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EXPERT TIPS AND TRICKS ON SOLVING COMMON PAINT DEFECTS

EXPERT TIPS AND TRICKS ON SOLVING COMMON PAINT DEFECTS

Paint defects can be caused by a whole range of reasons, from refinishing mistakes to external factors. Here is Glasurit’s advice on how to resolve two of the most common paint defects that painters continuously come across in the automotive refinish industry.
Matching colour correctly
With the great leaps blending

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PARTS SHORTAGES

THE TRUTH ABOUT PARTS SHORTAGES

One of the markers of the Covid-19 pandemic was the scale of misleading information and indeed downright lies that were punted around by major individuals, companies and even governments. It has become very hard indeed to cut through the fog of ‘stories’ and click bait to understand objectively what is

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SAGOLA TRAIN-THE-TRAINER AFRICAN PUSH IS UNDERWAY

SAGOLA TRAIN-THE-TRAINER AFRICAN PUSH IS UNDERWAY

This top spray gun manufacturer from Spain has for over 65 years been a major player in the coatings application area of technology, and always will be, were the words of Alejandro Sanchez Uriondo, general manager of Sagola.
Sagola are primarily driven by a desire to develop their own unique

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CRA BREAKFAST “LETS TALK BUSINESS”

CRA BREAKFAST “LETS TALK BUSINESS”

The feedback from the CRA Conference, recently held at Automechanika Johannesburg, was that it held great content and was well worth attending. With an all-new format and a theme to enhance body shop business immediately, there was plenty to learn and handy tips to adopt.
With eight presentations, there was

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AUTOMECHANIKA SA 2022 PROVIDES A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR 2023

AUTOMECHANIKA SA 2022 PROVIDES A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR 2023

Automechanika Johannesburg 2022 proved the ‘dipstick test’ for the return of major one-on-one exhibitions in South Africa,” commented Michael Dehn, MD of Messe Frankfurt South Africa, the organisers of this event for the automotive aftermarket in Africa.
“The 2022 edition provided the long-awaited opportunity for the aftermarket sector to get

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE NEW DIRECTOR AT AUDATEX

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE NEW DIRECTOR AT AUDATEX

The recently appointed claim sales director at Audatex, Jermaine
Davids, was promoted to the new role after holding senior positions in the business for the last six years. In his
new role, Davids’ main responsibility is to support the company’s growth.
His focus will extend to delivering value to customers.

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MAXIMUM VALUE, MAXIMUM GLOSS

MAXIMUM VALUE, MAXIMUM GLOSS

U-Pol is renowned for advanced chemical technology, and the Maximum Clearcoat range is a perfect example. Maximum Clearcoat’s long-lasting, scratch and UV resistant formula makes it an excellent choice for all types of paintwork applications. It can be air dried or low baked and is incredibly easy to apply.

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THERE IS ONLY ONE RAPTOR

THERE IS ONLY ONE RAPTOR

Raptor doesn’t need expensive equipment as the comprehensive range comes in various sizes, rolling applicators and aerosols. Raptor suits a large number of substrates such as steel, aluminium, and many others. Raptor comes in black, white and tintable, which gives you an infinite range of colours to work with.

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CONCEPT 23 DRIVING SUCCESS THROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

CONCEPT 23 DRIVING SUCCESS THROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Concept 23 are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership between themselves and the Allied Group, solidifying Concept 23 as the preferred polish supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors. This strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone in their journey towards excellence and innovation.

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MIX & MATCH SPEEDLINE VELCRO FILM DISCS 150MM

MIX & MATCH SPEEDLINE VELCRO FILM DISCS 150MM

This premium quality dry sanding disc delivers a perfect sanding performance with its soft foam backing pad feel. It is ideal for panel sanding and ultra-fine polishing operations. With a lockit speed Velcro attachment design it is sold by the 100-disc box holder. It is available in a number of popular disc sizes.

