Things to Avoid When Photographing Your Car’s Damage

After experiencing a car accident, finding a reputable repair service to fix the damage is critical. One of the most important parts of the repair process is getting a fair and accurate estimate of the repair costs. At Front Range Bumper Solutions, we can provide Denver drivers with an estimate for services based on photographs of the car’s damage, but our estimates are only as good as the photos we’re provided. We would hate to provide you with an expense report higher than what you expected due to miscommunication, so here are some things to avoid when photographing your car’s damage

Getting Too Close

Many customers think that extreme close-ups are the best photo to take because they capture the most detail, but if you’re trying to get an accurate estimate on your car’s damages, they can actually be detrimental. This is because we need to know how large the damage is and where it is located on the car’s body, whether that’s a bumper, fender, or car door. This will affect what techniques and tools we can use, which in turn has a major impact on the repair costs. Extreme close-ups are nice for detail, but we need the context of the damage before we can offer an accurate estimate.  For bumper crack and bumper scratch repair, two types of photographs are useful. One close-up within a foot’s length of the damage will capture smaller details of the issue, while another photo about three to four feet away will show us exactly where the damage is on the car.

Dealing with Small Dents

Smaller damage like dents and door dings are harder to accurately photograph. This is because dents without paint damage are smaller and lack the obvious discoloration between paint and metal. Cars with black, white, and silver paint jobs make this issue even worse, as these color tones hide damage better than others. While this makes it easier to hide the damage while you’re still driving the car, it makes it harder for bumper repair technicians to identify what’s wrong in a picture. If you’re trying to photograph small dents, the best way to do so is to stand at a 30 to 60-degree angle from the damage and about three to four feet back from the vehicle. This will help the light catch the dent or bump, and it will show our technician how large the dent is and where it is on the panel. This will allow them to give you a more accurate preliminary estimate.

Forgetting the Basics

Lastly, don’t forget the basic considerations of taking any photograph. Make sure you’re getting enough light on the object or that your camera’s flash is enabled. You also want to make sure that the camera is properly focused, and that you’re holding it steady to get a clear and accurate photograph.

Once you follow all of these guidelines, you should have a good set of pictures that can help our repair technicians give you a fair and reasonable estimate for repairs. After that, we can set up an appointment for our mobile repair services to meet you at a time and place of your choosing in the Denver area. For all your mobile bumper repair needs, call FR Bumper Solutions today at (720) 222-5044 today.