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DIY or Professional? Tips for Temporary Car Repairs after an Accident

See why you should be going through National Claims to get your car fixed following a road traffic accident

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, accidents can catch us off guard. Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a more serious collision, the aftermath often leaves us wondering about the best way to address the immediate damages to our vehicles. Should we grab our toolbox and attempt a do-it-yourself (DIY) fix, or is it time to call in the professionals? Let’s explore the options and dive into the nitty-gritty of temporary car repairs after an accident.

The First Response: What are the Six Correct Steps to Take after an Accident?

Ensure Safety First

The keyword to remember here is safety. Before contemplating any repairs, make sure everyone involved in the accident is safe. Move to a secure location, turn on hazard lights, and assess injuries. If necessary, seek medical assistance immediately.

Exchange Information

Once safety is assured, exchange information with the other party involved. Collect names, contact details, insurance information, and vehicle registration numbers. Documenting this information is crucial for both DIY repairs and professional assistance.

Document the Scene

Use your smartphone to capture images of the accident scene, including damages to all vehicles involved. These photos will serve as valuable evidence during the insurance claim process and may aid in deciding whether a DIY approach is feasible.

Report to Authorities

In many cases, you’ll need to report the accident to the local authorities. Follow the correct procedures and obtain a copy of the police report. This document is crucial for insurance claims and may also influence your decision regarding temporary repairs.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Notify your insurance company promptly. They will guide you through the claims process and provide information on whether temporary repairs are covered. Insurance involvement is a key factor in deciding between DIY solutions and professional assistance.

Assess the Damages

Before diving into any repairs, assess the damages to your vehicle. Determine if they are minor and can be addressed temporarily or if professional help is required. Now, let’s explore the options for temporary fixes.

DIY Repairs: Getting Hands-On

Assessing Feasibility

If you’re inclined towards DIY solutions, start by assessing the feasibility of handling the repairs yourself. Keep in mind that temporary fixes should be just that—temporary. They are intended to get you back on the road safely until a more comprehensive professional repair can be conducted.

Tackling Minor Dents and Scratches

For small dents and scratches, DIY solutions can be quite effective. Utilise dent removal kits and scratch repair compounds, readily available at auto supply stores. Follow the instructions carefully and take your time to ensure a satisfactory result.

Using Temporary Adhesives

In cases where panels are loose but not severely damaged, temporary adhesives can provide a quick fix. These adhesives are designed to hold parts together until a permanent solution is applied. Ensure you choose a high-quality adhesive suitable for automotive use.

Securing Loose Bumpers and Trim

Loose bumpers or trim pieces can be secured temporarily using zip ties or heavy-duty tape. This prevents further damage during transit and buys you some time before seeking professional assistance.

The Hire and Repair Process: Going Professional with National Claims

National Claims and Professional Assistance

If the damages to your vehicle are beyond what DIY solutions can handle or if you’re simply not comfortable attempting the repairs yourself, it’s time to explore professional assistance. National Claims services are designed to streamline the repair process after an accident, providing a hassle-free experience.

Rapid Assessment and Quotation

One of the advantages of opting for professional assistance is the speed at which your vehicle can be assessed. National Claims services often provide rapid assessments and quotations, giving you a clear picture of the repair costs and timeframes involved. We aim to get you a like for like vehicle within 24 hours of your accident, ensuring that you are not without a mode of transport for long.

Coordinated Repairs with Approved Workshops

National Claims work in collaboration with approved workshops, ensuring that your vehicle is repaired by certified professionals. This collaborative approach minimises the risk of subpar repairs and guarantees that the job is done right the first time. With the approved workshops working on your car during the repair process, they will ensure that they fix your car with the same parts, making sure that the quality of your car is not hindered in the repair process.

Guarantees and Warranty

When you choose professional repair services, you often benefit from guarantees and warranties on the repairs conducted. This provides peace of mind, knowing that the fixes are not just temporary but come with a level of assurance for the long term. Going through us with the hire and repair process also guarantees you a £50 fuel voucher, making that first fuel top up a little easier. 

Making a Road Traffic Accident Claim with National Claims

Navigating the Claims Process with National Claims

When opting for professional assistance, making a road traffic accident claim with National Claims is a streamlined process. The experienced team at National Claims is ready to guide you through each step, ensuring a swift and effective resolution to your vehicle’s damages.

Initial Consultation and Documentation

Contact National Claims for an initial consultation. Provide them with the necessary documentation, including the police report, photos of the accident scene, and any other relevant information. This sets the foundation for a comprehensive assessment of your case.

Assessment and Quotation

National Claims will swiftly assess the damages to your vehicle and provide a detailed quotation for the required repairs. This transparent process allows you to understand the extent of the damages and the associated costs before proceeding.

Coordinated Repairs with Accredited Workshops

Rest assured that National Claims collaborates with accredited workshops and skilled professionals. Your vehicle will be in the hands of experts who adhere to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. This ensures that the repairs are not only timely but also meet industry benchmarks.

Direct Billing and Post-Repair Support

National Claims handles the direct billing process with your insurance company, minimising the financial burden on your end. After the repairs are completed, they offer post-repair support and follow-up to ensure your satisfaction with the services provided.

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Conclusion: The Road to Temporary Recovery

In the aftermath of an accident, the road to recovery for your vehicle may involve a mix of DIY solutions and professional assistance. The six correct steps after an accident provide a roadmap, guiding you through the immediate aftermath. Assess the damages, weigh the pros and cons of DIY versus professional repairs, and make a decision that aligns with your safety, time, and financial considerations.

Remember, temporary fixes are just that—temporary. Whether you choose to get your hands dirty with a DIY approach or entrust your vehicle to the expertise of National Claims and professional services, the goal is to ensure your safety on the road while preparing for a more permanent solution in the near future.

So, the next time you find yourself facing a dented bumper or a scratched door after an unexpected encounter on the road, take a moment to assess the situation, weigh your options, and choose the path that leads to a smooth and safe journey ahead.

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