Car Parks, Trolleys and Scratch Repair

Well, here’s my first blog post. After wondering what to write about I thought, ‘just talk about a recent experience’ so here goes.  It was a normal Saturday morning, off to the local supermarket to do the week’s shopping.  Its been really windy here lately and this day was no exception.  The car park was pretty busy but I managed to find a spot and picked up my trolley (shopping cart) to those of you reading in the USA.

After spending about 20 minutes picking up my supplies, and another 20 minutes queuing at the checkout, I always pick the wrong queue, I returned to my car to find that someone had decided to modify the paintwork just above the rear wheel arch.  Not sure if someone had deliberately ran down the side of the car with a shopping trolley, scratched the paint with a coin or perhaps the wind had blown a trolley into my car. Anyway, I thought, “that’s going to be expensive to fix.”  Getting the paint to match up and having the panel resprayed was going to be a pain!

On returning home and unpacking the shopping I thought I’d have a look on the Internet for a local garage to see if they could give me a quote on my car paint scratch repair.  I quickly found out that there are a few companies that provide a mobile paint repair service, great they can come to me!  But how does this work?

S.M.A.R.T. (Small Medium Area Repair Techniques)

This is the method that the mobile companies use to repair scratches in car body paintwork.  If you fancy having a go at this yourself take a look at the video below. Or if you want to leave it to the professionals, like me, get a mobile paint repair company to give you a quote.  I took a picture of the damage and sent it to a local company who replied and gave me an immediate quote.  The price sounded very reasonable so I booked an appoint for the following Monday.

A couple of guys come out to fix the scratch, they made a great job matching up the paint colour and were finished in a couple of hours.

So if you have a scratch in your paint work you want it repaired and you are in Surrey, London or Kent I can really recommend these guys.  Find out more about their mobile car body shop services on their website at