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Top garages for Bodywork, Dents and Smart Repairs (10,329 found)
trade tyre and service centre
180 Jobs Completed
Alton
5.0 / 5

Trade tyre and service centre specialise in all makes of cars . We have dealer level trade technicians so you have total peace of mind when your vehicle comes to us . We are based half a mile from Alton town . Although we do offer a free collection and delivery service . Our reception has free WiFi and free coffee and tea facilities whilst you wait for your vehicle .

Bespoke Motor Services Ltd
383 Jobs Completed
Wigan
4.8 / 5

Bespoke Motor Services Ltd are the fastest growing vehicle repair and customisation centre located in wigan.
Ideally located to service all of the North West.
We are specialised in vehicle servicing and repairs and customisation, we have the latest in diagnostics and 26 years experience.
One single garage for all your car needs!
Service and maintenance work, clutches, timing chains and belts, all electrical work, difficult jobs undertaken, mot failures, etc.
We provide an excellent service to all our customers and we take pride in the quality of our services.
We have fully trained technicians with over 26 years of experience working above the dealer level.
All the work carried is quality checked by second tech and we offer a warranty for all our jobs.
We promise to beat in price and quality any written quote and offer a quick turnaround for all customers.
We offer interest payment plans that allow you to pay in 4 interest free instalments with no credit checks

Auto Solutions East LTD
1611 Jobs Completed
East Kilbride
4.8 / 5

AUTO SOLUTIONS EK Ltd is a family run garage which has been trading for over 25 years Based in East Kilbride, we are a well established and reputable company in the local area. All 3 of our time served technicians are IMI registered. We have the latest snap-on 3D wheel alignmetnt system and snap-on diagnostic equipment We cover East Kilbride and surrounding areas for car servicing and repairs, MOT testing and vehicle breakdown recovery. check our 100% feedback .

Certificates

Our certificate of registration for the Motor Industry Code of Practice means we comply with guidelines set out by the registered body. We are also a Servicesure certified garage which means we offer a national warranty.We offer low cost servicing that won't affect your warranty, meaning you won't have to pay dealership prices. This work is carried out according to the Block Exemption guidelines, which state that if car parts of a similar or better quality are used, then your warranty is unaffected. This allows us to offer you a fantastic service at a fantastic price!

MOT Testing in East Kilbride

As a VOSA registered testing station, we offer MOT testing in East Kilbride at a competitive price. Our VOSA test station registration number is VApprenticeships

We pride ourselves in offering mechanic apprenticeships on an ongoing basis. We feel it is important to bring young talent into the industry and help develop apprentices into fully qualified and professional mechanics that will provide an excellent service for you. To find out how to get involved with an apprenticeship, just send us a message!

Delilahs Mobile Mechanics
702 Jobs Completed
Finchampstead
4.9 / 5

Established in 2016, Delilahs Mobile Mechanics has been the leading and award winning mobile repair service of South East England.
There is no job too big, no job too small. All servicing and repairs are under taken at your workplace or home address to minimise your inconvenience.

We pride ourselves on the work we do and only fit original equipment manufacture parts with a minimum of 12 months warranty.

We now have a number of vans ready for dispatch to aid you with any service or repair.

For the bigger jobs such as clutches and engine work we have a fully equipped and insured workshop located on the edge of Jennets Park, Bracknell.

Mark Askey Motor Services
209 Jobs Completed
Newcastle under lyme
4.9 / 5

Mark Askey Motor Services was established in 2003 taking care of our locals in the Newcastle, Stoke On Trent area. With over 35 years experience in the motor trade we pride ourselves on our workmanship and our customer care.

No job is too big or too small here at Mark Askeys, taking on all Makes and Models and all maintenance and repairs.

Monster Gear Garage
363 Jobs Completed
Bristol
4.8 / 5

We are an independent 5 star garage with high experienced technicians that will take care of your vehicle, we cover a wide range of repairs like:
MOT repairs
Servicing
Air Con Regas
Air Con Recharge
Brakes
Clutches
Timing belt / chain replacements
Welding
Diagnostics
Engine repairs / replacement

Drive in with no appointment. If you wish to wait while your car is being repaired we have a luxury waiting area with TV, Wi-Fi and free hot drinks. Our garage is a comfortable place for you and your vehicle.

