VW Crash Test Shows Importance Of OEM Repair Guidelines

Volkswagen (VW) has been in the news of late, and will be for many more years, due to its emissions standards violations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A VW crash test video lends an entirely different angle to this global brand, and it’s worth a look if you’re a VW owner (and even if you’re not). The video was made in Europe, and it details the extremely high number of vehicle collisions in Germany with VW cars. There are many owners of this preferred brand in Europe as VW is a German manufacturer.

Manufacturers of automobiles are called OEMs, or original equipment manufacturers. For every aspect of your vehicle, there are OEM guidelines, specifications, and more.

We wrote a story about Hyundai NOT releasing OEM repair guidelines to auto body repair businesses in the U.S.; however, the brand’s repair guidelines are available in other countries. This means that your collision center would need additional resources and industry assistance to repair newer models of Hyundai, especially if the OEM had changed the vehicle’s structure and repair guidelines.

VW, on the other hand, does make its repair guidelines available to collision centers. This enables each auto body repair business to make your vehicle whole after a collision against OEM specifications.

VW Crash Test Video

In this video we highly recommend watching, the company makes a comparison to auto body repairs completed using an old OEM repair manual versus new guidelines released by Volkswagen for repair of the Passat. Most consumers would have no idea that a repair manual for his or her vehicle exists, but it is the responsibility of the auto body repair business, like Alan’s Collision Center, NE Philly, to ensure it has the most up-to-date manuals for collision repair.

Next time you’re in NE Philadelphia, give Jim Pfau, the Alan’s Collision general manager, a phone call to say hi. It’s always a good idea to shop for a reputable auto body repair business before you need one!