Archive for February, 2016

Cheap Car Body Repairs

February 29, 2016

At Car Body Repairs 4 Less we are not only local, efficient and friendly but also cheap. We provide Cheap Car Body Repairs for Hertfordshire Essex and North London. If you have any minor collision damage such as a bumper scuff, key scratch, seat burn, stone chip or a dent that you need fixing and your not prepared to pay over the odds for the repair at a body shop, give us a call. We provide a mobile service that is cheap efficient, friendly and local to you.

A great example on how we can provide such a cheap car body repair service is that we are mobile so very low overheads, a typical bumper scuff would cost around £120 and can be fixed within a couple of hours, while a body shop would charge you near on £400 for the same repair.

The key to us being able to provide this cheap car body repair service is all down to the ability to spray small areas. What I mean is that for a standard scuff on any panel a body shop would spray the whole panel and even up the adjoining panels to blend it in regardless if it needed spraying or not. They make up huge amounts of paint use lots of lacquer and take a long time to complete the repairs which all adds to the cost. What we do is only spray the effected area and not the whole component. By doing this we dramatically reduce the materials we use and keep the repair time down to a minimum so saving costs on both fronts. If you think that all this cost saving would have an impact on the final result, then take a look at the examples below of completed jobs.

Bumper Scuff Example

Bumper Repair Damage

Bumper scuff on Fiat in Finchley North London

We only needed to spray a quarter of the bumper to blend in this one.

Key Scratch Example

Scratch Damage Hemel Hempstead

Dent Repair Example

Dented Scuff Enfield

The paint was blended up the wing, so no need to take the paint edge to edge.

Some customers we talk to seam even put off with out low our prices are for repairs. But the results defiantly speak for them self’s. For more information on our Cheap Car Body Repair Service or if you wish to receive a quote for some damage on your car see www.carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk for more details.

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Stone Chip Repair

February 17, 2016

Keeping your car safe and protecting them from Stone Chips is one of the most difficult things to do, and neigh on impossible. You can keep your vehicle covered at all times even drive slower on the motorway even this wont stop them. All you can do is reduce the chance of them by monitoring how you drive and take care of your car. But even if you were as vigulent over your automobile as you could be, this still wont stop someone driving over a stone in front of you and cant prevent the stone being thrown back in your direction.

No one wants a stone chip on his or her car especially if its new or just been cleaned and polished. So if you have just seen a chip on your vehicle you should know the possible options you can choose for the repair.

Stone Chip Damage Romford Essex

Stone Chip on door

Stone Chip Touch in

This type of stone chip repair is the more basic type of the three you could choose and is also the most cost effective. The stone chip in question is first cleaned and dried then a protective solution is then applied which prevents rust. Once dried a layer of primer is added followed by paint then lacquer. All these layers from the protective solution up to the lacquer are applied using a fine brush with no spray work. A basic Stone Chip Repair can be completed within 1 hour at your home or place of work. The finish is not a perfect one and can be seen on closer inspection. But for the price you pay and considering you could get another stone chip from driving around the corner well worth the money.

Stone Chip Repair Essex

Stone Chip Touched in. Its cheap and cost effective but not perfect finish

Local Respray

This is a more involved process that requires the chip to be flattened off then filled. Once dried, a primer is added, followed by the paint then lacquer. Its very similar to the method above but all processes are applied using a HVLP spray gun. The advantage of this is that you can blend in the paint and lacquer, which gives a seamless finish that is not noticeable to the naked eye even at closer inspection. The cost for this type of stone chip repair is greater than the method above but the results are better and this can be carried out at your home or place of work. The only down side is that you can only really have localised resprays on bumpers, wings and doors and not bonnets, the area is just to large to blend in.

Bumper scratch repair in hertfordshire

Stone Chip on Bumper

Bumper Scratch Repaired

After a local respray its invisible

Panel Respray

This would be the most costly of the three. It involves the whole panel being resprayed. This technique is only really carried out in body shops for which you would have to take your car to. The results are like new but considering it’s only a stone chip is it really worth the cost to spray your whole panel? I would say yes if it’s completely pebble dashed with them but just for the odd few a complete waste of money.

So if you are thinking of a stone chip repair think about the possible repair methods and what one is right for you.

If you have photos of the chips on your car you can email them to us for a free no obligation quote sales@carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk we cover Hertfordshire, Essex and North London. For more info see www.carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Dent Repair Ware

February 8, 2016

The customer reversing into another object while trying to park caused this dent on the rear tailgate of a ford focus based in Ware Hertfordshire. As you can see from the photos below the dent is located on the off side rear tailgate between the window and rear wing.

Mobile Dent Repair Ware

Dent on Tailgate Ware Hertfordshire

The car was a lease hire vehicle that was due to go back the following week. The customer did not want to pay the £500 excess to get it fixed through his insurance so he gave us a call. We were local to Ware and got to him within a week. After assessing the damage we quoted him just over £200 to fix the dent damage, he agreed and the job went ahead.

The hardest part of the repair was getting the curved shape back from the window edge to the edge of the tailgate closest to the wing. After a lot of banging and clattering and a smidgen of filler the desired shape was achieved. All that was left was painting and lacquering.

The photo below shows the finished article. As you can see the dent is almost perfect, and passed the lease car inspection with flying colours.

Dent Repair Ware

Repair of Dent in Ware Hertfordshire

If you live within Ware Hertfordshire and you need a local mobile dent repair service, give us a call or email us some photos of the damage for a quick quote. sales@carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk or text photos to 07966799721

Car Body Repairs Near Me

February 4, 2016

Accident repair centres and Smart Repair Service are scattered throughout Hertfordshire, Essex and London, finding the right service for you that is available in your area is the tricky bit.

Smart repairs as a business has been around for 20 years now and has been expanding ever since and shows no sign of stopping. They are mainly driven by Franchise Company’s with the likes of Chips Away, Revive and Flying Colours to name just a few. Although these big franchise firms seem to be everywhere are they any good? Well they do get 4 – 6 weeks of training but is that enough? Some would say so but I have been carrying out Smart Repairs since 2002 and still on occasion get stumped on the odd job but that is what comes with experience. I’m not to sure that 4 – 6 weeks of training can give you all the techniques required to repair all types of car body repairs using the Smart Repair technique. I was very lucky, when I finished university I worked with one of the first smart Repair specialist in the UK for 2 years, even with that experience I didn’t know every thing.

The best piece of advise I can give in finding the right Car Body Repairs Near Me repair service for your car body repair is to research. Have a look at what Car Body Repair Services are near you, have a look at reviews on the Internet at chat rooms and social media sites. Or ask your friends and family if they have used such a service before and if they could recommend one. Most Smart Repair websites should have before and after photos of jobs that have been carried out, this can give you an indication of the skill the technician has. If you are still in two minds ask for references, most Smart Repair services like mine will carry out work at showroom garages that will only be too pleased to give a reference.

Keep away form companies that charge too little for the likelihood is they are probably not insured and will be using substandard or harmful materials. Don’t trust firms that are not willing to provide references and don’t use any service that has no reviews.

If you live within Hertfordshire Essex or North London and need such a service feel free to check out the rest of my website. I keep all photos up-to-date. And reviews can be seen on my Facebook profile.

Types of repairs a Mobile Smart Repair Service can fix

Bumper Scuffs

bumper scrtch

Bumper Scuffs or Bumper Scratch Paintwork Repairs

Dent

Car Body Repair Dent

Large dent on front wing in Buckhurst Hill Essex

Seat Burn

Seat Burn Damage Hatfield

Seat burns

Scratches

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Key Scratches