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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.

18 Nov
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Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

We all get excited at the prospect of purchasing a new car, after all if you have a long commute to work or regularly go on long road trips then it’s where you will often spend a large chunk of your day.

Buying a used car is often the easiest way to find your dream car plus it’s great for your finances too. Most new cars lose around 40% of their value in their first year of being on the road making used cars a great option if your budget is tight.

Whilst there are risks to purchasing a used car if you follow our top tips and guidelines you should minimize the risks and drive away with the car of your dreams.

Research

It’s an obvious one but make sure you thoroughly research the type of car you want. Take lifestyle factors into consideration too. Whether you need your vehicle for your daily commute, require a large boot for equipment or shopping, or have a family to fit in will all impact on the model of car you need. Think about the types of journeys you typically do and if you have another vehicle to use then consider how it will differ from your current car.

Once you’ve established your needs then you’re ready to pick the make and model of your new vehicle. Research which makes have the best reputation and remember to consider the running costs of your vehicle; fuel, tax and insurance will all vary from car to car.

Private Seller VS Dealer

Choosing between a private seller and car dealer can be a tricky one, with both having positives and negatives.

If you choose to buy from a private seller then you will often find you can get a cheaper deal sourced through online traders such as Auto Trader, auctions or media adverts. Private sellers can prove risky if you have issues with the car after you’ve made your purchase. No protection is offered under the Sale of Goods Act, however the car still needs to be described.

Purchasing through a car dealer is often more expensive however it does offer much more protection. Car dealers may also be able to offer you options to finance your car rather than paying the full amount upfront. Dealers will also have stricter regulations and policies in place which will guard you far better in the long run should something go wrong, especially if you are under warranty.

If you have questions related to the vehicle you’re interested in then make sure you ask questions and get responses in writing in case you need these as evidence at a later date.

Test Drive

Taking the car for a test drive before you purchase is essential before you hand over any payments. It’s your chance to see how the car operates and check everything is as it seems.

Firstly, make sure the car is comfortable for you and your passengers and ensure you are able to reach all the controls and pedals easily. Ensure the car has the space you require, if you need buggy space or room for bulky equipment then check to see if it fits.

Before you take it for a spin make sure you check the bodywork of the car for any damages and scratches which could indicate the car has been in an accident. If you spot any damages then bodywork is often repairable, at Peterborough Body Work we can remove dents, scratches, bumper scuffs and complete alloy wheel refurbishments. You should also check the oil levels and look for any leaks to see how well the car has been maintained.

When you take it out listen out for any untoward noises and check the car runs smoothly. Make sure that the gearbox, brakes and clutch are trouble free and take it for a thorough drive through all the gears to ensure you are happy.

If you have any questions on how it drives or any suspicions then make sure to ask the seller and challenge them if you are unsure of the condition of the car.

Know your Documents

Before you confirm your purchase make sure the car has the correct documentation and the car’s identity matches its records. You can verify the car’s details on the DVLA’s website and confirm the year of manufacture, date the car was registered, engine capacity, color and tax rate. Take a look at the current and previous MOT certificates and confirm the cars history and check reasons for any failures.

If your budget allows then you can pay for a private history check to be conducted. This will confirm if the car has any outstanding finance, been reported stolen, had an accident and confirm the mileage.

Trade In Old Car

If you are purchasing from a car dealer then you may have the option to trade in your current car to reduce the cost of your purchase. If you choose to do this then make sure you know the value of your car beforehand to ensure you get the current market value for it. You can check the current value of your car online at sites such as We Buy Any Car, who will also purchase your car from you if you wish.

Be Prepared to Haggle

Used cars are ready to be haggled and the majority of dealers will often quote higher as they are used to being challenged on price. When haggling consider the condition of the car and whether you picked up on anything you weren’t happy with during the test drive. Once you’ve finalised the price then make sure you confirm what will be included in the cost and ensure you have written confirmation of this.

The safest way to purchase a car is with a credit card as you are then protected under the Consumer Credit Act. If you are purchasing from a dealer via the internet then the Distance Selling Regulations entitle you to a 7 day cooling off period if you change your mind.

However you purchase, make sure you get a signed and dated receipt with yours and the sellers name and address, vehicle details and price.

By following our simple tips and knowing your legal rights when purchasing a used vehicle you should be able to purchase your dream car hassle free.

 

 

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