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CSS Certification:

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) launched the Certified Steel Standard (CSS) in 2013. This is a new voluntary standards program for professional bodyshops in Ireland. The standard incorporates the industry agreed technical specification for the process of vehicle structural body repair. CSS is the first standard of its kind in Ireland and is the outcome of two years extensive discussion and technical consideration. Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs is proud to be the first bodyshop in the West of Ireland to achieve this CSS certification.


CSS details the minimum requirements for competent personnel, appropriate and well-maintained equipment, suitable repair methods and quality of repair materials. To achieve CSS certification, a Bodyshop must pass an independent audit of their personnel, equipment, the suitability of their repair methods and the quality of their repair materials, which are inspected against set criteria.


As highlighted by Noel Brett CEO of the Road Safety Authority during the CSS launch, it is essential that all crash damaged vehicles are repaired professionally to the manufacturers’ specification. Failure to do so may result in increased collision risk, failure of safety critical components and design features.


So what does the CSS standard mean for customers? It means confidence in the repair. To quote Alan Nolan Director General of SIMI, “Customers deserve the best service and the best standard of repairs when they experience the trauma of a crash repair. The CSS programme was established to help answer some of the questions that arise for customers when they have an accident and need to have their car repaired”.


Choosing a CSS certified bodyshop such as Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs guarantees that the repair will be carried out correctly and completely with compromises on quality. The achievement of this standard ensures that we have the appropriate qualifications, correct tools and specifications to carry out these repairs and every aspect of the job is recorded and traceable. So for full confidence in the repair of vehicle after an accident you can rely on Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs.

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