In the last 10 years or so the SMART repair industry has taken off. SMART stands for Small and Medium Area Repair Technique. It has reduced the need to always visit a traditional bodyshop for light repairs.
The benefits of SMART repairs are that they are usually cheaper than going to a bodyshop, because only a small area has to be repaired. Don’t be put off by the low price – it shouldn’t mean you get a low quality job; SMART repairs are just cheaper to carry out. There’s no need to pay for the whole side of your car’s body panels to be painted because of a dent in your door or a scratched bumper.
The work that needs to be done will depend on the damage to your car. If you have a small dent that hasn’t affected the paintwork, paintless dent removal could be used. This is where the damaged area is gently manipulated to remove the dent without the use of filler or paint.
If your paintwork has been damaged then filler and paint is required. The damaged area is sanded and then filled before being dried with a heater. The whole area is then rubbed down before being spray painted, lacquered and polished up so it looks as good as new. SMART repairers use paints that are virtually identical to the colour that’s on your car now. This means there’s no need to repaint the entire car, which can cost loads of money.