Your handy guide to front end collision repairs

Sheen Panel Service on 9 July 2019

A road incident is never fun, especially if your vehicle ends up needing repair. Chances are you might have some questions about how to handle your damaged car and get it back on the road as soon as possible. Understandably, you may be interested in assessing the costs involved and whether you are getting your repairs done professionally.

Your car might need smash repairs for any number of reasons, but one of the most common is front end collisions. Whether it's a dented front bumper, a crumpled bonnet hood or a badly smashed headlight, front end smash repairs are a familiar sight to smash repairers in Melbourne.

So what do you need to know about front end collision repairs as someone who wants honest and reliable service at a reasonable cost? Here's our guide, from average costs to engine considerations.

At Sheen Panel Service, we provide great quality smash repairs. We ensure the job is done correctly, every time, and we do so at a competitive price. Contact us on 1300 REPAIR or Upload Your Smash to get a free panel beating quote within the hour.

Repair costs vary

front end smash repairs

How much front end smash repairs cost depends on how badly damaged your vehicle is and - more importantly - where you go to get it repaired.

Front end damage can happen to your car in a variety of ways; from bumper scrapes in heavy traffic, to fender benders in side-end collisions. Whatever the cause, don't fall into the trap of choosing the first smash repairer you come across to get the problem off your hands.

Always ask about the parts which the smash repairers intend to use. One way 'cheap' repairers cut corners is by using non-genuine parts, which can end up costing you significantly more in the long run due to issues with quality and voiding the vehicle manufacturer's guarantee.

Depending on the extent of the damage, your car may need cosmetic or significant repairs. The smash repairer you choose should be ready to talk to you transparently about the costs involved as well as the parts they use, the steps they undertake, and how car insurance works in your particular situation.

Repair methods matter

Cars differ dramatically inside and out, and this can affect the type of front end smash repairs required in the event of an accident. The steps that a smash repairer uses to get your vehicle back into shape are also crucially important.

No matter what type of collision or smash you've been in, an experienced panel beater should be able to provide a detailed explanation of their go-to repairs process and show you pre and post smash comparison photos from their workshop.

For example, at Sheen Panel Service, our front end smash repairs process looks like this:

  1. Remove front bar, guard and necessary wiring and trim
  2. Assess any unseen damage once stripped
  3. Make any repairs if required
  4. Repair or replace accident-related damage
  5. Computer measure if required
  6. Trial fit new panels
  7. Prepare and refinish necessary parts
  8. Fit and finalise all parts
  9. Contact the customer when fully repaired and present a gift bag on vehicle pickup

While processes may differ from smash repairer to smasher repairer, you should never settle for less than a lifetime guarantee on repairs to ensure you are getting a very high quality and safety standard.

Front end collisions can cause engine damage

engine damage

One of the trickiest things about front end car damage is that it can be hard to see how far it goes or whether it has affected any of the inner workings of your car. Even a run-of-the-mill fender bender can cause serious underlying problems to your vehicle, and the worst part is, they may not show up until later.

Modern motor vehicles are complex, so if your car has sustained front end damage that more than merely cosmetic, it's wise to choose a smash repairer who will do a thorough evaluation of the total damage. This includes evaluating whether it has any long-term implications for its electrical wiring, alignment or engine.

While it can be tempting to cut costs by choosing a cheap panel beater, this can lead to serious expenses in the future and jeopardise your safety. Unless you're an industry professional, it's impossible to tell if your vehicle’s structural integrity has been compromised. In the event of a front end collision, it's always best to take your car to a professional panel beater.

An experienced panel beater will not only inspect your wiring after removing the damaged body panel or bumper cover, they will alert you to any lingering and potentially costly problems that may not be apparent at first.

Why choose Sheen?

Road incidents are stressful. At Sheen Panel Service, we provide high-quality and cost-effective smash repairs services for all types of accidents, including front end collisions and rear end smashes.

Not only can we fix your car, but we can help you navigate the insurance process, working with your insurer to get the best possible result for you. We provide accident replacement vehicles so you can focus on getting on with your life, while we perform the highest standard of smash repairs to your car.

At Sheen Panel Service, we are committed to building a lasting relationship with you and your car. Call Sheen first on 1300 REPAIR or find your closest store.