So you’ve had a Collision Accident and are looking for advice and guidance on what repairs to do now and where to go? We all hope that we don’t have many accidents in our lifetime but sadly it happens to more of us than others. So what is your next step? On average we have a Collision Accident every 7 years but lets hope its much less than that. Firstly, make sure that you think of safety first and try to move your car if possible. Then gather as much information from the other party, names, address, phone number, insurance company name. Also take the make, model of both parties involved. Depending on how bad your accident was, depends on whether you would like to claim on your insurance policy.
Car accident damage before and after repair
COLLISION ACCIDENT REPAIR ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
Did you know that you have a right not to put it through your car insurance? If you put it through the car insurance you will pay your excess. Work out how much this excess is before calling the insurance company. Next years car insurance premium will increase by the full cost of all of the accident repairs on both vehicles (if it was your fault). A percentage will be added on to your premium to cover their costs. Going down this route could be very costly to you in the long run.
Things to take into account:
Was the collision accident your fault?
How bad is the damage?
What is your policy excess?
Does the other party have car insurance and do they wish to make a claim?
YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS
Insurance Companies can be intimidating. So after speaking to them about your Collision Accident Repair, check out your rights. If you decide to go through your insurance company, you maybe told by your insurance company that you need to use the preferred repairers. This is not the case, you have lots of rights as a consumer and lots of people don’t know what these rights are. You have the right to use your own chosen repairer and this is covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Do not let your Insurance company tell you anything different! If they do try to tell you differently how your Collision Accident Repair will go, challenge them and explain what you know of your rights. The Insurance Act 2015 also states that before a contract has been made, the insurer has to make the consumer aware that the contract is fitting of what they have requested and if they want to force the consumer into using their preferred repairer (from which repair they make a hefty commission) that the consumer is told about this prior to the contract being formed. This should have no material detriment to the consumer. To say this after the contract has been formed is a breach of the act.
Car Collision Damage before and after repair
Its good advice for you to double check that the Body shop that you wish to use are experts to complete the repair to the manufacturers standards and that they can complete your Collision Accident Repair .
We do recommend that you check out the Body Shop that you want to use, to ensure that they have the equipment and the qualified staff to repair your car to its pre-accident condition and repair it correctly to manufacturers standard.
NOW ITS TIME TO READ YOUR INSURANCE POLICY
Your Insurance Company will expect to make a profit on everything that they do. You will find that if you have your repairs done through your Insurance Company Approved Repairer they will fit parts that are Insurance Rated parts which are cheaper by half the price. Now who’s to say that they will react the same as an original manufacturer part would when involved in an accident?
If you use your own repairer, you will be given a choice of using Manufacturers brand new parts (higher cost) or Insurance Rated parts (middle cost) or second hand original parts (lower cost). But the difference is its your choice and your money that is being spent.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
If your insurer classes your vehicle as category D (which means total loss) and you realise that you love your car and don’t want it to be written off. You now have the right to request for it to be repaired if the repair costs are less than its market value. Always remember that this is your choice.
In these circumstances, your need to know what rights you have as a consumer. So when taking the step to get your car repaired you need to be aware of the following:
Your right to check out and choose the body shop of your choice to carry out the repairs
Your right for the vehicle to be repaired as to how it would have looked before the accident
You only need to get one repair estimate and you have the law on your side to stick to that estimate
Car accident collision damage before and after repair
THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR COLLISION ACCIDENT REPAIR
Insurance Approved Body Repair shops are regulated and ruled by the Insurance Companies. They are screwed down to cheap rates. So you car will be repaired cheaply and too quickly. Do you think that the repair would be carried out to its fullest and professionally? Insurance Companies will have their Body Repair Shops nailed down to give them lots of discounts. As well as introduction fees, courtesy cars, crash audit costs. So you can imagine that the body shop ends up doing the minimum repair. This would be because they are running at a bare minimum profit on each job. After all they are in business to make a profit.
Your Insurance Company will cut corners to make sure that they make the biggest profit out of your car accident and you will pay for this profit. Don’t let your Insurance Company pressurize you into using their approved repairer. You have so much choice and rights on your side but they won’t tell you that!
LOOKING FOR A PROFESSIONAL COLLISION ACCIDENT REPAIR BODY SHOP?
Do your research on the internet, look at reviews on Google and Yell and other review sites.
Some Body Shops will liaise with your Insurance Company on your behalf and some don’t (as it takes their time)
Here at CPR Car Body Repairs Liverpool, we will give you a competitive quote, we will use manufacturer parts (if going through your Insurer) or if you decide to not go through your insurance policy (this protects your no claims bonus & your pocket) and you choose to do the repair privately then you will have the choice to use manufacturer parts (higher cost) or insurance rated parts (middle cost) or second hand parts (lower cost). Remember that the choice is totally yours and not your Insurers.
