Auto Structural Alignment

Alignment is the arrangement of your vehicle’s basic structural components in relation to each other and the arrangement of the various body panels and suspension components.  Once we assess the magnitude of the damage to your car, we will know if it is minor damage or major damage.

Alignment Repair Process

If your car has major car damage it may require alignment.  Most major car damages are on your car’s:

  • Differential parts
  • Engine parts
  • Frame
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Underbody

After we assess the damage to your car, we will decide on a repair method.  The method depends on the extent and location of the damage.  Structural damage must be repaired before straightening sheet metal body panels.

If the chassis or unibody shell is bent, the only way to make it correct again is to have it straightened on a frame straightening table.

The basic process for frame straightening is to first drive or winch the vehicle on the rack.  Then we take measurements at specific locations with precise measuring equipment.  Finally we pull the chassis or unibody back into correct alignment by using hydraulic jacks.  This frame straightening process squares up the chassis.

Where can you find an alignment auto body repair shop?

At West Coast Body and Paint!  We are experienced in a variety of collision repairs and major damage work that required structural alignment.  Come to our shop for a free structural alignment estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639 or email us at  We are located in Van Nuys, we serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.