My car was hit at the back, is it safe to sit at the back?


My car was hit a few days ago from the back. We have Honda Odyssey.

We had lodged a claim from our insurance to get this repaired (not at fault).

My hubby is now trying to convince me that once car has been repaired, it will not be safe for my kids to sit at the back seat as frame was damaged and it will need to be cut out and then new parts installed. In short he is saying the frame is not really “one” piece.

What do you folks think? Is buying new car really necessary or is he trying to find an excuse for a new car?

Here is the picture


  • +10

    Hubby don't know cars.

    Frame bent, car not back on road.

    • Plot twist, there is no frame in a Honda Odyssey…

      • Yes there is…it is of Unilateral construction. Frame inclusive.

        • +1

          Don’t know what “unilateral construction” means for a car chassis, but I am pretty sure the Odyssey is a unibody or monocoque type construction. The whole body of the vehicle is a structural member.

  • +3

    Is the number plate mildly bent, or is the cargo area floor shaped like a pretzel? Two very different scenarios.

    • +1

      Mmmmm pretzels…

  • +2

    Pics might help but honestly, if it's drivable now it's likely as safe as new once repaired.

  • lol 😂

  • +1

    If repaired properly it’ll be as good as, or possibly better than new having extra welds or plates added for strength.

    If not repaired properly sell it fast.

  • +2

    Pretty hard to tell without any pics.

    Generally, if the chassis is damaged it should be a write-off, especially when insurance is involved. So I'm not too sure what you mean by frame

  • edited to include the link to the picture

    • +3

      I'm not qualified and also not even in the industry, you also can't be 100% certain until you take off the bumper bar to see what the damage is underneath.

      But it looks to me that it is mostly cosmetic, probably just needs the hatch door and bumper bar fixed/replaced (which can most certainly be removed and replaced like a lego piece). Good thing you have insurance though, they will usually assess it and if they see any damage to the chassis (which will definitely affect the safety of your car) they will let you know and will likely just write it off.

  • Likely just need to replace the bumper bar and the back door, still 1 piece I would say

  • +6

    Just sell your excess kids and keep driving it. Seems the easier solution by far.

  • +9

    Hubby is angling for a new car …. he's sick of the odyssey

  • +1

    Not safe for kids. Kids now sits at the front, you & hubby goes to the back.

  • +4

    I think your hubby`s frame is bent. You need to get a new one.

  • +1

    That is considered in the industry as minor damage. People are scared of situations where they do not have any skill or knowledge.

    Mind without a thorough examination once door and bumber cover are removed to expose beaver panel and rails, we can all only 99.9% assume it could be safely repaired as we here online can not physically see it.

    The Insurance Assessor will advise you best until repairs are effected.

  • +1

    Now I’ve seen the image it certainly looks like superficial damage. If the alignment of the door in around the top appears not to have changed, that is the gap is even all the way around, the it is highly unlikely the frame Is damaged. In this case they probably not need a new door and bumper and paint to match. No safety issues at all.

    If the frame is damaged such that the door can not freely open and close (aside from catching on the bumper) then it would likely be a write off due to significant structural repairs being required.

    How hard was the hit?

    • Hard enough to get bent

      • Hard enough to bend the plastic bumper and door or hard enough to push the door into the frame and bend that too?

  • If youre concerned about the frame get it inspected by a specialist once the repairs are completed. There are manufacturer specifications from point to point that can be measured to determine if there are any issues.