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LUXOR PAINTS CARLA PROFESSIONAL MINI TOUCH-UP GUN

LUXOR PAINTS CARLA PROFESSIONAL MINI TOUCH-UP GUN

This compact small area repair professional spray gun comes with gravity feed design which will capably spray larger areas like a door repair. It delivers 70 to 100 cc per minute force with delicate atomisation and uses a miniscule amount of compressed air at 30 to 120 litres per minute.

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LET DOLPHIN GLAZE GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE

LET DOLPHIN GLAZE GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE

U-Pol is renowned for advanced chemical technology. The Dolphin Speed Glaze is the latest addition to the premium body filler range. With proprietary snap cure technology, this advanced lightweight formula cures up to three times faster than standard glaze (6 to 8 minutes at 20 degrees), saving shops time and money.

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TORK CRAFT Mechanic creeper plastic 6 wheel

TORK CRAFT Mechanic creeper plastic 6 wheel

Crafted with durability and functionality in mind, the Mechanic Creeper is constructed from high-quality materials to withstand the demands of heavy use. It features a sturdy frame and a low-profile design that allows easy access to the underside of vehicles or hard-to-reach areas.The creeper is equipped with smooth-rolling casters.

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SUPERFLEX WATERPAPER FROM GRINDING TECHNIQUES

SUPERFLEX WATERPAPER FROM GRINDING TECHNIQUES

Superflex Waterpaper sheets play a pivotal role in automotive body repairs and body shop preparation. Designed to use with water as a lubricant, this offers several advantages compared to traditional dry sanding methods. Apart from significantly minimising dust, they are specifically manufactured to prevent clogging during application to ensure a consistent high-quality finish.

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HI-TEK-CLOTH FROM TEKNIKLEAN

HI-TEK-CLOTH FROM TEKNIKLEAN

“Hi-Tek-Cloth” is the ultimate degreasing cloth for the automotive refinishing industry, giving you unparalleled degreasing performance. Each cloth is individually cut and folded in a resealable polybag to prevent contamination. It is an international grade degreasing cloth at local prices, giving you massive monthly cost saving when compared to all other imported degreasing.

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ULTRA STYLISH NEW BMW 5 SERIES

ULTRA STYLISH NEW BMW 5 SERIES

The latest BMW 5 series has been launched in South Africa. There are two variants: an all-wheel drive electrified BMW i5 M60, embodying the premium brand’s commitment to future-forward mobility, complemented by a BMW 520d with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Performance and good looks never disappoint with this manufacturer.

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THE NEW TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 70 SERIES

THE NEW TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 70 SERIES

The world’s capable rugged 4×4 often describe Toyota’s Land Cruiser, and the latest evolution is just that, with enhanced styling, technology and specifications as well. It blends heritage and modernity effortlessly and is still a head turner.

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A RIDE IN THE SPORTS CAR OF THE CENTURY

A RIDE IN THE SPORTS CAR OF THE CENTURY

Mercedes-Benz introduced the much more conventional 300SL Roadster in 1957 after the launch of the famous “Gullwing” version. It was a lot more user-friendly and the hard top could be folded away for fine-weather. The top speed of 260km/h was mind-blowing for its day!

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CHAKO PANELBEATER’S CONTINUED SUCCESS

CHAKO PANELBEATER’S CONTINUED SUCCESS

Anel Lategan and the team at Chako Panlebeaters know that to sustain their success, they need to keep their promises and exceed customer expectation to maintain integrity. Their dedication to quality workmanship is next level and they are not afraid to embrace innovative technology to drive their success forward.

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REAL RESEARCH SURVEY INFORMATION RELEASED

REAL RESEARCH SURVEY INFORMATION RELEASED

The value segment in refinish is on the increase with a Real Research survey showing it now has 56% of the local market that is incredibly price conscious in this economy, but still looking for quality coatings. The SA repair industry is incredibly unique, and this survey proves that.

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PPG SA LAUNCH QUICKLINE®

PPG SA LAUNCH QUICKLINE®

Value brands now account for roughly over 50% of the market share. PPG has launched Quickline® which is an easy-to-use solvent borne basecoat system for two and three repairs that also delivers consistently good colour matches for all major car makes.

