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Do you use a dashcam?

For a while now, the Smart Finish van has been equipped with a Dashcam. At first it was just a cheapie purchased on eBay, but recently I bought a better DashCam from a stall at Perth’s Caravan and Camping show. The main features I was after were:

  • GPS-enabled logging – to ensure the location and datetime are printed on the recorded footage at all times.
  • Excellent definition – no point having footage if you can’t even read the number plate!
  • Plug-and-Play – I’m not tech-savvy, so i just want it to work.

Ultimately, it comes down to the camera’s ability to record a number plate and a pixelated yellow rectangle won’t suffice for insurance.
Read more: http://www.drive.com.au/motor-feature/dash-cams-reviewed-20160524-gp2pkk.html

I’m happy with the unit I’ve bought and it appears to be working, but I’ve yet to bring it inside and try downloading the footage. That’s on my to-do list – just to make sure everything is working.

Given how affordable dash-cams are these days – and the crazy situation of Perth traffic – I’m surprised more people aren’t using them. If you’re keen to get one for yourself, click here to read a good dash-cam review to point you in the right direction.

And if you’re still sitting on the fence, perhaps this video of Perth roads will convince you to get your own dashcam!

The Car that Can’t be Dented

Citroen's 'Cactus'. Fancy driving around in bubble wrap?

Citroen’s ‘Cactus’ – fancy driving around in bubble wrap?

A dent-proof car? Woah! For a minute there, we were getting worried here at Smart Finish. That’s until we realised Citroen’s new dent-free car is the equivalent of driving around in bubble wrap! That, combined with the fact that most people can’t drive a stick, means we’ll be in business for a few more years.

As this recent news article says:

In a world first, the French-made Citroen Cactus has large rubber panels on the doors, with air bubbles that can absorb the impact of a runaway shopping trolley travelling at 40km/h — with 40kg of groceries on board.

Shopping trolley dents and other dings cost car owners and the insurance industry millions of dollars in minor repairs each year.

But dent removal experts say they don’t believe the Citroen Cactus will damage their business, because the car is sold in relatively small numbers — and the full size protection strips with built-in air bubbles are unlikely to be fitted to other models.

There is just one catch with the dent-free car.

You need to be able to drive a “stick shift” manual transmission to buy the cheapest version of the Citroen Cactus.

Obviously, as a cosmetic vehicle repair business, we’re happy to say we don’t think this will catch on in Australia any time soon. Especially as the article quite funnily points out:

They were not aware the word ‘Cactus’ in Australia can also mean something doesn’t work any more or has conked out, as in “she’s cactus”.

So, until you’re ready get Cactus 😉 you can call Smart Finish. We’ll help you fix your bumper dents and scratches. No worries mate.

As you’d imagine, I hear many stories behind our clients’ car damage. In fact, most days I return home from work and tell my family the “story of the day”. Today I thought I’d share with you a few little snippets of information about these kinds of stories. Obviously I can’t divulge too much information, especially when people share so many dirty car prang secrets with me!

It Wasn’t Me…

It was her! (or him!)

Scratch Repairs I did not do it

It wasn’t me!

This has to be one of the most common stories we hear. It’s always “the wife’s” fault and very often “the husband’s” fault. It can also be the son, the daughter, the neighbour, the brother, the friend. The list goes on. I remember one time I fixed a set of wheels for a man who was driving around in his brother’s car while his brother was working away, FIFO. The brother (owner of the car) had arranged for me to fix his four wheels and paid me in advance. The kicker is, the very same day I had fixed the wheels, the younger brother (borrower of the car) took the car for a drive and damaged the wheels again! You can imagine how bad he felt calling me up in the same 24 hours I had already done the repair.

You’ll Never Guess How it Happened!

Most people think their stories are unique, but I’ve heard so many stories now that I’m rarely surprised by how someone’s car got damaged. Common stories include:

Of course, many people have told me about the random letter boxes, poles and kerbs around Perth city that “jump out” from nowhere and hit their car. These things have a mind of their own. I’ve heard of so many “sightings” of these life-like objects in Perth that I’m starting to believe they actually exist!

The Worst Stories – Who’s Ripping You Off?

While I love hearing your stories, there is one particular kind of story I hate to hear – and that’s how my clients are getting ripped off. Whether it’s from an over-priced panel shop, an un-insured driver, an obnoxious person or a rip-off insurance company. Just this week I repaired a bumper for an elderly couple. They were quoted over $2000 by a panel shop to repair their bumper. They were also going to lose the use of their car for a week because they’d have to leave their car with the shop for repairs. After contacting Smart Finish, the repairs were done inside a few hours and cost less than $500. What a massive difference! For some people, our affordable service means the difference between having transport or not.

What About You?

