Lightweight repair expertise
 

Porsche Approved Collision Centers

No one wants to think about anything happening to the Porsche you're so proud to call your own. But if anything ever does, it's good to know we've already established a network of pre-approved collision repair facilities – individually selected by us, and then specially trained and equipped – to provide collision repair services that meet the high quality standards you've come to expect from Porsche.

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Lightweight repair expertise

For us, there's only one standard when repairing lightweight bodyshells. The Porsche standard.

We've been championing the sports car concept since 1948. And controlling every gram.Lightweight design. A feature of the very first Porsche: the 356/1. And of every Porsche sports car which has followed since – and will follow in the future.

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Porsche bodyshell architecture has always been of crucial importance for the overall vehicle concept. After all, the selective use of lightweight bodyshell materials reduces the vehicle weight and optimizes weight distribution, which improves acceleration, driving dynamics, stability and braking. Maximum driving pleasure and optimum performance is thereby ensured.

Continuous development also applies to lightweight bodies and lightweight bodyshell repair.

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Example 911 (Type 991): compared to the Type 997, the number of welding points has been reduced by around 50%. More than 2,000 punched rivets are now used (Type 997: 0), together with over 120m of adhesive joints (Type 997: 12m).

One of Porsche's major strengths is its creativity. So for us, no-one can remember things ever standing still, even in the body shop. This is where Porsche has developed its unique bodyshell series production – from the tried and tested smart lightweight steel bodies to the so-called multi-material mix. The difference: while lightweight steel bodies primarily use steel and aluminum components, multi-material mix bodyshells are made from a variety of materials, such as aluminum and carbon. The new bodyshell technology dictates new, complex procedures for their repair. The weight savings is considerable, as demonstrated by the current 911 (Type 991), whose bodyshell weighs around 14% less than that of its predecessor. Yet we continue to work on every single gram.

This revolutionary multi-material body technology means that bodyshell repair for new Porsche vehicles can only be performed at a Porsche Approved Collision Center (PACC). Should the need arise, contact your authorized Porsche dealer for the nearest PACC.

If they're damaged, new vehicle technologies require new diagnostic and repair procedures. Because the new materials and assembly methods also make the repair more challenging. In the case of traditional steel bodies, the diagnostics are carried out using gauges on the straightening bench, whilst multi-material mix bodies are measured digitally – using extremely low measuring tolerances. And welding is also no longer the leading assembly method. It is increasingly being replaced by bonding and riveting.

When repairing Porsche vehicles, we're not concerned with quantity, but with quality.

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So with all this complexity, who better to perform these repairs than those who designed and built the vehicles?

After all, we have no lack of expertise. We have over 70 years' experience in repairing Porsche vehicles. Yet we never rest on our laurels. Porsche Service includes on-going employee development, by means of both training programs for qualified body shop technicians, and comprehensive process documentation aimed at guaranteeing repair quality. These training programs impart knowledge of new assembly methods, such as clinching, bonding and punching, together with new diagnostic procedures.

To ensure that the adhesives used on structural components can harden, all Porsche workshops are fitted with thermostats. Porsche Approved Collision Centers also have modern workshop equipment – for example, an electronic measuring system for accurate diagnostics for minor to moderate damage. Today's measuring tolerance is +/– 1 mm – compared to the previously used +/– 5 mm. After all, repairs are performed using defined processes. This is how the value, safety and driving characteristics are preserved.

Incidentally: your Porsche dealership has its own Porsche Approved Collision Center (PACC) or is in partnership with a standalone PACC, trained and audited in accordance with Porsche guidelines, authorized to perform repairs on our behalf – to Porsche standards. In either case, your Porsche dealership remains your point of contact.

Usual practice among PACCs is to invoice your insurance company directly. However, confirm with your authorized Porsche dealer and their designated PACC beforehand whether this is the case.