The depths of winter can be rough on your car. The short days, freezing temperatures and wet weather certainly don’t motivate us to get out there and wash our cars on a Sunday morning! Luckily, spring is now here, and it is the perfect time to address those mysterious scuffs that tend to appear in the colder months.
Car damage comes in all shapes and sizes – even the most experienced drivers brush up against a curb or two. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of winter means our cars are exposed to more damage. From salt on the roads, hidden debris, and harsh weather, here are some of the most common winter mishaps that you should consider getting repaired:
Besides spoiling the overall aesthetic of your car, leaving damage untreated could end up causing a bigger problem, and cost you more. For example, if you have scuffed your alloy wheel, leaving the damage untreated allows road salt and chemicals to penetrate the metal, which leads to corrosion. Corroded wheels often require a full strip and refurbishment.
What about stone chips, scratches, and dents to the paintwork? Unfortunately, you may find more of these appear in winter from passing a gritter and driving over freshly gritted roads. Similar to alloy wheel damage, bodywork faces a similar fate when left untreated, and could begin to rust, which again can be costly.
We always advise you to have your car repaired as soon as possible. Here at DWV, with over 30 years of experience, we specialise in repairing minor cosmetic damage. Operating one of the largest networks of fully employed mobile technicians, we come to you at a convenient time and location, saving you the hassle and expense of finding a dedicated body shop.
With the new 2023 models out this spring, many people at this time of year find themselves fast approaching the end of PCP lease contracts. Before you return your car, we advise you to have a thorough read of the small print regarding cosmetic damage on your contract.
Before your car is returned, your lease company will carry out an end-of-lease investigation to identify any cosmetic damages outside of what they consider ‘wear and tear’. Anything they find will be charged back to you, and this can be expensive.
If you are concerned, we recommend speaking to a professional. We can identify and repair any cosmetic damage at a fraction of the cost, meaning you don’t need to worry about any nasty surprises when it’s time to hand your car back.
As well as lease deals coming to an end, spring is also the most popular time of year to upgrade. Perhaps you’ve got your heart set on a convertible for the summer, or you simply need something bigger to tow the caravan! It pays to have any cosmetic work completed before selling your car – cars that are well looked after retain value and are worth more when it comes to resale; another reason why you should get in touch with DWV before selling.
With over 80 fully employed technicians and 50 franchise technicians across the country, we specialise in mobile bodywork, paint, and alloy wheel repairs and come directly to you, no matter where you are. We repair over 170,000 cars each year and are a trusted partner to some of the biggest insurers and motor dealerships in the country, so you know your car is in safe hands; our 4.8 Trustpilot rating certainly speaks for itself as well.
We pride ourselves on our ability to match any paint colour perfectly, and we use state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure your repair blends seamlessly, leaving your car looking pristine and showroom ready in just a few short hours.
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