the damage it suffers goes untreated. The causes for this damage include:

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  • Worn-Out Shock Absorbers - Depleted shock absorbers can lead to excessive jolts and bumps. A hard enough jolt can dislodge your undercarriage, exposing the innards of your vehicle.
  • Mud - Caked on mud can hold in moisture, which can lead to the undercarriage rusting.
  • Salt - In colder areas where the winter requires the use of salt to melt snow and ice on the roads, driving cars on these roads can cause adverse effects. Extended exposure to salt can corrode the undercarriage of your vehicle. Prevent this by applying a sealant to your undercarriage if you’ll be driving on salted roads extensively.
  • Debris - Anything that bounces up from the road presents a danger to your vehicle. Your undercarriage functions as a shield, but it isn’t impervious.

It’s in your best interest to maintain your undercarriage. If it does suffer any damage, then getting it fixed ASAP is crucial. Keeping the potential for larger expenses low should be a priority with vehicle maintenance and your undercarriage falls squarely under that umbrella.

Some undercarriage problems cost more than others. For instance, undercarriage rust is a serious problem that could render your vehicle unsafe to drive. Repairing it could easily cost between $2,000 and $3,000. Staying on top of your vehicle's condition pays off with lower repair bills in the future.

Don’t Want To Repair? That’s Why CarBrain’s Here!

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If repairing your damaged undercarriage is outside the realm of things you want to do, CarBrain provides a quick and easy solution!

Once you contact us, you’re connected with one of our Associate Buyers. After providing some basic information about your vehicle, our associates respond to you with a quote. There’s zero obligation to accept this quote on the spot and it’s still valid for seven days!

When you accept the quote, CarBrain connects you with one of our local Service Providers. You can schedule a pick up with them within the next 24 to 48 hours — absolutely FREE! You don’t even have to worry about sprucing your junk car up!

Worried about the title transfer? Don't; We take care of that too. Hassle and cost free for you. At the time of pick up, the tow driver will hand you your money and haul away your clunker.

Quick. Easy. CarBrain.

Go ahead and visit CarBrain.com and junk your car today!


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Is Damage To The Undercarriage Serious?

Yes, because damage to your undercarriage leaves the underbody of your car exposed to further damage. A bouncing rock or piece of debris could puncture your oil pan or damage your transmission!

What Happens If You Damage Underneath Your Car?

Damaging the underside of your car means you are scraping the protective coatings of the metal surfaces underneath there. This constant damage exposes your car to the risks of corrosion, which could lead to failure of these parts.