The car fender repair industry, particularly the smart repair side of it, is a business that is booming. Car fender damage is undoubtedly the most common car body repair performed in great britain. This article will briefly investigate the history of fender repair and a brief guide to smart repair, focused on mobile auto body repair vs. a static site repair.
My first personal experience of the auto body repair sector was in 1995 when I was a passenger driven in a brand-new Ford Fiesta choosing lunch at the McDonald’s Drive Thru. Along the way through the driver, who shall not be named, drove too close to the big, cosmetic rockery that McDonalds had put near the entry to add that “classy” feel to the restaurant. The look of sickening horror on the young female driver’s face matched perfectly the hideous scraping sounds. A foot long scuff car dent repair Sheffield was shown by a review of the damage with a couple of deep gouges down the side of the front bumper on the passenger side. I attempted to calm her down and told her not to worry, my ‘expert’ knowledge of car body repairs told me that it was not that bad and she could likely get it repaired for £50 and never have to tell her dad what she’d done three days after passing her driving test.
One excursion to the Ford main dealer afterwards and we were both reeling in the £400 approximation for a fresh bumper (plus the VAT of course, and a four day time frame). “Can you not only 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 wouldn’t 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 technique called Small to Medium Area Repair Technology (SMART) repair was designed in the united states. The precise origins are not clear but the technology and ideas behind it were enough of a paradigm shift in the auto body repair industry that the technique spread very quickly through the US and the rest of the world. Automobile body shops were competent to fix rather than replace components for several years but the arrival of these new tools and techniques and the skill to supply the repairs without a static spray booth meant a whole enormous new cellular telephone industry sprang up.
Conventional automobile 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 fender that is whole or repair a fender corner. The base price should always include a premium for the fixed overhead costs they have been stuck with: rent on the premises, business rates, set minimal staffing levels, huge gear costs for spray booths etc…
By comparison, all his gear can be operated by a mobile intelligent repair tech from a mobile workshop that was single, typically a medium sized van, and so the base price of repair is typically just constrained to the travelling time to and from a repair job. The final result is a price to the customer that is generally 50% lower for a fender repair which is every bit as great (and often better) than an auto body shop repair.