RH Autos
154 Jobs Completed
Grantham
5.0 / 5

Here at RH Autos we have 28 years experience in the motor trade. I am IMO Registered and have worked on the majority of makes and models of cars.

Based in Grantham and covering the surrounding areas, we aim to carry out any work required at a time and place that suits you. I pride myself on the quality of my work and I always strive to carry out the highest level of customer service.

Executive Motor Services
689 Jobs Completed
Camberwell
4.4 / 5

Executive Motor Services is a high quality establishment, offering car service to customers across South East London which was established over 30 years ago and specializes in all models of cars. Our dedicated business has a wealth of experience and knowledge plus all the latest diagnostic tools and equipment with a fully fitted workshop and fully qualified staff, the company provides all kind of professional car body works. We offer comprehensive car maintenance to the general public, which hopefully will be cost effective for everyone and our friendly staff allowing customers to get back on the road safely and quickly. We also do special offer of collecting and returning car from home around South East London;

Heartlands Auto Centre Limited
406 Jobs Completed
Birmingham
4.8 / 5

We are a family based team that are here to help our customer’s automobile needs. We have been established for over 15 years and have built our products and services over this time.

We pride ourselves on a Fast, Value for Money & Quality service with customer satisfaction a priority. We are based in the heart of Birmingham and located near the Heartlands Hospital.

Automotive Components Specialist Ltd
1676 Jobs Completed
Cheshunt
4.9 / 5

Welcome to our organisation, our aim is to provide solutions for all your motoring needs with the aim to reduce your cost of ownership of your motor vehicle. We specialise in new motor vehicle components for all makes and models, O.E.M (Original Equipment Manufactured/Pattern), O.E (Original Equipment/Genuine), we can advice on advantages and disadvantages of both product ranges. We stock a wide range of parts and specialise in all makes and models. We provide the highest level of customer services and our aim is to be the best, so if you are looking for a garage in Enfield for car repairs or an MOT, look no further than the quality services on offer at Automotive Components Specialist Ltd. With many years of experience in the trade, you can count on us to repair and service your car to the highest possible standard. We are VW Audi Specialists but can offer the same high standard of service for all makes and models.

Tyre World Trading Ltd
11 Jobs Completed
London
4.3 / 5

TYRE WORLD WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1992 TO PROVIDE MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE AND GREAT TYRE SERVICE IN LOCAL AREA.

We do following services:

1. Tyre Replacement

2. Body Work

3. Mechanical Work

4. 4 Wheel 3D Alignment.

SMS Motors
1281 Jobs Completed
Horton
4.7 / 5

SMS Autocare is dedicated to quality and value for money with the services we provide. We can offer full diagnostic testing, MOT and Service, mechanical repairs and much more.

Our experienced mechanics have various RMI/ATA accreditations and are always on hand to provide the help and advice that you need to get your vehicle back to full health. We have valuable links within the motor trade industry and aim to provide good value for money on all products and services.

SMS Autocare are proud members of the Retail Motor Industry Federation and the Trust My Garage scheme. All work comes with a 12 month / 12,000 mile parts and labour guarantee and we offer our customers a FREE collection and delivery service within 15 miles.

Auto Motor Solutions
86 Jobs Completed
Hull
5.0 / 5

We are a Independant garage what pride ourselves on the high standards of our work and customer satisfaction.
We are RAC approved garage and a SHELL oil stockist.
We always use quality parts and provide free no obligation quotes.
We also offer 4 Monthly Finance Payment Plan at 0% interest.

All work is considered and can be quoted for from standard services to engine rebuilds.

