Sometimes, a minor repair doesn’t warrant major action. Cosmetic repairs can be carried out quickly and easily, and cost you much less than a respray or a replacement part. At Al-Futtaim Toyota, we call this service Smart Repair because we believe it’s the smart way to do things.
What is Smart Repair?
Smart or Fast Repair is a technique that Al-Futtaim Toyota technicians have developed to carry out minor repairs to paint and bodywork. It involves localising the repair to only the area affected. So, for example, if you had a scratch on the offside wing, the technician focuses on repairing only the scratch, rather than respraying or replacing the entire wing.
What are the advantages of a Smart Repair?
A cosmetic repair such as scratched paint or dull headlight covers doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive or time-consuming to repair. A Smart Repair carried out by a qualified technician can remedy a simple repair quickly, so that you’re back on the road sooner.
Because the repair is confined only to the point of damage rather than the larger surrounding area, it’s a cheaper fix too, saving you money and preventing a minor scratch or dent from devaluing your vehicle.
A larger repair may also be included in your car’s history as an accident repair. Not only can this reduce the resale value of your car, but it can also affect your insurance premiums. A Smart Repair is not included in your car’s history as an accident repair, so will not affect the resale value, or your insurance costs further down the line.
What is Paintless dent repair?
One of the key techniques of Smart Repair is Paintless Dent Repair or PDR. This is a highly skilled technique that repairs small dents in a vehicle’s bodywork by reshaping or ‘massaging’ the metal without damaging the paint layer. A technician works on the dent from the underside, manipulating the dent so that the metal regains its original shape. As there is no action carried out on the painted surface, the paint retains its integrity, so there is no need to sand, fill or respray.
Paintless Dent Repair is a popular alternative to standard methods. Not only is it quicker, but it’s usually cheaper too, as there is no need for expensive and time-consuming resprays. As long as the paint layer hasn’t been damaged, PDR is a viable alternative and is ideal for small repairs such as dents caused by a shopping trolley bumping into a panel in a car park, for example.
As PDR is often cheaper than the price of an insurance claim, it can be done without needing to put in a claim on your policy, which can keep the cost of subsequent insurance renewals down. It also keeps your car bodywork in pristine condition, enhancing its resale value.
When should you book a Smart Repair?
If you’ve had a small bump, scratched your paintwork, or your headlight covers are starting to look a little dull, it’s time to book in with Al-Futtaim Toyota for a Smart Repair. It’s especially worth using our Fast Repair skills if you’re planning to sell your car and you want to maximise its value. Small scratches and dents can be easily dealt with, and our Paintless Dent Repair service can massage those little dents out to give your car panels a flawless look once again.
To find out more, contact Al-Futtaim Toyota today and talk to one of our professional advisors.