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Old 02.11.2016, 14:02
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AutoSmart or Chips Away type Vendors in CH

Back home there is a growing industry around car dent & car paint chip repair. The business is mobile in that the Guy comes to your work carpark or your home by appointment. He has a fully equipped van with dent repair tools, paint sprayings equipment, windscreen repair & upholstery & plastics repair equipment.

He makes the repair in situ & typically cost a fraction of a garage visit. I haven't seen any such service here in CH & I'd be interested to hear if any of you are familiar with such a service locally.

https://www.chipsaway.co.uk
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Re: AutoSmart or Chips Away type Vendors in CH

Here's an old thread on the subject: https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...chipsaway.html

An update is that I haven't found any similar service in Switzerland. I did use the ATU Smart Repair service to repair some small areas of damage and they did a good job. I used the Weil-am-Rhein branch.

You need to book an appointment. The guy who does the repairs circulates between the various ATU locations, so he's only in a given location a couple of days a month.
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Re: AutoSmart or Chips Away type Vendors in CH

Here's a site listing similar services in Switzerland -- you can search for partners by postcode.

http://www.beulen-doktoren.ch/index.html
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Re: AutoSmart or Chips Away type Vendors in CH

Thanks VI, much appreciated.
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Re: AutoSmart or Chips Away type Vendors in CH

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Here's an old thread on the subject: https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...chipsaway.html

An update is that I haven't found any similar service in Switzerland. I did use the ATU Smart Repair service to repair some small areas of damage and they did a good job. I used the Weil-am-Rhein branch.

You need to book an appointment. The guy who does the repairs circulates between the various ATU locations, so he's only in a given location a couple of days a month.
I'm interested in this ATU Smart Repair. How does it work? I book an appointment, then go over. Guy looks at the damage and gives me the price. If I say yes, is the repair then done on the spot? Or, do we schedule another appointment for the actual work? Thanks.
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I'm interested in this ATU Smart Repair. How does it work? I book an appointment, then go over. Guy looks at the damage and gives me the price. If I say yes, is the repair then done on the spot? Or, do we schedule another appointment for the actual work? Thanks.
It depends on what you want done. For something like a burn hole in a seat they can pretty much give you a price based on a photo. For hail damage, or door dings (they are excellent for door dings), they won't be able to give you an exact price. For something like replacing a windscreen they can give you an exact price, but can't do drop in appts (they need to order the new glass)

For the timing, it will depend on what else they have on the go.

One solution would be to schedule an appt to have them clean, detail, and wax your car, and ask them to give you a list of things they can fix, and an idea of how much it would cost.
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It depends on what you want done. For something like a burn hole in a seat they can pretty much give you a price based on a photo. For hail damage, or door dings (they are excellent for door dings), they won't be able to give you an exact price. For something like replacing a windscreen they can give you an exact price, but can't do drop in appts (they need to order the new glass)

For the timing, it will depend on what else they have on the go.

One solution would be to schedule an appt to have them clean, detail, and wax your car, and ask them to give you a list of things they can fix, and an idea of how much it would cost.
Its a dent on the rear bumper from hitting the corner of a stone-column. Just happened this morning (need to inspect further), I fear that it's more than a dent as it was a sharp corner/edge that I back into. With this in mind, the ATU guy may say no as its beyond their smart repair capability. Or, he says yes but work will take more time, so I need new appointment.

On the ATU website, I've seen that they have branches in Switzerland. The one in Winterthur or Hinwil is convenient for me. How is the price vs. their German counterparts? Maybe they only do parts selling and no repair work. Anybody have experience?
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Re: AutoSmart or Chips Away type Vendors in CH

At least in my experience, you can pop into the ATU where you want the repair performed and someone there will make an assessment of the damage, determine whether it's suitable for the SmartRepair technique, and give you an indicative price. This is one of the general repair guys, not someone who specializes in SmartRepair.

They'll then book an appointment for the next available slot when the SmartRepair guy is going to be at their location.

In theory, SmartRepair is also available at ATU in Switzerland:

http://www.atu.ch/pages/werkstatt/smart-repair.html

No idea how the prices compare, however.
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At least in my experience, you can pop into the ATU where you want the repair performed and someone there will make an assessment of the damage, determine whether it's suitable for the SmartRepair technique, and give you an indicative price. This is one of the general repair guys, not someone who specializes in SmartRepair.

They'll then book an appointment for the next available slot when the SmartRepair guy is going to be at their location.

In theory, SmartRepair is also available at ATU in Switzerland:

http://www.atu.ch/pages/werkstatt/smart-repair.html

No idea how the prices compare, however.
VI, thanks!

Just got off a phone call with ATU Hinwil, and they informed me that I could come over any time, they look at the damage and give me a cost estimate for the Smart Repair.
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