The fall 2018 edition of Ford's On Target newsletter explains why an OEM might want collision repairers to rivet-bond their aluminum parts with a combination of a fastener and adhesive rather than pull out a welder.
August 27, 2018
GM Position Statement on OEM Parts on Vehicles with ADAS
Bumper/Fascia Replacement with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) June 2018
General Motors DOES NOT APPROVE the use of aftermarket, reconditioned, or salvage Bumpers/Fascias on GM vehicles equipped with ADAS, according to a recent position statement released by GM.
Aftermarket, reconditioned or salvage Bumpers/Fascias may have different material specifications than what was designed, tested and validated for use with ADAS, according to the statement.
General Motors (GM) vehicles, systems and components are engineered, tested and manufactured to protect vehicle occupants based upon both government mandated and internal corporate requirements relative to [...]
August 16, 2017
Onslaught of Vehicle Technology Drives Need for Diagnostic Scanning in Collision Repair
The Collision industry uses Diagnostic Scanning to ensure that all the controls of a vehicle are working properly, some of these are Gesture control. Inflatable seat belts. Adaptive steering. Remote-control parking. Rearview mirrors with streaming HD video.
March 6, 2017
2016 Civic New Model Body Repair Information
This publication contains a summary of new body and vehicle technology that may affect collision and other body repairs. Always refer to the appropriate electronic service information for complete repair information. A subscription may be purchased at: techinfo.honda.com
Wanted to give you guys an update. I had to pay $2,575 JUST for an estimate! The photos included a letter from them accepting fault and trying to offer me $300 then $400 to take off my review. Original post is below:
DO NOT GO HERE, had to pay $2,575 for an estimate!
They will screw you over! I would give ZERO stars if I could.
3/19/18: I came to SW collision and informed Terrell about interest in services which was only an estimate to fix my bumper and that I DON'T want to fix the car.
3/21/18: Was when they completed the estimate.
3/22/18: Was when State farm came to look at car provided estimate, which was when I informed SW collision I wanted to come get the car and pay out of my own money.
They told me that they needed to get paid by State Farm, and for me NOT to contact them as it will prolong the process to obtain my car. I called them 12 TIMES from 3/21/2018 to 4/6/2018, to check on getting my car. They were holding my car to charge me for "storage fees ($110/day)," even though I was ready to pay for it on 3/22/2018. They gave me my car back in SHAMBLES, as seen in the photo in my profile. The total I should have paid only $705, which included: 2 days of storage $110/day, $300 for 6hrs of labor and $295 for "vehicle loss process," but I had to pay $2,575! I asked for a refund, they admitted to fault and offered me $330 and when I declined they offered me $400 and asked me to sign a letter of acceptance, which I did not. They didn't put my bumper on correctly and it fell off immediately, took apart my trunk and convertible and didn't put it back together; now my convertible is not able to work appropriately.
The staff are amazing. They are a legit shop. I work in the insurance claims industry and I know exactly how the process is supposed to go. They were spot on and went way above and beyond for me. I just found my lifetime body shop! Every interaction with any of the staff was no less than stellar. It's rare find!
Southwest Collision was amazing, from the time I arrived to the time I picked up my car. I had the pleasure of working with Chris and he kept me up to date on what stages they were in with my car. The ladies at the front desk couldn't be sweeter. They genuinely wanted to make sure I was okay form my accident and were great every time I was in. Not to mention my car looks brand new again! I could not be happier :)
This is awesome! Very professional service and genuinely friendly. It was refreshing to have someone else care about my vehicle as much as I do. I’m definitely a promoter and would refer them to anyone.
Brian and George took amazing care of me and fixing my Mercedes AMG after my my rest end accident. It had some significant damage and they made it better then brand new when time came to pick it up .I couldn't be more satisfied with this body shop. I'll be using and referring this body shop for years to come. Thanks again guys!