Sanitising Service

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We’ll get the interior of your car the cleanest it’s ever been, even if you can’t come in and see us. (And we can even do it for free – read more to find out how!)

Whether you’re an essential worker, or just trying to get out of the house to do your weekly shop every time you come into contact with your steering wheel door handles, or even radio you could be risking the spread of the dreaded COVID-19.

We use industry-standard disinfectant and equipment which will not only have the most powerful germ-killing formula to disinfect and clean, but it is specifically designed for porous surfaces like dashboards and steering wheels.

Some of the supermarket disinfectants do a pretty good job of getting your car clean and safe, but many may damage your wheel, seatbelt, and dashboard. Which over time will eat away at top layers and make them tacky or sticky.

As part of our thorough sanitisation process, we ensure that not only are the highest traffic areas of your car cleaned, but also less frequently used places like ashtrays, light switches, petrol caps, and boot latches.

Not only will your cars console look nice and clean, but you can be confident in the knowledge that they are as clean as can be. 

Usually, this is a standalone service and costs $85, but for a limited time, we will include it for free with every repair we do!

Call us now and book your car in for a free quote.

We’ll Come To You

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If you’re stuck at home and can’t leave at all it can be pretty difficult getting things done. Especially if you’re looking outside at your car in the driveway thinking about that scratch you wish you’d taken care of before the ‘lockdown.’

We’ve always helped people get car repairs done, even if they can’t leave their homes, or places of business. In fact every week we go out and give mobile quotes, and right now it seems more important than ever to be able to provide this service.

In fact, you don’t even have to answer the door. 

To keep you, and our staff safe we’ve implemented a new operating procedure for our mobile repair units. It’s as simple as leaving your keys somewhere safe on your property where we can collect them, and letting us take care of the rest. 

After we’ve collected the keys (from you or your letterbox), we’ll wipe down all the sensitive surfaces that we’ll be touching. These include the steering wheel, gear shift, indicator levers, door handles – inside and out – handbrake, seatbelt.

For your added safety we’ll also be wearing disposable hospital grade gloves, that will be changed for every different car we come into contact with.

For extra peace of mind, we’ll even sanitise things we haven’t come into contact with. This includes things like the passenger’s seat belt, radio, dashboard, petrol cap lever, and boot lever. 

Safety is always our number one priority, whether it’s the roadworthiness of your cars bodywork or the cleanliness of the cockpit.

Your car will be safer both inside and out after a visit from one of our repair experts, and what better time to get those dings, dents, chips, and scratches taken care of?

Call us a call on – (08) 8362 7395 and we’ll come out to you and make your car look like it just rolled off the production line.

Clearing The Mist!

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Many of us are still at work during these interesting times, and while many of us are working from home, it’s likely that you still have to drive. Driving in the colder months often means reduced/obstructed vision. Here’s a 5-minute fix to ensure safety on the roads.

Now that daylight savings has ended, and the days are shorter it’s highly likely that you’ll be driving around in the dark. Of course this make clear vision even more important. 

As the weather cools down you’ll start to notice the inside of your windscreen fogging up far more often as a result of the higher humidity levels inside your car. This is made a lot worse by the build-up of grime you may not notice in the warmer weather.

At the bottom of this page you’ll see an excerpt for one of our newsletters last year regarding demisting. It’s the best, and quickest way to ensure you’re fog free, but you can save yourself (a large part of) the stress of foggy windows with this easy to follow cleaning procedure.

The grime you see on the windscreen is easily dealt with, however there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Firstly you must resist the urge to wipe it with your sleeve or a towel. This simply pushes the grime and moisture around and makes your sleeve wet. Not only is it a very temporary fix, but it can often make things gradually worse.

You should treat your windscreen like any other window, and as such it can be cleaned with run of the mill window cleaner. Easy, right?

Well it is; any spray and wipe window cleaner will work, or even a mix of vinegar and water (1:1), but the key part of the process is making sure the surface is dry.

