Collisions occur when 2 objects bump into each other. So if two cars run into each other or if a car smashes into a tree it is considered a collision. It can be a very unpleasant experience overall, emotionally and physically.
According to statistics the majority of accidents do not result in any serious physical trauma or injury. Those resulting in fatalities will normally mean the vehicle is written off, either the cost of repair in relation to the value of the vehicle isn’t justified or the vehicle is so deformed that it cannot be repaired to a safe factory recommended standard.
The cost of the repairs depends on many factors, an experienced panel beater should be able to assess the damage and give an informed detailed estimate for the required repairs on the spot or within 30 minutes if parts prices need to be obtained from suppliers. The most common place a vehicle is damaged is the front end or rear bumper. These collisions are normally low speed impacts. Luckily car manufacturers take this into account when designing their cars, so the front and back bumpers are made to absorb the collision impact reducing shock and damage to the vehicles occupants, pedestrians and costly mechanical components such as the engine, transmission, brakes and suspension.
The front and rear bumpers, door, and even side panels are removed with ease. They are held on with bolts and screws. Sometimes the extent of the damage is only a scratch on the surface, or paint has been chipped off, here the collision repairman will simply remove surrounding parts such as a door handle, mould or door lock and the spray painter or auto re-finisher will sand down, fill -in and re-spray the affected area. This could take as little as a few hours work. In the case of a seriously damaged door, bumper or panel, the cost in labour of repairing the part may exceed the cost of replacing it therefore the more cost effective option is to source another replacement part.
On occasion the desired part could have a procurement lead time of weeks or months, or the part may not be available at all, should this be the case the decision may be made to repair a badly damaged car part. An experienced panel beater will ensure that the repair is performed to a very high quality and safety standard. This forward thinking will speed up vehicle turnaround time, ensuring the customer has their vehicle returned to them in the shortest time possible minimising vehicle down time particularly important if the customers vehicle is a company car.