Poole LPG Garage
66 Jobs Completed
Bournemouth
4.8 / 5

We offer :
* professional service for all makes of cars
** new and part worn tyres
*** MOTs and repairs
*** LPG conversions

Confused about LPG conversions? Need more information, or just want to book an installation? Don’t hesitate - give us a call

Luton Automotive 1
1455 Jobs Completed
Luton
4.7 / 5

Hi

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO MINIMISING RISK DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING OUR CUSTOMERS A FREE COLLECTION AND DELIVERY SERVICE. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH TO BOOK IN!

We operate from 3 locations : LUTON; MILTON KEYNES and OXFORD SO WE COVER BEDS. HERTS.BUCKS&OXFORDSHIRE. WITH TEAM MEMBERS AVAILABLE MOST TIMES IN DIFFERNT COUNTIES WE ARE ALWAYS ABLE TO HELP
We offer a pick up and drop off service for a small fee where we leave our vehicle outside your address and pick up your car and repair it then return it back to you.

We also provide you with mobile service where we can repair minor and quick repairs outside your address. subject to availability
We have a recovery truck with a small charge pick up cars that require a ramp and heavy work such as gearbox or clutches.
We are approved & experienced with:-

WINDSCREEN & BODY GLASS
WINDSCREEN CHIP REPAIRS
BODYSHOP REPAIRS
MECHANICAL & DIAGNOSTICS
ROADSIDE RECOVERY
AIR CONDITIONING
MOT's
Please call us as all work carried out is warranted.
17 years business portfolio
"Service without compromise"

http://www.lutonautomotive.com/

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Frequently asked questions
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How are car body repairs done?

Garages and bodyshops use a variety of techniques to repair your car's bodywork. Rusty areas can be either ground out, or cut out and replaced with fresh metal. Dents can be sucked or pulled out. Imperfections can be smoothed and polished to a perfect finish by using a little filler. Finally paint is perfectly blended to ensure a flawless finish.
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How are dents repaired?

A body shop will use a number of techniques to remove dents including: 'sucking' the dent out, using a 'reverse hammer' to knock the dent from within, and using filler to fill and smooth a dent for a flawless finish.
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What are SMART Repairs?

SMART repairs (Small Medium Area Repair Technology) describe a range of techniques for removing dents, scratches, bumper and wheel flaws, in a localised area. They don't require full panel resprays and can be performed by mobile mechanics.
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What is 'paintless dent repair'?

Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) covers a wide range of dent removal techniques that don't involve filler or paint, including 'pulling out' dents with suction or glue, or using metal rods to push the dent out from the reverse of the dented panel.
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How do bodyshops match car paint colours?

Over time, a car's paint (or clear coating) will fade or become oxidised, so an 'off the shelf' manufacturer's colour won't match exactly. Body Shops will therefore closely examine the condition of your paint in multiple light conditions and order a closely matching 'known variant' of the original colour. Finally, when applying the paint, they will 'blend' it to draw the eye away from any slight difference in colour.
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How much does bodywork repair cost?

The cost of Body Repair will vary hugely depending on the work required. Localised dents can be removed for well under £100, whereas any respraying work will cost at least double that. Quotes for accident repairs or chassis realignment will be much higher, but may be covered by your insurance company.

Types of Body Repairs

Panel Beating

Panel beating is a job carried out by specialist bodywork technicians who can utilise specific tools and techniques to reshape the metal on the body of a car.

If you are involved in an accident, it will often be the body that takes the brunt of the damage as panels on a car are designed to absorb impact and reduce the force of a crash by cushioning the blow.

Even though a car may have suffered a huge impact, it doesn’t always mean that the panels need to be replaced.

Panel beating involves using a huge variety of tools to manipulate the metal and get it back to its original shape.

Depending on the extent of the damage, the amount of time and money spent will vary, however the cost is likely to be less than replacing an entire panel.

Car Respraying

Getting a respray is a quick and easy job which most specialist body shops will be able to carry out.

Depending on the facilities at the body shop you choose, the time the job will take will vary.

Some specialists will have state of the art spraying booths and work with classic and high-end cars, these facilities will be able to deliver the highest quality of respray work as the paint and delivery system will be the best available.

However, the job is likely to be more expensive than a conventional body shop.

The time taken and cost of the service will depend on the type of paint and the size of the area that needs respraying.

