Caring for Your Vehicle After a Collision: The Importance of Collision Care

Mar 06,2024
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As road traffic increases, vehicle collisions become inevitable. However, many car owners may overlook the importance of prompt repairs after a vehicle collision. This article will discuss the necessity of vehicle collision repair and what services are available in vehicle collision care.

The Importance of Car Collision Repair

Auto collision repair is important in many ways, including safety, mechanical performance, cosmetic maintenance, and economics. Here are some key points on the importance of car collision repair:
① Potential threats to security risks
After a vehicle collision, there may be structural and mechanical damage that is not visible. Even if it looks harmless on the outside, unrepaired damage can lead to potential safety hazards. For example, a damaged frame and structure may not provide adequate protection, leaving the vehicle more vulnerable to serious damage in a future collision. Prompt collision repair can help eliminate these potential threats and keep your vehicle safe on the road.
② Guarantee of vehicle reliability
Unrepaired collision damage can affect the vehicle's mechanical performance, including the suspension, braking systems, and engine operation. This can cause the vehicle to have problems while driving or even break down. By performing prompt collision repairs, you can safeguard vehicle reliability, ensure the normal operation of various systems, and reduce the risk of encountering mechanical problems on the road.
③ Exterior damage may hide internal problems
After a vehicle collision, dents, scratches, and damaged paint often appear on the exterior. While cosmetic fixes may be part of the repair, it's important to realize that these cosmetic issues may be masking underlying issues with the internal structural and mechanical components. Only with professional collision repair can you ensure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle are fully inspected and repaired.
④ Preservation and second-hand market value
Prompt collision repairs not only help maintain the safety and reliability of your vehicle, but also help preserve its value. Unrepaired damage can reduce a vehicle's value on the used market, as potential buyers will generally be more inclined to purchase a vehicle that is in good cosmetic and mechanical condition. By repairing damage, the vehicle remains in good cosmetic and mechanical condition, helping to maintain its market value.

What services are included in auto collision care?

Collision care generally refers to a series of maintenance and repair services after a vehicle is involved in a collision or accident. Here are some collision care services that cover many aspects of vehicle repair, safety, and appearance:
① Collision repair services:
Provides professional collision repair services, including structural and mechanical restoration of vehicles. This may include repairs to the frame, body, suspension, etc. to ensure the vehicle can be returned to safe operating condition after a collision.
② Appearance repair and renovation:
Treat vehicle cosmetic damage such as dents, scratches, and chipped paint. Perform body painting, paint repair and other cosmetic renovations to give your vehicle a new look.
③ Glass replacement service
Offering glass repair and replacement services including windshield, side window and mirror glass. Make sure the glass portion of your vehicle provides good visibility and driving safety.
④ Mechanical system inspection and repair
Inspect and repair any damage a collision may have caused to the vehicle's mechanical systems. Including inspection and repair of braking system, suspension system, engine, etc.
⑤ Airbag and system inspection:
Perform airbag and other safety system inspections to ensure these critical safety devices are functioning properly when needed. Replace damaged parts such as airbags and sensors.
⑥ Vehicle positioning and calibration:
Use advanced vehicle positioning technology to ensure vehicle structures are restored to the exact position specified by the manufacturer. Perform advanced calibration to ensure that vehicle systems work together to improve driving safety.

