After being damaged in an accident last month, we took our long-term Mini JCW Coupe to Global Imports Mini here in Atlanta for repairs in their body shop. The Coupe sustained damage to the front right corner in the collision. Although its major replacement parts have already been painted to match the Lightning Blue car and are ready to be installed, the vehicle remains there now, waiting on a few small parts to complete the repair.
Ken Braswell, Global Imports’ Collision Center manager, provided an update on the scope of work, the status of the repairs and the remaining items needed to bring the Mini Coupe back to duty in our long-term test. The key parts that Global are replacing include the hood, fender, bumper reinforcement and bumper cover. The collision team at Global painted the exposed parts to match the vehicle and provided us with some photos of the vehicle and the replacement parts in their paint booth. Other visible parts include the right headlamp assembly and fog lamp. These are in stock and ready for installation, too.
Some components that will be hidden behind the Coupe’s bodywork have been replaced, like the right front suspension strut. The core support, also known as a radiator support, has been replaced as well. This piece, made from a lightweight polymer, supports the air conditioning condenser and the radiator.
Only a handful of small parts are needed to complete the repairs, and the Global Collision Center is waiting for these to arrive. One is the SRS sensor, the switch that activates the airbags in a crash. This part needs to be replaced even though the airbags did not deploy in the accident.
Braswell expects to wrap up the repairs soon. We look forward to bringing the Mini JCW Coupe, a favorite among the Autotrader.com test drivers, back into our long-term fleet when he and his team have the car back in top condition.