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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

Car Scratch Repairs

September 10, 2012

Car scratches are one of the most popular types of damage that we repair, for they can occur all over the body work from wings and doors to bonnets and roofs. Fixing them can be a tricky affair for all scratches are different and the placing of them on car panels can be varied. Most scratches on cars are caused by unintentional non malicious means such as passing too close to branches or with keys while opening the car door. Some are more malicious like vandalism while others more accidental like impacting with another car or object.

Repairing scratches can be achieved by respraying a localised area or by touching them in, which technique is used depends upon the severity of scratch and its position. For example light scratches are best removed by not spraying for its cheaper and more efficient using other techniques while deeper scratches like key or bumper scuffs are best sprayed for it’s the only 100% way of repairing them its more costly but a better finish is guaranteed.

Below is an example of a light scratch that can be removed without the need to spray the panel.

Light Scratch

Below is an example of a scratch that is too deep to remove and has to be painted to achieve a good finish.

Deep Scratch

There are some instances where touching in can be a better option for the heaver damage but only in a few circumstances below is an example of this. The customer was trading in the car and needed it to be hidden, he decided to go for the cheaper option to save money. The result achieved its purpose and the customer was over the moon with the result.

Touch in Scratch

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.

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.

Save Money on Car Body Repairs

June 3, 2012

Even though using a mobile car body repair service saves you money on your car body repairs you can still save more. This can be achieved by having more than one repair carried out at the same time. Yes the price is greater than having a single repair but cheaper than having two areas of damage repaired on separate occasions.

How this works

If you have a bumper scratch on your car and you have this repaired in one visit by a mobile smart repair service the price will be fixed and little if any discount will be given. Where if you have more than one area of damage on your car and have them all repaired on the same visit the margin for a discount will be much greater. This is mainly down to the reduced overheads, for the smart repair technician is already on site therefore no additional fuel charges or call out and it costs much less to make up a larger quantity of paint once than multiple smaller amounts. Not only are the overheads lower but it takes less time repairing multiple repairs in one visit than in separate ones given the technician the ability to fit in more jobs within the day.

Save money on your car body repairs

You could save lots!!

So if you have more than one type of car body damage like seat burn repair, panel scratch, bumper scratch or dent, try and have these all repaired at one visit for it will not only put your car back in to showroom condition but also save you money in your pocket to.