I am planning a film where I need to shoot a car crash, and am trying to figure out how to do it. The type of car I'm thinking will be used (at least in previous scenes) would be a modest, but nice, Mercedes/BMW type car. We have a very limited budget and I'm trying to figure out how this can be achieved and if a Mercedes/BMW is even possible. The scene involves the car crashing into a tree on a secluded road; no other vehicles are involved. My thinking now is that the impact itself would not be shown, but the aftermath; the wrecked car, would be shown. Anybody have advice on how to do this? Or how it's ordinarily done? Is it possible (maybe this is a stupid question) to have a car, and make it look badly damaged without damaging the actual car itself? Like attaching fake glass/fake hood or something? Is that ever done? Or maybe getting a car that looks like the picture car, but is actually a different model?
Also, in this behind the scenes footage of 'Skyfall', there's a bit where they are filming a truck backing into the front end of a car. They shoot it at least twice, and I'm wondering how they did this...did they use more than one car, or did they use the same car with a different "rig" or something? The scene I'm referencing starts at 3:15: