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By Lucia Chatto on 18/11/15 | Category - Dent Repair

Car Body RepairsDentfix Repair Centre on the Corinium Industrial Estate, Raans Road, Amersham is using new technology which is revolutionising the auto repair business.

Now within 24 hours of damaging a vehicle's bodywork, Dentfix can have the car back looking as good as new. Even the more challenging repairs can be fixed within 48 hours says the man behind the wheel of Dentfix John Chatto.

Dentfix is a family-run business set up in 2000, and its flexibility means that it can give customers the option of either having smaller repairs carried out at home or the workplace by utilising its fleet of mobile vans. Alternatively the more complex jobs can be carried out at the Repair Centre where there is also a 'while you wait' service.

The company specialises in dent repairs, alloy wheel refurbishments, bumper repairs and smaller minor scuffs and dents which not only look unsightly but also reduces the vehicle's resale value.

This approach is also benefitting the environment due to the fact that the car's damaged parts being repaired rather than being replaced.

John said: "The traditional way of repairing bodywork involved a lengthy process as the vehicle progressed through the body shop. Now thanks to our new equipment, our highly trained multi-skilled technicians are responsible for each job from start to finish in a fraction of the time."

"Most people find it very stressful when they are dealing direct with insurance companies. In most cases our customers are pleasantly surprised when they realise that our repairs are often less than their insurance excess so they do not have to claim," added John.

Local high profile dealerships are using Dentfix and its innovative repairs process for their vehicles. Lease car owners are also using the repair centre to avoid incurring costly lease management fines when the vehicle is due to be returned.

Dentfix can be found at: Unit 1c, Corinium Industrial Estate, Raans Road, Amersham HP6 6YJ

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Call free on 0800 0188899 or by email urgent@dentfix.co.uk

 

 

By Lucia Chatto on 29/07/15 | Category - SMART Repair

How to maximise the value of your car using SMART repairs....

The better the condition of your car when you come to sell it, the more money you'll get. As with selling a house, that may mean spending some money first to make the most of your asset. But you'll recoup that, and hopefully more, when the deal is sealed.

This investment used to involve a small pot of touch-up paint, some new wheel trims from a local motor retailer and a squirt of air freshener. Then, about 20 years ago, individuals in the car repair industry realised that a lot of damage was so minor that a trip to a bodyshop was the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a nut. The Small and Medium Area Repair Technique (SMART) industry was born.

At Dentfix our repairs are less than your insurance excess and can be carried out in the same day...at our Repair Centre or by one of our mobile Technicians. Call us for a quote 0800 0188899

By Lucia on 22/04/15 | Category - Car Care Tips

With the new year in full swing, you may already have found some ways to make your money go further, but have you thought about the money you could save on running your car and car maintenance in general?

Here are some tips from our team on how to get the most out of your vehicle whilst still keeping an eye on your budget.

Money Saving Tips

1 Plan ahead when it comes to filling up the tank

Don't fill your tank at the last moment. You could be spending more than you need to on petrol. Plan ahead so that you can take advantage of the cheapest fuel in your area, or along any route you have planned. Fuel is relatively cheap right now and there are many mobile apps and websites that will give you the rundown of the cheapest places to buy petrol.

2 Compare the insurance markets

When it comes to buying car insurance, it really does pay to take your time, and as the advert says "compare the market". In doing so, you could save yourself hundreds of pounds compared to last year's quote.

3 The cheaper tyres could cost you more in the long run

If you need to change your tyres, it isn't always the best decision to choose the cheapest. Cheaper tyres could wear out quicker and could also prove dangerous if you chose part worn tyres that do not meet legal requirements.

4 It's often cheaper to arrange your minor damage repairs without involving your insurance company

If you have noticed minor damage such as scratches or minor dents on your vehicle, it is often cheaper to give Dentfix a call before involving your insurance company. Our repairs are often cheaper than your excess and we would be delighted to provide you with a cost effective quote.

5 Arrange regular servicing of your vehicle

Sometimes in life, you need to spend money to save money, and servicing your vehicle is one of the best ways you can do this. Regular servicing will help to keep your vehicle running economically and safely, and will also help to protect the value of your vehicle. A full service history is often the one thing that potential buyers will be looking for when considering your vehicle over another similar model.

We hope that these tips are useful, and we are always on hand to give you advice on car body repairs and dent repairs.

To find out more about dent and body repairs, speak to the experts here at Dentfix. We offer trustworthy service, professional advice and honest prices. Call Dentfix now on 0800 0188899.

By Lucia on 20/04/15 | Category - Car Care Tips

It may seem like yesterday that you were last carrying out seasonal vehicle maintenance, but with spring finally on the horizon, it's time to check over your vehicle and prepare it for those long summer drives ahead.

Preparing your car for spring 

The winter can be harsh on any vehicle. Here are a number of things you can do to prepare your vehicle for spring and ensure it gives you the best performance when you need it the most.

1. Check Your Wheels Are Properly Aligned

If your wheels are not properly aligned, you could find that your vehicle doesn't handle the road as it should. Not only can this be dangerous, but it could mean your tyres wear out prematurely. If you have noticed that your vehicle is pulling to one side or struggling to drive straight, you may need to consider having your wheels aligned at your local garage.

2. Make Sure Your Tyre Tread Is Sufficient

Checking your tyres may be something you only remember to do before you set off on a long journey, but this task needs to be a regular fixture on your car maintenance schedule. Tyre tread can wear down fairly quickly and it is important to carry out these checks several times a year. Spring is the perfect time to do this, and you will also find that many tyre dealers have some great offers on at this time of the year.

