16 thoughts on “How Cars Are Restored In Russia [12 photos]”

    • Don’t kid yourself. The highly trained insurance adjusters would never recognise a chop. I have some friend that do the exact same thing in Florida and get away with it. Of course they are russian.

      • A couple points, first this was not entirely done wrong at all. The repairs would be done much in the same way with new replacement collision panels, but with MORE welding piece-mail work. Sometimes a section replacement is better than all new. With a section replacement, many weld zones are kept original and done right, the seams are in the same place as the photos above show. These repairs are perfectly legal in the USA and are done (per insurance estimate) all the time. I am a licensed insurance appraiser and I deal with repairs day in, and day out… Trust me, if a car has so much as been painted somewhere, I will be able to find it. There are so many tells that can be used you would have to be blind not to see them.

  1. Nice work, but I feel sorry for anyone who buys a car like that.
    Reason: I’ve bought a car fixed like this one before. What I did? Sold it! New owner didn’t noticed anything wrong yet.

    • A. Bunka here.

      Cut and shuts (AKA Zipper cars) are not entirely illegal in all parts of the world. If they can pass stringent road-worthiness tests they are legal and safe. Although I believe this kind where the roof and roll over structure has been cut is never going to be legal anywhere.

      I must add though that in the US they are always illegal, we don’t need to have damaged cars in our country.

  2. This was a pretty cool article. You actually see the same process done over here in the US daily. Its funny how someone can take a vehicle that has been crashed, and fix it to where it looks brand new.

    My father does this type of work, at a small place in the central part of the US. They do some crazy things with the trucks that they work on.

    Check it out:


  3. If its wielded in right it will hold better then the original metals. Iv had the experience of seeing a car get into an accident only a month after getting repaired and the work that the shop did was top notch the welds held and the parts that were designed to compress compressed. However on the photos above it looks like they did straight cuts and then just welded from both sides which will not hold up in an accident.


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