Especially the smart repair side of it, the car fender repair sector, is a business that is booming. Auto fender damage is by far the most common car body repair performed in the UK. This article will briefly investigate 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 choosing lunch my first personal experience of the auto body repair business was in 1995. Along the way through the motorist, who’ll not be named, drove too close to the big, ornamental 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 gruesome scraping sounds. A review of the damage showed a foot long scuff down the side of the front bumper on the passenger side with a few deep gouges. I strove to calm her down and told her not to worry, my ‘expert’ knowledge of car body repairs told me that it wasn’t that bad and she could probably get it mended for £50 and never have to tell her father what she’d done three days after passing her driving test.
One trip to the Ford main dealer afterwards and we were both reeling in the £400 estimate for a fresh fender (plus the VAT of course, and a four day time frame). “Can you not only fix the scrape?” I’d asked naively. Pricey lesson learnt, we both moved on (sorry Christine).
The precise origins are uncertain but the technology and ideas behind it were enough of a paradigm shift in the car body repair sector that the technique spread very quickly throughout the remaining part of the world and the US. Automobile body shops had not been unable to fix rather than replace parts for many years already but the coming of these new tools and techniques and the ability to supply the repairs without a static spray booth meant that a whole enormous new cellular telephone industry sprang up.
Traditional car body repair shops have been, and still are, to charging high prices for a bumper repair constrained. There is little difference in the cost of the repair to the body shop if they fix a bumper that is whole or fix a bumper corner. The base price should always contain a premium for the fixed overhead costs they have been stuck with: rent on the premises, business rates, fixed minimal staffing levels, huge equipment prices for spray booths etc…
In comparison, all his gear cans operate from just one mobile workshop, often a medium sized van, and so the base price of repair is typically Alloy wheel refurb Bradford only constrained to the travelling time to and from a repair job. The outcome is a price to the customer that is usually 50% lower for a fender repair that is every bit as good (and often better) than an auto body shop repair.