So what’s your story? Does your car have minor cosmetic damage with a story behind it? I’m talking about scratches, scuffs, dents, crunched bumpers, chipped paint, etc. No matter how it happened or who caused the damage, give us a call. Book a day and time and we’ll arrive on time, repair the damage in a few hours and no one will know anything ever happened. It’ll be our secret.

Colour cars for every vehicle make and model you can imagine! Let us give you a genuine, honest quote.

Colour cars for every vehicle make and model you can imagine! Let us give you a genuine, honest quote. Don’t get ripped off.

Here’s a quick tale from the trenches; a reminder to double-check panel beater quotes!

Assessing the Damage

I had a customer a few weeks ago who brought his car to me for assessment. The car had some very minor scratches on the rear bumper. Upon inspection, I knew these would be easy to fix and was happy to help him out.

What he told me next shocked me!

As I told him how minor the damage was, he in turn told me he went to 2 panel beaters in Joondalup who both told him the rear bumper needed removing and repainting! AND they told thim the tailgate ( coz it’s a ute ) would also need removing. These well known panel shops told him everything needed to be removed, repainted and then all realigned.

I was outraged to hear this. Why? Because it simply wasn’t true. The panel shops were lying to him to make a quick buck. As a small businessman and family man, I hate seeing people ripped off.

And it just wiped off…

I’m so glad he brough the car to me because I took one look at it, went to my van to get my ”magic stuff”, came back and wiped everything off!! That’s right – it just WIPED OFF! To his amazement, his car now doesn’t need repainting! (After all, it never did).

So please folks, don’t believe everything you’re told when getting quotes for cosmetic vehicle repairs. If it sounds over-priced, it probably is. And if you’re at a panel shop for minor scratches, dents and dings, you’ll probably be overcharged. Give me a call because I can repair minor damage for a fraction of the price at a location that suits you.

A NOTE ABOUT PANEL SHOPS: Please note, I am not anti-panel shop. When it comes to BIG damage, you NEED a panel shop. Many panel shops are honest and reliable. When you find a great panel shop, they’ll work wonders with your car and make it look like new. If your car’s damage is too big for my SMART repair techniques, I will refer you to a panel shop who can do a first class job at an honest price.

Images of Recent Perth Wheel Repairs

Today we’d like to share some of the results we’ve achieved on various Perth wheel repairs. These rims are from various makes and models of cars and all rim repairs were done in a single day.

Some of our recent Perth Wheel Repairs are shown below…

Do you want rim repairs done in a day?

We find that most of our customers want their wheel repairs done in the same day. This saves the need for hire cars and other inconvenience. Most of the time, we come to you and can repair your wheels at your preferred location. If this doesn’t suit you, we can also arrange a pick up and drop off service. This involves taking the damaged wheels off your car and allowing us to take them away for repairs. We’ll return them once we’re done, to suit your schedule.

Can we fix your wheel damage?

Most of the time yes! We have written a detailed guide on whether or not we can fix your wheels, simply click the link. Please read through and you will have a great idea of how the rim repair process works. From the images above, you can see we repair dents, kerb rash, grazes, peeling paint, fading paint, scratches and more. If you’re in Perth and you’d like a quote on wheel repairs, please SMS or email a photo of your damaged rims to us. We will provide a price estimate, usually within a few hours of receiving your request.

What else would you like to know about rim repairs?

If you’re reading this and you still have questions about wheel repars and our Perth rim repair service, please leave a comment below. We’re keen to interact with you and answer your questions. If, you’d like a quote, please don’t use the blog comments box – use our standard contact form instead. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Find a Mobile Car Repairer in Perth

Are you looking for a mobile car repairer in Perth? Need a business who will come to you and repair dents, scratches and wheels at your home in a matter of hours? Smart Finish is exactly what you need.

Typical Repairs  – What we can do:

Typical wheel arch repair before and after.

Typical wheel arch repair before and after.

  • Small dents and scratches
  • Alloy wheel repairs
  • Bumper scuffs, dents and scratches
  • All plastic bumper repairs
  • Scratches and scuffs to wheel arches
  • Headlight restoration

What we do NOT do…

If your car has been damaged in an accident or collision, please call a panel beater. We only fix cosmetic damage. For this reason we do NOT repair:

  • Damage from accidents or collisions – call your insurance company
  • Large/Major dents – see your panel beater
  • Key scratches spanning more than two doors or two panels – see your panel beater
  • Large scratches and dents to bonnets and car rooftops

How to get a quote

The best way to get an accurate quote is to send us a photo of the damage to your vehicle. Simply SMS your photos to 0423667851 or email them using our contact form.

Please note we need a photo to give you a quote. Because we are so busy, we are unable to drive around providing quotes. That’s why we ask for a photo. Whether it’s a scratch or dent or you need a set of alloy wheels repaired, we still need a photo.

Polished Alloy Rims – Can They Be Repaired?

Polished Rim Repairs, Perth Western Australia

What Are Polished Alloys? (Machined Rims)

Polished alloy wheels, also known as machined rims, have a distinct factory finish that makes them appear scored (or textured) and not completely smooth like non-machined alloys.

