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By Lucia on 05/02/15 | Category - Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

Things to know before buying those new rims

You might not 'need' those alloy wheels, but you most definitely 'want' them. Alloy wheels are popular because of their aesthetic properties - they look good! But before you start splashing out on those shiny rims, ready our handy guide on how to choose the right ones for your vehicle and your budget.

choosing the right alloys

Yes, size does matter!

When it comes to choosing the right alloy wheels, size is important. In fact, it all comes down to two factors - size and width. You might see "pimp my ride' vehicles rolling down the road on 22s, but these might be totally unsuitable for your particular vehicle. The most popular alloy wheel sizes in the UK today are 15" and 17" and the good news is that these sizes are suitable for most makes and models of vehicle.

Ensuring the right fit - Knowing your PCD from your offset

When it comes to getting the right fit, you're going to need to know all about PCD (that's Pitch Circle Diameter) and Offset.

Here's a rough guide to those two terms:

  • PCD is the measurement of the stud pattern of the wheel - one example of PCD is 4x100. This tells us that there are 4 holes set in the wheel and that these holes are distanced 100mm apart. The wheel's offset is the measurement of an imaginary centre line to the mounting face of the wheel.
  • This measurement is commonly shown as "ET". Most modern cars today will have what is known as positive offset. Some 4x4 vehicles and some older models may have a negative offset. One thing to note is that if your offset is too great, it could affect the wear of your drivetrain and suspension components.

Styling those wheels out

Of course, the most popular reason why people invest in rims is that they look good! If you are looking to enhance the look of your vehicle, alloy wheels are a great choice. Silver and black are the most popular and you'llusually have a choice of a gloss, matte or polished finish. There are also many spoke patterns to choose from and which you choose will be a matter of personal taste.

If you choose a polished finish, we recommend that you wash these rims once a week using a soft cloth or sponge and a little washing up liquid and water. Chemical wheel cleaners can often be a little too harsh and could cause corrosion, damaging your wheels in the process.

Invest in good alloys without blowing your budget

Cost is usually an important factor when investing in alloy wheels. The good news is that many brands in the UK offer excellent value for money. Take a look at Calibre and DRC if you are on a budget. If you can afford to splash out a bit more, Dezent and AEZ are more expensive, but offer extra features such as Nanotec finish technology and an extended warranty.

Need more advice? We'd be delighted to help

At Dentfix, you can expect nothing but the best service and support when it comes to buying and caring for new or replacement alloy wheels. Call Free on 0800 0188899 to find out more about aftercare and how we can help you keep your wheels in tip top condition.

 

By Lucia on 01/02/15 | Category - Car Care Tips

How to prevent that prang happening again

Okay, so you've had a minor road accident and you're now licking your wounds and adding up the damage caused to your vehicle. Whether your bumper is dented or your rear wing crumpled, it's essential that you get your bodywork repaired as soon as possible. This will ensure that the safety of your vehicle is not compromised, that your car looks its best and that you maintain its resale value.

Even a small prang can cause damage to your vehicle. The good news is that Dentfix offers a range of repair services, including dent removal, car scratch repair, bumper repairs and alloy wheel repairs. If your vehicle has sustained damage in these areas, we would be delighted to help.

But how do you prevent that accident from occurring again? We've put some tips together to help you stay safe on the road and keep your vehicle in tip top condition.

how to prevent that prang

Keep your distance

It seems like common sense, but many of us are guilty for forgetting our stopping distances and getting just a little too close for comfort to the vehicle in front. Never trust the driver in front - you never know what they are going to do and how quickly you will need to react.

Remember from your driving lesson days the phrase "only a fool breaks the 2 second rule? Well, this is good advice and a rule that is easy to remember. Always aim to keep a 2 second distance between you and other vehicles around you.

More haste, less speed

Most road accidents occur when there is heavy traffic and in built up areas. Taking your time and driving around sensibly is a good way to avoid being caught up in a collision. In heavy traffic you're not going to get anywhere fast, even if you cut in and out of the traffic - there is always going to be another queue further ahead, or a red light to slow you down. Take your time and try not to endanger yourself or others by being impatient.

Think FLOWER - Yes, we did say Flower!

No, we haven't started hugging trees. The mnemonic FLOWER is actually a great way to keep your vehicle in great condition and avoid a hazardous situation.

Fuel - keep your tank topped up

Lights - check your lights on a regular basis and ensure you can be seen

Oil - always keep your oil topped up

Water - remember to top up your water and screenwash

Electrics - make regular checks of your battery, electric windows, wiper blades, heater fan and horn

Rubber - check the wear and pressure of your tyres regularly

We're here to help if it happens again

Accidents do happen, and they can be hard to prevent sometimes. The good news is that Dentfix is here to help. We offer a range of bodywork repairs that will ensure your vehicle is restored to perfect condition for a great price.

