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What is classed as a car accident repair?

When your car is involved in a collision, whether it was your fault or the fault of the other driver, your vehicle will most likely need an accident repair due to the damage from the impact. WhoCanFixMyCar can recommend dedicated car accident repair garages and car body shops to help get your car back to its former glory.

How can you find an accident repairs specialist near you?

Looking for a car accident repairs specialist near you? Here are some of the common services that our trusted accident specialists provide. Just click on the one that suits you best to compare quotes in your area and find the best price.

  • Enter your car registration and postcode

  • Select the accident repair service you need

  • Let us know if your car is still driveable

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  • Compare quotes and book your job with a trusted mechanic nearby

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Car accident repair average costs and prices

The cost of a car accident repair can vary depending on the damage to your vehicle, whether the accident was your fault or not, and the make and model of your car. The average cost of car accident repairs with WhoCanFixMyCar is around £765.53.

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Which car accident service do you need?

Car body repairs

This covers dent repairs, glass and window repair, body panel replacements, colour match paintwork repair, frame repair, bumper replacement and more. If you’ve been involved in an accident, the car’s bodywork is likely to have taken the brunt of the collision, so will need to be repaired accordingly.

Alloy wheels replacement

In some circumstances, it may be necessary to get your alloy wheels replaced instead of repaired. If the extent of the damage is heavy and the wheel is bent or buckled, it may be cheaper to skip the repair and get a replacement. A professional can recommend the right service for your car.

  • Find an accident repair shop

    The average cost of a car accident repair when booked with WhoCanFixMyCar is around £765.53. Find and compare dedicated car accident repair garages and car body shops to help get your car to its former state.

    Can include
    • Damage assessment
  • Car body repair

    The average cost of a car body repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £453.41. Car body repairs include the fixing or repairing of the external body of the car, including dents, panel replacement, respraying and more.

    Can include
    • Dent and scratch removal
    • Alloy wheel refurbishment
    • Panel replacement
    • Paint respraying
    • Chassis realignment
  • Car dent repair

    The average cost of a car dent repair booked on is £436.59. Car dents can be unattractive. Getting a car dent repair at a bodyshop can improve its resale value and make it look a lot more sightly.

    Can include
    • Paintless dent removal (PDR)
    • SMART repairs
    • Scratch removal
    • Scuff removal

Common car accident repairs

Minor scratches and scuffs to the paintwork

Small scratches and scuffs are considered cosmetic damage and can often happen in minor accidents. These can be easily repaired by a car body shop so that the car will appear as good as new.

Larger scratches and dent repairs

Dents are quite common after a car accident. The way a dent is fixed depends on the size and impact on the metal bodywork. If the dent is inverted by more than a 90 degree angle, then the whole section of the bodywork may possibly need replacing. If it isn’t a significant dent, the technician will use suction tools to remove it.

Frame straightening

If the car has had a significant impact, the frame could have been crumpled. In the event that the frame has sustained a lot of damage then the technician will assess and advise on what to do next. They will give you a cost and length of straightening the frame.

Window replacement

If glass has shattered in the car accident, you will likely need some windscreens or windows replaced, which is actually a simpler repair than others. If the whole glass panel is smashed, the technician will remove the whole window or windscreen and replace it.

Body panel replacement

Body panel replacement means replacing whole pieces of the car’s exterior framework, such as a door, bonnet or boot. Most modern cars are purpose-built to crumple upon impact to protect the passengers within the car at the time of the collision. This may mean that the panel is left damaged beyond repair and will need replacing. The garage you choose will source a body panel that will fit your car’s make and model and safely install it to replace the damaged panel.

Headlights replacement

Replacing headlights is a relatively straight-forward service. The garage technician will check the need for headlight replacement and advise on cost. Sometimes only the bulb needs replacing, but other times, the whole headlight will need to be replaced.

Bumper repair

Car accidents can often cause bumper damage. If you leave the bumper in a damaged condition, it will only worsen over time. It’s important to have your bumper replaced because they are built to take a lot of impact and to protect your car and the passengers should you ever have another accident.

Is a car accident repair necessary?

You don't have to repair your car after an accident, but it may not be legal to drive if it is in bad condition. It's best to have your car fully inspected and get repair quotes after a car accident. In most cases, repairing your damaged car will be the best option – especially if the repairs are covered by your car insurance.

Looking to get your car repaired at home after an accident?

There are many mobile repair body shop specialists that will do cosmetic repairs on cars from the customer's home. If the work is extensive, and cannot be done in a few hours, it is better to have the car taken to their car body repair shop and leave it there until the work is completed.

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What should you do in the event of a car accident?

Often, we hear that when a person is involved in a car accident, they forget what they need to do because they have gone into shock. Here are the steps you must take straight away after a car accident:

  • Pull up somewhere safe.

  • Stop the car, switch off your engine and turn the hazard lights on.

  • Check yourself for injuries, check your passengers and then check for injuries on anyone else that was involved in the collision.

  • If anyone is injured or the road is blocked, you must call the police as soon as possible.

  • Safely get all passengers out of the vehicle.

  • Exchange details with the other driver, which includes your name, address, contact number, registration details and insurance details of both parties.

  • Do not admit fault at this stage, as the insurance company or police will decide.

Is it worth getting a car accident repair?

To retain the value of your car, it is advisable to repair it after it has been involved in a collision. Most of the time you will find that fixing your damaged car is a better option than buying a brand new one and scrapping the old – especially if the repairs are covered by your insurance. Buying a new car can be costly, so repairing the one that has been in a car accident is likely your best option.

What happens if a car accident wasn’t my fault?

If the accident wasn't your fault, having an official police report will help you hold the other driver accountable for damages and repair costs.

Are car accident repairs covered by my insurance?

Providing that the accident wasn’t your fault, the repairs after a car accident will be covered by insurance. It’s good to know that a no-fault accident won't cause your car insurance rates to go up because the at-fault party's insurance provider will be responsible for vehicle repairs.

How much does a car accident repair cost?

Depending on your car make and model, car accident repairs and labour could cost you around £765.53.

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