Every collision is unique and there are a number of processes that are used depending upon the specific repair. The following provides a brief explanation of a few procedures that may be done while in our shop. Your specific issues and process will always be explained to you and you can always contact us if you have any questions.
The first step to fixing the problem is often dismantling a portion of the vehicle. This allows for a full assessment of the situation and proper access to any affected areas.
A proper structural alignment is the foundation for all additional repair work. This is because it ensures:
- The proper alignment of bolted parts (both body and mechanical).
- That additional damage does not occur during the repair process.
- The long term structural integrity of the repairs.
Some of the critical tools used by Collision Craft are:
Whether they’ve been damaged or removed to allow access to the collision work to be done, there is sometimes a need to replace or re-install mechanical components of the car; such as:
- Engine and drive train components
- Instrument panel
- Electrical wiring and components
Sheet metal repair work can range from minor damage to more involved body work. Minor repairs are often projects such as bolted or hinged parts, dent repairs, or any basic repairs to outer panels. Major sheet metal work involves parts that have been welded to the unibody (frame) of the car.When compression spot welding is needed to create a corrosion resistant, structurally sound , cosmetically appealing seam, Collision Craft utilizes various welding technologies to get the job done professionally. For example:
- The Pro Spot 2000
This variety gives Collision Craft the versatility needed to meet the specifications of certain cars; you can be assured that the right tool is being used for the job every time.
In some cases special adhesives are recommended by the vehicle manufacturer instead of, or in addition to, welding. We defer to the manufacturer’s recommendations in these cases.
Many vehicle manufacturers today have resorted to the use of highly sophisticated construction materials such as composites and lightweight, high strength metal alloys. Surprisingly, there is nothing new about using aluminum to construct an automobile. In fact, many classic and legacy models in museums are constructed using aluminum skins wrapped over wooden framework! Wheels and some trim items have long been manufactured using various non-ferrous alloys. Today, outer panels and now even structural components are made from aluminum on certain vehicles (including BMW and many European and certain Asian models) which pose new and greater repair challenges. Each manufacturer provides its own guidelines for repair of their models. It is extremely important that the repairs are performed by certified craftsmen, with manufacturer-approved equipment, and within stringent environmental control.
Repairs performed outside of these parameters may void the vehicle warranty and cause loss of resale value. Collision Craft has BMW’s certified aluminum structural training and the accompanying approved equipment so you know the work will be done properly.
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In most cases we recommend and specify new, genuine OEM parts and materials. Unfortunately, your insurance policy may not cover the use of these parts. If an insurance company is insistent on the use of used or imitation parts, that decision will be left up to you. Keep in mind that the use of non-genuine parts voids our warranty and could diminish the value, function and appearance of your vehicle.