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What Types of Damages Can Paintless Dent Repair Fix?

Here’s an industry secret: Mobile paintless dent repair (PDR) specialists can remove the dents from your car for up to a tenth of the cost off compared to a body shop garage. We use a straightforward and faster approach to clear the dent, which makes PDR quick, affordable, and very convenient.

Unfortunately, not every dent can be repaired by PDR, especially if the damage is severe enough to chip or crack the paint. The effectiveness of the repair can also be affected if the damaged area is too large and if the car has had a previous repair. The proximity of the damage to the edge of a panel may also affect the repair.

The infographic below will give you the perfect idea of the causes of damages where the PDR method can be used. Read on and feel free to call us if you happen to have a dent and scratch emergency.

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Top Five Car Maintenance Mistakes Many Make

Car Maintenance Mistakes

We all like to take care of our own cars, teenagers especially. The commitment generally wears off as soon as a busy life gets in the way. Those new to driving will want to celebrate their new independence by taking care of all aspects of car maintenance while the rest of us simply want to save some cash.

There are mistakes to be made though and these can be costly to repair.

Forgetting the Tyres

Many people forget just how important tyres are and will skip general maintenance tasks in order to save time and money. In fact, the tyres can lead to a lot of trouble if not properly taken care of, from minor accidents to prosecution. The incorrect tyre pressure not only drags on your steering but forces your car to use more fuel to keep up. Suddenly this ten second job doesn’t seem so time consuming after all.

Also, although a car will travel ok on tyres that are less than perfect it’s never a good idea to let the tread get near to its limit. A slippery road or an eagle eyed policeman can put a stop to your avoidance tactics in a way more inconvenient manner than having a tyre replaced.

Cleaning Mistakes

You know that keeping your car clean can keep it healthy. It helps you spot minor bumper scuffs and see when you may need scratch repair. It also stops rust from developing. Sometimes you can actually do more harm than good depending on the products you use.

Household cleaners can damage the paintwork and cause erosion, just like you wouldn’t use a kitchen spray on a solid wood table, you shouldn’t use household detergents on your car. It needs something gentle and acid free.

Waxing is not the same as polishing either, despite popular belief, it is the art of adding an impenetrable layer of wax to a car while polishing is just adding shine (not products involved or those that are removed in the polishing process).

You should also note the difference between cleaning your car and having a car wash. A car wash will clean what you can see from the outside but does little for maintenance. To clean your car you need to get into the alloy wheels with a soft brush and underneath near the brakes and the mud guards where you could find potential rust.

DIY Disasters

The advancement of technology means that many cars are now like Kit from Knight Rider and only the designated driver (or manufacturer) knows how to perform simple tasks. This leaves many guessing, with some getting so frustrated they actually prise bonnets open with crowbars or disconnect all electrics to force in an unsuitable part.

The internet is a great resource, use it to find the answers you’re looking for.

Leaving Things until the Last Minute

You know that if you need scratch repair you should have it done as soon as possible or the problem could become a lot worse. This along with the occasional bumper scuff is cheap to fix but many ignore larger problems in a bid to save time and money.

If a warning light is flashing on your dashboard, don’t ignore it as many do. It may be nothing but it’s more likely to be something, even if it’s the warning light bulb!

Always Having the Radio On

We all love company in a car and we’re all guilty of singing along to our favourite tunes whether we have a great voice or not. The rise of smartphones means our favourite songs are just a tap away and journeys are rarely silent. This is why many problems are missed by drivers. Having complete silence in the car for just ten minutes a week can help you identify any strange noises that could signify a problem. Try it and see what you hear!

Is your car already suffering from these car maintenance mistakes? Contact us today and we’ll help you smoothen things out!

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How to Keep Car Maintenance Costs Down

Car Maintenance Costs

The cost of running a car is increasing and shows no signs of slowing down. This, coupled with the more advanced electrical systems in cars means many are forking out for minor repairs they could previously do themselves. With petrol prices, insurance and toll charges, there’s seems little money to spare for regular maintenance but we have some tips to keep those costs down.

Go Online

Some people find a garage and stick with it for decades. It doesn’t matter if it comes under new management, changes its staff or increases its prices, a misplaced sense of loyalty keeps us going back. We’re all afraid of being conned out of our hard earned cash but with the internet at our fingertips we can now find much better deals for a much lower price.

When you need new tyres, scratch repair, bumper scuff repair or new alloy wheels, go online. You’ll probably find someone mobile who can come to your place of work saving you the hassle and the expense of using a garage.

Read the Instructions

It’s amazing how many of us completely disregard the manual that comes with our car yet this holds the key to saving money. It tells you everything you need to know about the optimum tyre pressure, signs parts need replacing and even how to tune you stereo (or connect your smartphone to it).

Keep it Regular

Regular check-ups will save you money in the long run while ensuring you’re never one of those people stranded on the side of the road – it’s not fun. Not only can a complete service history increase the sale price of your car it can also prevent other damage occurring. Have a service every year or every winter and summer and keep an eye on the signs of wear every 10,000 miles.

Keep it Clean

We don’t recommend that you use car wash brushes on your car daily but you should keep it clean and not just in the places you can see. Dirt can get underneath which can cause a gear box to stiffen up while promoting a lot of rust. Also, if your car isn’t clean, you can’t tell if you have any small scratches. Scratch repair is cheap if you catch it early but if you leave scratch repair it can cause a lot of damage to the paintwork and your pocket.

Fill Her Up

If you are a car owner, whether you have mechanic abilities or not you have a responsibility to learn the basics for the benefit of your car and your pocket. Check your brake fluid, coolant and oil regularly and make sure you keep them at optimum levels. You should also fill up your screen wash regularly too, as this can lead to accidents if you run out when stuck behind a lorry going through puddles.

Order in Bulk

Your car tax should be bought annually if you want to save money. You can also do it online so you don’t have to waste time looking for all the relevant documents, travelling then standing in line at the post office counter.

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