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For the past 12 months, DPP has been making some major changes in the beautiful foothills of Adelaide. This expansion has meant an even more efficient service for you.

The Rundown…

For the better part of 50 years, Dynamic Paint N Panel has served local communities in the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, and Fleurieu Peninsula. Whether it’s fixing a scratch or a full body rebuild, we’ve had your car back on the road with you smiling behind the wheel. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning.

We’ve grown and grown to the point at which we’ve reconstructed our operations. As far as how it affects you… Quite simply we now have even more to offer in the way of full body rebuilds and paint jobs under a new banner Custom Culture. This means for all your day to day dents, scratches, and other everyday drive jobs you’ll have the full force of repairs of Dynamic Paint N Panel working to get your car back on the road. Our scratch and dent specialists will be even more focused on achieving the best result for you.

If you’re planning a major rebuild of your pride on four (or less or more) wheels Custom Culture is the place for you. Our rebuild specialists have been hand selected to ensure every single detail of your rebuild or custom job is to the highest possible standard. Between the designers, paint experts, and artists we have at Custom Culture we’ll help your vision become a reality.

 

The Facts
Everyday Repairs

  • Everyday repair specialist concentrating on getting your car back on the road.​
  • Faster, and better results in a shorter amount of time.​
  • Insurance claims handled.​
  • Mobile quotes.​
  • Personal service.

Custom Culture

  • Personal, tailored repairs/sprays/rebuilds​
  • Exclusive events and functions (More to come later this month)​
  • Work closely with experts dedicated to achieving the look and feel you want for your machine.

Stay tuned for more information on a very special introductory deal for our Custom Culture. To reserve your place at the very top of the list click here (you will be notified with special discounts and deals, coming soon.)

If you have absolutely any questions feel free to give us a call or send us an email.

 

Crash Repair Norwood

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CRASH REPAIR NORWOOD

Affordable Crash Repair Norwood and surrounding areas – DPP has been serving the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide for over 4 generations

 

For over 4 generations the Condo family have been serving the Norwood area with affordable crash repair, friendly service, and unmatched workmanship.

In Norwood, SA, Dynamic Paint N Panel’s Stepney facility is devoted to having your vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible as we restore you to the way of your life. We are an RAA approved crash repairer that has been proudly serving Norwood crash repair customers for over 45 years, specialising in paintless dent removal, respraying, full reconstructions, rebuilds, and scratch repairs.

Whether you are looking for Crash Repair Norwood, Payneham crash repair, St Peters crash repair, Adelaide Hills crash repair , or even if you are looking for Strathalbyn crash repair the team from DPP have you covered.

We’ve put together a FREE report for anyone that’s available HERE below are our most popular excerpts.

Car Repair Rip-offs

When it’s too cheap – We all like a bargain, but there’s an old saying that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Some car repairers and panel beaters advertise price as the bait for their false and misleading advertising. They offer an unbelievably low price to get you to come in, and once you’re in their shop, they pressure you into getting all sorts of upgrades and add-ons you’re going to need in to have your car back on the road in near showroom condition. It’s like buying a house, and then being told you have to pay extra for the doors and windows! Repairing your car takes time and the right resources to do it right, so expect to pay a reasonable amount for a good quality repair.

This method of repair is best…

This is a common statement you will see in advertisements or hear from most car repairers. REMEMBER: The best method of repair is the one that achieves your goal For instance, if you just want a couple of paint touch ups done for a car show on the weekend, and don’t want any major repairs, stripping the whole panel back may not be for you. So before you choose a repairer, identify your objectives and then select the method that best reaches those objectives. Not only that, technology in the car repair industry evolves all the time, so what might have been a great method a couple of years ago might have been improved upon by now. For this reason, it pays to go with a car repairer that stays on the cutting edge of technology and doesn’t make sweeping claims about having the “best” car repairing technique around. When it “takes longer than first estimated” Sometimes repairers deliberately underquote and under “estimate” the time that it takes to repair your car. While sometimes these are genuine problems the repairers face, especially when there is unknown structural damage, more often than not the repairer is trying to justify charging you more money. This is often similar to when they may add on charges once you’ve brought your car in for a quote, except this time they are holding your car hostage. This intimidatory method is more common than you might think, as the repairer may pressure you by telling you that they are about to start work that they didn’t account for when you brought your car in initially, or in some cases go ahead and start unapproved work on your car and then charge you for it at the end.

