Collision repair in New Zealand is facing yet another change with the recent move of Australian mult-site panelbeating firm Gemini. It’s been expected for some years and the buy-out of long-standing panel shop Kevey Collision in Takapuna has confirmed the strategy to consolidate independent panelbeating firms into a nationwide repair network. There’s also been talk of a ‘deal’ with NZI claims. Some panel beaters are hating the idea, some may benefit from a sale. One thing is sure, the collision repair sector will continue to evolve and ultimately everyone will get used to the idea. Decades ago insurance brokers faced extreme resistance and even independent accident management services have come in for resentment from those not aligned with the opportunity, self-interest is always vocal.
Gemini has been very successful in the UK and Australia, and what works well in Aussie tends to work quite well in NZ too. Watch this space. When car accidents happen though, there’s only one number needed – 08002CRASH – kiwi owned and operated with 130 locations NZ-wide – sorted!