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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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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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