If your response to that question is to ask, “Is this a trick question?”—your answer would be the correct one. It is a trick question. It forces you to assume that any auto body repair job must automatically be a collision repair job. But that is not the case. In reality, auto body damage requiring repair can stem from roughly three distinct causes:
When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.
This weekend, for the first time in 10 years, the United States launched a manned rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral, with the aim of docking with the International Space Station. This feat was a joint effort by NASA, a government-funded organization, and a private company that goes by the name of Space Exploration Technologies (better known as SpaceX for short). The success of this launch is due, in large part, to the cost-saving innovations in rocketry by SpaceX engineers—one of the most impressive of which is the use of a reusable Falcon booster rocket. Yet, when somebody has a breakthrough innovation, it is usually a combined cascade of events. “Very rarely, is it one little thing,” according to Elon Musk, the CEO/CTO of SpaceX. “It’s usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.”
From Steel to Aluminum
Aluminum was not the first choice for Henry Ford, designing his first car in 1896. Several years later his Model T, affectionately referred to as Tin Lizzy, was fashioned from vanadium alloy steel, offering superior strength. This first Ford vehicle was self-starting, much like its inventor. Ford’s first truck followed in 1917, based off the Model T and named the Ford Model TT. The truck had a cargo capacity of one ton, which was no small feat for that era.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. – Henry Ford
The Ford F Series trucks were introduced in 1948, and the company reveled in its success for many years. Today’s Ford F-150 allows for as much as 3,270 pounds of maximum payload with the Heavy-Duty Payload Package. As an innovative company, Ford debuted the aluminum body F-150 to a skeptical public, inviting claims from rival manufacturers that it was no longer a serious contender in the pickup market, as real trucks have steel beds.
I am so obsessed with the cars that sometimes I feel like my heart is not a muscle, it’s an engine.
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
Keri Coach Works’ promise to our customers is commitment to providing exceptional auto body collision repair for all makes and models of vehicles. Exceptional service requires evolution. Our growth is directly related to that promise to our customers. Which means that we’re proud to announce that we’ve joined the newly expanded network of BMW Certified Collision Repair Centers. These centers have no equal when it comes to restoring your BMW to its original specifications.
Owning a BMW is not simply a financial investment. It’s an emotional investment. Your heart has a direct connection to that engine. Maybe you’ve always been a proud BMW owner. Or maybe your BMW is your first luxury vehicle. The car you’ve always dreamed of owning. BMW is not just a car, it’s a lifestyle. And to preserve that lifestyle, you take care of your BMW. You’re careful about where you park. You’re a conscientious driver. But no matter how responsible you might be, some things are out of your control. You have a minor or major accident. And that’s when you need Keri Coach Works.
“It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.”
― Douglas Adams
That quip by famed satirist and author of the 5-book “trilogy” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy may be moderately funny (all right, somewhat lame), but it also happens to be literally true. The scientific basis underlying this assertion can be expressed as a two-part logical equation, where…
- “Vi” is your initial velocity
- “t” is the total length of time of your fall
- “a” is acceleration due to gravity as you fall
- “Vf” is final velocity
- “m” is momentum
- “ΔV” is change in velocity
- “ΔT” is the time it takes to stop falling
- “F” is force
The first half of the equation denotes the fall (which is not fatal); the second half denotes the sudden stop (which most assuredly will be). Put another way, it’s not gravity you have to worry about, but Force.
You may be surprised, if not shocked. You may even be sore or slightly injured. And you most certainly will be frazzled. In short, after an automobile collision, thinking straight is the last thing on your mind. Which is the reason for today’s blog. We’re here to help.
No one ever expects to be involved in a car crash. But however good a driver you think you are, that is no guarantee that someday it won’t happen to you. The imporant thing, then, is to be prepared for that eventuality. Always keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle, along with a cell phone, pen and paper, and a disposable camera (not to mention your driver’s license, car registration, and insurance card). Beyond that, there are a number of important steps you should take (and, in some cases, by law must take) after your vehicle has been involved in a collision.