Smash Repair Tips

Why it doesn’t Pay to Leave a Car in Disrepair

by on May.31, 2017, under Smash Repair Tips

If you are unlucky enough to be involved in a minor car accident and came off worse, with a small scratch down the side, resist the temptation to deal with it later. Contrary to some motorists’ beliefs, once the body paint has been compromised, corrosion has a path to the inner metal. Even a slight dent or scratch can be the outset of rust, and once that sets in, you are looking at a costly repair.

There are some occasions when the damage affects the running of the vehicle, which could be an aerodynamic change in the bodywork shape, or perhaps a tyre is being cramped by bent bodywork, and in any case, repairs should be carried out swiftly.

CORROSION CONTROL
A modern car has been thoroughly protected by several coats of paint, which, aside from making the car look nice, also protect the metal surface against the elements, and anything that breaks that seal, even a slight scratch, can expose the inner metal to the elements, which begins the corrosion process, albeit slowly.

LOCAL SOLUTIONS
These minor dents and dings can happen at any time, and if you source a good local car bodywork repair company, then they can deal with anything that happens without causing you too much inconvenience. They would likely have services like loan cars and free drop-offs into town, which really help, especially after the stress of being involved in a car accident.

PROFESSIONAL ADVICE
While all motorists know the rules and regulations of driving, many do not know much about repairs, and rather than spend the time trying to find a reputable repair shop, it is better to call out someone who can give you an on the spot diagnosis and can also take the car way, should it be necessary. At Nova, we pride ourselves on our commitment to customer satisfaction, and we always aim to please, whatever the situation.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
Fixing a dent immediately could be called preventative maintenance, as it will prolong the life of your vehicle, and by using a company that employs the latest technology, the cost can often be surprisingly low. If a small dent has occurred, but the paintwork has not been compromised, it might be possible to use paintless dent removal (PDR), which is very affordable as there is no need for any spraying.

TRANSPARENCY
Very often, the car owner is the last person to find out what’s going on, but with Nova, we believe in transparency, and if there are any decisions to be made, we will keep you informed of all your options, and advise you on the most cost-effective way to repair the damage. In some cases, it might pay to actually pay for the repairs out of your own pocket, as claiming on your insurance will result in higher premiums the following year, and that might be to your disadvantage.

Prompt repairs will ensure your vehicle is always in good shape and should you ever require body repairs, contact us anytime and we would be happy to help.

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Advocating for the Rights of Consumers in the Motor Vehicle Industry

by on May.09, 2017, under Smash Repair Tips

Managing Director of Nova Smash Repairs Sal Martino is advocating for the rights of consumers in the motor vehicle industry.

A Letter to Sal Martino from Mark McGowan

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Only use a Reliable Smash Repair Company

by on Apr.19, 2017, under Smash Repair Tips

Bumps and dings can happen anytime, and then there’s the car park reversing manoeuvre that just doesn’t work out, or perhaps you lent your car to a friend and they weren’t as careful as they should have been. There are many situations in which these bumps can occur and when they do, the only thing on your mind is getting the car repaired.

Any damage that has broken the paint seal is an open invitation for rust, and once that happens, things quickly go downhill. In short, a quick repair is essential, and with insurance cover taking care of the cost, you need the repairs to happen soon. However, many body repair workshops are in no rush to do anything.

SOURCE THE RIGHT SHOP
This might take a while, but with online solutions, it shouldn’t be too hard to source a reliable car repair company. What constitutes the right service provider, you might ask yourself, and the answer to that question is quality and service. Obviously, you want your car to be repaired professionally, leaving no trace of the damage, after all, it is a high price asset and needs to be looked after if it is to retain its value. But more than that, you also want a service where everything is taken care of in a prompt and professional manner, and with extra services such as collection and drop-offs, the customer experience is a pleasant one, which is much welcomed after the traumatic accident.

ESTABLISH A CONNECTION
Once you have had one positive experience with a car repair company, the stage is set. The internet is your gateway to everything today, and that includes calling out someone to pick up the car and fix it. Simply keep their number in your smartphone memory and they are but a call away. It might also come in handy when a friend points out the ding he just received in the supermarket car park, and you can just text him the number and the problems are solved.

