Damage

The Most Common Types of Collision Damage a BMW Auto Shop Encounters

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Ask any BMW owner to describe in one word the #1 reason why they prefer to drive that make of car, odds are they will answer with the word: Performance. Which should come as no surprise. Inside and outside, the vehicle is meticulously engineered. When you sit down in the driver’s seat, it just feels right. After that, once you’ve started it up and begin driving, you immediately begin to notice those little pleasing performance features that make driving a BMW so special. The responsive feel of the steering wheel is a case in point. The car turns exactly as you expect it, due in part to the vehicle’s exquisitely balanced weight distribution, which makes the car’s performance feel predictable, stable, and safe when turning.

Then ask that same driver to describe—in one word—how they themselves feel when driving a BMW, and odds are they will tell you it feels fun. From the comfort of the seats, to the smooth and predictable turning, to the quietness of the ride, to the countless little amenities, and much, much more, everything about BMW screams FUN!

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

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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.

Hidden Figures: The Uncounted Cost
of Car Damage You DON’T See

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“A small hole not mended in time
will become a big hole much harder to mend.”
— Chinese Proverb

It’s an annoying scenario, and one that is all-too-familiar to many of us. You exit a store laden with groceries, only to discover that someone in the parking lot has bumped into your car with theirs, putting a long, ugly scuff mark into that once flawless finish, or perhaps shattering a headlight. To add insult to injury, they didn’t even do you the courtesy of slipping a piece of paper with their contact information behind the windshield wiper.

Or you are parked at a stoplight, patiently waiting for it to turn green, when a young, careless driver, with one eye focused on an incoming text message instead of the road in front of them, gently rams into you from behind.

Or a slick highway catches you unaware, and you go into a hair-raising spin. You manage to regain control, but not before grazing a tree with the car, causing some minor damage to the passenger-side door.

What to do?