What does it cost to replace a chassis?

Has anyone had a chassis replaced? i need to know approx what it would cost to replace a chassis on a small pickup truck (Ute), its a Toyota 


Its a 2008, the chassis has rusted due to the environment it was used in. Its extremely low milage and my plan is to replace the chassis and sell it. all i want to know is the labour cost to do it. 

Update 2:

Thanks for the answers, The vehicle is indeed a body on frame, not a unibody, its a Toyota Hilux. To help put it in perspective with cost, the Vehicle is worth $30,000 - $35,000 (with a good undercarriage), i can purchase it for $10,000 as is. I want to know if there is still meat on the bone to salvage it. Thanks

6 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    I suggest you change the car

  • 2 months ago

    take it to a repai shop for assessment of work to be done and in order to determine the labor cost

    then add the cost of the new chassis

    you're lucky if you can find an identical model (2008) or similar one

    then add the cost in changing the chassis number in the vehicle registration

    not to mention there might be alignment problems, fit-up issues, additional conversion brackets

  • 2 months ago

    If it cannot be straightened it would cost more than the vehicle is worth to try to replace a chassis. 

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It doesn’t have a chassis.

    It has a monocoque crew cabin (a.k.a. unibody) with extended frame rails to the rear. 

    Replacing the frame is nothing like as easy as replacing a chassis on those few cars which still have them, such as the classic Land Rover, where all the major vehicle components include the bodywork can be unbolted and reassembled onto a new chassis.

    Doing the job properly will need major work to the crew cabin: basically the entire floorpan and sills/castle rails plus the transmission tunnel need to be cut from the existing shell and new parts welded back onto it which include the front and rear frame rails. It’s not the same as replacing just part of individual frame rails after collision damage because if the existing frame rails are that badly corroded then they all are, and you can’t weld new frame rails onto rusty ones. Not unless you want to sell a dangerous bodge which will collapse in even a minor collision. The most serious corrosion is where you cannot see it, on internal webbing to the rails and sills.

    Unless you are a very experienced automotive welder with all the tools and skills necessary, your ute is not economically repairable. If you can do it yourself then there’s so much work that any profit means you’ll have been working for peanuts.

    You’ll lose less money by selling your ute as it is for spares or repairs, and least money by breaking it yourself to sell all parts and then weighing in the leftover scrap for cash.

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  • 2 months ago

    Ae you sure it even has a chassis? Most small imported trucks have a unibody.

  • 2 months ago

    you mean the frame? it would be too expensive.

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