What happens to your car when you get in an accident?

What happens to your car when you get in an accident?

Today’s automobile designs reflect not only style and looks, but exceptional improvements in passenger safety as well. Although many people become concerned with the extent of the damage to their vehicle, what is important to understand is that much of the damage is done by design: the buckling and crumpling of certain parts on a vehicle show the energy being absorbed by the car instead of the people absorbing the impact.

In older designs made with a large, stiff frame, although the vehicle itself may not have shown much damage, the person or people inside absorbed most of the energy created by a collision. A good analogy is something a lot of us may have done as a child. Think of yourself or some children jumping down off a tree or a fence. We are able to bend and flex our knees when landing, absorbing the energy created by coming into contact with the hard ground. Now picture that same jump, but while landing, you keep your knees in a locked position. Jarring to say the least!

Like our knees and muscles absorbing the shock of impact while landing, modern vehicles have “crush zones” and ways in which the vehicle absorbs the impact and sends this energy around the car and away from the people inside. Additional safety comes from anti-lock brakes, airbags, seat belts and other means, but the actual structure of the car plays a major role in saving lives and preventing far more serious injuries.

“Ok”, you might be thinking, “so maybe my car is supposed to look this damaged… but how do you fix it correctly?”

Good question.

Now to auto body repair and the work our team at Collex performs day in, day out.

Typically, our repair work consists of all or some of the following:

  • Estimate
  • “Tear down” or Disassembly
  • “Frame” or Structural work
  • Body and Plastic work
  • Paint Preparation
  • Painting or “Refinishing”
  • Assembly
  • Systems Check
  • Cleaning and Final Preparation