 

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CRASH REPAIR NORWOOD AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Cheap, Quick, and Easy – Stains and Smells

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Removing those horrible marks, stains, and smells

Whether it’s coffee, juice, milk or even worse, at some point in time we’ve all had an accidental spill. Now you’re left with the sticky, and sometimes smelly, reminder of your lapse in concentration. The good news is removing those smells and marks isn’t as hard as you might think.

 

The Smell.

Over time the fabric interior of your car will absorb certain smells, for those of us unlucky enough to have someone who has been sick in the car we know that all too well. Dealing with the cumulative odor of day to day life is fairly simple. You’ll need two bowls and some vinegar.

STEP 1: Fill two bowls with white vinegar.

STEP 2: Place one bowl on the dashboard of the car and the other on the back seat the night before cleaning.

STEP 3: Close all the windows and doors and leave the bowls over-night. The white vinegar should effectively absorb all the odors from the car.

STEP 4: Remove the bowls of vinegar in the morning and leave the car doors and windows open for as long as it   takes for the smell of vinegar to completely disappear.

STEP 5 (optional): The last step is to vacuum clean your car upholstery thoroughly and take stock of the stains that need to be dealt with as the car is airing out.

 

Getting rid of stains on car upholstery
Before starting the stain removal process, you’ll need to prepare the following two homemade cleaning solutions:

For the first part of the cleaning you’ll need:

¼ cup of baking soda
1 cup of warm water
Mix together the baking soda and water and you’re ready for the second part.

For the second part of the cleaning process you’ll need:

Warm water
A few squirts of dish detergent and a
¼ cup of vinegar in
A spray bottle
Mix the warm water, the few squirts of dish detergent and the ¼ cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well and leave for 5 minutes to set.

And now we’re ready to start cleaning the car upholstery:

STEP 1: Use a toothbrush to gently apply the baking soda and water solution to any stains that you might have on the upholstery and leave the solution for 30 minutes to penetrate the stains (This is by the way a great cleaning procedure for stubborn stains including ketchup and coffee stains among others)

STEP 2: After the half hour, use a clean dry towel to blot the stains with the baking soda and water. Be careful to absorb as much liquid as possible before commencing the next step in the car upholstery cleaning process.

STEP 3: Use the detergent, water and vinegar mixture to spray the upholstery starting with the front seats and working your way to the back.

STEP 4: After spraying the seats, use a stiff-bristled brush to gently work in the solution.

STEP 5: Leave the mixture to sit for 15 minutes on the seats, and then use dry towels to absorb excess moisture.

STEP 6: The last step is to air out the car to get rid of any smells. You may want to leave all the car doors and windows open for the rest of the day or until all the cleaning smell is gone.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Balhannah today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Still here for you…

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The last few months have been wonderfully exciting for all of us here at DPP.  While we have undergone many changes and a wonderful period of growth over the last few months. Along with the changes and growth, we have put into place new practices making us as efficient and as streamlined as ever before.

With more progress soon to be announced we are happy to announce that ALL of our services are still Available!

 

We’ll come to you.

You’re a busy person, in fact, thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, and we know it. We understand that bringing your car in to get little dings and dents (Or the big one you know you really should get fixed) takes time out of your busy day. With our experts out on the road, and with the ease of our online quote system (click here) we can quote your car in a matter of minutes.

 

Still Serving the Hills

As you already know, we have been servicing the hills community for decades, and even with the closing of doors at our Woodside location, we are still servicing that same community from our Woodside centre located at Bob North Mechanical – 71 Onkaparinga Valley Road Balhannah – by reducing the size of our hills premises we have been able to serve even MORE cars, but we have room for even more. And we can still come out and see you…

 

No Job Too Small

We hear it all the time, someone comes in after months of thinking about getting a little scratch fixed. Unfortunately what was just a little scratch became a rusty hole, and something that could’ve been fixed for next to nothing and in the time it takes to grab a coffee turns into a much more costly operation. Still not sure? Send us a photo online and we’ll give you a quote.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Balhannah today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

The Shopping Mall Scratch

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I’m sure you’ve noticed it. You get back to your car, which you so carefully parked out of the sun, nice and evenly between the lines, and far enough away from neighbouring cars so there is NO CHANCE they could bash their door into yours, yet still some so and so has managed to create a small, but obvious dent in your car.