3. Give Your Fluids A Top Up

n order to run properly, a vehicle needs to have its fluids topped up on a regular basis. This means topping up your oil, brake fluid and water. You might also need to top up your antifreeze as UK weather can be quite unpredictable during the transition from winter to spring. We may still get a heavy frost, even in April and May!

4. Check Your Battery Has Plenty Of Life Left

If you want your battery to see you through many months of summer driving and beyond, it is essential that it is performing at its best. The winter weather can be harsh on your battery and can cause performance to deteriorate without you realising. If your battery is four years old or more, it could be time to arrange a replacement.

5. Arrange For Minor Car Body Repairs

Here at Dentfix, we are the experts in dent repairs, and we advise all of our customers to arrange for minor scratches and scuffs to be repaired as quickly as possible to avoid the onset of corrosion. Take the time this spring to check over your vehicle and to arrange high quality repairs with your local car body repairs team.

At Dentfix, we offer the very best in car body repairs and dent repairs all year round, whatever the weather. Call Dentfix now on 0800 0188899 to find out more about our services and for a cost effective quote.

By Lucia on 18/04/15 | Category - Car Care Tips

Do you need to arrange for dent repairs, or any other type or car repair? Before you do, it might help to know more about the process. Here you can find out more about some of the common misconceptions of car repairs - things that could save you time and money over the years.

5 things to know about your car 

1: You always have to use your main dealer for maintenance and repairs to keep your warranty valid

This is a common misconception. According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), it is illegal for a main dealer to invalidate your warranty because you chose to use somebody else for repairs or maintenance. You can carry out repairs yourself, or take your vehicle to a retail chain or independent company like Dentfix without affecting your warranty. However, there may be some incidents where a repair may invalidate your warranty. For example, if a mechanic from another company causes damage to your engine, your main dealer may refuse to repair the damage.

2: Cars are too complicated to service yourself

It is true that cars have become more and more complex over the years. Sensors and computers, servicing lights and fixed engine covers have made it harder for car owners to carry out repairs themselves, but it is certainly not impossible. If you grab the right manual and have the patience to understand the intricacies of your engine bay, you could save yourself a fair bit of money.

3: You can ignore that chip in your windscreen

If you notice any chip in your windscreen, it's important to get it repaired as quickly as possible. A chip can become a crack before you know it, and this will usually result in you needing a new windscreen. Most insurance companies will waive the cost of a small repair so that it doesn't affect your no claims bonus. Chip repairs are quick, relatively cheap and could save you a lot of money in the long run.

4: Your car manufacturer says that you need to perform regular maintenance to ensure your vehicle lasts longer

Cars are lasting longer. That is true, and they also require less maintenance than they did years ago. However, there are some areas of car repair that do need to be taken care of. Cutting back on servicing, oil changes or replacing cambelts could be costly, especially if it results in your entire engine requiring replacement. Always check the repair schedule in your owner's manual to see what your manufacturer recommends for your vehicle.

5: You can get an accurate repair quote over the phone

You can get some great deals by shopping around on your mobile phone, but it may be difficult for a garage to give you an accurate quote on car repairs without seeing and inspecting the damage first. Be very wary of a repairs centre or garage that gives you a final quote before inspecting your vehicle.

To find out more about dent and body repairs, speak to the experts here at Dentfix. We offer trustworthy service, professional advice and honest prices. Call Dentfix now on 0800 0188899.

By Lucia on 10/02/15 | Category - Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

Brake dust - Could it be destroying your Alloy Wheels?

When you've invested a lot of money in a set of gleaming alloy wheels, you'll want to keep them looking their best. But there is one common enemy of the alloy wheel that you may not be aware of and which could cause permanent unsightly damage.

Brake dust is a substance that is constantly in contact with the wheels of your vehicle. As the brakes and brake pads rub together when you apply pressure to the brake pedal, friction is caused and brake dust is created. The resulting dust is deposited on any nearby surfaces, including your alloy wheels, tyres and the underside of your vehicle.

Alloy Wheels and Brake Dust

Why is brake dust so damaging? What's in it?

Brake dust consists of a combination of different materials - metal filings, carbon fibres and adhesive residues. None of these materials are very good for your alloy wheels and as a result, brake dust needs to be removed often in order to prevent damage. The adhesive compounds in brake dust are one of the most damaging and could cause galvanic corrosion if they are left to set in. This corrosion not only causes your rims to look unsightly, but could also affect the structural integrity of your alloy wheels.

Good news! You can stop this damage in its tracks

There are many ways that you can control brake dust and stop it from affecting the appearance and durability of your rims.

Some advice from our alloy wheel specialists:

  • Retrofit low dust brake pads - kevlar-based and high metal content compounds can be very effective.
  • Fit dust shields- this is quite self explanatory, but dust shields will sit between the ril and the wheel hub to protect your rims from any stray dust.
  • Establish a good wheel care routine - to keep your rims looking their absolute best, wash them weekly and consider applying wheel sealant every quarter.

Why it's crucial to give your wheels extra attention in the winter

Regular washing of your wheels will ensure they stay looking and performing their best, and it's especially important to pay special attention to your wheels during the winter months. It might seem pointless to wash your wheels in the winter when they are being lashed by rain and even snow, but believe us, it's one of the critical times to do so.

Cleaning your alloys in winter will rid them of dust, dirt and road salt - this can also be very damaging. In fact, road salt can cause etching and permanent damage if left to settle on your wheels so taking extra care now will ensure your rims are in perfect condition for all of that summer cruising coming up.

Need more advice? Get in touch with our alloy experts

At Dentfix, we have years of experience when it comes to alloy wheel care. Whether you are looking for alloy wheel repairs or you want some advice on how to keep yours gleaming, get in touch with our team.

 

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