The auto fender repair sector, particularly the smart repair side of it, is a company that is booming. Automobile fender damage is definitely the most common car body repair performed in the UK. This article will briefly explore the history of bumper repair and a simple guide to smart repair, focused on mobile car body repair vs. a static site repair.
When I was a passenger driven in a brand-new Ford Fiesta opting for lunch at the McDonald’s Drive Thru my first personal experience of the auto body repair business was in 1995. On the way through the driver, who shall not be named, drove too close to the big, decorative rockery that McDonalds had placed near the entrance to add that “classy” feel to the restaurant. The hideous scraping sounds were matched perfectly by the look of sickening horror on the young female driver’s face. A review of the damage showed a foot long scuff down the side of the front bumper on the passenger side with a couple of deep gouges. I tried to calm her down and told her not to worry, my ‘skilled’ knowledge of car body repairs explained that it wasn’t that bad and she could probably get it fixed for £50 and never have to tell her father what she had done three days after passing her driving test.
One excursion to the Ford main dealer after and we were both reeling in the £400 approximation for a brand new fender (plus the VAT of course, and a four day time frame). “Can you not just fix the scrape?” I ‘d asked naively. In 1995, S.M.A.R.T repair was only just getting off the ground in the united states and would not really strike the UK for another five years. Pricey lesson learnt, we both moved on (sorry Christine).
At some stage in the early 1990s, a car dent repair Sheffield technique called Small to Medium Area Repair Technology (SMART) repair was developed in the united states. The exact origins are not clear but the technology and ideas behind it were enough of a paradigm shift in the car body repair business the technique spread quite quickly throughout the US and the remaining part of the world. Car body shops had not been unable to repair rather than replace parts for many years but the advent of these new tools and techniques and the ability to supply the repairs without a static spray booth meant that the whole gigantic new cellular telephone business sprang up.
Traditional car body repair shops still are, and have been, to charging high prices for a bumper repair constrained. There’s little difference in the cost of the repair to the body shop if they fix a bumper corner or repair a fender that is whole. The base price must always contain a premium for the fixed overhead costs they have been stuck with: rent on the premises, business rates, set minimal staffing levels, enormous equipment prices for spray booths etc…
In comparison, all his equipment can be operated by a mobile smart repair technician from a mobile workshop that was single, usually a moderate sized van, and thus the base cost of repair is generally only constrained to the travelling time to and from a repair job. The final result is a price to the customer that’s usually 50% lower for a fender repair that is every bit as good (and often better) than a car body shop repair.