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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.

 

 

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.

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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