As we know the “fog” is created by higher humidity inside the car, so you’ll need to reduce this as much as possible.

For the best results use your window cleaner thouroghly and then wipe with a paper towel, chamois, or microfibre cloth. This will reduce streaking significantly.

Avoid using tea towels, or common bath towels as these tend to leave fluff all over your windscreen, and are less efficient at drying.

For the quickest way to demist your windscreen check out our archived newsletter from last July. It the fastest, most efficient, and most effective way to improve the visibility in the cold weather.

Read it HERE

You Wouldn’t Drive With Your Eyes Closed

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90% of driver decisions are solely based on what we see through the windscreen. This makes good vision even more important when the weather turns bad. It’s like driving with your eyes closed.

With an estimated 1 in 5 cars driving around with broken, worn, or perished windscreen wipers there is no wonder why accidents spike sharply after the weather gets wetter and the days get shorter.

Skipping, streaking, squeaking, and splitting are all symptoms of damaged wiper blades. A damaged wiper blade can impair clear vision by up to 50% when driving in the rain.

Lack of effectiveness isn’t the only issue that can make things harder to see. If it has been more than 12 months since you changed your wiper blades you could be at serious risk of causing permanent damage to the windscreen. Microparticles of dirt are abrasive on a smooth surface like glass (even toughened automotive glass).

As we drive around in the warmer and drier months of the year we happily cruise around collecting dust, grime, and dirt under our windscreen wiper blades. This paired with the deterioration of the rubber in the hot sun means that when we do use the windscreen wipers micro-scratches begin to form. These scratches can be invisible to the naked eye, yet increase glare significantly in the early morning and late afternoon.

For most cars replacing your windscreen wipers will cost around $30, for larger cars this can be as much as $50. However, if you’ve noticed significant impairment of vision while driving in the rain the price of not replacing them could be a lot higher.

If you’d like to know more about how you can safely change your wiper blades, or whether or not you need to give us a call. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Phone – 8362 7395

COVID 19 Update

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Our number 1 priority at DPP is Safety.

During this time of social distancing, isolation, and disinfecting it can be difficult to go anywhere without worrying about the spread of germs.

To ensure the safety of our employees and those we work with we have introduced new sanitation and distancing practices.

When you come in and see us you can be comfortable in the knowledge that:

  • We wipe down every surface thoroughly. Including our coffee machine, door handles, countertops, and our bell.
  • We maintain minimum social distance requirements, in fact, we often did this before the current pandemic, as it is the nature of the profession.
  • We have even wiped down your car keys, and wear sterile gloves when using your car’s instruments and gauges.

We are open, and are ready to help you!

If you have a scratch, dent, or scrape that needs looking at come in and see us, we’re open and ready to serve you.

Give us a call today!

Get It Clean, Get More Money!

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How and what to fix, and how much it will change your asking price

In last months newsletter, we talked about selling your car, and the best way to go about it. Preparing your car for sale can be as simple, or as complex, as you choose to make it. Of course, first impressions count when selling or trading a car, and as such having your car look as clean and “new” as possible will significantly increase the likelihood of making the sale.

If you need some pointers on the best way to get your car as clean as possible follow the link at the bottom of the page.

As we go about our daily business, driving to and from work, or doing the shopping, or going for a drive on weekends, it’s not uncommon to pick up minor scratches and dents. Most of these little shopping trolley dents can be fixed fairly effortlessly with the right know-how. Check out the newsletter we wrote last year about these little dents and scratches here – Depending on the age of the car these little scratches can be forgiven although if you want top dollar for your automobile it certainly pays to have them fixed.

Big scratches!
While little dents and scratches can be forgiven serious dents and deep scratches adversely affect the value of your car. Most buyers will use any reason to talk down price, and big cosmetic issues can give potential buyers leverage on price, or simply scare them off entirely.

If you have a car with dents and scratches, big or small, give us a call and let us help, you could see the value of your car increase overnight!

 

Want to wash your car better like a pro? Check out the Free Guide here

Buying and Selling – How, Where, and Why.

