Especially the smart repair side of it, the auto bumper repair industry, is a booming business. Automobile fender damage is undoubtedly the most common auto body repair performed in the united kingdom. This article will briefly explore the history of bumper repair and a brief guide to smart repair, focused on mobile car body repair vs. a stationary website repair.
When I was a passenger driven in a brand-new Ford Fiesta going for lunch at the McDonald’s Drive Thru my first personal experience of the car body repair business was in 1995. On your way through the driver, who shall not be named, drove too close to the big, decorative rockery that McDonalds had put near the entrance to add that “classy” feel to the restaurant. The gruesome scraping sounds were matched perfectly by the look of sickening dread on the young female driver’s face. An inspection of the damage revealed a foot long scuff with a few deep gouges down the side of the front fender on the passenger side. I tried to calm her down and told her not to worry, my ‘expert’ knowledge of auto body repairs explained that it wasn’t that bad and she could likely get it fixed 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 estimate for a brand new bumper (plus the VAT of course, and a four day frame). “Can you not only fix the scrape?” I had asked naively.
At some stage in the early 1990s, a technique called Small to Medium Area Repair Technology (SMART) repair was developed in the USA. The exact origins are unclear but the technology and ideas behind it were enough of a paradigm shift in the car body repair sector that the technique spread quite rapidly throughout the remaining part of the world and the US. Car body shops was competent to repair rather than replace parts for several years already but the coming of car scratch repair Sheffield these new tools and techniques and the ability to provide the repairs without a static spray booth meant a whole enormous new cellular telephone business sprang up.
Traditional automobile body repair shops still are, and have been, to charging high prices for a fender repair constrained. There is little difference in the expense of the repair to the body shop if they fix a fender corner or fix a whole bumper. The base cost must always contain a premium for the fixed overhead costs they can be stuck with: rent on the premises, business rates, given minimum staffing levels, huge gear prices for spray booths etc…
In comparison, all his equipment cans control from a mobile workshop that was single, often a medium sized van, and so the base price of repair is typically merely constrained to the travelling time to and from a repair job. The final result is a cost to the customer that is usually 50% lower for a fender repair which is every bit as great (and often better) than an auto body shop repair.