Well, there is some good news. Whether created by a shopping trolley or another car, these small scratches and dents are hands down the easiest, quickest, AND CHEAPEST things to fix. 

If it’s a light scratch you need to remove, it’s as simple as cutting and polishing the scratch out. Something you can easily do at home, if you have the time and know how. 

When it comes to the removal of dents it can be a little tricker, and unless you have the right tools, and expertise you can do more damage than repair, which you’ll agree kind of defeats the purpose. 

We have fixed more of these sorts of dents than we can count, and we love doing it. Our team of professionals can fix small “shopping trolley” dents in about 20 minutes, and with such precision and care, that your car looks, quite literally, as good as new.

Come in and see us sometime, and we’ll take care of those unsightly dents and scratches in minutes.

 

 

Like Brand NEW…

 

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

 

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

More Than Repairs

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For more than 45 Years Dynamic Paint N Panel has been serving South Australians from all walks of life. Whether you drive a huge truck, a tiny two seater, or anything in between. From a tiny scratch, to a repairable write off, if you want it fixed we can fix it, and we’ve been doing it for nearly half a century.

We love hearing from our happy customers when it comes to repairs, we love restoring YOUR car to driving condition, but we are also passionate about restoring and preserving pieces of automotive history.

With new exciting developments in the coming months we are pleased to be continuing to grow, not only as Adelaide’s favourite Famliy owned and run crash repairer, but also as a place where we rebuild classic pieces of automotive engineering history back to their former glory.

It’s passionate car owners who take pride in their everyday drive, or their special weekender that drive us to keep growing in order to better serve you, and see more smiling faces and pristine cars on our roads.

With a passion for seeing you smile, excellent workmanship and unbelievable service, DPP is only a phone call away. Come in for a coffee and tell us how we can improve your everyday driving experience.

 

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

 

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Freedom Of Choice

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We all love freedom, it’s our right as a citizen of this Free country in which we live. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling; to know you are free to make your own decisions, go where you please, and do what you want.

Because of the wonderful freedoms we have, we expect the same freedom of choice from our insurer as to who fixes our car. And why wouldn’t we? You expect the quality repair work, and peace of mind that comes with knowing your car has been fixed to a standard that ensures the safety of you and your family everytime you go for a drive.

Many insurers promise this freedom of choice when you agree to their policy, though quite often when we call them they give us the opposite impression. But don’t be fooled it is 100% YOUR CHOICE!

Most insurance companies just require a little insistence on your part. So below are a few steps you can take in order to ensure you have your car repaired by the repairer YOU CHOOSE.

 

1. CALL YOUR CRASH REPAIRER

This may seem a little backwards, but it is a great idea to call the people you’d like to have fixing your car before calling your insurance company. Some of our most loyal customers give us a call before their insurance, just to make sure they know exactly what to do next. One customer has been on the receiving end of some unfortunate collisions in the last 12 months. The first call he made after reporting the accident to the police, was to us. Knowing you have the support of the repairer often helps with making your requests known to your insurer.

 

2. CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY

In order for you to make a claim, you’ll have to let your insurer know. This is often a call people hesitate to make, due to how uncomfortable these conversations can be, especially when you insist on using your chosen repairer and your insurance company tries to push you into going with a repairer of THEIR choice. Remember to be firm, if you know you have a choice, be upfront and say that you have a reputable (preferrably RAA approved) repairer that you’d like to use. If you are direct and remain firm most good insurers will comply happily. With others, they may pressure you into using their chosen repairer, which often is the one that will save them the most money.

 

3. CALL YOUR REPAIRER BACK

At this stage you can call your repairer back with the claim information that has been supplied by you insurance company. The sooner the repairer has this information, the sooner they can put together a quote and deal with the insurance company for you. Giving you complete peace of mind. Call or drop in to any of our centres, and we’ll happily help you get back on the road.

 

REMEMBER

Crash repair is our business, and we have dealt with many varieties of insurer, if you have any questions as far as what you need to tell your insurance company in order to make a claim and use the best repairer for you, please give us a call. We’re happy to serve you, and help you gain the peace of mind that goes with being back in your car safely, quickly, and with a minimum of stress.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Balhannah today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

What’s New in 2018

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Happy New Year!