Auto collision care equipment

Auto collision repair is a complex job that often requires the use of a variety of specialized equipment to ensure the repair process is accurate and efficient. Based on the various services mentioned above, here are some of the equipment that may be used in car collision care repairs:
1. Frame Straightening Equipment: used to repair damaged vehicle frames, using hydraulic or electric stretching mechanisms to ensure that the vehicle structure can return to its original shape.
2. Frame Measuring System: Using laser or infrared technology, the accuracy of the vehicle structure is measured to ensure alignment during the repair process.
3. Electronic stretching machine: Use an electric stretching mechanism to help repair the dents and distortions of body metal panels.
4. Painting equipment: including spray guns, paint mixers, drying equipment, etc., used for body painting and repair.
5. Body repair tools: A variety of hand tools and power tools for treating car body dents, damage and scratches.
6. ADAS calibration equipment: used to calibrate various ADAS systems
7. Vehicle Lift : Provides easy access to the underside of the vehicle for inspection and repair of chassis and underbody sections.
8. Airbag reset tool: Used to reset and recalibrate the airbag system to ensure it deploys correctly in the event of an accident.
9. Vehicle scanning tool: used to connect to the OBD-II interface of the vehicle to conduct a comprehensive scan and diagnosis of the vehicle system to ensure the normal operation of all systems.
10. Four-wheel aligner: a device used to adjust the alignment of tires.

Based on the equipment mentioned above, the following are some tools commonly used during the repair process to help the repair shop quickly perform calibration, diagnosis and scanning.

ADAS calibration equipment:

① PRO+: is a high-precision professional vehicle ADAS calibration tool. It is widely used to calibrate the front and rear cameras and radar sensors of vehicles.

② ADAS MOBILE: ADAS MOBILE is a mobile ADAS calibration equipment specially developed by SmartSafe for vehicles. Suitable for calibrating ADAS cameras and radar sensors on multiple brands of vehicles.

③ ADAS LITE: ADAS LITE is a foldable, portable, lightweight ADAS calibration machine. It is used to calibrate front and rear cameras and radar sensors. Suitable for calibration of various ADAS systems and compatible with ADAS PRO+ and ADAS MOBILE targets.

Four wheel aligner:

① WA913: WA913 is a non-contact four-wheel aligner that uses laser image recognition processing and three-dimensional measurement technology to perform four-wheel alignment on vehicles.
② WA861 PRO: It is an ultra-high-definition four-wheel alignment machine. Automatically adjust the height of the camera beam according to the height of the target, moving the cabinet and beam to increase productivity. It is an intelligent 3D four-wheel aligner that can collect ultra-high-speed, high-precision tire data for vehicles.
③ WA861: It is a professional mobile locator. Based on 3D imaging technology, the new version of WA861 will enable you to complete alignment work correctly using less space and with higher efficiency. The mobile design allows you to move the entire device to save space.
④ WA861 LITE: Uses 3D imaging principles to collect ultra-high-speed, high-precision tire data of vehicles. The four wheel alignment angles mainly include: camber angle, toe angle, caster angle and steering shaft inclination angle. It's a classic fixed-mount 3D wheel aligner, perfect for professional repair shops and tire service centers!

Scanning (diagnostic) tools:

① ST10: It is a professional automotive diagnostic tool that integrates ADAS calibration, anti-theft matching, and vehicle diagnosis. This device can perform fault diagnosis on the entire product model and system (including reading/clearing fault codes and reading data streams, etc.), and can be used in conjunction with the designated ADAS calibration tool (optional) for ADAS calibration.

Lifting equipment:

① LT640: It is an in-ground flatbed lift with a lifting capacity of 4.0 tons. Suitable for workstations such as quick repairs and tire changes.
② LT640T: It is an ultra-thin flatbed lift that can be installed on the ground. With a lifting capacity of 4.0 tons, it is suitable for workstations such as rapid maintenance and tire replacement.
③ LT840T: It is an ultra-thin four-wheel alignment lift that adopts whole-plate bending and high-strength bridge plates. The entire machine is made of alloy materials over a large area and has a solid structure. The exterior has been treated with high-temperature spraying, making it durable.
④ LT840: It is a large scissor lift. The significantly thickened bridge plate ensures the accuracy of the four-wheel alignment vehicle. High-precision insurance ensures the stability of four-wheel alignment data. The X-shaped support frame is made of solid steel, and its anti-rust performance is greatly improved compared to the traditional square tube X-shaped support frame. It has excellent performance and high durability.


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