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18 Dec
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Top 10 Tips For Driving In The Rain

Losing control of your car while driving in the rain can be a terrifying experience. Every year, rain has been the cause of thousands of accidents. Sporadic rain during the year causes many people to forget how to drive in it.

  1. Drive with caution.Wet roadways present special challenges – low visibility, longer braking distances, reduced traction, and less control – making it more important than ever to drive defensively.

 

  1. Stopping distance.When driving in the rain, a car’s stopping distance is reduced by a factor of two. On wet roads, increase your stopping distance and reduce your speed.

 

  1. Keep your windows clean.Rain will fog up your windows, so turn on both front and rear window defrosters and your air conditioning. Use quality window washer fluid, and make sure your window wipers work properly.

 

  1. Avoid hydroplaning.Hydroplaning occurs when the tires of your car rise up on a film of water causing you to slide and lose contact with the roadway. To avoid hydroplaning when driving in the rain, drivers should slow down or release their foot off the accelerator, avoid braking hard, refrain from making sharp turns, and drive in the tire tracks of the car ahead of you.

 

  1. Avoid standing water or flooded roads.Driving through flooded roadways is a bad idea, because if water enters your exhaust pipe, the water can get into your engine, stall your car and cause costly damage to your vehicle.
  2. Know your vehicle.Conditions can change quickly, and you need to be able to react accordingly. Make sure you know where the windshield wiper controls, defrost, air conditioner, or fan are located before you encounter bad weather.

 

  1. Avoid Cruise Control.Cruise control works great when it’s not raining, but you have a greater chance of losing control of your car during wet weather when your cruise control is engaged. When driving in the rain, you need to be more cautious and may need to reduce speed more often by lifting your foot off the accelerator. This can’t be done if you are using cruise control.

 

  1. Know how to respond to a skid.If you do lose control over your vehicle and find yourself skidding, remain calm, slowly take your foot off the accelerator, and cautiously steer into the direction that you want the front of your car to go. Be prepared to steer until the front of your car is straight and you regain control of your vehicle. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake firmly as you steer into the skid. For cars without ABS, avoid using your brakes.

 

  1. Drive slower.When you drive slower in the rain, it reduces your car’s chances of hydroplaning, increases your stopping distance between you and the car in front of you, and gives you more time to react to avoid any situations where you need to stop or slow down.

 

10. Allow more travel time. Give yourself more travel time so that you can drive more slowly, prepare yourself for unexpected detours or disabled stop lights, and deal with heavy traffic caused by rainfall.

 

Kind Regards,

Daniel Green

17 Dec
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How To Combat Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving can has a significant impact on road safety, and it is estimated that drowsy drivers are involved in an about 12.5% of fatal crashes. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, more than a third of drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point of their lives, and more than 1 in 10 have been involved with the act of drowsy driving with in the past year.

According to a survey from DME automotive, people are combating drowsy driving in the wrong ways, opting for ineffective answers that do little to lessen their drowsiness. The results of this drowsy driving survey showed drivers are far more likely to drink caffeine, play loud music, pull over to exercise or stretch, open windows, and turn up air conditioning — all of which do little or nothing to lessen the effects of drowsy driving.

The results of the survey demonstrated a lack of awareness regarding the dangers of drowsy driving, and the effectiveness of different strategies to stay awake.

Some of the best ways to combat drowsy driving (that actually work) include:

  1. Planning to get sufficient sleep before driving.
    2.  Avoiding even small amounts of alcohol.
    3.  Limiting driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
    4.  Switching driving duties with a passenger who is well rested.
    5.  Taking a short nap (about 15 to 20 minutes) and consuming caffeine equivalent to two cups of coffee is a temporary fix and should only be used to get you somewhere where you can sleep and regroup.

The other strategies to improve alertness when sleepy, such as opening a window or listening to the radio, have not been proven effective. Drowsy driving can be just as drunk driving, and drowsy drivers present an unnecessary risk to both themselves and everyone around them.

If you have anything you would like us to help with please contact us now on 01733 687 101 or visit our website at Peterborough Body Repair.

Kinds Regards,

Daniel Green

 

17 Dec
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Top 3 Concerns From Auto Body Customers

When vehicle owners are involved in car accidents, one of the first things they must do is to contact a reliable and trustworthy body shop. Review websites like Google can help folks find a good auto body shop, but after dropping off their vehicles they may have a few questions about the repair.

Here are the top three concerns heard from customers regarding their repair:

  1. Paint. One major concern from customers is the ability to get an exact paint match for the damaged areas of the vehicle. It’s important for a shop to use the latest painting systems and techniques that auto manufacturers use in the original factory paint jobs on their cars.

Repair shops can also find the colour code for the original paint by using the car’s identification plate (sometimes called the Service Parts Identification). This, along with the right techniques, can help you achieve a perfect colour match.