By Lucia Chatto on 14/12/14 | Category - Car Care Tips

Top Car Care Tips from our experts - Give your car a little love this weekend

Whilst the mechanical condition of your vehicle is important, you should also pay attention to keeping your car cosmetically sound and looking its best. In doing so, you not only ensure your car is maintained to the highest standard, but that it retains maximum resale value too.

There are many ways you can look after the bodywork on your car and we asked our team of professional technicians to give their top tips for ensuring your vehicle stays in immaculate condition.

Car Care Tips
  1. To keep your vehicle looking great, try to give the bodywork a wipe over with cold water every day. This might sound like a chore, but it's a great way to prevent the buildup of stubborn and hard to shift road grime and dust.
  2. When washing your car, don't forget those easy to miss areas such as your alloys and the inside of your wheel arches. Give bumpers a good wipe over too, and pay attention to inside your wheel arches.
  3. Even though most modern vehicles have a clear coat over the base colour paint, we still recommend polishing your paintwork at least every four months. Your paintwork will also be better protected with a coating of wax, so choose a good quality one for maximum protection. We would be happy to recommend one to you.
  4. Pay attention to any rust spots. Once rust takes hold, it will usually mean a replacement of the bumper or affected panel is necessary. The good news is that we can often take care of any dents, scratches or other areas of cosmetic damage to prevent the onset of rust.
  5. When driving, keep your distance from the car in front of you. Of course, this is important from a safety point of view, but it could also prevent stone chips hitting your vehicle and causing damage to your bodywork.
  6. Pay particular attention to your alloys during the winter months as road salt can start to cause corrosion. Also, take care of any scuffs or paintwork scratches before the elements have a chance to cause rust spots.
  7. When you wash your vehicle, be careful that you are not rubbing dirt and other particles into the paintwork. This can cause hairline scratches that may not be noticeable at first, but which could get worse and which could make your paintwork look less than perfect.

Need more advice? Looking to book car bodywork repairs?

At Dentfix, we are always delighted to give our customers the benefit of our experience and knowledge. Whether you have dents, cracks or scuffs in your car's bodywork, you need interior repairs or your alloy wheels need repairs, we can help.

Get in touch with our friendly and helpful team today to find out more about our services and the many ways we can help to restore your vehicle back to pristine condition. We would be delighted to tell you more and to arrange for our mobile repairs team to come to you.

By Lucia Chatto on 12/12/14 | Category - Car Interior Repair

Restore your vehicle on the inside with our Car Interior Repairs

At Dentfix, we believe a vehicle should look good inside and out, which is why we offer professional repairs for the interior and exterior of your car or van.

If you are proud of the exterior of your vehicle, but shy away from showing off the inside, it could be time to call in our mobile car interior repairs team. We offer expert assistance that will ensure your vehicle stays looking its best on the outside and inside, and for a great price too.

Car interiors can become unsightly, messy and damaged for a variety of reasons. Whether the kids have caused carnage in the back or you have a damaged plastic dashboard, we can carry out the highest standard in repairs and have your interior clean, pristine and looking like new. Bad odours, stains, scuffs and other minor damage will all be a thing of the past when our team gets to work.

Car Interior Repair

Our mobile repair technicians can repair the following areas of your vehicle's interior:

  • dashboards
  • seat covers and upholstery
  • plastic panels
  • door panels
  • rear area of estate cars

Other areas we can repair include those that have been drilled for the fitting of other items, such as dog guards or mobile phone holders. The removal of these items can result in unsightly holes, but the good news is that we can provide replacements and repairs for most plastic panels and dashboards.

Improve your driving experience

One of the best things about our service is that we come out to you. Our fully mobile repair team will ensure that your upholstery and fittings are restored to excellent condition. All work can be carried out at your home or even outside your place of work, if you prefer. Just one call to our team is all it takes to arrange an appointment and we would be delighted to tell you more about our services.

Whether your dashboard has been damaged or your upholstery is ripped or looking a little sorry for itself, we apply the latest repair techniques to ensure you are nothing short of delighted with our service. The result is a vehicle that you are proud to show off inside and out and which actually feels great to drive again.

Our customers come back to us time and time again as we offer outstanding service and interior repairs of the very highest standard. Not only will these repairs improve the look and feel of your vehicle, but they could also improve its resale value if ever you plan to sell it in the future.


Dentfix - Repair Centre

Dentfix - Mobile Repairs Service

Give your car some TLC - Call us to book your appointment today

If you are considering car interior repairs, arrange them through Dentfix. We offer years of experience and will have your vehicle looking as good as new before you know it. Remember, our mobile team comes out to you!

