Checking the front inside panel

The front inside panel is the highest risk of damage & correction in the skeleton. Therefore, the inspectors at the auction site are very sensitive to changes in the state of this part and surrounding parts. Where on earth are they paying attention to even the slightest distortion?


[Understanding the actual condition of

 repaired vehicles] The [repaired vehicles] that we usually check are vehicles that have traces left on the skeleton due to a traffic accident. However, unlike the impression of the word "accident", there are many cases where even a minor contact accident damages the skeletal part. Rather, it is easier to repair than a heavily damaged vehicle, so it is a fact that most of the repaired vehicles are "vehicles with slight contact and distortion". In other words, when I check the inside of the engine room on a daily basis, I ask, "Are there any putty marks somewhere? , "Are there any traces of frame correction machines?" , "Are there any rewelding marks?" If you are distracted by [traces of repair] such as ”, it will lead to oversight of such slight distortion.



[Pay attention to the parts around the front inside panel]

 Let's take a look at an example. Image ① is an Audi A4 with a damaged left front area. From the outside, you can see damage to the bumper, left fender, headlights, and bonnet. When you open the hood and look inside the engine room, it seems that the front inside panel has not been damaged. However, if you lower your line of sight so that it is level with the front inside panel, you will notice a subtle difference between the left and right (images ② and ③). On the left side (image ③), the area around the fender mounting bolt is slightly bent upward. Looking only at the image, "Hmm, it's subtle. I think there are many readers who feel that. However, you have to notice the "small difference" by changing the viewing angle or changing the surrounding parts. For this Audi, the headlights and fenders were replaced at the time of assessment, so you should be able to suspect the front inside panel from the headlight manufacturing year label (image ④) and the turning marks of the fender mounting bolts.


[Awareness to find small differences] It

 is the tip of the front inside panel that is prone to such slight distortion. In particular, the headlights, fender body, and fender stay mounting parts are likely to be loaded, so compare these areas from side to side and try to notice small differences.