Choose a van panel beater that understands your commercial needs

Sheen Panel Service on 18 February 2016

Vans get a beating out there on the job. As any seasoned driver will know, navigating alleyways and tight loading docks can be a challenge in a big and bulky commercial vehicle. Sure, a van doesn’t need to look fabulous – the odd scratch or dent might be passable – but serious smashes can put a critical business asset out of action.

Since van repair requires specialist knowledge, it pays to find a van panel beater that has the equipment and expertise to back it up.

Find out what you need to know below, or call Sheen on 1300 REPAIR to speak to an expert.

Van smash repairs and challenges

Van Panel Beater in Melbourne

The first difference between van panel beating and passenger car panel beating is the size of the vehicle. Everything from the workshop space to the spray booth will need to be properly fitted to accommodate a larger vehicle chassis.

The size of the van will also demand additional labour resources. More staff and expertise are needed to both repair the vehicle and source the right parts and panels.

Common van models

  • Toyota HiAce
  • Volkswagen Crafter
  • Volkswagen Caddy
  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Ford Transit

For commercial vans used by transport and food companies, skill in refrigeration repair is also necessary. Refrigeration adds a layer of complexity to the repairs process; everything from carbon fibre expertise and specialist internal materials will need to be on-hand.

van before after kensington

View: See the results of van panel beating in our before and after gallery.

What to look for in a van panel beater

Ideally, you want to make sure that a panel beater can not only meet your van smash repair needs, but offer convenience and a high level of customer service, too. When selecting a van panel beater, be on the lookout for:

  • Van smash repairs experience – Naturally, you want to be sure that your chosen panel beater has plenty of experience repairing commercial vans. It might be a good idea to call up and ask your panel beater about their experience with commercial vehicles.
  • Training and expertise – Training in the latest panel beating techniques ensure your van will be competently repaired. Experience in refrigeration and carbon fibre may also be critical, depending on your van. Be on the lookout for industry accreditations such as I-CAR and VACC.
  • Technology and equipment – Your chosen panel beater will need to have the right equipment to handle large commercial vehicles, including spray booths. Ideally, they should also use high-tech panel beating technology such as sensors and scanners to guarantee the quality of repairs.
  • Locations and opening hours – Time is money, as the old saying goes. So you’ll need a van panel beater that minimises the amount of repair time by maximising convenience. For example, a location near your workplace or distribution centre with extended opening hours will give you the flexibility to get back on the road as soon as possible.
  • Courtesy vehicles – Business doesn't stop while your van is in the shop. To keep you and your business moving, look for a panel service that offer courtesy vans as part of their service. Ideally, this service should come at no cost to you.

Commercial accident replacement vehicles available at Sheen*

  • Toyota HiAce Van
  • Toyota HilLux Ute
  • Holden Colorado Ute

*Subject to availability and location – Please enquire ahead.

Why choose Sheen?

  • Experts in Melbourne van smash repairs – From panel beaters and painters to office staff, our team know how to handle the demands of large commercial vehicles.
  • Replacemnet van – We want to get you back on the road, fast. And with a free Toyota HiAce courtesy van, your business wont miss a beat.
  • Ongoing industry training – All our staff receive ongoing training so they meet industry best practice, no matter the van’s make or model.
  • Award-winning customer service – We can handle the insurance process and even offer courtesy vehicles, including commercial utes and vans.
  • Melbourne-wide – With plenty of locations around Melbourne and extended opening hours, we can offer a service that’s hard to beat!

Sheen locations – Van panel beaters

AreaVan panel beating location

Inner Melbourne

Kensington, South Melbourne, Hawthorn, Tooronga, Malvern

Northern Melbourne

Campbellfield, Tullamarine, Reservoir, Eltham, Heidelberg

Eastern Melbourne

Box Hill, Vermont, Glen Waverley, Ringwood, Croydon, Bayswater, Ferntree Gully

Southern Melbourne

Dandenong, Frankston, Hastings

Western Melbourne

Sunshine, Hoppers Crossing

Regional Victoria

Ocean Grove, Morwell

More questions? Call the Sheen team on 1300 REPAIR to talk to a Melbourne van panel beater near you.