Honda CR-V Collision Repair: Rear Bumper, Tailgate & Rear Stop Lights

Collisions in the Aspen-Snowmass-Basalt area are quite common especially during the snow season. Any kind of accident can be stressful for the vehicle owner and it is even more stressful when you cannot find a reliable auto body repair service.
High Tone Auto Body is focused on getting you the best possible auto body repair service and we have served countless clients from Aspen, Snowmass, Carbondale, Basalt etc.
Recently a Honda CRV owner stopped by the shop. The vehicle was in a relatively small collision but the damage wasn’t that small.

As you can see from the images here this Honda CRV had plenty of damage:

  • the roof had some minor bumps and scratches
  • the rear stop light needed replacement
  • rear bumper was broken on one side
  • the tailgate was deformed

Our technicians follow an industry-specific repair workflow to ensure proper auto body repair so the vehicle can be as safe and nice looking as before the collision.
Here, we started by removing the tailgate from the vehicle and our auto body specialists worked on restoring the geometry and look of the back side of the car. After the repairs on the door frame and roof we had the area repainted with a few coats of paint and clear coat.

Bumpers are composite parts, and in this particular case the plastic shielding took most of the impact and was broken. When the plastic shielding is broken we replace the entire bumper because bumpers act as safety buffer zones, protecting people in the vehicle, as well as people around the vehicle (bumpers are designed to cushion pedestrians in case if they are in a car accident). The new bumper also got a coat of paint and a coat of protective clear coat.

The rear stop lights on Honda CR-V’s are positioned relatively high, so the only damaged part was the outer glass. We replaced the rear stop light with a new one and did all the necessary wiring checking to make sure that everything works as it should.

While one team did work on the vehicle itself, another team did the needed body work and paint on the tailgate. With the tailgate repaired, our technicians assembled the Honda CR-V and the owner was quite pleased with the quality of work and timely repair.

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Testimonial for Subaru Collision Repair

From: Robin Scarlett
Service Used: Auto Body Repair

I had a great experience getting my Subaru repaired after an accident. My car looked as good as new. The people at High Tone were all friendly and helpful, and provided service above and beyond the usual. I would refer this shop to anybody.

Robin had an accident with her Subaru while driving around Snowmass, CO. Thankfully, the collision was not severe so the only damage was around the front bumper and hood area. Nobody was hurt in the accident.

Robin came in with her Subaru to first get an estimate, and then had us repair her vehicle. While the repair technicians were working on the auto body repairs, Tanja took care of the insurance claim with Robin’s insurance company. Thanks to our Direct Repair Program, Robin did not have to do any paperwork. We handled it all for her.

The vehicle needed a new front bumper and some body work on the hood. Technicians also replaced one headlamp and after the repair and paint, we gave the vehicle a full-body detailing.

During the entire repair process we kept Robin in the know, and Tanja did a great job communicating details that helped Robin be at peace while our certified auto body repair technicians worked on her car. As always, we used original replacement parts and used factory specs to perform this repair.

All in all, Robin was very pleased with the complete service, from handling the insurance paperwork to making her Subaru look as good as new.

Windshield Replacement Service in Aspen-Basalt Area

In the past few posts we covered a few stories on windshield replacement, how important the windshield is in the structural integrity of your vehicle, and how many windshield replacement services to a sub-standard replacement job.

As we outsource our windshield replacement services to specialized workshops, it is our responsibility to make sure that every single vehicle that we handle gets factory-level quality of windshield replacement. For this reason, we often times monitor the replacement procedure. Most of the times windshield replacement technicians do an excellent job, but in rare occasions, some technicians skip a step or two in the industry-dictated replacement procedure.

The windshield replacement procedure requires that the windshield gets treated with chemical solvents to clean up the contacting surface where the urethane glue goes. After cleanup, this surface must not be touched with bare hands so technicians must use medical gloves. Some technicians have windshield carrying techniques that allows them to lift the glass without toughing the treated surface, but in some rare cases, the mind wonders off only for a second and technicians grip the glass without even realizing it. Unfortunately, this is all it takes to contaminate the contacting surface.

Here’s one example of how we noticed a procedure breach that may have resulted in a faulty installation of the windshield:

caught red-handed, procedure breach in windshield replacement
Notice that the technician has gripped the windshield and touches the primed surface with bare hands.

The black lining of each windshield is the contacting area where the windshield is glued onto the chassis with a urethane glue. As you can see on the image above, this technician seems to have forgotten to keep his fingers off the primed surface. A bare-skin contact contaminates the primed surface and the dew and grease will prevent the urethane glue to form a solid bond with the new windshield. As the windshield carries almost 30% of the structural integrity during crashes or airbag activation, poor adhesion can result in blowing the windshield off the vehicle so the airbags will have nothing to bounce off and brace your face in a collision.

The good thing is that we noticed this and stopped the technician. Since he was a certified technician there was no need of debating the issue. All that was necessary was a “Hey, the primed surface…your hand…”. His response was “Oh man… good eye!” He cleaned up the entire contacting surface, re-primed it and installed the windshield by the book.

Most of the times, it’s the little things that make or break a solid windshield replacement. In this case, a drop in concentration could have resulted in a sub-standard windshield replacement service. Thanks to our strong attention to detail, we pointed the technician of this unintentional error and our client got a factory-level quality of windshield replacement.

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The best ever auto body repair shop: Testimonial from Alaina

Alaina had a car accident and needed a lot of work on her vehicle. As any car crash can be quite stressful, we at High Tone Auto Body are aware that our clients need our car repair skills but they also need our people skills. We worked hard to make Alaina’s car repair process be as painless and stress-less as possible. A few weeks we got her thank you note:



Thank you SO much for all your help with my car fiasco!
I cant thank you enough for making the esperience MUCH better than it could have been. If I ever have car troubles againI’ll come to HIgh Tone and I’ll recomend you to everyone!

Alaina Dodds