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GENEVA 2024 THE END OR A NEW START

GENEVA 2024 THE END OR A NEW START

For the first time in four years the Geneva international show for automotive designers finally took off. Praise for BYD, MG Motor, Lucid, Renault, Dacia (also Renault) and a whole raft of support from owners of gloriously rare vehicles for making this a special event. Where was everyone else?

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OCTORAL PF345G RAPID SURFACER

OCTORAL PF345G RAPID SURFACER

The new Octoral PF345 Rapid Surfacer utilises cutting-edge technology to eliminate the need for spray booth usage. This helps to maintain cost-effectiveness and improve efficiency with air-drying power. Removing the 30-minute bake cycle frees up the spray booth for additional work, furthering efficiency goals.

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A NEW DIRECTION IS NEEDED URGENTLY

A NEW DIRECTION IS NEEDED URGENTLY

Right now, there is a circulating survey where they are asking CRA membership to define procurement source for alternate parts purchased in the vehicle repair cycle from both parts and paint supply concerns involved in the aftermarket transaction on each quotation. Why is the insurance industry still interfering?

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MIX & MATCH FLYING WITH THE CHALLENGER BRAND

MIX & MATCH FLYING WITH THE CHALLENGER BRAND

By constantly reinventing themselves Mix & Match have been able to deliver on their promises which is the cornerstone of their ongoing success. The business has successfully transitioned to the convenience of a click-of-button service and keep pace with additional savings in both time and money for their client base.

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THE POWER OF ONE… SO LET’S PULL TOGETHER

THE POWER OF ONE… SO LET’S PULL TOGETHER

Passion is a gift given to us. It is an amazing tool to drive us forward and inspire others in a positive trajectory. It is the cousin of integrity, excellence, and humility. Let’s work together with those who are already changing our nation one person at a time.

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QUOTING FOR PAINT ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

QUOTING FOR PAINT ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

What is a fair price to pay for paintwork in collision repair? How can you determine this fairly and accurately? PaintWizz has the answer, and is a local product, conceived by two body shop owners who understand the business backwards. Take away guess work and increase your bottom line.

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WORLDSKILLS SA 2024

WORLDSKILLS SA 2024

This year’s WorldSkills 2024 was a very close contest, held at the BASF Refinish Competence Centre (RCC) in Midrand. Kai Pietersen, from False Bay College is this year’s winner and will represent South Africa in Lyon, France, in September this year.

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GAS CONVERSIONS INCREASE FROM CELETTE SA

GAS CONVERSIONS INCREASE FROM CELETTE SA

With the constant and rapid increase in the cost of diesel fuel, the case for a change to an LPG gas fired heating system is on the increase. Celette South Africa are the importers of specialist LPG burners. Improve your body shop activity by increasing workflow and save on costs.

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WHAT MAKES SAGOLA DIFFERENT?

WHAT MAKES SAGOLA DIFFERENT?

Sagola understand their client’s needs. They have worked closely across the world with major refinish brands to determine each of their requirements. This enables their guns to deliver faster atomisation with an ultra-fine and a smooth loading with the material being used.

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NEW NANO TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL AFFECT THE PAINT SHOP

NEW NANO TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL AFFECT THE PAINT SHOP

Paint and body shops are little by little adapting their work processes to new technologies to get better results in their repairs. Nanotechnology is a way for research and development labs to experiment with the design and manipulation of matter, at the atom or molecular level, with industrial purposes.

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MERCEDES-BENZ MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY

MERCEDES-BENZ MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY

Mercedes-Benz are able to shoot 1 000 images per second with their Ultrashort X-ray technology, during a crash test. With over 900 crash tests done a year by them, they take safety very seriously and have now opened up a whole new world for repair unseen until now.

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VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

The wonderful world of vehicle manufacturers is under massive pressure to change, driven by legislation, consumer choices and international trading. The collision repairers are down stream of this, and the increasing chaos will have quite an effect, eventually.

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PASSION FOR SPEED

PASSION FOR SPEED

A record entry was seen at this years’ “Passion for Speed” historic Formula One contingent. It was a memorable meeting with a packed race card that started before 8 am and continued well into the evening at Zwarkops Raceway, Pretoria.

