With the constant improvements in driver assistance motor technology, it is more important than ever that vehicle repairs are undertaken by repairers with the appropriate technology and expertise.
Advanced driver assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, are designed to protect against potential hazards. While drivers may welcome these sophisticated safety features, they should be prepared for more costly and complex repairs on their cars. According to the Association of British Insurers, there has been a 32% increase in the average car repair bill in the past three years. Many experts attribute this sharp rise to the introduction of advanced driver assistance technology.
The days of taking a dented vehicle to a local garage to hammer out the dent and repaint the area are long gone. In a new car, the area around the dent is now likely to contain sensors which may need replacing. Even if they are undamaged, the sensors may no longer function accurately if the layer of paint applied to the area is too thick.
In addition to any sensors, cars these days are constructed of different materials, so they may need specialist welding equipment to repair. In comparison to older vehicles, larger areas of bodywork may need to be replaced in order to maintain the vehicle’s structural integrity.
It is therefore essential from a safety perspective that a repairer has access to the appropriate repair specifications for the vehicle, the correct electronic diagnostic equipment and the correct equipment to carry out the repair.
With this in mind, Cornish Mutual’s partner repairers are carefully chosen to ensure that they can meet all of the above criteria and provide a safe and long lasting repair. We strongly recommend that, should you be unfortunate enough to suffer damage to a vehicle insured with us, you contact us in the first instance and we will direct you to your nearest partner repairer.
Don’t be concerned if the repairer is not as close as you would like as they will be happy to collect your vehicle and deliver it back to you. Our partner repairers can also provide a courtesy car while your vehicle is being repaired, they will wash and vacuum your vehicle before returning it to you and will guarantee all repairs for a minimum of three years.
With more people now owning cars with advanced driver assistance systems, Cornish Mutual is ready to get your car repaired to the correct specifications and back on the road as quickly as possible.
By John Bryant, Technical Leader at Cornish Mutual