Have you had a nasty prang in your beloved car and the dent looks unsightly? Or maybe your Lease Car is due to be returned to the Lease Company and you have damage which may cost you the earth to fix through the Lease Company? All car dent removals can vary from a nasty bang to something simple like a trolley ding but both create a dent in your cars’ perfect shape. If you’ve arrived on this Blog as you need Dent Repairs in Liverpool, then read on.
Accidents will always happen
It’s not a matter of if the accident is going to happen, its but rather when it will happen. Dents can happen by reversing into another car, lamp post or reversing into your driveway. Or some idiot kicking your car abruptly after a night out or even somebody taking an object and hitting your car. Minor Dents ruin the aesthetic look of your beloved car that you have paid a premium price for and no doubt it will dented many times throughout its lifetime. Dent Repair prices vary depending on the quality of service and area that you live in. You can google Dent Repairs in Liverpool and contact each Body Shop for a quotation.
What to look for?
The first thing to look for is how the Dent occurred, was it an accident by somebody else and if so, try to claim on their insurance. They may have Dent Repair cover as part of their policy. If it was an accident by yourself then you should have your Dents repaired as soon as possible. Car Dent Removal isn’t always as expensive as you would think. Worst case scenario may be that there is a scratch on the paintwork around the dent and this damage can create rust around the edges which increases the problem. The second thing to do is to search for Dent Repairs in Liverpool area or whatever area you happen to live in.
Dent Repair before & after repair is completed
What other reasons that you should have your Dents Repaired?
Ok, we know that dents do not cause any safety issues but may cause you problems if and when you want to sell your car. According to certain studies, that say driving a damaged car says more about you than you realised:
Tarnishes that first image
Makes people think that you are going through financial hardship
People wonder why you bought a brand new car in the first place to drive around with it suffering a Dent
Certain neighbours will have been green with envy when they first saw your perfect dream car then they got a little satisfaction when they see the ugly dent on its perfect car body. Why not make them more green by having that ugly dent removed and repaired?
Insurers try to persuade their customers have their Car Dent Removal Repair conducted by their approved Repairers. Lots of people don’t realise that you can go to any Car Body Repair Shop – its your decision. You just advise your insurer of the Body Repair Shop that you will like to use and advise this Body Repair Shop that you need a quotation for Insurance purposes. The Insurer will usually look at quotes from approved Repairers to ensure that the work is not over priced.
Its advised not to attempt the Car Dent Removal yourself because this could lead to making the problem worse and end up costing you more in the long run.
Some dents only require gentle pressure and they come out with specialist equipment while other dents are filled and sanded, the colour will be matched to the cars to make it invisible.
It is worth comparing prices as there are lots of companies around that will offer Car Dent Removal services. Prices vary from high quality dent repairs to low quality shoddy repairs which aren’t worth the money paid for them. Its best to keep in mind that the cheapest as you want to ensure that you are getting the right advice and expertise for your dent repair.
There are many factors when pricing up a Car Dent Removal Repair such as:
The total area size of the dent
How deep the dent is
Where about on the vehicle the damage is
The model and make of car (the more expensive the car the more expensive the paint is to buy)
Colour of paint / age of car vs whether paint is readily available
Its always best to go to local Car Dent Removal / Car Van Body Repair Shops as you will a better cared for experience than using a National Company plus the prices will be more localised instead of a National Company setting a standard price for the whole of the UK. Car Dent Repairs in Liverpool costs will always vary from Body Shop to Body Shop based upon the local areas economic climate and the professionalism & experience of that Body Shop.
Dent Repair before
Dent Repair after
Are there cheaper ways of Dent Removal?
You can always try to remove the Dent yourself but you may cause more damage. It will end up more costly or end up costing you on the resale value of the car.
Traditional Car Dent Removal Repairs include filling and sanding local Dent area then building up the paint and blending in with the rest of the cars paintwork.
Paintless Dent Removal doesn’t require filling and painting. Using specialised tools & techniques, the dent after being massaged should gently pop out and the cars perfect shape retained.
Not all Car Dent Removal Repairs are the same and will need individual attention on a job by job basis. When choosing the right company to do your dent repair, always ask for a Guarantee on their work.
Commercial Dent Repairs
You may be looking for a Commercial Dent Removal on your Van or Commercial Vehicle. See our photos below to see the extent of our skills. Whatever your Car Dent Removal Repair, we are the ones to trust. We can fix your dent so that it is invisible which is ultimately what you need.
Car or Van Dent Repairs in Liverpool
Take the stress and hassle out of your Car Dent Removal Repairs & pop along to CPR Car Body Repairs, we are just outside Liverpool City Centre – we’ll have your Motor vehicle looking in pristine condition in no time – our address is 60-60 Love Lane, Liverpool, L3 7DD