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Not your typical vehicle repairs

As you know, here at Smart Finish, we spend most of days repairing cosmetic damage to cars. From a scratched bumper in Joondalup to a dented wheel arch in Balcatta to a set of scuffed alloy wheels in Claremont – that’s a pretty typical day! Every day is varied in both location and job type,  but sometimes we get even more variety than we expected. Here are just some of the stranger jobs we have undertaken in recent times.

  • Repair a colourbond alfresco pergola that was dented during installation
  • Paint a set of kitchen cupboard doors
  • Paint a set of plant pots to match a client’s requested colour
  • Repair a damaged fibreglass love-seat
  • Repair an air-conditioning unit/vent that was dented during installation
  • Restore a set of old, rare hub caps from a 1972 Datsun 240Z
  • Colour match paint for repairs to a damaged Counterweight on a Komatsu PC200

Check out the photos below to see some of these unusual jobs for yourself!

If you think we can help you out with repairs to an unusual object, send us some photos for a quote. You never know you’re luck! And, of course, when it comes to vehicles repairs… call us first. Bumpers, wheels, headlights and more.

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.

Your Questions Answered – New FAQ Page

Frequently Asked QuestionsAfter answering the same questions over and over again… just a few too many times 🙂 , we’ve decided to put together a FAQ page.

We’ve aimed to answer all your Frequently Asked Questions on one convenient page! Whether it’s a general business question (how can I pay you?), or a repair-specific question (will the colour match?), the FAQ covers it!

I will be linking to this page in my auto-reply emails too, so hopefully new customers will be able to have their questions answered up-front.

Have a read and let us know what you think. And if there’s a question we’ve forgotten to include, tell us and we’ll update the page ASAP. You can use the comments form (link at top right) for this page to let us know.

Check it out here >> Smart Finish FAQ

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

Welcome to Our New Website

Smart Finish Announces New WebsiteSmart Finish is proud to announce the arrival of our new website.

Please browse the menus to read more about mobile vehicle repairs in Perth:

  • Mobile alloy wheel repairs
  • Bumper repairs
  • Paint repairs
  • Headlight Restoration
  • Dent Removal
  • and more!

 

Mobile Vehicle Repairs in the Perth Area

Although quite common to automotive businesses (car dealers, hire car companies, etc.), SMART Repairs are relatively unknown to the Perth private market. Smart Finish brings this innovative technology to Perth’s private customers – helping people to save money and keep their car looking good.

How We Save You Money

At all times, we aim to provide cosmetic vehicle repairs that save you money. Our repairs generally cost less than your insurance excess AND you get to keep your no claim bonus. You’ll also avoid paying for unecessary replacement parts. A new bumper for example could cost upwards of $1000, but with Smart Finish your bumper could look as good as new for under $250!

Call Us Today

We invite you to try Smart Finish services today. Give Andrew a call on 0423 667 851 and talk to him about your car.