Can Smart Finish Repair Polished Rims?

Yes and No. “Yes”, we can repair the damage (remove scratches) and repaint the wheel, but “no”, we cannot re-machine the wheel. Given the nature of SMART Repairs, we do not carry a wheel-polishing machine, so we cannot re-score (re-texture) your rims. That said, we can repair some polished rims, depending on the design of the wheel and the extent of the damage.

To find out whether we can repair your wheel without re-machining, you will need to send us photos for a quote.

Example – Polished/Machined Alloy with Kerb Damage

Photo 1: BMW BEFORE - Here is an example of a machined rim with kerb damage. In this case, the rim is highly polished. Other machined rims may be more or less polished, but their original/factory finish always looks textured, not smooth.

Polished Wheel Repairs After

Photo 2: BMW AFTER - Because the damaged area was limited to the bead, we were able to achieve this result without needing to machine the wheel. We think this looks pretty good and so do our clients! When standing back from about 1/2 a meter away you can't even see the repair.

Polished Alloy Repairs Before

Photo 3: AUDI BEFORE - Polished Alloy, Light-coloured with light damage.

Polished Alloy Repairs Not Remachined

Photo 4: AUDI DURING - You can see how the repair process, which involves grinding out damage, not only removes the damage, but also removes the factory finish. The repaired area is smooth, while the original area is textured.

Polished Alloy Wheel Repairs After

Photo 5: AUDI AFTER - By painting the area using a special painting technique, we have imitated the factory machined look, without a machine. The repair is still slightly visible, but 100% better than before!

Your 3 Options for Polished Rim Repairs in Perth

  1. Get us, Smart Finish, to repair the damage and imitate the original factory/machined look without actual machining.
    OR
  2. Ask Smart Finish to repair the damage and don’t bother restoring the machined finish. Yes, that’s right! Some people could care less whether their wheels are machined or not – they just want the damage gone. If that sounds like you, we can easily grind back the damage and give you shiny, smooth wheels. This is especially useful for people with damage on all four wheels who are trying the keep the costs down.
    OR
  3. Get your rims properly re-machined. In Perth, this service is offered by Alliance Rim Repairs in Malaga. These guys do a great job and we highly recommend them. Please note you will need to either leave your car with them, or take your wheels to them for a day or two. Alliance’s repairs are more expensive, but you will get the original finish. Our repairs are cheaper, can be done at your location, and although we remove scratches we can we only “imitate” the machined look.

Alloy Wheel Repair Perth Quote

EFTPOS

Mobile Eftpos

EFTPOS

Smart Finish is very happy to provide a mobile EFTPOS  facility with Australia’s award winning bank, St George. Making it even more convenient to our customers for purchasing our services.  Most people don’t use cheques anymore, cash is still popular but not always convenient and EFT is somewhat unreliable leaving many accounts still overdue. This puts stress on our business.

We are looking forward to using our new facility and launching it for the new year 2012

NEW! We’re excited about our new spray gun

DeVilbiss SRI PRO HVLP

DeVilbiss SRI PRO HVLP

WOW!

SMART FINISH is excited to have taken delivery of our NEW SRI PRO series DeVILBISS HVLP spray gun. This is a highly engineered gun, made specifically for the SMART repair industry. It’s precision and finesse will undoubtedly prove to meet the highest quality in auto refinishing.

We all like getting new toys to play with in our various industry’s, and for us this is our new toy! The Ferrari of HVLP spray guns.

Without boring one with all the details of the SRI PRO series gun, it basically means as a repairer, we can provide the highest quality given to you “the customer” with absolute satisfaction in the end result. If we’re happy, you’re happy!

This is the 1st if our DeVilbiss guns and we aim to upgrade all our finishing guns to this reputable and high quality brand.

A little info about HVLP.

HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure)

This is similar to a conventional spray gun using a compressor to supply the air, but the spray gun itself requires a lower pressure (LP). A higher volume (HV) of air is used to aerosolise and propel the paint at lower air pressure. The result is a higher proportion of paint reaching the target surface with reduced over spray, materials consumption, and air pollution. A regulator is often required so that the air pressure from a conventional compressor can be lowered for the HVLP spray gun.

For more info and all credits regarding this article on HVLP go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spray_painting

Headlight Sealant

Headlight Restoration Perth - After

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new headlight sealant, all the way from the USA. Our new sealant is very different from all those “conventional” type sealant kits purchased from auto stores and used by other companies. It is as rare as gold and costs the price of a fuel booster pump from a space shuttle! .

Our unique product reseals all polycarbonate lenses from disclouration after the headlight has been restored. The headlight restoration process, combined with this sealant, will add clarity and better visibility to night driving as well as looking good. Our headlight restoration process only costs $100 per pair of headlights.