Archive for July, 2012

Olympic chaos

July 27, 2012

This summer the greatest spectacle on earth comes to London, the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s due to officially open on Friday the 28th and set to run over a number of weeks throughout the summer period. With the increase of traffic around the Olympic site and venues across London, driving to and through some areas of London to carry out car body repairs will prove to be impossible, especially with the reduced amount of lanes on some main roads which have been recently designated to official Olympic  vehicles only.

So if you live within London and require our body repair services then please take this into consideration. We will still cover all the areas in north and east London for car body repairs but it might take us slightly longer to get to you. If you can wait till the end of the games then that would probably be your best option but if it’s something that needs to be repaired ASAP then give us a call on 0800 0778832 or send us a photo of the damage and we might be able to help.

During this period we will not be able to offer our quote on visit service in some parts of London, this is due to the time it would take to get into and out of the area. Sorry for any inconvenient this may cause.

Enjoy the Olympics, Come on Great Brittan!

Car Body Repairs London

How To Prevent Scuffs While Parking

July 23, 2012

When there’s not much room to park your car and manoeuvring is difficult it is sometimes inevitable that you might scuff it. It’s usually the bumper that gets scuffed first then the wings. Most car body scuffs are caused while parking and not from collisions on the road, it’s when someone misjudges the width of their car or that of someone else’s when accidents like bumper scuffs can happen. It’s virtually impossible to prevent a scuff from occurring we can only reduce the possibility of an impact.

How to prevent bumper scuffs

80% of scratches on bumpers are caused by parking so try and park in areas away from everyone else and in larger spaces, it might mean an few minutes’ walk to where you are going but will save you money in the process. If you have difficulty when parking in your garage and always seem to catch the bumper, try and place old bits of carpets on the walls or areas where you usually make contact with, this will help prevent the bumper from being scratched.

If you have tried all the techniques above and still seem to get damage then you are either very unlucky or a magnet for trouble. The only fool proof way of preventing scuffs that are self inflicted would be to have sensors fitted to both the front and rear bumpers these give you ample notification of an objects distance and proximity to your car.

If you do get a scuff and need it fixed you can fill out our car body repair quote form for a free no obligation quote.

Scratch Repair Hemel Hempstead

July 13, 2012

This scratch on the front driver’s door was caused by a vandal. The customer parked his car in a supermarket car park and whilst he was shopping a kind person decided to run a sharp object down the driver’s door. As you can see form the photo below the resulting scratch removed about 12 centimetres of paint off the door. The customer is based in Hemel Hempstead, he contacted car body Repairs 4 Less via email and sent us through some photos of the damage. We sent back a quote for the scratch within 24 hours, he accepted the price and a date and time for the repair was arrange accordingly.

Scratch Damage Hemel Hempstead

As you can see the scratch is on a flat section of the door, with no areas to blend the paint in other than up to the door trim and to the extremities of the panel.

Finished repair of scratch on front door

The repair took 2 hours to complete and could be driven straight away.

If you have scratches on your car that you would like fixed, contact us for a free quote. You can do this by phone 0800 0778832 or by sending us a photo to or filling out our car body repair quote form.

Large Dent Repair Harlow

July 11, 2012

This dent is located on the front near side wing just above the bumper. This customer had someone hit his car whilst he was parked outside a shopping centre in Harlow Essex, and left no note. He immediately thought about going through his insurance but realised his excess was high and that he didn’t have protected no claims discount and didn’t fancy going back to being a 17 year old first time driver again. He got a body shop quote which was quite high at £650, they were going to replace the wing and spray the whole bumper, and he wasn’t too concerned about the scuff on the bumper he just wanted the dent fixed which the worst bit was. He found our details on the internet and sent us a photo via email. We had a good look at the damage and quoted him £150 to repair the wing dent, he was needless to say amazed with the low cost and immediately decided to go with us to carry out the repair on his Audi.

Dent on front wing of Audi in Harlow Essex

dent on front wing

As you can see from the photo the dent on the wing has crossed the contour line that runs parallel with the wheel arch and has been scuffed on the wing too.

Dent Repair Harlow Essex

Dent repair front wing on Audi

The repair time for the car body damage took 3 hours to complete and involved removing the dent the best we could by using a slide hammer then filling in the remainder to bring back the original shape of the Audi wing. As you can see the dent and scuff on the front wing is invisible to the naked eye and well worth the £150 paid by the customer.

If you have any car body damage on your vehicle and need it repaired give us a call on 0800 0778832 or email us a photo at for a free no obligation quote, you can now get a quote easier by filling out our car body repair quote form.

Most Popular Repairs

July 6, 2012

Over the past month Car Body Repairs 4 Less have repaired numerous cars all over Hertfordshire, Essex and London, in that time we have kept a record of the most popular types of repairs we have been asked to repair, they are the following:

Bumper Scratch Repairs

The most popular repair by far is the humble bumper scuff or bumper scratch, These types of damage are usually caused by parking for it’s the out most section of the car that is likely to come in contact with something else whilst parking or manoeuvring. The repair time for a bumper scuff would be between 1-2 hours depending upon severity of damage.

Bumper Scratch Repairs

Vandal Scratch Repairs

This unfortunately is another common type of repair and the second most popular that we have fixed within the last month. They are generally caused by intentional scratching on a cars body work with a sharp object such as a key, knife or blade. They can be a bit trickier to repair than a bumper scuff mentioned above, for the repairable area is generally larger which requires more paint, materials and time in order to correct the damage. Repair time for a standard key scratch on a door would take between 2-3 hours to a water tight finish.

Key Scratch Repair

Seat Burn Repairs

More common than you may think but seat burns are a popular type of repair. They are caused by dropping a cigarette in a car whilst smoking. Out of the top three types of repairs seat burns take the shortest time to fix with average repair times between 30min to 1hour. This type of repair was mostly carried out when the customer was selling their car or had just bought it.

Seat Burn Repair

The above mentioned repairs are the most common over a monthly period carried out by Car Body Repairs 4 Less. The next three most popular included door dents, rust repairs and stone chip repairs.