By Lucia Chatto on 10/12/14 | Category - Bumper repair

Improve your vehicle's appearance and resale value with our Bumper Repair service

Bumpers are designed to absorb the impact during a collision, and here at Dentfix, we repair a lot of bumper damage for our customers. Take a look at the bumpers on your vehicle and you'll probably find that there are areas that require restoration, even if you have never been in a collision. Scratches and dents are very common and can result in these areas looking unsightly.

Bumper Repair - Before and after

Bumper Repair - Before & After

The good news is that our bumper restoration service will have your bumpers looking as good as new in no time. Even better, we come out to you. Our fully mobile  repair service means you can have your bumpers repaired from the comfort of your home or workplace.

On some vehicles, bumper damage could lead to areas developing rust and a replacement bumper being the only solution to the problem. Bumpers can be very expensive and on older models, may be hard to source. Dentfix are here to save you this expense and give you peace of mind that your vehicle will remain rust free.

Repair, don't replace - Our service saves you time and money

In most cases, bumpers can be repaired without the need to replace any parts. Using the latest industry techniques and colour matching technology, we work on the areas that need restoration and ensure a perfect finish every time. Whether your bumper is textured or painted, we can match the colour exactly, leaving no evidence of repairs.

If you are thinking of selling your vehicle, our repair service will not only improve its overall appearance, but could also increase its resale value.

Repairs carried out at home or work

Our mobile bumper repair service saves you the time and inconvenience of taking your vehicle to a car bodyshop for repairs. We know you have better things to do with your time, so why not make an appointment with our repair experts? We can carry out all repairs in a few hours in most cases, leaving your bumpers in pristine condition.

Whether your car bumper is textured or painted, bumper repair is a great option for restoring any damaged areas and ensuring the highest quality finish. Need car body repairs carried out? We can also repair any scratches or dents that your vehicle has sustained. And because we only focus our attention on the areas that need restoration. bumper repairs carried out by Dentfix can be extremely cost effective.

Bumper Repair

Contact our experts today for mobile repairs you can trust

There are many reasons to come to Dentfix for your repairs. We offer a completely mobile service, repairs of the highest standard and cost effective prices that we are sure you will be delighted with.

Get in touch with our friendly and helpful team today to arrange a repair visit at a time to suit you and at a price you can afford.

By Lucia Chatto on 23/10/14 | Category - SMART Repair

SMART Repair - What is it and what are the benefits?

Have you ever heard of SMART Repair? It's a technique we use here at Dentfix and which we have been using for many years. Abbreviated, SMART stands for Small to Medium Area Repair Technique and it is one of the best ways to repair the paintwork on new vehicles as it helps to protect their value.

SMART Repair

Dentfix - SMART Repair

Once we have established the extent of the repairs that are required, we will go about matching the paint we use perfectly to the paintwork on your vehicle. When you need paintwork repairs in Buckinghamshire that you can trust and afford, Dentfix will ensure the perfect finish each and every time.

What is so special about SMART Repair?

SMART repair was designed to offer quick, eco-friendly and cost effective repairs for motorists looking for the highest standards and an affordable solution. At Dentfix, we offer expert service when it comes to repairing cosmetic damage to vehicles and the many precision processes involved. The great thing about SMART repairs in Buckinghamshire is that we don't need to arrange replacement or respraying of multiple panels on your vehicle.

Our qualified and trained technicians use the latest SMART technology to ensure a pristine repair that matches your paintwork exactly. In fact, SMART may sound expensive, but it is actually a very affordable solution for minor bodywork repairs.

Do SMART Repairs last?

When a SMART repair is carried out in the right way, it will last as long as a professional body shop repair. Once hardened, the paint we use will be as durable as the paint that was used on your vehicle when it was first manufactured. This means you can trust our repairs to last as long as your vehicle does.

Cheaper but with no compromise on quality

SMART repairs are usually cheaper than other bodywork repairs, but they are certainly not of a lower standard. Over the years, SMART technologies have improved drastically along with advances in paints and repair regulations. This means that when SMART is performed by a professional company such as Dentfix, you can be sure of the highest quality finish.

Why not get in touch with our team today for a cost effective quote and to find out more about the SMART approach to bodywork repairs? We would be delighted to help you.

Contact our experts today to find out more about SMART

When you are looking for perfection and a blemish free repair, get in touch with the repairs specialists at Dentfix. We have years of experience in SMART repairs in your area and we would be delighted to assist.

Using only the latest technology, we will ensure an immaculate repair on your vehicle and provide you with a very cost effective quote.

Find out more about our SMART Repair services.

Call us free on 0800 0188899 for more information.

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