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Car Body Repairs Near Me

December 13, 2016

Most people now when searching for a car body repair service near them don’t really know who or what they are getting. Most Car body repair services that advertise themselves as a mobile Smart Repair Specialists are in fact huge franchise firms that are nationwide and who have a representative that would be in your area. This sounds all well and good but due to the amount of repair men they have dotted around the country do you really know how good there representative is that would be coming out to you?

It’s always better from my experience to always go local when it comes to using skilled tradesmen. Finding a good quality Car Body Repair Service that is local to your County and from which you might have had a recommendation for is always better then flicking through the yellow pages. We have been operating in the North London, Essex and Hertfordshire areas for over 10 years now and have built up quite a client base from garages and hire car firms to cooperate business and local councils. We have a wide range of experience in all areas of localised Smart Repair work and can fix 90% of all minor collision damage at your home or place of work in the same day. You can view some of our feedback and reviews on our Facebook page and for more information on ‘Car Body Repairs near me’ you can see our website that also has a massive amount of information on the types of repairs that we can carry out, how we operate and over 50 blog posts on related subjects. So if you live in the Hertfordshire, Essex or North London areas and are searching for ‘Car Body Repairs Near Me’ don’t be surprised to see us on the front page.

We offer a free no obligation quote service and return all emails, texts and calls within the same working day.

Below are just a few examples of the type of work we are able to carry out on your doorstep.

Bumper scuff in East London

This scuff is only slight and required a couple of hours work to put it back into show room condition again. Job was carried out at the customers work and cost under half what a competitor had quoted.

Scuff on Rear bumper in North London

Another good example of a straightforward repair. The panel was in good condition it was only the topcoat of paintwork that was damaged. Job completed at the customers home and in less than 2 hours.

As you can see from the examples above our standard of work is second to none. We take pride in the finished result and always leave you with the repair that you expect and deserve. As mentioned previously we are mobile and are local to all areas of North London, Essex and Hertfordshire. So when looking for a ‘Car Body Repairs near me’ keep an eye out for us, you wont find anyone more experienced and qualified to carry out your local repairs.

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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.

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

Bumper Damage and Repair

April 5, 2013

There are more cars than ever on the roads today, consequently the amount of accidental collisions have increased as a result. Whether it’s parking your car or driving on roads, it’s difficult not to sustain a knock or too whether it’s your fault or not, its part and parcel or owning a car and an unavoidable part of driving in the automotive environment we live in today.

Modern cars are designed and built to cope with these types of collisions with bumpers on the front and rear of vehicles that can compress and fracture protecting the rest of the car from the main force of the impact. Replacing these panels can be costly especially with the increase in metallic and pearlescent paint that is needed to re-spray the part to match the rest of the car. So without replacing the entire panel, is there an alternative method of repair which is more cost efficient? The answer to this question is yes, a mobile car body repair service.

Mobile car body repair services such as http://www.carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk have the ability to fix most types of damage on bumpers such as scuffs and scrapes as well as cracks and holes. There is however a limit to what a mobile service can repair for if the panel is falling off or the hole is too large then it would have to be replaced at a much higher cost. This type of service is much more cost and time efficient than a static body shop for they only repair the damaged area and not the whole part which in turn saves time on the job and cost for the service.
Another option would be to use a static body shop. This type of service is more expensive than the one mentioned above but are more capable in handling larger impact damage such as split bumpers and panel replacements.

As you can see from the information above the repair options available all depend on the type of impact, fits a light scuff or small hole or crack then a mobile repair service will do but if it’s a heavier impact then only a body shop could fix the damage.

DIY Mistakes

January 7, 2013

Most jobs that we carry out are straight forward and simple such as bumper scuffs, scratches, dents and chips, on the occasion we do get to repair more varied types of damage such as in this case of a DIY job gone wrong.

This customer lived in north London and had a scratch on the door edge of his silver car, he decided to repair the scratch himself.  The filling and prep work had been done to a good standard (but that’s the easy part) but the hardest part (painting blending and lacquering) was yet to come. Without all the correct equipment, materials and training it’s virtually impossible to paint and lacquer the repair to a satisfactory finish which he found out. He eventually admitted defeat and called our mobile scratch repair service to come to North London and fix what he had done. Below are photos of the damage and the subsequent repair.

Scratch Damage

Car Body Repairs 4 Less repaired the problem

If you have a scratch on your car and are thinking of repairing the damage yourself, make sure you have all the equipment and materials for the job for it could end up costing you more to fix if you make mistakes. Send us your photos and we will give you a quote on sales@carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk or fill out or Car Body Repair Quote form

Car Scratch Repair Cost

December 30, 2012

To work out an accurate price for a car scratch repair depends on what panel or panels that need to be repaired, the severity of damage and size of the area that needs to be sprayed. If you send us a photo of your car scratch damage we can work out a cost and get back to you within 24 hours. You can do these 3 different ways.

1. Email. Take a few photos of the affected area, a close up to give us an idea of severity and then a wide shot so we can see the size of area that needs to be sprayed. Then send them to sales@carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk you will have a reply within 24 hours.