As of today we are once again open and ready to start our most exciting year yet! Over the past few months we have undergone some changes in operation.

What’s new this year?

Dynamic Paint N Panel has undergone some major changes. One thing hasn’t changed: We are still 100% committed to serving you and our community both in the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide, in the Adelaide Hills, and our regional centres.

As we move into 2018 the exciting new changes we’ve implemented will ensure absolute maximum efficiency in every aspect of getting you and your car on the road at its absolute peak.

So what has changed?

As some of you may have already noticed after many years of operating in Woodside, we have closed our doors and centralised to  Bob North Mechanical – 71 Onkaparinga Valley Road Balhannah. With this move we have been able to divert all work operations to our flagship workshop and showroom in Stepney.

What this means for our valued Hills customers.

Hills customers will still be able to receive the same, speedy, exceptional service and results. With major operations moving to Stepney those of you who have your car inspected and quotes written at Bob North Mechanical in Balhannah will be able to drop their car in and have it towed by one of our very own tow truck drivers at no expense to you. Once the work has been completed we will load up your restored drive and bring it right back to you.

We will come to YOU anywhere in the Hills to obtain the initial quotation and get the process started. Not only do we offer pick up and delivery to our satellite centres in Balhannah and Strathalbyn, but we can even deliver to you home, or office!

Our Towing Service

Our Towing service remains unchanged for any breakdowns, shifting of vehicles, and accident tows.

What you can expect

By consolidating everything in one feature workshop DPP will be able to more closely monitor workmanship, turnover rate (efficiency), as well being able to work more closely with you the customer, meaning you will have your car finished faster, with an even more superior finish than we (or anyone else) has ever been able to offer. You’ll have your car back SOONER, looking BETTER than ever.

2018 will be an exciting year for all of us, and we are excited to hear from you. If you have any questions, give us a call, or drop in.

 

Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Balhannah today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Summer Lovin’

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As an RAA approved repair DPP are proud to display that trusted yellow sign above our workshops. In the interest of keeping you and your car in the best possible shape this silly season, we’ve borrowed a few tips from our friends at RAA (and added a few of our own).

South Australia enjoys beautiful summer weather, but the rising temperatures can be scorching at times and our cars don’t always cope. To prevent a breakdown and avoid being stuck on the side of the road, consider these tips.

Understand the signs

Pull over immediately if you detect a burning smell or see steam or smoke coming from the engine. If you don’t, you run the risk of permanently damaging your engine and it could end up costing you a lot more than an annoying delay on the side of the road.

Remember to check your instruments regularly, and stop immediately if the gauge shows an unusual reading – very high or very low.

Electrical system

The main causes of heat related breakdowns are failures of the cooling and electrical systems. The stress put on the electrical system, especially the battery, can be hard to predict. Luckily, all RAA Road Service patrols carry RAA Batteries, and will deliver and fit them for members at no extra cost by simply phoning 13 11 11.

Cooling system

Look at the hoses and drive belts for cracks, wear and tear.
When the engine is cold, check the level and condition of the coolant.
Externally look for at the radiator core for insects and other blockages and clean them out by hosing down. Don’t attempt to brush the core, as the fragile cooling fins could be damaged.
Don’t ever try to drive in an overheated car as you risk damaging the engine. If you can’t find the problem, let the car completely cool down, check the coolant level and either have the car checked at the nearest service station, or call for RAA Road Service on 13 11 11.

Air Conditioning

Make sure your air-conditioning is working efficiently. If in doubt, have it checked by a qualified professional. The most important benefit of effective air-conditioning is that it reduces driver fatigue, keeping the driver alert, refreshed and more comfortable.

Storing Your Car

With the sun beating down for 14 hours non-stop it can take a serious toll on your car’s paint work. Though it might not show immediately, after hours of baking in the sun your car’s paint takes some serious damage. Even after just a week of sitting in the sun the protective top layer starts to weaken, leaving the coloured layer exposed to the harsh UV rays of the South Australian sun. Over time this will lead to not only paint fade, but will leave the paint work exposed to damage from other elements, and come winter can lead to rust. While there isn’t a whole lot you can do except park in the shade, if you do have to store your car in the sun for any length of time, try a car cover. Available at cheap as chips and most good auto stores.

