Carworx Ltd - Body work on your vehicle

Rust and dents are inevitable, learn how to keep your car's body looking it's best. Get tips on preventing rust, and fixing dent and accident damage.

Your car's body is made up of steel, plastic, aluminum and sometimes fiberglass. These materials all have their plus and minuses, and all need to be cared for.  Steel is cheap and strong, but can rust when unprotected.  Plastic is flexible, durable, and can be molded into complex shapes unlike steel.Aluminum is light and strong, but comes at a price.

 

While you can fix minor paint chips at home in the driveway, major panel resprays with today's modern paints are best left to professionals with the proper equipment and environmental controls.When shopping for a new car, make sure you check on the rust protection plan, and consider getting a rust proof coating applied when the car is new.  I would avoid rust proofing when buying a used car, as the sheet metal may have already started to rust, and covering over it, will not help.

Common Problems:

Rust: The most common problem with an automobiles body is rust. Rust can work from the inside of your cars body and show up once it's too late. Fortunately most newer cars have very good rust proofing applied when built. Older cars can last a long time also if you follow some simple steps.

Accidents: It's bound to happen sometime, a fender bender or a major accident can really ruin your day.  Make sure you have a reputable shop do the repair work and insist on original equipment parts. Cheap import parts can put you and your family at risk.

Preventive Measures:

Make sure all drain holes around the trunk and hood are clear.These holes allow water to exit the ledges around the trunk and hood and prevent rust.Also check your weather stripping around all openings for rips and tears.  Water will sneak in where you least expect it and eventually rust away your car.

Waxing your car will keep your paint protected from the elements but what about the other side of the body?  The inside is often neglected on older cars.Rust proofing is an option but if the rust has already started just covering it will not stop it.The existing rust must be removed or chemically converted before rust coating is applied.

In case of accidents bring your car to us for a work valuation and we shall guide you from there, from minor adjustments , to full body work , we have an excellent team to guide you through the process.

Fender or other body part fall off?

Move to a safe place, well off the road.Many times an plastic cover from the underside of your vehicle may fall off or partially fall off and drag on the road.If a major body part like a fender or door falls off, please don't drive the car, call a tow truck and get it fixed properly.Small parts can be taped, wired up with a coat hanger or removed for a short trip home or to your favorite garage or auto body shop.

Minor accident damage?

Assuming you can drive the car, get to a parking lot or well off the road to do a full inspection.Minor fender-benders can be deceptive, causing damage you can not see.For front end damage, check the radiator and any electrical wires to make sure there is no damage. All four wheels should be able to roll without hitting metal, plastic or any other part of the car.Make sure to turn the front wheels fully in both directions to check for interference.

Don't drive your car if you are unsure of the damage, you can do more damage to the car on the drive home.Your car’s engine is made up of hundreds of complex components working together to ensure that your vehicle starts and runs properly.Over time, however, these components can wear out, resulting in a loss of performance and fuel economy.

Major accident damage?

If your vehicle has been in a major accident, stop completely, call the insurance company , the authorities and make sure if anyone has been hurt is attended to. DO NOT move the vehicle until all legal formalities are completed. 90% of the times your vehicle will be stored in a police yard until this is done. Take photos of the damage as well as note and remove any valuables and expensive items in your car, with the express knowledge of your insurance company.It is after this that you will know if the vehicle is repairable or written off. If repairable then you will be required to bring it over in a tow truck - flat bed only and from there on we shall guide you on repairing your vehicle.