There are over 4 million cars on NZ roads and over half a million accidents every year ranging from car-park fender-benders to more serious incidents. You need to be prepared.
Your vehicle may be the second largest financial investment in your lifetime. If it’s damaged, you’ll want to ensure it’s repaired to manufacturer’s specifications in order to protect its integrity, value, and safety.
Modern cars are designed to withstand impact and protect passengers. In order to do that, construction has become sophisticated and very complex. Collision repair, or panelbeating, has had to quickly adapt to those demands including advanced technical training, and the use of expensive and highly advanced repair equipment. Repairs are now ‘model specific’ with very tight tolerances and not every ‘panel shop’ in NZ is qualified.
There are over 1300 panel shops known to operate in NZ, probably more. Only around 400 of those are certified as structural repair centres. Some appearances can be deceiving – Can you tell the difference?
If your car sustains collision damage, ensure the best possible repairer is engaged. This may not be as simple as an insurance company’s ‘recommendation’ – if in doubt talk to an independent accident management specialist for your guarantee of technical quality – Your car and your life may depend on it.