OTHER BENEFITS
Having a working relationship with a car repair company would give you a head start over most people, with loan cars set aside for regular customers, add to that the pick-up and collection service, and suddenly, a minor accident becomes a stress-free experience. You can relax, knowing your car is in good hands, and you won’t be getting any nasty shocks when the bill arrives, as transparency makes you aware of every aspect of the work.

At Nova, we pride ourselves in our passionate commitment to customer satisfaction, and it is this feature that puts us above the crowd, so anytime you need a dent removed, or even worse, contact us today and we’ll be there before you know it.

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Motoring Tips to Avoid Accidents

by on Mar.31, 2017, under Smash Repair Tips

Although accidents will happen, you can drastically reduce the likelihood of being involved in a car crash, by being a responsible and aware driver. According to research, the majority of road traffic accidents are caused by human error, or carelessness, which often equate to the same thing.

While we all try to drive safely, here are a few tips to help you create safe practices, and therefore lessen the chances of having a bump.

PRE-START CHECKLIST
There are certain things a driver should do prior to setting off, and they include a visual inspection of the vehicle, during which, you would be looking at the tyres and checking that the indicators and lights are working. A quick beep on the horn could be the difference between a nasty accident and a near miss, so always check that your horn works, as you never know when you will need it. Look for any leaks beneath the vehicle, and any fluids found should be identified. Engine oil or brake fluid would require immediate attention, while water might be from the overflow, or even the a/c.

DRIVING POSITION
Once inside the vehicle, adjust the seat to your preferred position, and you should have a clear view in both the rear view and wing mirrors, so make any necessary adjustments. There are certain blind spots with most cars, and some careful positioning of the wing mirrors can all but eliminate this.

WEEKLY CHECKLIST
The car should have a weekly under the hood check, which would include the following:

  • Engine oil level
  • Coolant level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Other things to look for are loose belts, which are often accompanied by a screeching sound, as the belt loses traction, especially in the wet. If you hear this sometimes, the chances are it is caused by belt tension or lack of it.

AVOID MULTI-TASKING
Many accidents are caused by people who are texting their friend or talking to their boss on the phone, and if you really do need to be contactable at all times, a hands-free device will do the trick. If you are looking for your favourite CD or trying to find that new FM station, stop the car first, and then you can focus on what you are doing. If you are going to need maps or anything else during the journey, make sure they are close at hand and easy to access.

LIMIT YOUR TIME AT THE WHEEL
Driving can be very tiring, and you should never drive for more than a couple of hours without a break. Long distances mean immobility and after a while, those aches and pains arrive, and even this could cause you to lose focus while driving. Aside from this, your eyes will be tired and stretching your legs and drinking a tea or coffee will refresh you, and you will be more aware generally.

In the event you do need your car bodywork repaired, we at Nova Smash Repairs offer quality solutions at affordable prices, so contact us today, and we’ll have your car fixed in no time.

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Why it’s a Bad Idea to Keep Driving a Damaged Car

by on Feb.07, 2017, under Smash Repair Tips

Some people might feel that their car has only been superficially damaged after a minor car accident. They might want to save some money by avoiding essential repairs and to get back on the road as soon as possible.

However, this should be avoided at all costs. Here at Nova Smash Repairs, we are able to give cars a full set of smash repairs after they have been involved in an accident.

Read our guide to why it is a bad idea to keep driving a damaged car.

YOUR FUEL EMISSIONS COULD INCREASE
If your engine or exhaust gets damaged in an accident, then it is likely that the car will become less fuel-efficient. When the car starts to burn fuel quicker because of damage to these parts, you will find that you will have to fill up the car more often. The emissions from a damaged exhaust pipe will cause unfiltered fumes to escape into the atmosphere, which could contribute to global warming.

Repairs to your engine or exhaust after an accident will ensure that your fuel emissions are at a normal level.

YOUR CAR MIGHT NOT START PROPERLY
If the engine has been damaged during the crash, you might find that the car does not start easily. This will be very frustrating for you and is a sign that the engine should be repaired as soon as possible. An engine that has been damaged like this also has an increased risk of cutting out unexpectedly. If the engine cuts out whilst you are driving, there is a high risk that you will be involved in an accident.

