Federal Auto Cars has commenced full operations as the first Volvo dealer to be certified as the Volvo Certified Damage Repair (VCDR) centre by Volvo Car Malaysia.

The official certification, which happened on 7 September 2022 at Federal Auto Cars’ Volvo dealership at Glenmarie, was officiated by Charles Frump, Managing Director of Volvo Car Malaysia.

The VCDR programme ensures that the dealership employs higher quality and standards in the structural repair of Volvo vehicles by investing in modern technology, equipment, processes and training of its people.

The VCDR equipment and processes afford not only a higher level of efficiency and precision compared to non-VCDR concepts, but also emphasises on sustainability by reducing the emission of microscopic particles and energy consumption.

The VCDR facility was jointly designed by Volvo Car Corporation with Federal Auto Cars to construct an optimum layout with high operational efficiency. With a built-up area of 10,586 sq ft, our facility is equipped with world leading solutions for spray booths, vehicle alignment, welding, as well as premium paint finish.

Unlike the conventional spray booths, VCDR uses PIVAB spray booths – designed to optimise the heated air flow using automatic controls and monitoring system. The spray booth is controlled with a 15’’ LCD screen with a web-based operating system.

At normal operation the ventilation is at low speed to keep the power consumption as low as possible and the ventilation is raised when a paint spray gun is connected.

The system uses electricity to heat the air during the drying process, as opposed to fuel, which is more efficient and reduces the emission of greenhouse gases. The PIVAB spray booth is another step for Federal Auto Cars to contribute to climate sustainability as part of its on-going strategic objectives.

Federal Auto Cars’ VCDR also uses the approved Glasurit water-based paint for all the repairs.

The move from conventional solvent-based paint to water-based paint not only maintains a high, if not higher, aesthetic outcome and reduces the exposure of their employees to chemicals but it also reduces the emission of microscopic particles to the environment, all while maintaining the superior finishing to the body of Volvo vehicles.

Federal Auto Cars has also invested in the newest Car-O-Liner system, which meets Volvo’s
standards on repair quality. The Car-O-Liner alignment and straightening system used by the VCDR centre has the anchoring and holding system together with the electronic measuring system that is specific to Volvo models and can handle every Volvo car anchoring and fixturing situations imaginable.