Mobile Chip and Scratch Repair

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  1. johnny70

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    Hi

    Has anyone used these people, was looking at a national company called chipsaway, as they have a guy near me. Got a small dint and a couple of stone chips that need sorting, what kind of price do they cost?

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    From what i've seen of the work in general from companies like them it's very good... but you need someone who has a lot of expirence.. to get a really good finish.

    umm.. some charge by the repair, some charge by the panel... so you could be looking at something like about £15ish per dent (maybe more for chips as they have to use materials) to around £75ish per panel.
     
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    A short while ago my wife scratched the rear bumper of her car.Our local main dealer quoted over £400 to repair it.I contacted chips-away who,after I described the damage,quoted between £80-120 with a final figure to be given on arrival.We arranged for him to arrive early a few days later,he did an excellent job,you really couldn't tell it had been repaired,and the cost was £80.More to the point,we asked was he busy and he replied yes,he'd got a very full days work ahead of him at the very same main dealer who was quoting us £400!!!!!
     
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    cheers for the info, have contacted them hopefully get it sorted asap

    Kind regards

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    Hi

    These guys CAN be good.... ask how long he has been in the franchise as some of the "new" boys will not have had much experience.

    The big skill (in my experience) is the dent removal. This is work that separates the men from the boys. Do a Google on PDR (paintless dent repair) and there are many kits and ebooks, videos etc around to explain the process.

    The Chipsaway paint process is a good idea. They paint the chip not the paint, (as the blurb says) which meants basically they mix the paint and fill the "scratch" to just over the level of the surrounding paintwork. Then, they use a fine polishing compound and a neat trick with a cloth and plastic guide to remove the excess paint so that the new paint fills teh scracth and no more.

    Check out http://www.langka.com/ - the UK distributer I think is Frosts - who sell all sorts of automotive renovation products. If you use this then just buy a std halfrauds paint stick.

    The end result with this paint technique is often dependant on the paint colour.

    Hope that is of interest....

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    ...should have added - dont pay a price per panel for Chipsaway... negotiate a deal based on the number of repairs you need...

    Before the guys appears onsite, make sure you know which repairs you want done, as these guys are good at finding marks on your car you never had! (it is thier job afterall!!)


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    I drive past an Audi/VW dealer on my way to work and I've lost count of the number of times one of their vans was parked pretty much out of sight of the showroom doing repair work :rolleyes:
     
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    spoke to the local chips away guy, he said that i shouldn't bother as they don't get good results on metallic silver cars, he suggested i get the whole bonnet resprayed!

    Bugger

    Regards
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    Hi All

    I have been looking for a mobile scratch repairs company in Manchester and came across theses people:

    Smart Auto Repairs

    Has anyone used these people before? Are they any good with scratch repairs?

    Thanks
     
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    If it is a light metallic get the whole panel painted if it is a chipsaway repair it will show no doubt at all thats why your chipsaway guy told you he could not do it.

    Second Chipsaway use a lacquer called PC52 it is very thin and not very strong over time you might polish through the lacquer it was desgined for the car trade to make a car good for sale etc.

    They also use a process called Mira Clear much better and stronger but takes longer to do and tends to cost a little bit more.

    As a previous poster says for stone chips etc they fill the chip then rub the excess paint off however you can still see the chip we should really call it chips nearly away.

    They are better at scratch repairs (the name comes from America as they call a scratch a Chip so it should be scratchaway does not sound as good though)

    In my opinion if you are selling the car or want a bumper scuff repair done they will do a good job if you have a large scratch down the side of your silver BMW take it to the bodywork shop.

    How do i know this well years ago i used to be a Chipsway franchisee.
     
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    Is there a point where "chipsaway" type repairers can't do the job?

    Ie scratched too deep, to metal etc?
     
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    Well they are not going to really spray whole panels it is not designed for that at all but the Mirra clear would let you repair a key scratch down the side of a car.

    One thing they advertise is they are much cheaper then a bodywork shop well i used to charge between £90 and £130 to do a large bumper scuff however the bodywork shop near me done them for around £70 so not cheaper at all.

    Also i know one Chipsaway operator who is shall we say not that proficient and they go out and price the job say £350 to do a key scratch down the side of a car and then take it to the local bodyshop and get them to do it and pocket over £100 for just driving there it goes on all the time.

    Just shop around.
     
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    I would be wary about following up seemingly innocent questions asked by people with only one post who have had their link deleted by a moderator.

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    I would avoid them like the proverbial. My brother used them for a small repair and they made a real hash of it
     
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    well thats funny because they have only jus started trading as a business :) smart arse
     
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    oh, the irony..
     
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    If I deleted your reply and locked the thread leaving Google to index my reply who would be the smart arse then :D

    Incidentally your website states:-

    Are you telling porkies as well as spamming
     
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    People like you are sad trying to make a business grow and trade but people like you crawl a round thinkin your smart. No nope not telling porkies, sad man get a grip
     
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    If you want to advertise your business here you can sign-up as an assured advertiser. I don't see why you should be allowed to surreptitiously solicit business here when others need to pay for that privilege.
     
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    thanks but if people have a problem then why dont they sey can you stop insted of bein a smart arse a bout it then i would of done and never done it again and when starting a business money is tight you kno?
     
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    Read the forum rules!
     
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    The easiest course for yourself would have been to read the forum rules first,and having done so,to register with the forums to advertise.

    This sort of thinly disguised spamming does you no credit at all.
     
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