Auto Body Shop Customers Ask the Age-old Question:
When Will Cars Be Able to Repair Themselves?

Plymouth Fury

We sit in the darkness, clutching our popcorn bags and staring up at the silver screen, watching two cars chase each other through the city. Around corners, down long expanses of road, past cowed pedestrians, over sidewalks they fly. Will they crash? Will they survive? What lunatic drives like that?!

The answers depend on the movie. In the 1968 film Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen, a famed 13-minute chase scene through the streets of San Francisco involves a 1968 green Ford Mustang and 1968 Dodge Charger 440 R/T. They end up on a rural stretch of road, banging into each other, and the Mustang gets shot through the windshield. In the end, though, it’s the Charger that gets the worst of it, going up in a ball of flame after crashing into a gas station. Eighty cars were destroyed in the making of the film. But that level of destruction doesn’t quite live up to the Blues Brothers sequel (2000), which crashed a total of 105 cars.

Yes, damaging and destroying cars is a common element in film. And audiences eat up the vicarious thrill of all that vehicular mayhem.

Yet even if a car chase ends with no immediately visible damage to the vehicles, no doubt in the “real world” those cars will need to be taken to a certified auto body collision repair shop for work.

Imagine the total cost of such body repairs on Hollywood prop cars in any given year. Wouldn’t it be great if those damaged automobiles could just fix themselves? Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen in the real world. It only happens in the movies, as in Stephen King’s Christine (with rather regrettable results). Christine is a white-over-red 1958 Chrysler Plymouth Fury apparently possessed by malevolent supernatural forces with a lamentable penchant for murder, as her owner Arnie Cunningham discovers. She hunts down those she hates and destroys them by crashing into them. These encounters do not leave her unscathed—she comes away with mangled and scorched hood, roof, lights, grill, doors, chrome trim, mirrors…you name it, it’s burnt, bent, dented, and otherwise destroyed. Yet she has an uncanny ability to repair herself. With his own eyes Arnie watches it happen one lonely, dark night as the evil Christine proves her powers to him once and for all, popping back into shape with ease—ready to kill again.


Plymouth Fury used in film Christine
One of the two remaining intact models of Christine used in the film

Now, as it happens, the automobile character of the novel and film was based on a supposedly haunted 1964 Dodge 330 Limited Edition. But even that purportedly haunted car was not known to self-repair. As for Christine, no fewer than 17 copies of the car model were used (and destroyed) in the making of the film.

Had this been the real world, and Christine had not been able to repair herself, she would need the talented abilities of those technicians working in a world-class auto body repair shop to bring her back to a cosmetically flawless, functional state. Keri Coach Works, as a certified collision repair expert in Westbury, Long Island, with certified proficiency in dealing with numerous makes and models of vehicles, would take the time to determine the right course of action in order to bring Christine back to the classic beauty she once was. They have the ability to skillfully repair and restore the hood, grill, doors, chrome, mirrors, and any other body damage to like-new condition, as well as under-the-hood damage that might not have been originally noted by the owner. Christine would need and receive:

  • Professional body work service
  • Computerized frame alignment
  • Dent repairs
  • Paint repair
  • And any additional necessary body repairs

Arnie Cunningham might not have been old enough to rent a car while Christine was being repaired. But if he was, he would be given that option on-site while his vehicle was being repaired at the Keri Coach Works auto body shop. And when it was all finished, Arnie would be more than pleased with the results.


Postscript

Be patient. Some of the best-known car companies—BMW, Rolls Royce, and Renault, just to name a few—have created never-before-seen, futuristic concept vehicles that are going to revolutionize the auto body shop industry in no time. Are you ready for cars that can repair themselves with nanotechnology? Christine, shove over—because here’s a sneak peek at the future of the automotive repair industry!