Oops, you did it again. You backed down the driveway a little too close to the hedge. You tried to get the shopping trolley between your vehicle and the next when there wasn’t quite enough room. You leaned against the panels of your car and forgot about that big buckle on your belt. Or perhaps it wasn’t you who did it again; it was someone else who opened their car door too wide in the supermarket car park (why do they never provide quite enough room for modern large cars in these parking areas?) or rode their bike (or tricycle) too close to the car. Or the dog was pleased to see you come home and jumped up against the car door, or the cat tried to stop him/herself sliding down the bonnet, or the local pigeons decided to have a party on the top of your car.
There are hundreds of ways that you can scratch or damage your car’s paintwork, ranging from the everyday and ordinary close encounters in the supermarket through to slightly more bizarre situations (a lot of the bizarre ones involve animals). Then you’ve got the issue of deliberate wilful damage by some prat who decides to “key” your car and deliberately ruins the shiny finish out of sheer spite.
We all know it’s a pain to haul your car down to the panel beaters or paint shop to get dents and dings ironed out of the metal, or to get the scratches in the paint repaired – with a lot of these companies, you need to take time off work so you can drop off and pick up the vehicle during working hours. It’s a nuisance and we know it. This is why you can conjure up the Panel Wizard – that’s us – to come to your place (either your workplace or your home) to take care of all your car paint repair needs with our mobile car scratch repair services.
So why does it matter? We don’t worry too much about scuffs and scratches on old furniture and leather goods, as these are though to give these items “character”. Why don’t scratches, dents and scuffs give your car character as well? Especially in the case of a good old Range Rover or Jeep that’s been used for what it was designed for? After all, the car drives OK with a scratch down it and it is still legally roadworthy with a scratch on the doors. Why do you need to bother getting scratches, dents and bumper scuffs dealt with?
The first reason is because scratches, scuffs and the like devalue your car. It can be hard enough without scratches to help your vehicle hold its value as time goes by. When the time comes to move your old vehicle on and get an upgrade, you won’t get quite as good a price as you could have if the paintwork is in poor condition with loads of scratches and scrapes all over the place. Dents and bumper scuffs are even more of a problem and lower the resale value of your vehicle even further, and may even put quite a few potential customers off. In other words, it pays – literally – to get car paintwork scratches repaired!
Secondly, minor dents and scratches are ugly, so arranging for minor car dent repairs is a matter of aesthetics. Like it or not, a lot of people around us judge our character and status by the cars we drive, not just the type of vehicle itself (whether they consider the body style or the marque) but also the condition of the vehicle. What looks better parked at the kerb or in the staff parking area: an Audi with scratches, dents and chips all over the paintwork, or an ordinary Toyota or Mazda with impeccably kept shiny paintwork? The logo on the front bumper won’t count for much and won’t provide much kudos if the rest of the vehicle’s exterior is badly kept. Besides, why shouldn’t you take pride in your vehicle’s appearance and make sure that it looks good?
The third reason why you need to fix car paint, even teeny little scrapes and chips, is psychological. If you tell yourself “It doesn’t matter – it’s only a little bit of paint and I don’t need to bother about calling in the mobile car scratch removal guys,” you’ll start to adopt an attitude of apathy and general procrastination when it comes to your vehicle. Before long, the “I can’t be blowed to deal with it” attitude will spread to other areas of car maintenance and before you know it, you won’t be bothered to check the oil as often as you ought to, keep the window washing fluid and other fluids topped up or change the air filters (or the oil) as often as you really need to.
Last but definitely not least, even minor dents, scratches and chips can increase the risk of rust affecting the bodywork beneath the paint. Paint isn’t just on your car to make it look good. Paint also is the first line of defence against the elements that want to corrode the structural metal that makes your car safe and sturdy. A gap in the paint provides an entry point for grit, salt and water to get through and to start attacking the metal below. This creates a vicious cycle, where the corroded metal will cause the paint to flake or chip off further, exposing more metal to grit and moisture, and the problem gets worse and worse. Somebody once said that rust is like cancer for cars, and they’re right, especially with our habit of putting salt on the roads in winter.
So no excuses: if you see a scratch, dent or ding – even just a little one, you need to make sure that it gets fixed ASAP.
Some of you might think that in the case of paint scratches, such as the ones around the keyhole when you’ve tried to unlock the car in the dark and have missed, it’s possible to fix them yourself without the need for a professional. OK, you can do this if you really want to but it is a lot easier to call in the mobile services from Panel Wizard to do the job for you.
Here’s why our car paint repair services are superior to DIY jobs: