Car Scratch Repair Costs & how to keep them low
How to keep your car scratch damage repair costs low?
Here we discuss the various types of scratches, how to repair scratch damage to car and keep these costs low. You may have a bumper scratch and want to know what options are available to you. We also share some helpful tips on how to keep your car scratch damage repair costs low & what to do if you get a scratch to protect your bodywork. Or if all else fails, what to do to repair scratch damage to your car.
Lets go back to basics. How did the car scratch happen? Was it an accident by another car? Ask them if they have Paint damage cover on their insurance policy and if so, claim on their insurance. If there is no insurance then you will need to seriously consider the cost of a car scratch repair.
Can I do the scratch repair myself?
You need to think about what type of job that you are trying to price up. As well as the size of the damaged area. You can do this yourself (if minor) or you may want to take it to a car body repair shop. If you do the Car Scratch repair yourself this will help to reduce the Car Scratch Repair Cost but won’t always look invisible then it will devalue your car slightly. Check if the scratch has gone through layers of paint.
What to do next?
You can take your car into your Dealership for a quote on your Car Scratch Repair cost but this will be expensive. Its best to go direct to the Car Body Repair shop that the Dealerships get in to repair your car.
If the Car Scratch is severe then it is best to take it straight to a Car body repair Garage. The cost of the Car scratch depends on how bad the damage is. Some car body repair Garage can give you an approximate quote via messaging their website but for a more accurate quote, it can be best to take your car in so that they can actually see the damage.
Google search your local area for scratch repairers. If you want to cut the cost down on your Car scratch repair cost, we advise you to take your car to a car body repair shop. It’s always best to compare quotes and check out their labour & material charges – always ask the question , is there a possibility of your car scratch repair cost rising before it is completed?
Car Scratch Insurance
Do a little homework before you get a quote for a car scratch repair. Get an Insurance repair quote then call us for a quote, compare the two and see what you think. We are here to help!
And what if?
You may not want to have your Car Scratch repaired and save on the cost? You may get away with this but if it is a bad scratch then water will cause rust and cause further damage. It’s best to get that Car Scratch repair done as soon as possible.
When you look at your car you see the finished paintwork but in reality there are 4 layers to your car’s paintwork. Which are the bare metal, undercoat primer layer and the paint layer itself then the top layer is the clear coat varnish that protects everything below it.
The type of scratch also affects the cost of your Car Paint Repair. All scratches are different and their prices will vary too depending on how bad the damage is.
Clear coat (top layer) scratches
These are minor scratches and easy to repair yourself as it will have only scratched the top surface layers of the car, so the paint layers below aren’t damaged.
You should be able to pick a scratch remover kit in a good auto body shop for approx £10-£20.
Paint layer scratch damage
If the damage has penetrated the paint layer but you can’t see the bare metal below it, it’s not too bad. These scratches are harder to remove than the clear coat layer scratch but they can still be repaired. All you will need is a buffing tool, and a car paint pen and some car clear varnish coat.
If the scratch isn’t deep then it should be quite easy to repair. Watch how to videos before hand to ensure that you have the right technique
Base layer scratches
If your scratch is so deep that you can see the bare metal of the car body, these are the worst ones you can get. I wouldn’t advise you repair these yourself, go to your nearest car body repair shop as soon as possible to avoid it rusting and getting much worse and more costly. Its important to minimise your Car Scratch Repair cost to protect the money in your pocket.
How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Car Scratch?
You can try to repair the scratch yourself for around £10 to £20 this may cost you more in the car body repair shop to correct.
Do it yourself temporary Car Scratch Repair:
If you don’t have time to repair the scratch right away , you can place tape over it to protect it from the rain until it can be professionally repaired.
Car Scratch Repair Kit: if your scratch isn’t too deep or wide, it is possible it can be fixed with this repair kit, just follow the instructions with the kit.
The scratch can be blended into the rest of the car paintwork so there is no need to colour match the paint. It won’t be perfect but it will be sealed and look better than previously.
Repair the scratch yourself:
To do your own Car paint scratch repair yourself you will need to go to a car paint shop to obtain a matched paint to your cars make and model – |I can recommend a supplier of ours http://www.antonsukltd.co.uk who provide us with our materials
- Clean the area of damage , lightly sand the area down with a fine grade sanding paper. Apply a primer this forms a bond between the old paint and the new touch up paint being applied. Ensure that you apply the touch up coats immediately.
- Apply a couple of coats of the touch up paint to the damaged area and allow enough time in between coats for this to dry.
- Lightly sand this area then wipe clean then apply a new clear coat, this will protect the car paint that you have just applied.
- Once it is clean and dry, apply wax and buff the area up. You should have a half decent car paint repair done at a fraction of the cost.
Always remember that this won’t be completely invisible depending on the colour match, how careful you’ve sanded and applied the touch up paint.
If the touch up job has not gone well then we are here to help you in your time of need!
Keep in mind the following items to help you prevent the need for a Repair:
- Keep your car clean so that you can keep a keen eye on the condition of the cars paintwork
- Be careful when parking your car and always ensure that you haven’t squeezed your car into a tiny space. This avoids anybody banging your car with their doors or damage by supermarket trolleys or prams
- Be careful driving & parking & don’t accidentally squash up against a bush that will scratch your car’s paint work. Also be aware of lamp posts etc when reversing your car to avoid dents
To go to a Car Body Repair Shop
The average cost of having your car scratch repaired professionally is £50 to £100. This is an investment and help to keep your car’s value.
We provide an honest, reliable and professional service to our customers in the Liverpool area. Our work is 100% guaranteed which means that if you are not happy with your Car Scratch Repair then we will correct this.
The service that we provide
Aswell as our professional car body repair services, we also provide a drop and shop service. This is where you drop your car with us and we will drop you in Liverpool City Centre. Then you can relax and shop until your car is ready and we will pick you up to collect your car.
With over 23 years experience in this field, we most certainly know what we do. Our customers return time and again.
For an honest quote call Joe Woodhouse on 0151 909 3450.
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