7 March 2014

New standard for crash repairers

Vehicle Body Repairers from across Ireland were yesterday awarded with a new standard called CSS (Certified Steel Standard). CSS is a national accreditation mark which offers consumers assurance that structural vehicle body repairs have been carried out to the highest possible standard.

Set up by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, CSS was established because of the increasing complexity of the makeup of cars and the level of expertise that is required to repair them. CSS reassures consumers that specific repairers have the ability to structurally repair vehicles to the highest standard.

Paul Liners, President of SIMI said "Customers deserve the best service and the best standard of repairs when they experience the trauma of a crash repair. When a vehicle is involved in a serious crash or accident, it doesn't necessarily have to be written-off, that vehicle can be repaired to a high standard and returned to the road in a safe condition. What is important, though, is that you can be sure it has been properly/correctly repaired before it is returned to the road and that is where CSS comes in."

Speaking at the presentation of the CSS accreditation to 28 bodyshops, he said "These bodyshops should be proud of their accomplishment. Their willingness to raise the standard of repairs within the Industry demonstrates the passion and pride they have in their personnel and their business and, most importantly, in their ability to repair crashed vehicles safely and to the highest quality."

He also commended the efforts of the RSA for their continued focus on road safety.