Methods & repair

Model specific crash repair methods are at the heart of Thatcham Research’s mission to ensure safe and cost effective vehicle repair. Working from a fully equipped and ultra-modern Repair Technology Centre, Thatcham Research’s technical repair experts produce a wealth of vehicle repair data, ranging from light structural research, to full body methods.

By physically deconstructing and reconstructing vehicles during each project, Thatcham Research are able to provide details the most commonly repaired panels on a vehicle, ensuring safe, accurate and efficient repair methods aimed at returning crash damaged vehicles back to their pre-accident condition and Euro NCAP safety rating. Our skilled technicians use their training and expertise to identify combinations of damge likely to occur in various crash repair scenarios - to help you identify commonly required repairs on a vehicle.

We work hard to provide information in a timely and accessible manner, identifying and approaching research projects on the basis of a vehicle’s prevalence in the UK car parc as well as its particular characteristics, which may include its use of modern materials, specific joining techniques and challenges or use of modern technology.

Thatcham Research’s ultimate aim is to ensure ease of repair for bodyshop technicians and Vehicle Damage Assessors and the centre has more than 40 years’ experience in this area, moving from printed repair manuals to today’s online delivery solutions through escribe and Thatcham Integrated Methods.

escribe is Thatcham Research’s primary repair methods product – now available online and accessible via a range of mobile devices and tablets, the product is always up to date with new methods uploaded as soon as a research project is completed.

Thatcham Integrated Methods works in collaboration with major estimating systems, providing a direct link from estimate to repair method to fit seamlessly into a Vehicle Damage Assessor’s current assessment process.

Thatcham Research is the only company that fully research vehicle repair methods for the UK repair market. This enables us to ensure that we can meet our continued aims through research, to reduce the cost of repair and motor insurance claims, whilst maintaining safe and quality repair.