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When it comes to buying a used car there are so many variables to consider, particularly when disposing of your current drive.

Last month we covered the lowest cost new cars to consider when buying, however so many of us opt to buy our cars used, and not many of us know exactly what we’re buying when we are buying. When shopping for a used car we are faced with so many different options – How much do I have to spend? Should I buy from a dealer? Should I buy privately? Should I sell privately? Should I trade-in at a dealer? Do I take a risk on a premium car at a low price? While every transaction is different, nearly all of them share common factors. Firstly which car to buy.

The car you want and the car you need are seldom the same. If you are buying for a need, as most car buyers are, there are slightly different things to keep in mind. Let’s start with your budget and how you can get the most for your dollar. Often when shopping online for cars based on budget you’ll see low-end makes of car as new as only a few years old, as well as much older premium brands. For example, right now you can buy a 3.8L V8 Mercedes for slightly less than a Holden Barina, the key difference being about 30 years in manufacturing date. With very few exceptions it is likely that the newer model Barina is probably the better buy for the sake of getting you from point a to point b. Typically a car that has been bought more recently will have fewer issues, a more complete service history, and will be easier to repair. While the Barina is unlikely to have the longevity of the Mercedes due to the smaller engine size and the difference in engineering standards, it should still provide you with what you need for the short to medium term, at a reasonable price, with minimal headaches. 


Trade-in or Sell privately?

Your budget for buying your next car can rely heavily on the price you get for your current vehicle. Depending on how motivated you are to move on to your new set of wheels can determine where you should dispose of your current car by selling it privately or whether you should trade it in at a dealer. If you’re looking to move things on as quickly as possible then a dealer is probably the way to go, but keep in mind a car dealer is in it to make money, so it’s highly likely they will offer you well below the market value for your car. If you have a little more time and a little more negotiating prowess you can try to sell your car privately, but that too can have its drawbacks.

In the next few newsletters, we’ll reveal the best ways to prepare your car for sale, and the best things to keep in mind when purchasing your next car.

Lowest running costs

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When it comes to buying a new car there are so many variables to consider, one of the most common is ongoing costs.

AS you start thinking about exactly how much petrol you need to out in your car every week for your daily activities, it’s important to remember running costs don’t stop there. Anyone who has owned a “luxury brand” (think German/British) you’ll know that the extra costs of servicing alone can double the everyday costs compared to some lower-cost Asian makes. 

If you are after pure affordabilty it’s fairly obvious that the smaller the car, the lower the running costs, and the lower the depreciation – mainly due to the lower initial outlay. While cheap and cheerful can be great for those only needing to transport themselves from point a to point b, for those of us that need to take passengers, school bags, trade tools, or even rideshare something bigger is exactly what we start looking for.

Considering the lowest price large sedan requires double the outlay of the micro Mitsubishi Mirage ($115.11 per week) or Kia Picanto ($111.49), it’s important to choose wisely when upsizing. Currently, the large sedan costing the lowest amount day today is the Holden Commodore ($219.43), with the cheapest to run mid-size sedan being the Toyota Camry Hybrid ($181.18). 

 