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SUZUKI PLANNING TO MAKE FLYING CARS WITH SKYDRIVE

SUZUKI PLANNING TO MAKE FLYING CARS WITH SKYDRIVE

Suzuki, the Japanese carmaker said it had reached an agreement with SkyDrive to make “flying cars”. The companies will use a Suzuki Group factory in central Japan to make electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and aim to begin production by around spring next year

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EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY FROM BUZZWORD TO TRANSFORMATIVE BUSINESS MODEL

EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY FROM BUZZWORD TO TRANSFORMATIVE BUSINESS MODEL

Sustainability used to be a buzzword that appeared in annual reports. It now translates into robust, transformative business models that reside at the core of operations, aligns fully with strategy, and ensures marketplace differentiation. If there was any doubt that shift had taken place, the tale of the tape clearly tells the story.

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CALCULATE PAINT QUOTATION VALUES ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

CALCULATE PAINT QUOTATION VALUES ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

As a result of over three years of research and development by expert body shop owners, the PaintWizz system can accurately calculate the paint volumes required to coat specific vehicle parts in line with actual repair operations. This system will deliver a much more modernised form of quoting for paint repairs.

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TOYOTA SOMI 2024

TOYOTA SOMI 2024

The state of the motor industry in South Africa was spotlighted at the annual media get-together and the market situation was explained as well as the challenges in parts availability due to South Africa’s port problems. Despite this, Toyota will continue to advance and feature many new drivetrain derivatives.

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SAGOLA EXPAND DEALER BASE IN SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH SHERWIN-WILLIAMS DISTRIBUTION

SAGOLA EXPAND DEALER BASE IN SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH SHERWIN-WILLIAMS DISTRIBUTION

Sagola announced new opportunities through a national distribution footprint supported by Sherwin-Williams appointed distributors and their multiple other partnerships in and around South Africa. They have experienced a marked increase with the popular DeBeer and Octoral refinish systems, and now have decided to include the Sagola range into their customer offerings.

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DISCOVER UNPARALLELLED EXCELLENCE WITH BASF’S 

DISCOVER UNPARALLELLED EXCELLENCE WITH BASF’S 

In a breakthrough moment for automotive refinishing in South Africa, BASF Coatings Services, is set to launch its highly anticipated Glasurit 100 Line. This cutting-edge product range promises to redefine industry standards, offering advanced technology and superior quality finishes. It is also gearing up to provide extensive training.

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 INTRODUCING INDASA MIXING SYSTEM

 INTRODUCING INDASA MIXING SYSTEM

The INDASA Group have launched a new professional mixing system, designed to transform paint application in the body shop. The INDASA Mixing System (IMS) marks the company’s inaugural entry into the spray booth. It is designed with efficiency in mind and optimises material flow and ensures consistent paint transfer.

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BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE NOT THE SILVER BULLET

BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE NOT THE SILVER BULLET

Research in the US has shown that emission savings from battery electric vehicles might be overestimated. It seems that for some or other reason EV owners drive less than they did when driving a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE). A factor affecting drivers of BEVs is a lack of a reliable charging infrastructure.

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PANELBEATER DIRECTORY – UNLEASHING A DECADE OF SUCCESS

PANELBEATER DIRECTORY – UNLEASHING A DECADE OF SUCCESS

Panelbeater Directory, is a one-stop information system for all things panel beating. They have proudly helped countless panel shops across South Africa connect with new customers and achieve their business goals over the last decade. They have also developed three new directories.

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AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – FACT OR FANTASY?

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – FACT OR FANTASY?

Andrew Marsh delves into the evolution of ADAS to full autonomy The engineering that is going on across the autonomous vehicle community is astounding, but all of the systems are prototypes.
He also questions how the manufacturers and repairers feature in this, as well as the flow of data needed for these vehicles.

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THE PROAUTO RUBBER VETERAN AND VINTAGE TOUR

THE PROAUTO RUBBER VETERAN AND VINTAGE TOUR

The 2023 ProAuto Rubber Veteran and Vintage Tour took place in sweltering Western Cape weather and drew over 30 car entries and six motorcycles. The tour has been running in South Africa since the mid-1950s when these old cars were mere spring chickens; most were less than 30 years old then!

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SPIES HECKER MATT CLEAR SPECIAL PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP

SPIES HECKER MATT CLEAR SPECIAL PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP

With the matt finish trend still very popular with car manufacturers and car owners alike, Spies Hecker has created a process for its best-in-class Permacron® Matt Clear System, based on Axalta technology, to repair these notoriously tricky finishes. Matt finishes are growing in popularity with a range of gloss levels.

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DESTRUCTIVE WELD TESTING

DESTRUCTIVE WELD TESTING

In the collision repair industry, destructive weld testing is a crucial quality control procedure, carrying significant weight, for body shop managers and technicians, as it directly impacts the safety and structural integrity of repaired vehicles. It’s about ensuring that the weld settings and techniques are up to par before they’re applied.

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FROM AC TO ZAGATO

FROM AC TO ZAGATO

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show at the NEC near Birmingham, UK, had thousands of eager enthusiasts straining at the leash to be first into their motoring paradise, all waiting for the six enormous halls to open, each jam packed with everything classic car, restoration workshops, seminars and much more.

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RARE METAL SHORTAGES COULD SLAM BRAKES ON ELECTRIFICATION

RARE METAL SHORTAGES COULD SLAM BRAKES ON ELECTRIFICATION

Electrification and digitalisation are leading to a steady increase in the need for critical metals in the global vehicle car parc. Moreover, only a small proportion of the metals are currently recycled from end-of-life vehicles. The most sought after are dysprosium, neodymium, manganese and niobium are of great economic importance.

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A NEW WORLD ORDER

A NEW WORLD ORDER

The last three years have been tough, and the immediate future looks tough, too. The global automotive industry is bursting with innovation, heightened by the dualled rate of new product introduction. This affects almost every aspect of the vehicle, where only the cheapest will escape the changes.; an unprecedented time.

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GAV LAUNCHES NEW 5000 SERIES PROFESSIONAL BLOWING GUNS

GAV LAUNCHES NEW 5000 SERIES PROFESSIONAL BLOWING GUNS

The team at GAV have recently introduced a new 5000 series of blowing guns with a lever to allow for airflow adjustment. It is easy to handle thanks to the ergonomic grip and soft touch material inserts. This helps reduce fatigue and hand injuries caused by repetitive movements for the end-user.

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THE REAL BODY SHOP OF THE FUTURE

THE REAL BODY SHOP OF THE FUTURE

With increasing numbers of vehicles being electric or battery electric vehicles we need to rethink our shop layouts so that anyone in any part of the operation will have at least 20 or 30 second run to the nearest exit. Perhaps even moving out towards large open flat space.

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Mar- Apr 2024

DRIVEN

With three motoring-journalists on our staff, we are able to test drive and review some of the latest models available on our roads as well as attend the latest model launches.

TRAINING

Knowledge is power. Training is key to up-skilling repairers as models launch onto our local roads faster than we can count. We also need to grow new talent into the collision repair industry. Courses are available to help and organisations are in place to train – this information is in Industry Index.

CLASSIC CARS & RESTORATIONS

Classic cars are the next big investment. As such the sector of restoration is growing in the realms of collision repair and it’s definitely the “sexier” side of the business. There are many opportunities to create exotic special-builds as well as keep timeless beauties in mint condition.

classic corner & resoration

Classic cars are the next big investment. As such the sector of restoration is growing in the realms of collision repair and it’s definitely the “sexier” side of the business. There are many opportunities to create exotic special-builds as well as keep timeless beauties in mint condition.

TRAINING

Knowledge is power. Keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology is extremely important.Training is key to up-skilling repairers as models launch onto our local roads, as well as bringing new talent into the collision repair industry. Courses are available to help, organisations are in place to train and we have other helpful information that may crop-up when fixing the cars of now, and those that are still to come.

DRIVEN

With three motoring-journalists on our staff, we are able to test drive and review some of the latest models available on our roads as well as attend the latest model launches.