  1. Drivability of the vehicle. Customers have concerns about the drivability of the vehicle after the repairs are completed. Some people worry that after a few minor drives will affect the fresh paint work or the alloy that is now nice and shiny. Peterborough Body Repair offers 1 Year Quality Guarantee on all our work, so you can drive easy.
  2. Frame damage. If the customer’s vehicle was towed to the auto body shop in a twisted wreck, they want to know if the shop has the ability to repair frame damage the vehicle may have suffered in a collision. It was almost impossible to repair vehicles with a bent car frames in the past. Today, customers should know that auto body repair shops use the most advanced alignment machines and sophisticated repair equipment to repair damaged car frames, so that it exceeds the original specs from the car manufacturer.

There is no question that the auto body industry is changing. The success of our business requires not only the right automotive expertise, but also the ability to provide excellent customer service that puts the customer at ease. Every step of the repair process provides an opportunity to build our reputation and encourage repeat and referral business.

 

If you have anything you would like us to help with please contact us now on 01733 687 101 or visit our website at Peterborough Body Repair.

 

Kind Regards,

Daniel Green

17 Dec
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Autobody Top Tips For Consumers

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Top Auto Body Repair Tips for Consumers

 

Getting into a car accident and then being surprised by a high estimate for the auto body repair costs makes a bad situation even worse. Considering how expensive auto body repairs can be, it is very important to know how to handle a car accident before and after it happens – especially if the cause of the accident was your fault.

 

Helpful Auto Body Repair Tips

 

  1. Anticipate auto body repair costs.Knowing that an auto body repair can be quite expensive. Before filing the claim check to see how much your current collision deductible is on your auto insurance policy. Most deductibles can range from £250 – £1,000, if you chose to file a claim, know that you will be paying the full deductible amount. . Keep in mind that if you do file a claim your insurance premium will most likely increase at your next renewal. Therefore you may want to get an estimate from a qualified auto body shop before filing the claim.
  2. Read auto body repair shop review and recommendations.Reviews are the next best way of referral, second to word of mouth. You can find reviews online for almost anything. 90% of Auto Body Repair shops don’t use reviews as a means of showing customers what they can do, this is a huge flaw in our opinion. A lot of our work is via referral via word of mouth or our Google Reviews. It allows potential customer to get an idea of the work and service they will be getting.
  3. Visit an auto body repair shop. Call or visit auto body shops in your area. The best time to call or visit an auto repair shop is after the morning rush. Visiting an auto body repair shop when they are busy may not be the ideal time to get the full attention of the shop staff.
  4. Get everything in writing.Most customers and insurers require that auto body repair shops give you a written estimate. Make sure you have the opportunity to review the estimate before the shop begins your repair. When you pick up your car, make sure you compare the written estimate to the final bill to verify that everything matches. Don’t be afraid to ask the auto body shop about any discrepancies.
  5. Verify your insurance coverage for a rental car.You’ll need to know what your insurance policy will cover when it comes to getting a rental car while your vehicle is in the shop. For example, if you need a bigger vehicle like an SUV or van to fit your lifestyle, you should be aware if your insurance only reimburses you for the rental of a compact car. By checking your policy in advance, you can re-evaluate as needed to avoid future problems and fees.

 

If you have anything you would like us to help with please contact us now on 01733 687 101 or visit our website at Peterborough Body Repair.

17 Dec
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Paintless Dent Repair: Not Just For Hail Damage

TYPES OF DENT THAT CAN BE REMOVED BY PDR

When it comes to you vehicle, damage can come from almost anything, and in all shapes and forms. From scratches to broken windows, flat tires to the dreaded dents and dings, you can always be prepared for the unfortunate accumulation of damage to your car or van.

We see everything in Peterborough, as an established body repair centre, we have all the scratch repairs, dent repairs, alloy wheel refurbs aswell.

If you’re looking to keep your vehicle in good looking form or presentable to the public, then you want to repair any and all damage that can be seen on the exterior.

Dents come in all shapes and sizes depending on what caused them to begin with. If your handy with tools then your local automotive retailer might sell a DIY dent repair kit that can repair those pesky minor dents. For major eyesore dents you’ll want to hire a professional dent repair specialist with the tools and know-how to repair the dent properly.

Ultimately knowing what type of dent you’re looking at will help you decide which way to go.

THE 3 TYPES OF DENTS YOU COMMONLY SEE

  • Car Dings – These types of dents are more common because they tend to be caused by smaller objects or pokes, and are usually easy to repair as long as no damage to the vehicles paint has occurred.
  • Round Dents – This type of dent can be caused from hailstones or a similarly round object (football, baseball, basketball, etc.) hitting the car and causing a dimple on the door, bumper, roof or hood.
  • Crease Type Dents – Crease dents usually bends and tears the car’s metal. When a vehicle is being produced, the car has its own metal memory formed; this is done by heating the metal and shaping it to the design required. When an automobile acquires a crease type dent, it is possible to lose the metal memory making it hard to repair back to original shape.

With PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR (PDR) most non-collision dents, like the ding and round dents can be repaired. Common dents that are caused by other car doors and storms that produce hail stones, are permanently removed with PDR. Most IMPACT PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR clients are amazed and wish they would have known about this repair service before.

In Peterborough we can get most PDR done at a cost effective price. Rather than spraying a car, we have found that this method has proven very successful.

If you have a dent and would like to know how PDR can help you, want a quote or more information regarding our paintless dent repair services, CONTACT US today!

Please contact us now to book your car by calling 01733 687 101.

 

 

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4 Dec

Dent Repair

Dent Repair

As car owners we all know how annoying it can be to find dents, scuffs, scratches to the body of our automobile, especially if we don’t know how they got there in the first place. These situations can happen in supermarket car parks, kids playing around your car, vandals simply attacking for no reason, or just pesky inanimate objects, there are, many, many reasons.

However, It’s important to realise that your car is probably the 2nd most expensive investment you are likely to make in life, some would say the most expensive when you consider insurance and fuel costs. Taking care of your wheels does help to increase its value when selling, especially on visual inspection (which is what most car buyers base their decision on) so it’s important to weigh all this up before making any repairs to your car.

In the unfortunate event of requiring a dent repair it’s important to research the repair market much like you would when buying from ebay or Amazon, customer feedback is always a good guide to comparing your chosen product or service.

 

So you need a dent repair on your car? What do you do? Many consumers nowadays will visit various websites posting up to 5 inquiries to each individual car body repair website, however this can be a long and tedious task trawling through search engines, and you never really know what the car body repairer is like. Others will spend a day or 2 driving around to different car body shops however this is not only time consuming but also gives the same problem as you cannot guarantee how good the repairer will be.

 

 

Well here is some good news in this unwanted expense that will not only save you time but will also allow you to request a quote from the comfort of your own home. Peterborough Body Repair is an experienced, family orientated Body Shop that offers you to just that! All you need to do is follow the link below, input some minor contact details, thats it, all done!!!

 

Now just sit back, relax, and we will contact you. Depending on the severity of the dent we may ask you to bring your vehicle to us to have a look at or we will send someone to you for a more convenient way tof doing things. This saves you a lot of time driving around, and money in fuel and so on.

 

Our website offers the chance to read testimonial from previous customers and see what they said about us, alternatively you can look up our google reviews for a more honest and non biased view.

So if you need dent repair then this is the place to go, peterboroughbodyrepair.com as it will save you time, money and unwanted dodgy repairs being carried out, the friendly Peterborough Body Repair team will ensure your repair is carried out to high standards and make sure any issues are dealt with on your behalf.

 

Please contact us now on 01733 687 101.

4 Dec
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Six Frequent Causes of Car Dents

Six Frequent Causes of Car Dents

Have you returned to your car after grocery shopping, or while parked in a garage, and found an unwanted dent on the side of your vehicle? The answer for most car owners is a resounding yes. Car dents are common and are frequently the result of a variety of accidental bumps from foreign objects, other vehicles, and the elements. Increased awareness of the common causes of car dents is the most effective method of prevention. If you are interested in learning how to protect your car from minor dents and dings, see the six frequent causes of car dents below.

  1. Car Doors – Crowded parking lots or parking garages often result in tightly packed rows of cars. Unwieldy passengers often accidentally open their car door too quickly, bump into their neighbour, and create a dent.
  2. Shopping Trollies – Misplaced shopping trollies that are dispersed throughout busy parking lots frequently bump into the sides of vehicles, creating dents and dings.
  3. Hail – Hail and sleet are unpredictable natural elements. An unanticipated hailstorm will leave vehicles with multiple dents, dings and scratches.
  4. Recreational Sports– Neighbourhood games of football, basketball, etc, frequently result in rogue balls soaring through the air and bouncing off the hood of a car.
  5. Car Wash – Vehicles leave automatic car washes with a clean finish; however, accidental bumps while on the conveyer are the common cause of minor car dents.
  6. Low Speed Fender Bender – A minor collision at a slow speed will result in small dents on the bumper of a car.

Additional common causes of minor car dents: parking too closely to the curb, bicycles, driver error, and road debris.

Does your car have minor dents that need to be repaired? Call or visit Peterborough Body Repair and learn about our Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) services. PDR is the quickest and most effective method to repair damage that has resulted in minor automotive dents and dings. Peterborough Body Repair provides PDR services that accommodate our costumer’s budgets and schedules: PDR is cost-effective and can be completed in one day.

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