Repairing a minor front area damage on a Saab

Have you ever had a situation while pulling in your driveway, and you go one inch too far before making a turn and end up scraping the front left bumper? These minor accidents are very commonplace. They happen while pulling in or out of your garage, in a tight spot at the supermarket, or during parallel parking.

Most of the times, these minor accidents end up causing some damage in the front-right area, usually the bumper, indicator lights and sometimes even the right headlight suffers.

In this case, a silver Saab had this well-known damage: front right bumper and fender damage. As the Saab has the indicator lights embedded in the fender, the right indicator was broken too.

Saab Minor damage on front left bumper and indicator light
Minor damage on front left bumper and indicator light

As you can see on the image below, the Saab damage is not as big as it could have been. None of the body parts are broken or damaged beyond repair. The headlight got away by less than an inch, and the indicator lightbulb is not broken, so there was no electrical damage. This driver got lucky.

Minor damage of front bumper and indicator light
Indicator light broken and fender scratched. Headlight barely survived.

To repair this damage, we replaced the indicaror, did some body work on the bumper and fender, and gave them a fresh coat of paint to restore the looks to the original, pre-accident looks.

minor damage on front fender and indicator light
Front bumper and indicator light repaired, like-new looks

Thanks to our skilled technicians, this repair was done quickly and at minimum cost for the owner. The end result, as you can see from the image above, is flawless.

If you also have a similar problem with your vehicle, and would like to get it properly repaired without spending too much money, give us a call at 970.927.4351

Nissan Collision Repair: An Unfortunate Encounter with a Deer

Deer collisions are unfortunate and common events on our roads. This is especially true for commuters in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Sometimes people ask us “Why do deer jump in front of a moving vehicle when they can easily just stay off the road and wait for the vehicle to pass by?” The simple answer is that they don’t see the world as we do. Here’s a very good explanation of why deer end up in front of a moving vehicle:

When deer see something coming at them, they take off running in a random direction, running away from the predator. Most of these potential prey species have eyes on opposing sides of the head, making depth perception very hard… This means that deer can’t tell how fast a car is moving, (or how far it is). Therefore, when a deer sees a vehicle, they take off in a random direction and sometimes that random direction happens to be in the path of the car. (Source)

This natural reaction of deer means that you have a 50-50 chance of hitting a deer if you see one running close to the road. This is why it is very important for yours and the safety of your loved ones to pay attention to road signs and adjust your speed accordingly.

In the image gallery below you can see how much damage a deer collision can cause even with to an SUV like this Nissan.

repaired Nissan Moriarty from a deer collision

This photo is from the vehicle after the repair. Thanks to the patience and hard work of our skilled auto body technicians, this SUV looks as good as ever. But it wasn’t so when it was towed in.

SUV damage from deer collision
The entire front area of the vehicle is damaged: right bumper, front bumper, hood, radiator…Massive damage

As the image reveals, the deer was obviously coming out of the woods and onto the road when this collision happened. In fact, the distinct damage on the right bumper reveals that this collision was probably caused by the deer “taking off in a random direction”… and ending up in front of this metallic predator. All jokes aside, this bad call the deer made caused significant damage, although the deer itself walked off.

Airbags went off at collision of a deer running in front of SUV
The impact was severe enough for the airbags to go off

Usually, if a driver notices the animal on collision course, things go by without any problems. But in this case, the deer came out of nowhere and the driver did not even have the time to slow down enough to avoid airbag activation. This of course increased the overall damage to the vehicle and its cost.

Because of the severity of this animal encounter, the front bumper and hood could not absorb the impact and the engine compartment and radiator were also damaged.

radiator damage on SUV from deer collision
The bumper was not able to absorb the collision, and the radiator is damaged beyond repair

The damage to the radiator was so severe that our technicians had to replace it altogether. The front structural beam of the engine compartment was also damaged and the repair technicians had to replace it, together with several other elements forming the headlight area.

frontal collision caused significant damage to this SUV
Right fender crumpled from the deer collision

With some technicians working on the frontal area of this Nissan SUV, another technician started working on the front door that was also damaged in the collision. The damage was not severe though, which was good news for the owner. A standard auto body set of repairs restored the like-new appearance of the door, ready for re-installment back on the vehicle where the broken mirror was replaced with a new one.

Front door repair damaged in deer collision
A spark of good luck: the deer was pushed off the road instead of ending up on top of the windshield

 

After removing all the damaged panels, technicians started working on the chassis of the vehicle, replacing or repairing any structural beams, the radiator and the radiator protective mesh were also replaced. After all the structural work was done, the Nissan Moriarty was ready for panel replacement.

Auto body repairs done, the Nissan awaits panel replacement phase
Auto body repairs done, the Nissan awaits panel replacement phase

 

The finished work of this wildlife encounter was excellent. It is very difficult to make all parts fit flawlessly. This takes time, skills and great attention to detail. As you can see from the image below, the lines between different body parts are even. These even gaps are signs of a job well done.

As you can see from the image below, the edges between the right bumper, hood and front door are uniform on all their length. Achieving this precise alignment of all parts is a clear sign that this auto body repair was done by a team of detail-oriented professionals.

repaired SUV after deer collision
Notice the seamless joints between the various panels

 

We take pride in being so precise in our auto body repairs. There are very few auto body shops out there that complete their work with this level of attention to detail!

 

Volvo S40 Collision Repair: Significant Front End Damage

Rarely a day goes by without someone, somewhere in the Aspen-Snowmass region experiencing the wildlife in Colorado a little bit too close. Especially during these winter days, wildlife encounters are all to frequent. Whether it is because of driving too fast, or because of driving through a particularly low-visibility situation, animals do get on the road, and we end up bumping into them. Sometimes it’s a minor scratch. But sometimes, animal collision can cause significant damage depending on the speed of travel.

Animal collision auto body repairs can get quite expensive and complicated when you have to do all the paperwork to sort things out with your insurance company. This is why we at High Tone Auto Body offer the complete service: paperwork and elbow grease.

In the images below, you can see how a Volvo S40 front end got severely damaged from a deer collision.

Collision repair Aspen CO
This Volvo S40 was damaged in a wildlife encounter. The deer walked away and the car had to be towed in.

Deer collision repair: Headlight, fender and hood damage

It doesn’t take much for a collision, especially when roads are slippery and wet. Even a 30mph speed is enough to cause significant damage when a collision with a large animal happens. In this case, the deer collision caused significant damage of the front end of this Volvo S40. As the image below shows, the hood is deformed, the left fender is twisted and torn at places, and the headlight assembly is completely destroyed.

Aspen auto body repair Snowmass. Deer collision repair
Left fender and headlight damage from deer collision

The front bumper and grill also got some damage.

The positive end of things was that none of the mechanical and electronic components of this car had any damage. The radiator was completely intact and the structural beams around the engine protected the wiring. Volvos are strong and sturdy vehicles.

Aspen auto body repair shop fast reliable deer collision repair
Localized but severe damage: broken headlight, bumper and deformed side panel and hood

To do this repair properly, we removed the front bumper, hood and left fender. Then we replaced all the parts that needed replacing: front headlight, fog lights built into the bumper, new grill, new bumper, new left fender.

After the repair: Car looks like new, client is very happy

While our tech’s were working on the vehicle itself, Tanja took care of all the paperwork with the insurance company. All in all, within a couple of days the owner of this vehicle had all the details sorted out, and the Volvo S40 looked like new.

Aspen auto body shop fixed collision car looks like new
After the repair: No signs of any sort, like-new looks of this Volvo S40

Thanks to our very friendly and competent staff, the repair experience was excellent.

Mercedes Front-End Collision Repair

One of the most common collision repairs is the front collision repair. Front collisions usually result in a damaged front bumper cover, the reinforcement beam and absorber, headlights and sometimes there is damage to the grill and radiator. If the crash is more severe, there may be damage to the radiator support and other items related to the cooling system.

In this case, the Mercedes had a severely damaged front bumper, the reinforcement beam was deformed, and there was damage to the fenders on both sides. Take a look at the image below. There is plenty of damage on this vehicle but on the positive side, the headlights and hood were intact so the dollar damage was not as big as it could have been.

Front bumper, beam, hood, side panels: Severe crash with plenty of damage
Front bumper, beam, hood, fender panels:  Severe crash with plenty of damage

We stripped out all the damaged parts and panels to prepare the vehicle to be shipped to our sublet shop for engine removal. The collision was significant and in order to do a solid repair job, we needed the engine out of the engine bay so our body technicians can make the repair to meet factory specifications.

Stripped of all damaged and removable panels, this Mercedes awaits engine removal
Stripped of all damaged and removable panels, this Mercedes awaits engine removal
A sublet car repair shop removed the engine and the Mercedes is ready for auto body repair
A sublet car repair shop removed the engine and the Mercedes is ready for auto body repair

With the engine and damaged parts out of the way, our auto body technicians did the necessary body work on the panels that could be repaired, and replaced all the parts that were beyond repair:

  • Front bumper cover and support brackets
  • Reinforcement  beam
  • Fenders
  • Wiring for the bumper indicators and fog lights
  • Chrome grill and Mercedes emblem

The repaired and replaced panels were painted, the Mercedes was then reassembled for an invisible repair.

Our Snowmass client was very happy with the end result, the time of repair and the reasonable price of this collision repair project.

Contact Us

 

Auto Body Repair Testimonial from Mark & Nancy Sprenger

Service Used: Auto Body Repair

Client location: Snowmass

Testimonial highlights: Speedy repair, very reasonable price

Wanted to drop a note to you telling you how pleased we are with the service we received at High Tone Auto Body. We drove from Ohio to visit our grandchildren in Snowmass.

We were two weeks in Snowmass and during our stay we were hit in the rear end while at a red light. We took the car at High Tone who immediately took care of our problem. The cost of the repair was extremely reasonable and fixed in a timely manner.

It allowed us to drive back to Ohio with the peace of mind knowing that our car can safely make it back, some 1280 miles.

Thanks again
Mark & Nancy Sprenger

The Basalt/Aspen/Snowmass area is quite popular for tourists and we do get to see many people coming in to visit their families here. These people spend hours on end driving for hundreds of miles to get to our area, and we at High Tone Auto Body always want to pitch in and make these people more like home. We have many cars from all over the country stop in for a quick auto body repair.

Mark and Nancy Sprenger drove all the way from Ohio to visit their family when they got hit in the back while at a red light. You can only imagine how it feels to be 1200 miles away from home and to be in a car accident. When the Sprengers drove in, our staff was very sensible and sensitive to their situation and we made sure their vehicle gets repaired as soon as possible so that Mark and Nancy can make the long drive home.

Unlike many car repair shops, we did not take advantage of Mark and Nancy’s situation. We made an express repair and billed the usual fee for that sort of work. Our team is highly ethical and sensible, and this is what sets us apart from our competition.