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4 Mar
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WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH FOR CAR BODY REPAIR IN PETERBOROUGH? … PART 2

So … in the last blog we covered a couple of points that affect the price of body repairs.

  • Cost of Materials
  • Difference of Bodyshop rates
  • Importance of Clear coat/Lacquer

To get all them working together properly and to ensure the Factory finish a customer requires; it takes time. After the clear coat there is also the stage of polishing the vehicle that takes a lot of patience and steady hand to get the right finish for the customer.

But before we get into this stage, I would like to draw your attention to one thing that is such a major part in body repairs. This is Paint blending. When you get a panel with a scratch across it, you can’t just paint that one area (well not all the time). You have to in most cases blend on panels beside it. Reason for this is that not all colour can be matched perfectly or even mixed the same every time. We have to blend colours so that to the naked eye you cannot see where the new paint starts or finishes.

So on a car, such as this one below; you can see that we had to mask the whole car, even though it was just a panel & a corner of a bumper we had to spray. The panel next to is only used for blending. (The picture is at the stage of only paint and no lacquer hence why it looks a bit dull)

This job I will go into more detail in my future blogs as was a good job to show you different aspects of body repair.

After a car has been sprayed in our spray booth, it is put on bake, this allows the paint to dry quickly so that we can get ready to polish it. If it’s not dry then the lacquer is too wet to polish. Not done properly you will result with a lot of Orange peel (this term I will cover in a separate blog, for those who are not sure)

So after a car has been baked and polished, we wash the cars to take off any overspray, white residue from the polish and just basically look for anything that is not suppose to be there.

This in quick nutshell is how body work is done, there are a lot more aspects, which I will cover in further posts. But this will give you a better idea as to what is involved; whether it’s a small scratch or dent, it’s not always that simple to get rid. There are methods of SMART repairs and mobile repairs, but that is something that will be covered in lot more detail soon.

To get the factory finish everyone desires, the processes have to be met properly and with care. Hence why bodywork can be expensive.

For more information and any advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Peterborough Body Repair. We are here to help you and make things better for you. We understand the importance of having your own car looking good again.

Email us : info@peterboroughbodyrepair.com

Tel: 01733 687101

12 Jan
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As Temperatures Drop, Beware of the effects on your Vehicle!

As most of you have probably already noticed that this week has been pretty cold. So here is an article that I found, which I believe will be very helpful to you.

 

Winter is here and that means rain (Yay!) and cold temperatures. When the temperatures drop, here are a few things that car owners should be aware of for safety’s sake.

 

  1. Tire pressure may drop on cold days and your tire pressure sensors may say you have a flat. Chances are high that the air inside your tire is compressed, so stop by any gas station and make sure you refill to the proper amount of air in your tires.
  2. Speaking of tires, how is your tread? If your tires are worn or balding, avoid dangerous hydroplaning and bring your vehicle in for a new set of tires.
  3. Make sure all your lights are working. In wintertime, most of us spend more time driving to and from work in the dark. Be sure your license plate light, tail lights, head lights, interior lights, and other safety lights are operating properly.
  4. Be sure your antifreeze levels are where they should be. Antifreeze prevents pipes from bursting due to expansion when water freezes. Having plenty of antifreeze is a simple and affordable way to protect your automotive engine.
  5. Carry a bright flashlight inside your vehicle. If you get a flat tire at night, you’ll need a bright light to help you see what you’re doing. A lot of people resort to the flashlight apps on their smartphones, but all too often the battery quickly gets drained, and the light is not bright enough. Besides, carrying a bright flashlight will serve you well on multiple occasions.

 

We are here to help you all, so if you have any concerns or just not sure if your car is safe this winter, do come and visit our workshop – 2 Saville Road, Peterborough, PE3 7PR   or  give us a call on – 01733 687101.

You can also email us directly – peterboroughbodyrepair@gmail.com

 

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6 Jan
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7 Tips on Driving in the Fog Safely!

Good Morning, thanks for visiting my blog, this morning as you know was very foggy, so I thought its my responsibility to let you know on any tips or tricks in driving in the fog. Below is an article that I found which I think you will find very interesting.

 

Driving safely on today’s roads demands more skill and better judgment than ever before, especially under hostile weather conditions. Here we concentrate on the challenge of fog. This dangerous meteorological condition emerges most often in spring and autumn. As always, the familiar plea from auto clubs, experts, and law enforcement organizations not to drive too fast or too close must be heeded.

 

Driving in heavy fog is like driving with a blindfold on. Statistically it’s the most dangerous driving hazard in existence. No matter how important the trip is, it’s not worth gambling your life. By far the safest thing to do if you run into fog is to move well off the road and wait for the fog to lift. However, the simple and safe solution is not always the most practical, so read on to find out what driving procedures should be followed in fog.

When driving in fog, reduce your speed and turn on your headlights. Think about how far they can see and how long it will take you to stop. Keep an eye on your speedometer. Studies show that some drivers acclimate themselves to foggy conditions and unconsciously increase their speed over time. Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and make sure your high beams aren’t turned on by accident. High beams direct light up into the fog, making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you. Most European cars have a switch that turns on extra-bright auxiliary rear fog lamps. American and Asian vehicles lack this important safety feature. Don’t rely on your parking lights alone: they do little to increase your visibility in daytime fog. Don’t use your emergency flasher. Studies have shown that drivers are attracted to flashing lights and tend to drive into them inadvertently.

Whatever you do, don’t turn off your headlights in heavy fog, even if they interfere with your forward visibility a little. Headlights are the only part of your vehicle that oncoming drivers can see at a distance. Don’t stop in the middle of a roadway either — that guarantees you’ll be rear-ended. If you can’t continue, pull well onto the shoulder, getting your vehicle completely off the road.

Use the left edge of the road (aka fog line) as a guide rather than the center line, to avoid running into oncoming traffic or becoming distracted by their headlights. Think about what other drivers see when they’re behind you. If you drive with your emergency flashers on or keep tapping your brake pedal, you’ll make them nervous and they may try and pass you, a procedure that places both your lives in danger. Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions and remember that the problems of fog driving become greater at night.

Stepped-up traffic monitoring, police enforcement, or roadway design cannot prevent crashes in poor visibility. More consideration should be given to closing down major highways shrouded in thick fog, just as they’re currently closed when a blizzard occurs. Even though most drivers slow down to some degree, the big problem is getting everyone to drive at a safe, constant speed.

The best advice we can give to drivers confronted with thick fog is to get off the road as soon as possible. If you can’t or won’t pull off the road we offer the following advice:

  • Keep your minimum safety gap to three seconds in ideal conditions; with the decreased visibility fog causes, this interval should be increased substantially.
  • Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. High beams direct light up into the fog making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
  • If you leave the road, be sure to pull off completely. Turn off your driving lights and turn on your flashers so others know you’re there but won’t think you are driving on the road.
  • Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear.
  • Keep an eye on your speedometer and maintain a slow, constant speed.
  • Remember that other drivers have a limited sight distance and that fog can leave roadways slick. Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don’t stomp on them.

Drive safe this winter!

Swapnil Garg

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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

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