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18 Nov
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10 Steps for a Winter Ready Car

10 Steps for a Winter Ready Car

Breaking down is a drivers worst nightmare at the best of times but the thought of breaking down in winter and being stranded roadside definitely sends chills down your spine. Unfortunately, during winter breakdowns are more common as the cold weather and challenging road conditions can expose your car to faults and failures.

However, you don’t need to live in fear of breaking down and getting your car breakdown proofed is easy to do with our 10 steps to get your car winter ready.

Check Tyres

When preparing your car for winter, one of the most important steps you can take is checking your car tyres. You should be aiming to have a tread of at least 2mm but 3mm will put you at the top of the class. If you can afford to then switching to winter or all season tyres with a high silica content will help to prevent tread hardening at low temperatures and improve road grip.

Prepare for Emergencies

You may already have a small emergency kit in the boot of your car but updating it for the winter season is always a good idea. Depending on where you live and the types of roads you drive on a daily basis will dictate what you keep in your kit.

Always carry with you a blanket, some water and snacks so no matter how long you breakdown for you always have warmth and food. A torch, jump leads, ice scraper, de-icer and a reflective jacket are all other essentials which may help you during an emergency. If you regularly drive on remote roads then you may also wish to carry a shovel, salt – to clear snow and ice, cardboard or carpet – to gain traction under tyres, tow rope and snow chains.

Be Battery Wise

Your car battery is responsible for powering the starter motor, igniting the ignition and powering your lights. During winter more strain is put upon your car battery as you will more than likely increase the usage of your lights, windscreen wipers and heater.

To avoid your battery running low on charge it’s recommended you avoid using heaters for any longer than necessary once windows have cleared, and turn off electricals which are non-essential before starting your vehicle.

Visibility

A clear windscreen is essential when driving during treacherous winter conditions. In fact if your windscreen isn’t cleared properly then you could face a fine. Clear any dirt, snow, rain or mist from your windscreen before you set off on the roads. Ensure your windscreen wipers are fit for use, top up your windscreen wash with winter friendly fluid and you’re good to go.

Lights

Checking your lights before you pull away will ensure you can see the road ahead clearly. Turn your lights on and then get out the car to check that both the front and tail lights are working correctly. If there has been frost or snow overnight then make sure you clean your car lights properly to ensure other drivers can see your vehicle clearly.

Check your Brakes

Your brakes are perhaps the most important item in your cars system so checking the brakes are in working order and meeting the correct stopping distances is essential. During winter stopping distances are increased and whilst brakes are checked during a cars MOT service it’s always worth checking them throughout the year.

Top up your Oil

If you’re savvy about your car maintenance then it’s more than likely that you regularly check the oil level in your vehicle. However, during winter cold weather can thicken engine oil increasing the work the battery has to do. A thinner oil will prevent the battery from overworking itself and keep your car running smoothly.

Antifreeze

Even during the cold months your engine still needs to be cooled, so checking the coolant level is essential during winter. Combining an equal mixture of coolant with water is recommended to prevent freezing. Coolant is inexpensive to purchase and you can check which type is right for your car in your vehicle handbook.

Warm up your Car

When you’re in a rush it can be tempting to jump in the car and whizz off before you’ve even checked to see if the car is winter road worthy. Warming up your car beforehand will not only make the morning commute easier to cope with but will also let you perform your road checks a little easier such as scraping ice off your car.

Winter Proof your Driveway

Winter proofing your driveway will make your getaway easy and less dangerous during winter. Sprinkling salt on your drive and walkways will make pulling away safer and make icy driveways a thing of the past.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

5 May
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WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS REPAIR YOUR VEHICLE AFTER AN ACCIDENT?

If you have been involved in a car accident, then you’ll certainly have a lot on your mind. You need to contact your insurance company to find out how much damage they can cover, and you also need to make sure that your car is safe to drive afterwards. Many people overlook the need for an autobody repair. If your car is dented with scratches and other unappealing features, then this will drastically decrease its value, not to mention that it could also cause problems for you later on.

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL

If your car has dents in the passenger side door for example, your autobody repair company will be able to help you fix this. You should avoid driving a damaged car at all costs, because although the car itself might not be unsafe, it could cause many problems for you in the future. If the paint has flaked away from the side of the car, this can only get worse, and before you know it you will be faced with a huge repair bill that could have been avoided. A professional autobody repair company will be able to help you with this, ensuring that your car is in top condition before you go out again on the road.

DENTED PANELS

If your vehicle has dented doors or misshapen panels, then you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible. The dented door may have some problems with the locking mechanism due to the impact, not to mention that it could also lessen the security of you vehicle. By getting your car repaired as soon as the damage occurs, you can help to avoid all this while also getting your vehicle back to its prime condition.

1 May
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WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH FOR CAR BODY REPAIR IN PETERBOROUGH?

Firstly I Would like to thank you for coming to my first blog. Each Blog will be based towards the motor trade and in most cases specifically towards body repairs.

One thing I found between friends and new customers is that there is a big grey area around body repairs, people are not sure what is actually involved and how you can make a bashed up piece of metal look nice and beautiful again. There is a lot of work behind the scenes and with my blogs I am going to try and show you them.

With this first blog I thought I would cover one of the most asked questions, I have split this over two blogs as there are quite few factors. I have not gone into too much detail as don’t want to bore you with my first blog.

So …Why is car body repairs so expensive. There are a number of factors for this. To get your car repaired it’s not a simple process. There are a number of procedures that you have to do to get to the end product. Below are some pointers:

  • Cost of materials
  • Techniques used for repair (labour rate)
  • Blending
  • Reasons for top coat
  • Time of repair

One of the big reasons for high prices in body repairs, is the cost of materials. This mainly includes your paint, lacquer, sanding discs, primer, filler, masking, polishing. Even for a small scratch you will have to use most of these items.

There are some jobs that will require technique; by this I mean some dents will be required to be pulled out, filled, shaped to the car and sanded off. This takes time and skill to get it right. Labour is probably the biggest contributor to the price. To get that factory finish its all about the prep work. As what someone said to me the other day, any tom dick and harry can spray, but it’s the prep and attention to fine detail that is the most important part. This you only get by experience, as not all cars are the same. The processes of doing the work is the same, but you get obstacles during the way, such as how to deal when there is a paint reaction etc.

Bodyshops in general have different labour rates, my advice to you is to get different quotes and go for the middle one, which in most cases is us at Peterborough Body Repair. People with the lowest quotes are not always the best option, reason why is the materials they use will be not so good and will affect the quality of the paintwork.

When it comes to the topcoats/clearcoats… i.e lacquer, this is probably one of the most expensive items from the materials list. Today’s modern factory finishes not only incorporate multiple layers of highly specialised paints, but also in sealants, or clear coat, that car makers put on top of paint.

Clear coat is instrumental in protecting your vehicle’s paint from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays as well as from dirt, salt and a variety of chemicals.

Automotive finishing is one of the most important stages and your car’s paint combined with its sealants are important for not only protecting your car, but your car’s value.

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

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