Got a Dent or Scratch? Come in and see us today, or give us a call at 8362 3882 we’d love to hear from you!

Woodside:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Woodside today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

Stepney, magill, norwood, St. Morris, College Park, Maylands, Kent town, Adelaide, Trinity Gardens, Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Kensington Park, Rostrevor, North Adelaide, Hackney, Evandale, Gilberton, Walkerville, Rose Park, Toorak Gardens, Leabrook, Rosslyn Park, Burnside, Wattle Park, Beulah Park, Payneham, Payneham South, Newton, Marden, Royston Park, Walkerville, Eastwood, Dulwich, Glenside, Tusmore, Heathpool, Vale Park, Parkside, Eastwood.

Contact us at Stepney today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Daylight Savings and Temporary Blindness

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Temporary Blindness

On Sunday we wound our clocks and watches forward an hour. Why? To enjoy the glorious South Australian sunshine for an extra hour every afternoon. Generally for most of us these longer afternoons mean the increase of pleasant social evening gatherings, the dusting off of the BBQ, and for some of us an afterwork dip in the pool or at the beach. While daylight savings has so much to offer as far as the longer days go, it can also pose quite the hazard for road users. With the improving weather more and more people try to make the most of it. And these people aren’t always the ones behind the wheel.

Summer brings with it more cyclists, runners, dogwalkers, and horse riders, than the cooler months and as such the distractions increase. It’s hard enough to deal with the added distractions and obstacles of the longer days, but with the added glare of driving in the twilight these can often become hazardous.

While we can’t completely eliminate the glare of the setting sun completely, there are a few easy steps we can take to reduce it, and reduce the likelihood of ending up in an accident.

There are obvious things you can do, such as wear sunglasses, and use your window shade, but there are some other super simple steps you can take to ensure you have clear and full vision while driving.

 

Adjust Your Mirror

A lot of us work in the city, and drive home each day heading East or West. While those of us heading West to go home in the evenings have to stare directly into the setting sun when driving we at least have the advantage of being aware of the huge ball of gas millions of miles away that is trying to blind us and as such wear sunglasses and use our window shade, however those heading away from the setting sun face a different problem; the rear vision mirror. While it’s not common for the sun to be reflected directly into a driver’s eyes for the duration of the trip, it is very common for us to “catch” the sun’s rays in the mirror and have a our attention drawn away from the road for a few seconds. To avoid this happening simply use the little switch on the bottom of the mirror used to avoid headlight glare at night. This will ensure the sun doesn’t blind you unexpectedly while driving home.

 

Change Your Wiper Blades

When we suggest this one to customers that have complained about severe windscreen glare in the past they often raise an eyebrow and ask why. Now obviously with the weather improving for the most part wiper blades are usually low on the priority list, however it was this time last year that those freak hail storms saw us busier than we’ve been in the last decade. While those sorts of storms aren’t likely the condition of your blades can still play a major role in providing clear vision in sunny weather. In the warmer months we often have a lot of dust and dirt on our windows, and without thinking we squirt the windscreen and the wipers wash the dirty water away. With fresh blades (Anything up to 6 months) this simple solution works perfectly and we don’t think twice about it, but for blades older than 6 months we can be contributing to a potential hazard. When we have dirty windscreens, old blades, of not enough water to spray the windscreen with the movement of the blades rubs dirt across the glass and scratches it. In most cases drivers are completely unaware of the damage they are doing until it’s far too late and they have to deal with being nearly completely blind, driving towards the sun at 100km/h. The simple solution: Change your blades and top up your water.

 

Got a Dent or Scratch? Come in and see us today, or give us a call at 8362 3882 we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Balhannah:

Woodside, Woodside North, Lobethal, Birdwood, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Charleston, Cherryville, Oakbank, Balhannah, Harrogate, Brukunga, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mount Barker, Nairne, Littlehampton, Gumeracha, Cudlee Creek, Uraidla, Adelaide Hills, Mount Pleasant, Mannum, Kanmantoo, Wistow, Stirling, Aldgate, Crafers.

Contact us at Balhannah today to discuss your crash repair needs.

Stepney:

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