Car Wrapping

Wrapping a car can help protect the paintwork from weather, chipping and rusting as well as UV rays which can fade the paint on your car.

Furthermore, if you happen to scratch or scuff your car, the wrapping will take the brunt of the damage and so protect the underlying paint.

You can have your car wrapped to display specific graphics if you are interested in changing the aesthetic of your car. If you want a stripe on your car or other shapes, you can make the request from a specialist who will provide you with a quote.

Before a vinyl wrap is applied; all the lights, door handles, trims and badges will be removed from the body of the car.

Special car wrapping surface cleaner will then be applied to your car before the wrap is applied.

Car Welding

Welding is an important part of bodywork car repair as it is essential for fitting different pieces of metal together.

Welding is a highly skilled job and should not be attempted unless you are a trained professional.

Many different parts of a car can be repaired with the help of a welding expert so do not think your car is written off if something falls out of the engine!

Rust Removal

Rust removal can be a job completed without the need of a mechanic, however it depends on the extent of the damage and the area which is affected.

Rust forms when an anode, cathode and electrolyte combine.

The metal in your car acts as the cathode and anode which reacts with water (the electrolyte).

Even if your car is under cover, rust will form because of these elements coming together if the climate is humid enough.

You can buy specific products online which can help remove rust which are effective at repairing damage, however its effectiveness will vary on the extent of the damage.

The cost of a rust repair will once more depend on the extent of the damage.

Scratches and scuffs

Getting a scratch or scuff is common for cars in the UK. However, they can be perfectly removed with the right technical knowledge, tools and materials.

It’s important to remember that even if you have suffered from extensive scratching or scuffs, a trained professional can remove them with precision.

Removing a scratch is far cheaper than having an entire body piece replaced like a bumper so always check with a body shop to see if they can remove a scratch before replacing anything.

On average it doesn’t take too long to have your body work repaired when it comes to scratches and scuffs.

It’s important that you get a car scratch removed as soon as possible as it may get worse over time and the value of your vehicle will reduce.

Having a scratch removed by an expert is the best option unless you are a trained professional, as there are a variety of materials and techniques involved in the process.

The cost and time taken to complete the work will depend entirely on the extent of the damage to the body work so make sure to get as many quotes as possible to avoid paying over the odds.

The mechanic will apply the paint to the car scratch, or car scuff, as part of the bodywork repair. The paintwork repair required for removing car scratches and car scuffs shouldn’t vary in time or cost greatly, from garage to garage.

Restorations

The bodywork required on a car restoration will be significant as whole panels are likely to require replacement and the ones which stay as part of the original vehicle, will need to be welded and have rust and scratches removed.

A full restoration may take years and they often do, as mechanics and hobbyists use their spare time and money to build their own cars.

A huge amount of car body work will be required on restorations as all the components will be required to be removed and fixed back into place during different stages of the work.

Dent Repair

Dent repair is one of the biggest parts of body work repair and is essentially the same as panel beating or panel bashing which is covered at the top of this guide.

SMART repair

SMART repair stands for; Small, Medium Area Repair Technology. It is a type of service offered by mechanics which includes the use of specialised tools, paints and materials to provide your car with a ‘good as new’ finish on an area which may be damaged.

Before the technology existed, if a panel was damaged, the entire piece would have to be replaced meaning more money and time would have to be spent on car maintenance.

The advances in technology mean that the speed and effectiveness of body work repair is significantly improved.

According to YouGov research, 65% of cars in the UK are carrying damage which could easily be repaired using SMART repair.

What can be fixed using SMART Repair?

  • Bumper dents
  • Alloy wheel scratches
  • Scratches
  • Dents
  • Exterior trim damage

Bodywork specialists near you

Finding a trustworthy mechanic can be a daunting process. Finding one that can do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy which is why we simplified the process.

We work with a network of 11,500 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive bodywork garages near you.To find the best bodyshop in your region;

  1. Enter your car registration number
  2. Give us a few details about your car and your requirements
  3. We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in your area

You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best body work deal in your area, before booking online.

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