Micro $/week
KIA PICANTO S (AEB) JA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1248 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $111.49
MITSUBISHI MIRAGE ES LA MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 3 1193 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $115.11
FIAT 500 POP SERIES 6 3D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI 5 SP MANUAL $129.27
Light
KIA RIO S YB MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1368 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC $111.79
SUZUKI SWIFT GL AL 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1242 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $117.72
SUZUKI BALENO GL MY16 4D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1373 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC $121.99
Small
KIA CERATO S (AV) BD MY19 5D HATCHBACK INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $134.55
HOLDEN ASTRA R BK MY19 5D HATCHBACK TURBO 4 1399 cc TDFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $146.54
MITSUBISHI LANCER ES SPORT CF MY17 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI CVT AUTO 6 SPEED $146.64
Medium
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT (HYBRID) AXVH71R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI $181.18
TOYOTA CAMRY ASCENT SPORT ASV70R MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2494 cc MPFI 6 SP $185.74
HYUNDAI SONATA ACTIVE LF4 MY19 4D SEDAN INLINE 4 2359 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC $186.11
Large
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK TURBO 4 1998 cc TDFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC $219.43
HOLDEN COMMODORE RS (5YR) ZB 5D LIFTBACK V6 3649 cc DIRFI 9 SP AUTOMATIC $235.31
TOYOTA CAMRY SL V6 GSV70R MY19 4D SEDAN V6 3456 cc DDMPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $244.68
People Mover
HONDA ODYSSEY VTi RC MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2356 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $207.84
HYUNDAI iMAX ACTIVE TQ4 MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2497 cc TCDI 5 SP AUTOMATIC $232.54
KIA CARNIVAL S YP MY19 4D WAGON V6 3342 cc MPFI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $237.38
SUV Small
HYUNDAI KONA ACTIVE (FWD) OS.2 MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1999 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $156.75
HONDA HR-V VTi MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1799 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $160.21
SUZUKI JIMNY GJ 2D WAGON INLINE 4 1462 cc MPFI 4 SP AUTOMATIC 4×4 $161.82
SUV Medium
TOYOTA RAV4 GXL (2WD) MXAA52R 5D WAGON INLINE 4 1987 cc DIRFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $187.62
FORD ESCAPE AMBIENTE (AWD) ZG MY18.5 4D WAGON TURBO 4 1499 cc TMPFI 6 SP $192.04
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX (4×4) MY19 (KF SERIES 2) 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2488 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $193.47
SUV Large
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i MY18 4D WAGON INLINE 4 2498 cc MPFI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $207.39
SUBARU OUTBACK 2.0D MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 1998 cc TCDI CONTINUOUS VARIABLE $213.43
MAZDA CX-8 SPORT (AWD) (5YR) KG MY18 4D WAGON TWIN TURBO 4 2191 cc TTCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $221.38
SUV All Terrain
ISUZU MU-X LS-M (4×4) UC MY18 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTO $229.31
TOYOTA FORTUNER GX GUN156R MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2753 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $231.63
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT GLX (4×4) 5 SEAT QE MY19 4D WAGON DIESEL TURBO 4 2442 cc TCDI 8 SP AUTOMATIC $232.91
2wd Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX ADAS MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $211.33
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4×2) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $219.37
FORD RANGER XL 2.2 HI-RIDER (4×2) PX MKIII MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2198 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $222.62
4wd Utility
MITSUBISHI TRITON GLX (4×4) MR MY19 DOUBLE CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2440 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $230.49
HOLDEN COLORADO LS (4×4) (5YR) RG MY19 CREW CAB P/UP DIESEL TURBO 4 2776 cc DTFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $240.10
ISUZU D-MAX SX HI-RIDE (4×4) TF MY18 CREW CAB UTILITY DIESEL TURBO 4 2999 cc TCDI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $245.00
Electric
HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC ELITE (BLACK GRILLE) AE.2 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 $195.89
RENAULT ZOE INTENS 4D HATCHBACK NOT APPLICABLE 0000 ELEC 1 SP AUTOMATIC $218.26
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV (HYBRID) ES ZL MY19 4D WAGON INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 1 SP $244.32
Sports
TOYOTA 86 GT ZN6 MY18 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc MPFI 6 SP AUTO SEQUENTIAL $197.39
MAZDA MX-5 ROADSTER ND MY19 2D CONVERTIBLE INLINE 4 1496 cc GDi 6 SP AUTOMATIC $201.91
SUBARU BRZ MY19 2D COUPE INLINE 4 1998 cc DIRFI 6 SP AUTOMATIC $202.89

Info above from our friends at RAA read the full article here

$600 and 3 demerit points!

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If you’ve been watching the news lately you may have seen that South Australian drivers are being fined in excess of $600 for using their phones behind the wheel. Below is a statement that SAPOL released last week regarding OPERATION FATAL DISTRACTION.

