alloy wheel repairs
bumper repairs
paint repairs
headlight restoration
dent removal

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!

These days, most bumpers are plastic…

Every day I receive a number of quote requests for bumper repairs. Many people are actually surprised that their bumper is not made of the same material as the rest of the car and that it is actually made of plastic. This is especially common if the bumper is a colour coded plastic bumper (colour coded means it’s painted to look the same as the rest of the car.) Every now and then, I’ll receive an enquiry from someone with a chrome bumper (note: we don’t fix chrome) or with a fibreglass bumper (which we can maybe fix), but it’s far less common.

So can we fix your car’s plastic bumper?

As a SMART Repairer, we’re pretty happy your bumper is plastic. That’s because plastic bumpers are flexible, can be warmed/heated and remoulded. This makes seemingly  impossible repairs possible.

  • Dents and Dings in Plastic Bumpers: We often find a bumper dent looks worse than it is. Even a dent the size of a dinner plate can often simply “pop out” with a little heat. Don’t try this yourself though. You need an expert to do it “just right”.
  • Cracks in Plastic Bumpers: If you have a crack in a plastic bumper, we can often weld the crack back together. Sometimes we can do this while the bumper is still on your car. Other times, as shown in the photo above (of a plastic bumper repair in Perth), we need to fully remove the bumper from the car in order to get right behind it. Although this is a time consuming job, it’s still better value than replacing the bumper.
  • Scratches and Scuffs: If you have scratches and scuffs in your bumper, we can fix these too. We will sometimes use filler or just polish it to a smooth finish before we repaint it. If you have a textured plastic bumper (rough surface), we can even use a textured paint so there will be no detectable difference between the repaired area and the original finish.

If you’re in Perth, give us a call. We service the Perth metro area for all plastic bumper repairs.

Scratch repairs for Luxury cars in Perth

Yes, we repair luxury cars!

It’s amazing how many people with ‘luxury’ cars think their car is too “special” to be repaired with our services. I understand that point of view somewhat: you have an expensive car, so you wan’t to look after it. You’re also often told by the dealer that you MUST return to their dealership for all repairs. But here’s something that might surprise you…

When you take your luxury car to the original dealer for ‘factory original’ repairs… the dealer often just calls me! Or one of my competitors. Or they take your car for a few days and take it down to the local panel shop. It’s very rare that a dealership has their own in-house SMART Repair team.

So that means, the wisest decision is to call us directly. You’ll save money and time and you’ll get the same high quality workmanship.

Maserati in Perth – Bumper Repairs

Here are some pics from just last week when we completed extensive bumper repairs to this Maserati in Perth.

No, we don’t forget the little guy…

Not everyone has luxury cars. In fact, most people don’t. So, while we often repair fancy cars, we also repair all make and models, even a basic Hyundai Excel or Suzuki Swift. So don’t be shy to give us a call!