General Motors UK is mounting a nationwide training campaign to re-inforce the benefits of using a Vauxhall, Chevrolet or Saab approved bodyshop for accident repairs.
It wants dealers to encourage customers to use its approved bodyshops rather than “risk a sub-standard job” elsewhere.
It has publicly claimed that, without manufacturer training and approved equipment, independent bodyshops struggle to correctly identify and repair materials such as press hardened or isotropic steel.
GM UK is training the 150 Vauxhall, Chevrolet and Saab approved bodyshops on the latest repair techniques required to return modern cars to pre-accident condition.
Topics covered include new generation steels and related materials, body joining techniques, MIG brazing, rogrammable welding equipment, body measurement procedures, repair and replacement of structural and non-structural panels and eradication of damage to steel and aluminium panels.
The Auto Body Professionals Club welcomed GM’s training focus, adding that its members have been raising awareness of the issues surrounding the increasing technical complexity in modern vehicles.
The spokesman added: “We are delighted to see Vauxhall running specific training courses on the subject and this will help technicians who go on to take the ATA panel technician qualification.”
Bernard Berman, GM’s accident repair manager, said: “Our advice to drivers is to think carefully before letting someone else decide on the quality of your repairs.
Our bodyshop technicians are fully conversant with the latest technology to assess and restore your Vauxhall, Chevrolet or Saab to its original condition, so it will drive and protect you to exactly the same standard as when you bought it.”