 

Commencing Monday 5 August, a new road safety enforcement campaign will commence. This will be called ‘Operation Fatal Distraction’ and we will have a dedicated focus on distraction type offences – primarily those using mobile telephones.

Officer in Charge of the Road Safety Branch, Superintendent Bob Gray has highlighted that distraction is one of the biggest killers of South Australians on our roads so far this year. There are now 71 South Australians who have died on our roads so far this year compared to 42 at the same time last year.

 

“There is clearly a section of our motoring community who are just not getting the road safety message – or they simply just don’t care who they hurt – including themselves,” he said.

Superintendent Gray said, “These people know exactly who they are. They are making selfish, dangerous and potentially fatal decisions which ultimately have terrible consequences for their family or for other South Australians who they might indiscriminately hurt or kill.

We know there are road users out there who think the worst thing about being stopped by police is receiving a fine, but we know there are far worse things. Police are doing everything we can”.

On Monday SAPOL’s latest enforcement campaign Operation Fatal Distraction will come into force and it and run between Monday 4 August and Friday 9 August 2019.

“We need to strongly reinforce our language – distraction on our roads lead to people dying.

This is a blitz on distracted drivers and we make no apology for using every tactic – both overt and covert at our disposal. Every available member of the Traffic Support Branch, assisted by operational police across the state, will be focused on stopping selfish and dangerous drivers from killing themselves and others”, he said.

Police will be out and about in a range of different locations; using a diverse range of different tactics; and will focus on all distraction offences but primarily people using their mobile telephones whilst driving.

From 1 July the expiation fee for using a handheld mobile while driving was raised to $534, plus a $60 Victims of Crime Levy and three demerit points.

 

STAY SAFE out there, drivers. We are always happy to help in any way we can, but road safety is #1 on our priority list. Give us a call if you need help fixing those dents and scratches and make your car look like new.

We’re above average, but for the wrong reason

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As it currently stands South Australia is above the national average, but in a category in which we should be last – road fatalities. South Australia is on track to have the worst year since 2007 for road fatalities. 

Right now we have lost an average of 10 lives each month on SA roads, compared to last years figure of between 6 and 7 each month. A recent report by the RAA shows “that South Australia currently has a road fatality rate of 5.23 per 100,000 population, placing it above the national rate of 4.67 and significantly above Victoria, which is the state with the lowest road fatality rate of 3.63 per 100,000 population.”

So how can we make our roads safer?

It’s winter (but you’ve noticed that already) and as such visibility can be an issue. Try these easy, and free tips for helping you see more clearly when on the roads this winter.

 

Demisting your windscreen

You’ve seen it before. You get into the car and within five minutes you can’t see the bonnet due to the mist on the inside of your windscreen. So what’s the best thing we can do about it?

  1. Turn the heater ON! – by setting the heater to blow directly onto the windscreen you’ll warm the windows to above dew point.
  2. Turn the A/C ON! – This works well because the air conditioning function doesn’t actually cool the air as much as it removes the moisture from the air. The drier the air, the less fog on the windscreen.
  3. DON’T hit the recirculate button – You’ll heat the car faster, but you’ll be reusing the “wet” air, making it harder to demist.
  4. OPEN a window – obviously, if it’s not raining, this will simply speed up the drying process.

 

Check your blades

Having fresh windscreen wiper blades will ensure you can have the clearest vision possible in the rain. During the warmer months we tend to use our windscreen wipers with very little water. When this happens it’s common to get dust, dirt, and pollen under the rubber which can scratch the glass, making it harder to see.

 

Lights ON!

Turning your lights on when driving to and from work, not only allows you to see a little bit better, but also more importantly allows you to be seen by other road users. These days most cars are fitted with automatic lights which are activated when a small sensor at the bottom of your dashboard, close to the windscreen is covered, or cannot sense light. To avoid having to manually turn your lights on every time you drive set them to auto. 99% of cars with this feature will turn your lights off when you turn the car off, saving your battery.