The IVIC 'Structural Tolerance Report'

Motor vehicle manufacturers make huge investments into research when developing specifications for new models. This ensures that all structural and safety components will perform to their designed optimum which is; to protect life and limb should a motor vehicle sustain collision damage.

The majority of collision repaired vehicles are the complete opposite. They in most cases are repaired on non manufacturer approved smash repair equipment, are fitted with non genuine parts and disturbingly, have been returned to owners with disguised inferior repairs and existing structural defects.

IVIC have conclusively identified that most conventional collision repairs conducted in smash repair shops do not comply with the manufacturer’s recommended specifications, or are they completed within the minimum repair standards as specified by the smash repair industry or state governments. (See Motor Vehicle Smash Repair Industry Standard link)

Motor vehicle structural integrity can without difficulty be reinstated into collision repaired vehicles however only if vehicles are repaired on manufacturer approved smash repair equipment and genuine OEM replacement parts fitted. The truth of the matter is that most smash repair shops do not have or can afford the correct repair equipment and those that do, do not use it.

Smash repairers are allocated a repair budget in all insurance related collision repair work however the repair budgets are hardly ever sufficient to correctly repair the respective collision damage. To off set the inadequate repair budget, they (smash repairers) take dangerous shortcuts particulary to the detriment of safety in the collision repair process. This scenario applies to most collision repairs around Australia and it is done with no regard to the value or prestige of the vehicle.

Smash repairers generally use cheaper aftermarket or Asian imported parts than fit new genuine OEM replacement parts. Aftermarket or Asian imported replacement parts do not undergo safety recall testing and is why they are cheaper and consequently inferior as well. 

To substantiate the above, from the hundreds of post collision repaired vehicles previously tested, nine (9) in ten (10) vehicles were returned to owners without proper ‘integrity’ repairs being effected to collision related structural damage. Almost all vehicles were fitted with non genuine replacement parts and were repaired on non-manufacturer approved smash repair equipment. In essence these vehicles are now dangerous and should not have be driven on our roads without first having remedial repairs conducted.

An example is of a late model Victorian Mercedes convertible having a market value of $140,000. Collision damage was quoted at $75,000 however it was ultimately repaired for only approximately $30,000. Impossible you say? This is an extraordinary situation and very typical of what happens in the smash repair industry.

Another example is of a late model Lexus vehicle valued at $120,000 with $35,000 damage. This vehicle was repaired for approximately only $6,000. The replacement parts fitted were the cheaper aftermarket variety and contrary to the owner’s insurance policy.

Both vehicles sustained heavy structural damage which remained on the vehicle when returned to each owner. In both instances these vehicles did not receive new structural components as should have been the case instead structural rails were repaired and heated beyond safe tolerance.

From a structural engineering and safety stand point the application of heat to structural components is fraught with danger. Heat weakens and compromises the tensile properties of structural steel which greatly contributes to unsafe collision repairs. Each of the example vehicles now have compromised structural integrity and are dangerously defective. Imagine how horrified the owners must have felt when they discovered the truth about their collision repair.

To help detect and overcome this exacerbating problem early, IVIC have combined sophisticated computer programming technology with seventy (70) collective years of smash repair industry experience to develop the IVIC ‘Structural Tolerance Report’.

IVIC Structural Tolerance Report will report on the integral condition of existing collision repairs and determine if repairs were pursuant or contrary to motor vehicle manufacturers recommended specifications. The IVIC Structural Tolerance Report can also help identify whether genuine or aftermarket replacement parts were fitted. 
If any of the above points result in the negative and contrary to the owners insurance policy, IVIC can assist clients obtain the correct remedial repairs and usually without any additional cost to the vehicle owner. 

The IVIC Structural Tolerance Report is an inexpensive independent ‘forensic type’ of inspection report. It will conclusively determine if any post collision repairs have compromised the vehicles integrity or increased risk to occupants.

All motorists and vehicle owners can now obtain documented evidence from independent experts to help support their claims of inferior smash repairs. The IVIC ‘Structural Tolerance Report’ will fill the void that has for decades contributed to unsafe and inferior collision repaired motor vehicles returning to our roads.