YOUR DOORS MIGHT NOT CLOSE PROPERLY
Doors can become dented after an accident. This can sometimes mean that the doors are difficult to close when you are starting your journey. You could be driving along and suddenly the doors fling wide open, which is incredibly dangerous. Here at Nova Smash Repairs, we can fix the dents so that you will be able to completely close your doors and keep yourself safe.

YOUR WINDSCREEN COULD BE CRACKED
A collision could cause your windscreen to develop a small crack. This might not seem like a huge problem, but a small crack can grow very quickly and cause the entire windscreen to shatter when you are driving. This is dangerous because you could be showered with broken glass.

A small crack should be dealt with by Nova Smash Repairs as quickly as possible. Then you will be able to drive without worrying that the windshield will shatter.

THE WHEELS MIGHT BE DAMAGED
Even a low-impact crash can damage the wheels and the axles of your car. This could cause the vehicle to start veering, or to not respond when you are turning the wheel.

Use this guide to learn about why driving a damaged car is a bad idea. Contact Nova Smash Repairs for a full repair today!

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Bodywork Repairs – Things to Remember

by on Jan.31, 2017, under Smash Repair Tips

If you are a car owner, you will know all about dents and scratches, and no matter how hard you try, it is impossible to keep the bodywork free of these minor defects. Many things can cause this, parking in tight spaces is a major supplier of door dings and scratches, as people try to manoeuvre out of tight areas.

If you require the services of a good body repair shop, here are some important things to bear in mind.

CHECK YOUR INSURANCE POLICY
Many motorists are mistakenly under the impression that their insurance covers absolutely everything, yet often, it turns out that they are not covered for car rentals when the vehicle is being repaired. It is always best to read the terms and conditions very carefully, as often these little exclusions are tucked away in the small print. If you are involved in an accident, do not assume that your insurance company should decide who fixes your car, it is, after all, your money that is paying for the repairs, therefore you should be the one to decide where it gets repaired. At Nova, we repair all types of damage, and mostly our customers are covered by insurance, and they insist upon us repairing the damage, as we have a consistent reputation in the Perth area, and are an established company with many years of hands-on experience with all types of bodywork repairs.

MOBILE ESTIMATION
This is essential, as it makes the repair process much faster. Often, a vehicle cannot be driven from the accident site, and the best solution is for a qualified vehicle inspector to come to the site and give their quotation for the repairs. This means everything can be agreed there and then, and the repair company will arrange to transport the vehicle to their workshops for immediate repair.

LOAN CAR SERVICE
If the car repair company is established, they would have a fleet of cars for their customers to use while the repairs are being carried out. This service would be complimentary for repeat customers and not at fault drivers, and there would be a priority for those whose cars are not drivable. This means you can carry on with your life, without any inconvenience until your car is ready.

A MODERN WORKSHOP
A reputable car body repair company would have a state of the art facility, equipped with the latest technology, including paintless dent removal (PDR), which, if it can be used, is far cheaper, as there is no need for repainting. Generally speaking, PDR can be used on small dents where the paintwork has not been compromised, and the technician would be able to advise you on the best solution.

A TRANSPARENT PROCESS
The repair process should be explained to the customer, and if there are choices, the pros and cons should be discussed, leaving the customer to make an informed decision. If you are in the Perth area, and your car has been involved in a collision, contact us today, and we will do our best to repair the damage as soon as possible.

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Everything you Need to Know about Dent Removal

by on Nov.23, 2016, under Smash Repair Tips

Minor scrapes and bumps happen relatively often in Australia due to the likes of swinging doors in car parks, runaway shopping trolleys and minor collisions. While small incidents are unlikely to result in injuries, the resulting dents and scratches can make a vehicle look unsightly and lower its value. Fortunately, dent removal and car body repairs are quick and simple as well as inexpensive.

At Nova Smash Repairs, our car specialists can restore your vehicle to its former glory using paintless dent removal for minor damages and panel and paint repair for those that are more severe. Below, we’ll discuss each method of restoration to help you decide what’s right for you.

PAINTLESS DENT REMOVAL EXPLAINED
Minor dents can often be removed without the need to repaint the damaged section of your car. Our professionals use special tools and advanced equipment to treat the dent from the inside, either by removing the panel or through your car’s windows. Our technicians will gently push your dent back into its original place, eliminating the need to replace the panel or carry out a paint job. This method allows you to restore your vehicle to its original condition without a huge expense.

