If the van you use to transport your catering equipment and food to clients' properties has been damaged in a collision, the advice here should enable you to deal with this upset more easily.
Use a collision repair service to address any damage to the panels before your next catering job
If the damage to your catering van was mostly cosmetic and you can still drive the vehicle, it could be tempting to continue to use it for your catering jobs and to deal with this damage at a later date. However, the sensible thing to do in this situation would be to take the vehicle to one of the local auto body shops which provide collision repair services and get their employees to patch up the damaged bodywork now, before your next catering job.
There are many reasons for this. Firstly, if any of the door panels were damaged in a way that led to cracks in the metal, you could cut yourself when opening or shutting these doors, and you might end up leaving blood drops on the food you then take out of your vehicle and bring into your client's venue. Similarly, if the panels' paintwork is cracked and bits of paint are falling off it, these pieces could land on your food when you're removing it from the van. In either case, you would not be able to serve this food at the event.
Secondly, if the collision ruined the panels on which you had your catering enterprise's name painted and the lettering is no longer readable because of the indentations or scratches, your vehicle won't be immediately identifiable as a catering van when you approach your clients' venues. If there is security at these venues, this could result in you not being allowed to enter the properties until each client confirms who you are.
By having these cosmetic, collision-induced issues repaired before your next catering gig, you can avoid both of these issues.
Mop up any food that spilled inside the vehicle before you give it to the auto body shop
If when the collision occurred, you had catering food supplies in your vehicle, and some of the food splattered onto the interior's floor during this crash, you should mop this up before you give your van to the auto body shop that will be doing the collision repairs. The reasons for this are as follows; if the shop is going through a busy period or if your panels require a lot of time-consuming repair work, your van might have to stay on those premises for a couple of weeks.
Any food that is left rotting in the van for this long will create a terrible stench that will not only make fixing the van highly unpleasant for the shop's employees but will also be hard to eradicate when your van is returned to you. If you need to use your van for a catering job immediately after it is fixed, the presence of this awful smell could be particularly troublesome, as the fresh food and equipment you put inside it could become tainted by this odor.
To learn more, reach out to a local collision repair service.Share
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