3 of The Most Dangerous Cars Ever Made For Collision Estimator Students
July 15, 2016
When you move into a career in auto body estimation, you will ultimately begin to learn which cars are more trustworthy and safe than others. Whether it’s due to materials used or just the overall design of the car, some cars offer substantially more risks to safety. Over the years, new advances in car design and safety testing have helped to make cars even safer than ever before. But still, there are cars that make it to market that are notoriously dangerous.
Auto body estimators know drivers should exercise caution when getting behind the wheel of the following three cars. Read on to discover which ones are among the most dangerous in the world.
1. Back Away from the ‘Back To The Future’ Car; What a Collision Estimator Should Know
The DeLorean DMC-12, made famous by the 1980s film Back To The Future, is one of the most dangerous vehicles on the planet, mostly due to one of its biggest aesthetic draws—its gull-wing doors. The DeLorean’s gull-wing doors open vertically, like a garage door that swings open, and therefore when a DeLorean flips onto its roof, the doors can’t be opened and the driver becomes trapped.
The DeLorean is incredibly rare, meaning those with careers in the auto industry will probably never see one, as there are only about 6,000-7,000 DeLoreans left in existence. Considering its propensity for danger, that’s probably a good thing!
2. Collision Estimators Know that the Brilliance BS6 Sedan is Deadly
Another one of the most dangerous cars in the world is called the Brilliance BS6 sedan, and it could be considered a death trap. The structural integrity of the Brilliance BS6 sedan is, well, not there at all. The BS6 failed miserably in a European crash test, probably because the automobile was manufactured under safety laws are much more relaxed than in North America. This car never made it to North America, which is great, because if this car ever got in an accident and made its way into the shop of an auto body estimator, it’s safe to say that it would probably be ‘totaled’. The 2007 Brilliance BS6 sedan crumbles under impact like a bag of potato chips.
This crash test shows the car’s steering wheel, tires, and dash get pushed into the front area of the car, even though the crash occurred at just 64 km/h:
3. Old Chevy Pickups can Erupt into Flames; What Collision Estimator Students Should Know
The pick-up trucks produced by Chevrolet in the 1970s and 1980s could be turned into fireballs quite easily. All it took was one hit to the side of the car, where Chevy had stationed one of its duel gas tanks. Chevrolet wanted the truck to have enough fuel capacity to carry about 40 gallons of fuel, yet one tank couldn’t handle that much, so they added a second tank and both tanks hung outside the frame on either side like giant saddle bags. When the car is hit on either side at a high enough speed, the pick-up explodes and becomes a fireball. Hundreds of people have died in fiery car crashes due to the design of these trucks and Chevy has had to pay out in excess of $500 million USD in legal claims.
Whether it’s the old DeLorean, the old Chevys, or the kind-of new Brilliance BS6, collision estimators know that these cars are automobiles to avoid.
Want to look into a career as a collision estimator and see what other cars will break more easily than others?
Contact an advisor today to find out more!
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