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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.

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.

 

 

30 Sep
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TOP 10 – WINTER ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR CAR

Winter Essentials

So winter is here and from next week, we are expecting a lot of snow and more icy conditions. Don’t know about you but I am not looking forward to that.

Before I started this business I never really payed much focus on my car and what needs to be in my car during the winter period so thought this is an area that a lot of people forget to check.

Thought this would be a great idea for a blog with us doing all kinds of car body repair in Peterborough.

Part of winter preparation should include checking your car and putting together a few things that should live in your boot over the next few months. There are the essentials and the added extra’s – it all depends how much time and how far you will be travelling in your car.

THE ESSENTIALS

When travelling during winter – it is essential that you have the basics in your car, store them in your boot, they might just come in handy.

  • Anti freeze
  • Screenwash concentrate
  • De-ice spray
  • Ice-scraper
  • Foldable shovel
  • De-mist pad
  • Snow socks
  • Torch and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Tyre traction
  • Jumper cables
  • Blanket
  • Visibility vest
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Warm clothes
  • Whistle
  • Water
  • Universal bulb kit

 

THE ADDED EXTRA’S

Perhaps you experience heavy snowfall where you live or you are travelling long distances to work everyday, then it’s up to you to add the extra’s.

PETERBOROUGH BODY REPAIR RECCOMENDS….

The AA Ultimate Winter Car Kit at a price of £49.99 direct from there website it can be a little on the pricey side but definitely includes everything you will need in your vehicle over the snow and ice months.

If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident during the cold and icy period give the team at Peterborough Body Repair a call. Whether its alloy wheel refurbs, a complete respray or a scratch repair our friendly team can help you out.

 

Take advantage of our 30% offer for the Winter only where you will be able to repair all them little dings and catch yourself a winter saving!

5 May
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TOP 4 CAR BODY REPAIR TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

EVEN MINOR ACCIDENTS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR!

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. With millions of drivers on the road every day, many of them distracted by phone calls, messy sandwiches, bad weather or lack of sleep, crashes are inevitable. Luckily, most of these accidents are relatively minor and nobody gets injured. We have seen many of these kinds of damages that need car body repair in Peterborough.

But a minor accident can seriously damage the outside your car. Areas like the wings and doors are especially susceptible to damage. You could need bumper repairs, dented repair or scratch repairs.

While it’s generally the insurance company’s job to get your car patched up and back on the road when this happens (providing you are going through the insurance company), there are a few things you should know in order to ensure that your car is properly fixed.

1. YOU CAN CHOOSE THE BODY SHOP

Insurance companies can refer you to shops that they work with, but ultimately you can choose who does the work. Most insurance recommended body shops are reputable and perform high-quality repairs, but there are a few bad eggs out there that cut corners to get the job done faster and cheaper. These shops will entice insurance adjusters with lower repair costs, but that could result in a cheap repair. Before agreeing to get your car fixed at an insurance-recommended shop, Shop around and don’t forget to give us at Peterborough Body Repair a call, we can give you all the best advice and even help pay your excess!

2. AVOID AFTERMARKET PARTS

When you take your car in for repair, you should inquire about the replacement parts that are being used by the body shop but us here at PBR use all parts direct from the vehicle parts department in the dealership. Because aftermarket parts are often cheap imitations with inferior quality. These parts can corrode, rattle and ultimately diminish your car’s value. So don’t cut corners because of price because after all them panels are your safety!

3. CAREFULLY EXAMINE PAINT MATCH

All too often, you see cars on the road with body panels that don’t match in colour. Matching a newly painted body panel to the rest of your car is a difficult challenge, and sometimes there can be a big, obvious difference in shade. When you pick up your car from the body shop, ask which panels are original and which ones were painted. Step back ten feet from the car and see if there’s a difference in colour. If there is, there may be additional paint work necessary to get a better match. With most cases most body shops will have to blend panels, so this could be an extra charge but this will make the car look great and wouldn’t be obvious where the paint work has been done.

4. CHECK WARNING LIGHTS

After an accident, there are a number of warning lights that may turn on in your dashboard. These can include the airbag light, the low coolant light, the check engine light and others. When you pick up your finished car, make sure all of the problems have been corrected and none of the lights are illuminated. Illuminated lights can indicate that your car’s on-board computer may need to be reprogrammed, or that certain electrical components need replacement.

As you can see that there can be quite a few things you need to look out for when either selecting a trust worthy body shop or after the work has been done.

For a peace of mind and knowing that everything will be done to a high standard and with no corners cut, give us at PBR a call, we would happily advice you on any questions you may have.

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