This new method of dent repair has been perfected over the last two decades or so to give drivers a cheaper way to repair their car in a short time frame. It’s perfect for repairing damages sustained from hailstorms, runaway trolleys and other car doors that have swung into your car. However, though paintless removal is cost-effective, it’s not always possible if the damage is too severe.

WHEN YOU NEED PANEL & PAINT REPLACEMENTS
If dents are too deep and severe or the paint has been chipped away as a result of the collision, paintless dent removal may not be possible. In this case, you might need to have the panel replaced completely, but we may be able to restore the panel and respray it to return it to its former look.

Admittedly, panel and paint replacements are more expensive than paintless dent removal, and it will usually result in your car being off the road for longer, too. However, we have highly-trained technicians and the very latest equipment at our disposal to repair your car in the shortest possible timeframe, and we can also provide courtesy cars and other additional services should you be unable to go without a vehicle.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP
At Nova Smash Repairs, we understand how frustrating it can be when your car sustains minor damages and you need to pay for the repairs, especially if you weren’t to blame for the damage. That’s why we utilise the latest techniques and equipment to fix your car quickly at an affordable price.

If you want to have your car repaired by a company you can trust, there’s no better company to call than us. Contact us today for expert advice, and we’ll be happy to book you in for an appointment.

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The Five Most Commonly Damaged Car Parts

by on Oct.30, 2016, under Smash Repair Tips

It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have on the road, there’s always a small risk that you might get into an accident. Even if you’re the safest driver you know, you can’t always feel confident in the ability of other drivers, meaning getting into an accident is sometimes simply inevitable. Fortunately, most crashes don’t result in any injuries, but they do result in damaged car parts more often than not.

The last thing you want to do is to have damages repaired that were sustained as a result of somebody else’s recklessness. However, it can take a long time to wait for the insurance company to pay up, and you might be forced to simply pay for the repairs yourself in the short term to get your vehicle back on the road again.

At Nova Smash Repairs, we have a team of professional panel beaters that can make your car roadworthy again in no time. We fully understand how competitive our industry is, and that’s why we endeavour to offer an unparalleled service at an unbeatable price. But what are the parts most likely to sustain damage from an accident?

THE COUNTDOWN
Let’s briefly take a look at which car parts and the most vulnerable to damage before explaining what you can do to get your vehicle repaired. All figures below are taken from a study conducted in 2010.

Front bumper (28%) — As you might assume, the front bumper is the most commonly damaged car part. Though bumpers should be able to handle scrapes of 5 mph, they’ll almost certainly sustain damage if you crash at a normal driving speed.
Headlights (21%) — Another part that’s commonly damaged due to a front-end impact, the headlights are easy to smash because they’re usually made of glass or plastic.
Fender (21%) — Fenders can sustain minor damages if you try and fail to squeeze through a tight spot, but they’re also commonly damaged by side-end collisions.
Grille (20%) — The only reason grilles are less likely to be damaged than headlights is due to the fact that they often aren’t hit head-on because a driver will swerve just before they crash.
Hood/bonnet (10%) — Your bonnet may look unsightly when it’s crumpled after an accident, but that actually happens to save your life. Bonnet hoods are designed to absorb the impact of a crash and given they’re right at the front of the car, they’re often the first thing to come into contact with another vehicle.
GETTING YOUR VEHICLE REPAIRED
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting into a scrape with a fellow road user, but accidents can and do happen all of the time and there’s often nothing you can do to prevent them. Luckily, professional panel beaters can carry out inexpensive car repairs and get you back on the road in no time.

If you’ve recently been the victim of a car accident and are looking for cost-effective and reliable repairs, we’re here to help. Contact us at Nova Smash Repairs to find out how we can help you.

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What Makes a Good Car Repair Shop?

by on Jun.28, 2016, under Smash Repair Tips

Minor car collisions happen to us all at some time in our lives, and while no one enjoys the experience, it is nice to know that there are professional people who can quickly repair the damage, allowing us to continue our daily lives without too much inconvenience.