2. SMS. Take the photos as above then text them to 07966799721. This method is the quickest, we can reply to you within an hour.

3. Fill out our form. You can fill out our Car Body Repair Form and upload your photos from there. We will contact you within 24 hours on receipt of your request.

Our car scratch repair prices are as accurate as we can make them from the photos that we receive. In a very few cases if the photos are of poor quality or do not show the damage in its entirety, then the cost will be revaluated on site.

If you have difficulties in using the suggested media types to send us photos laid out above then you can always just give us a call on our free phone number 0800 0778832 and when we are in or near your area you live we will pop round and give you a quote on the car scratch damage in person.

There are some instances when car body repairs 4 less will not be able to repair s scratch such as:

1. The scratch is the full length of the car
This can be a problem for we use a SMART repair technique which means that the area we can repair is limited to a size.

2. The scratch is on a bonnet
Most bonnet scratches no matter how small will probably need the entire bonnet sprayed to blend in the paint due to the size of the panel. This being the case a SMART repair would not suffice and only a body shop would be able to repair this.

3. The scratch is on the roof
It’s the same with the roof as is with the bonnet.

Car Body Repair within 3 Days

December 7, 2012

Smart repair

Car Repairs within 3 days

There have been numerous times when Car Body Repairs 4 Less have not had the man power or time to fit in jobs that have been urgent , we tend to be booked up for at least 7 days so having the available time for a quick turnaround has been difficult. We used to work additional hours over the weekend including Sundays. So as a result of this we are now offering a new service for those customers who are desperate to have their car body damage repaired as quickly as possible. It starts from the first week in December and consists of a 3 day turnaround from sending us your details to repairing the damage.

How It Works

In order to get your damage repaired ASAP the quoting process needs to be efficient and quick. The best and quickest mode of having a quote would be to send us some photos via Text to 07966 799721 once we have received them we will send you back a price within 1 hour. If you wish to go ahead with the repair then let us know as soon as you can and we will book a date in for the repair within 3 working days.

There are no additional costs for this service and no hidden fees it does exactly what it says on the tin.

As long as you live within the areas we cover car repairs Hertfordshire, Essex and North London we will be able to offer this service to you.

Why Repair Paint Work Before Winter

November 14, 2012

Most people at some point in there motoring history will have had car body damage on there vehicle, whether accidental or intentional it can be unsightly and if left can get worse. This article will provide you with all reasons you need to get your car body damage repaired before the onset of winter.

Car Repairs in Winter

Winter Weather

There are not many dry days over winter but there are plenty of wet ones not to mention the snow and occasional sub zero temperatures. All these weather conditions can have adverse effects on your cars body work such as the rapid onset of rust and blown paint and lacquer on body panels. Some damage will not be effected by the winter conditions such as light scratches on the exterior and seat burns on the interior but just about everything else will and if left could increase in severity and therefore cost more to fix at a later date. Basically any form of damage that breaks the paint surface such as key scratches, scuffs, kerbing on wheels, stone chips and cracks can all get worse over the winter months if left.

Winter affects

Once the paint work has been broken and the metal is left bare water and salt from the roads can get into the panel and quicken the onset of rust, this is the same with all metal panels. With scuffs and car scratches on plastic panels such as bumpers and some wings the paint will not rust but will over time start to peel if left, which can cause the lacquer layer to be blown peeling layers off a larger area than originally damaged.

Repairs

Acting quickly and having your damage repaired before the winter sets in is vital to keeping your car in its best condition and by doing this you don’t have to worry about rust or peeling paint for your damage will be fully sealed and protected. If you can’t afford to have the repairs carried out straight away or its at an inconvenient time then buy some touch up paint and use it to cover the affected areas, this will give the panels some protection and reduce the possibility of rust or peeling paint.

Quotes

If you wish to have a quote on a car body repair and you live within the areas we cover (Hertfordshire, Essex and London) then you can either email us on sales@carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk or fill out our car body repair quote form on our website www.carbodyrepairs4less.co.uk

New Seat Burn Repair System

September 30, 2012

Car Body Repairs 4 Less have been carrying out seat burn repairs in Hertfordshire, Essex and North London for the past 10 years, the systems that we use for this service have not change significantly over that period of time. The process of a seat burn repair involves matching up the fibres of the seat by mixing base colours together, placing high tack adhesive glue within the burn itself and then finishing it off with a top coat of glue and a sprinkling of fibres to blend it in. The basic technique described above has one major drawback, the need for a power supply. This requirement restricts where a seat burn can be repaired, so if you leave your car more than 25 metres from a power source or its in a car park the job cannot be carried out, but things are about to change.

The new seat burn repair system that Car Body Repairs 4 Less are using is the most up to date there is with one major advantage there is no need for a power supply so repairs can be carried out anywhere with no restrictions.  We have been using this for the past month and have found that its already proven its worth, its opened up more opportunities where the previous system didn’t and is small enough to be carried around so even if we can’t park close to the vehicle which needs the repair as long as its it walking distance the job is still on.

Below are some examples of the repairs carried out by this new seat burn system.

Seat burn on edge of main section of seat

Seat burn repaired within 20 min