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Some tips for safer driving in the snowy weather.

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With colder weather on the way, the likelihood of snow and ice on the roads is increasing. Here are a few tips to keep you safer on the roads.

1- Check all your lights are working

Give all your lights a check over, especially if you’re heading out later on. No lights when it’s going dark if the snow is falling fast is extremely dangerous. Don’t forget your fog lights too!

2- Fill up with windscreen washer fluid

Make sure your washer fluid is full. This contains some antifreeze, so if you get stuck and things ice over you can make sure your windscreen gets cleared quickly.

3. Check your tyres

Tyres without good tread are not a good idea in the snow and ice. Less tread= less grip. Also, remember to check the tyre pressures.

4. Don’t forget your supplies!

This is especially important if you are off on a long journey or going off the beaten path. The AA recommends;

  • Blanket/sleeping bag
  • Torch (with spare batteries)
  • Rope
  • De-icer and scraper
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Spare headlamp bulbs
  • Jump leads
  • High-visibility vest
  • Shovel
  • Tyre pump
  • Water
  • High-energy snacks
  • Wellies
  • Hat and gloves

With all that gear, you’ll be well prepared if you get stuck somewhere.

Remember- take it easy and stay safe.

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Hello 2019

Today, we’re saying ‘hello!’ to 2019, by looking back on some of the great things that happened in 2018.

Our 2018 wins!

  • Started using our paint bay
    • Started in 2017, but used in full swing during 2018. This useful space has been in almost constant use with the bodywork repairs we’ve has through in the past 12 months.
  • Celebrated our 13th year in business!
    • That’s a great win for any business! Keep your eyes peeled for some offers around out 14th birthday in November…
  • We were busier than ever.
    • Thanks to you, our lovely customers (new and old!) we were kept on our toes this year. We had our busiest months, to date, ever!
  • New Kit
    • Our new toys… I mean tools (!) this year included a new diagnostics computer from Snap-On helping us to identify your car’s problem quicker and more efficiently.
  • Snazzy Uniforms
    • Thanks to Giraffe Graphics, we got all our staff great new uniforms (including hats and hoodies for these cold January days!).

So here’s a big thank you, from all the staff at Jeepers Keeper Auto Centre for an amazing 2018. Wishing you all the best for the year to come.

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Wheel Arch Repair

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Wheel arch repairs are one of our most frequent bodywork repairs. Last week, Joe did a nice repair on this wheel arch that needed some TLC. Here’s how he did it!

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The car arrived in the morning with this nasty damage along one of the wheel arches. Aside from the scratches in the paint there were dents along the damaged section meaning that we needed to do some filling and shape work before we started painting.

 

The first thing we do before we start any bodywork job is check the paint code. You’d be surprised just how many paint colours there are! To give you an idea, one of our old paint  books has 477 pages of paint codes, each page has around 100 code on it :-0… That’s a LOT! And there’s plenty more now. Each colour also has variants and tints depending on the model it is on.

We always make sure we match the paint code on the vehicle to ensure we have all the paints (tints, pearls, metallics) needed for the specific colour and variation for the car we are painting. That way, once the body work is done, we can mix the paint to an exact match for the car.

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Here’s a picture of the damaged section once it had the worst of the dent pushed out and had been sanded back. Whenever there is a dent in a panel (where possible) we push as much of the damage out as we can and sand any high points back with a heavy sand paper.

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Next job is shape. We use filler to fill in any gaps and once the filler has dried we sand it back to get the correct shape. On a wheel arch we have to be cautious to get the swage line, above the arch, correctly shaped otherwise the repair won’t blend in to the rest of the paint work!

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The next stage is primer and paint. We scratch back the area with tough sandpaper and add primer. The primer acts both as a final filler to give a smooth finish and as a base coat for the paint.

Once the primer is dry we add 2 or 3 coats of paint (with drying time in between).

After paint, we lacquer to protect the paint and give it a lovely shine! Here is the finished article!

If you need a paint repair doing, when not get in touch and we can give you a free, no obligation estimate.

Give us a call

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Get it serviced!

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Servicing your vehicle regularly is important. Here’s my top 5 reasons why;

  1. Prolongs the life of lots of mechanical components.
  2. Improves your vehicle reliability.
  3. Keeps you safer.
  4. Helps you reduce the risk of unexpected repairs.
  5. Can flag up other problems so you can get them fixed sooner, before they cause more damage.

So we’re all in agreement- servicing is a GOOD idea.

We offer 3 services- Basic, Intermediate and Full. We suggest alternating which service you have each year to ensure you have a Full and an Intermediate service once every four years with the Basic services in between. That way your car gets what it needs, when it needs it.

Each of the services we offer includes a comprehensive 28 point check followed by the service items included within each.

From as little as £60.00 you get;

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If you want to get a price on servicing your vehicle or the book it in, give us a call on 01246 292806.

 

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Let there be light! … and an extractor…

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It has been super busy these last couple of months, which is amazing, but it has meant that the paint bay has taken a back seat.

But after a week beavering away we now have lights and an extractor! This means we can actually use the space for paintwork… because we can see!

Not only that but having an extractor working means painting is not only safer but a much cleaner job leading to better paintwork- happy all round.

There is still a way to go until it’s finished- boxing in all the cables and fixtures, sorting the ceiling, covering the entrance- but it’s well on it’s way!