We are truly in a period of rapid change in vehicle technology. A 2016 or 2017 vehicle may look to the owner like a newer version of a 2010 but below the surface there have been many changes in very important areas.
The physical structure of today’s vehicles and the electronics supporting the safety features are both vastly more complicated than they were 5 years ago. These changes are dramatic and not just an evolution in vehicle design
Correct repair of these dramatically more complex vehicles requires very different methods from what the both the repair and insurance side of the collision repair industry have been using for the past several decades. The move to these new methods has started, but at the start of 2017 the industry is still dominated by repair methods that have been in use for 20 years.
A vehicle that has been repaired with outdated methods and equipment will meet the current measures of success; on time delivery of a clean and shiny car at as low cost as possible. Safety is talked about but it is not yet measured or regulated.
If this clean and shiny vehicle has been structurally compromised with incorrect repairs it will in most cases drive as well as before the accident but it will not be Ready for its Next Accident.