German Motors Collision Center began in the late 1960’s as the dealership body shop for the then new BMW of San Francisco, sharing cozy premises on Post Street. By 1994, the dealership had moved twice, first to California Street, then to its current location on Howard Street. Being one of the few exclusively BMW collision repair facilities, BMW of SF Body Shop was given the opportunity to be one of the first BMW Certified Collision Repair Centers in the country when the program was started in 2003. In 2005, the body shop split from the main dealership and moved to its current location on Harrison Street. It was at this time that the new name “German Motors Collision Center” was given.
German Motors Collision Center is one of the nation’s largest BMW Certified Collision Repair Center. Training requirements to maintain this certification greatly exceed the industry norm. BMW alone mandates that every employee receive training annually, with the top 20 percent of employees needing several classes just to maintain certified status. A third-party consulting firm monitors program compliance and makes up to four visits per year to inspect repair quality, parts and materials usage, and annual training requirements. In addition, our Insurance Company partners require that we maintain the stringent I-CAR Gold and new Pro-Level 2 Classifications. For this, German Motors Collision Center sends technicians to a minimum of two 4-hour classes per year to achieve the required tested points.
We have found that BMW leads the way when it comes to modern collision repair techniques. Materials and processes used in manufacturing are cutting edge, bordering on exotic. This construction creates the need for concise repair procedures. For instance, the E60 (5 series body from 2003-2010) among others, utilizes a completely aluminum frame structure forward of the firewall. This unit supports the engine and front suspension and is bond-riveted in place, not welded. Repairs must be performed in accordance with the current prescribed repair procedure. This data can only be acquired from BMW through a high-speed satellite link with Germany. Severe damage will result if conventional repairs are attempted. Additionally, nearly all BMW’s and MINI’s produced from 2005 and on require that replacement exterior panels, i.e. quarter panels, are fastened using a similar bond-rivet process. Without the special tools and training, this repair simply is not possible. Other high-end vehicle manufacturers are following suit with these types of repairs. German Motors Collision Center is prepared for when these processes are the rule rather than the exception.
Do not risk the safety and integrity of your high-end vehicle by trusting collision repairs to anyone who isn’t qualified. We have the resources to properly and completely perform all factory recommended repairs procedures.
German Motors Collision Center takes pride in admitting that our goal is to be the “Top Collision Repair Facility in the Country”.
German Motors Collision Center is conveniently located in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood of San Francisco. With easy access to the central freeway and plenty of free indoor parking, German Motors Collision Center is by far the easiest destination in San Francisco for auto body repair. German Motors Collision Center boasts the largest repair facility in the Bay Area and all vehicles are securely stored indoors during the entire process. Our technicians are certified by both The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Repair (I-CAR) and BMW of North America.
Be careful in choosing a collision repair center for your BMW or MINI. German Motors Collision Center is the only Factory Certified BMW/ MINI Collision Repair Center in San Francisco. This ensures that repairs are carried out according to specific required procedures. With the increasing use of exotic metals, high strength polyurethane plastics, carbon fiber or kevlar composites and bond-riveted support assemblies, proper repair techniques must be followed to guarantee the safety and drive-ability of your vehicle are completely restored. All BMW and MINI repairs performed by German Motors Collision Center carry a limited warranty backed by BMW of North America.