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What is a SMART repair?

Stephen Wright, 11 months ago

3 min read

  • Advice
  • Repairs
Ford Alloy Wheel

WhoCanFixMyCar looks at the different types of SMART repairs currently available to drivers in the UK.

There was a time when any cosmetic damage to your car invariably meant having to replace an entire panel or bumper. Not only was it time consuming but it was invariably expensive.

SMART repairs have done away with all of that in recent years. Repairers, many of whom are now mobile, use specialist tools and materials to quickly and conveniently fix modest amounts of damage to a localised area of your car, blending the paint into the surrounding area to make the bump, dent or scuff look as good as new.


What does SMART stand for?

SMART is an acronym for Small Medium Area Repair Technology.


What types of work are covered by a SMART repair?

SMART repairs typically cover a number of areas:

  • Paintwork scratches

  • Bumper scuffs

  • Minor dents

  • Scuffed alloys

  • Vandal damage


What type of damage isn’t covered by SMART repairs?

While SMART repairers can do wonders, they aren’t miracle workers and there are some areas where you will need to contact a specialist. These include:

  • Diamond cut or fully polished alloy wheels

  • Cracked or broken lights or glass

  • Bonnets and roofs


How much does a SMART repair cost?

The cost of a SMART repair will vary depending on the size, depth and location of the damaged area together with your car’s paint finish i.e., metallic or solid paint.

The good news is that in most instances the cost of a SMART repair will be less than your insurance excess meaning you shouldn’t have to make a claim on your policy.