A COMPLETE SERVICE
At Nova, we offer a full range of services that include a loan car facility, which is essential if the car will be off the road for a few days. We provide a delivery service for those who are too busy to come and collect the vehicle and can give you a very quick estimation, often at the scene of the accident, which speeds up the whole process. Our repair methods include paintless dent removal (PDR), which is a cost-effective way to remove dings. We also offer general body repair services, should it be required. With a wide range of tools and equipment, we provide a total car repair solution, by friendly, professional people who understand the customer’s needs.

QUALIFIED TECHNICIANS
The technicians at Nova are qualified and experienced, with a friendly disposition and a desire to please. When dealing with customers, we understand how important good communication is, so our customers are always fully briefed on the work. Technicians usually work under close supervision until they gain the necessary hands-on experience to work alone.

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY
Modern technology offers innovative ways to repair vehicle bodywork, with PDR offering a quick and cost-effective way to remove unsightly bumps. This new technology allows for the removal of certain dents without compromising the vehicle’s paint job. A wide range of dents can be repaired using PDR processes, as long as the paint surface is intact. The automotive paints used on vehicles today are very hard and durable, which increases the chance that the repair can be completed without having to repaint.

NON-INSURANCE REPAIRS
It might not be practical to repair a car with a claim on your insurance policy. At Nova, we can advise you on other alternatives. A small claim can increase insurance premiums, so for minor damage, it may be cheaper to pay it yourself. The technician will advise you on the most cost-effective way to get your car back on the road.

CONVENIENT FOR OUR CLIENTS
Sometimes a customer delivers the vehicle, and they are unable to return to their office or home. Nova provides a courtesy car service to give our clients a convenient way to carry on their day.

EXISTING CUSTOMERS PREFER FAMILIARITY
Once a customer has had an experience with Nova, they prefer to use us whenever the need arises. Many of our clients will bring in their car before they put it up for sale. This allows our experts to make sure there are no tiny bumps or scratches, which could affect the sale. On the other hand, you may have just purchased a second-hand car and wish to enhance the bodywork. Either way, Nova Smash Repairs, your accident repair specialists, can complete the work quickly and efficiently.

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What to do if you have a Car Accident

by on May.26, 2016, under Smash Repair Tips

A car accident can be shocking and upsetting, but luckily many of them are not serious. There are lots of modern safety features on newer cars to protect you from injury, so it’s often the case that the car comes out of it worse than you. However, being in an accident can be worrying, and you might not know what to do in the immediate aftermath. Here are some practical tips on what to do if you have an accident, and how to get your car back to top condition.

GET DETAILS
If you’ve been involved in a crash, firstly you should make sure that everyone is OK, and seek medical attention if necessary. If there are no injuries, then swapping details is the next step, so make sure you always have a pen and paper in your car. Make sure to get these details from the other driver:

  • Name and address
  • Phone number
  • Name of insurer
  • Registration numbers of all cars involved

If it’s safe to do so, take out your phone and take some photos of the crash site. Once you get home, you should also take photos of the damage to your car. If you need smash repairs such as the services of a panel beater and plan to claim on your insurance, then these photos will be essential for backing up your claim.

CHECK YOUR CAR
Modern cars usually hold up pretty well in minor collisions, so you may find it’s just cosmetic damage to your car. Drive away slowly, and test things such as the steering and brakes to see if your car is working OK. It may just be the case that you need dents repaired, but if your car isn’t performing normally, or there are any warning lights on, then you’ll also need to see a mechanic. It’s important to get your car looked over as soon as possible and to not drive around in an unsafe vehicle. If your car is particularly badly damaged, then consider having it picked up by the garage.

SEE A SMASH REPAIRS SPECIALIST
Once the mechanical faults have been rectified, you can get any cosmetic issues dealt with. You might simply need dent removal services, and many smaller dings can often be removed cheaply and easily, making your car like new again. If any paint has been scraped during the collision, then your smash repair specialists may recommend spray painting to get your vehicle looking like new again. Luckily, many of these things are covered by insurance, so it’s worth calling your insurance provider before you bring it in to see if you can claim.

Whether it’s a minor scrape or a full-on collision, crashing your car can certainly ruin your day and be an inconvenience. However, by coming to Nova Smash Repairs you can ensure it’s brought back to its former glory, and get yourself back on the road as soon as possible. Make sure you know what to do in case of an accident so that you aren’t caught out.

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