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Courtesy Car Guarantee

Recently we have been updating and adding to our “FREE” Courtesy Car fleet.
At Brads, we guarantee to have a courtesy car available to all our Insurance clients during the course of their vehicle repairs.
We have also added a new 2009 Suzuki Swift to our fleet as our newest courtesy vehicle.
If you need your vehicle repaired and cant be without it, call us now and we will keep you on the road in one of our clean, reliable, “free” courtesy cars.

AutoRobot Chassis Alignment

At Brads we have an AutoRobot chassis alignment system which is a fast, jigging bed system supporting your vehicle entirely throughout the repair and alignment process.  Coupled with the AutoRobot 3D satellite measuring system, your car is returned to its original condition and tolerance to within a millimetre of the factory specifications.

SprayPaint Professionals

Spray-Booth-GL1Our full downdraft GL1000 Spray & Bake Booth ensures that your vehicle’s paint is applied, cured & surgically cleaned during the full application process, reproducing a factory-quality finish.

Every paint job we do carries a 3 year minimum warranty.

1974 Corvette Stingray

This vehicle was towed in last October having collided with a Mack truck. These vehicles are manufactured in fibreglass and this one was suffering from osmosis which compounded the stress and secondary damage from the impact. A full set of replacement front panels was ordered up and replaced from the windscreen forward. Some structural damage around the bonnet latch/bulkhead area had resulted from the accident so a light weight carbon fibre cloth was used to repair and reinforce it securely.

We managed to get good s/hand parts quickly for it and the whole job was completed and the owner picked the vehicle up in time for the Xmas holiday’s

Welding test

Recently I have sat and passed a trade welding test with a 100 % pass. This test has now been mandated as a compulsory requirement by the Collision Repair Association for those panel shops wanting to remain as Structural Repair Centre’s in future, however I understand that I am the only panel shop owner to have achieved this in Nelson and is an example of my personal commitment within our business.

Further to the welding test will be the requirement to have an inverter spot welder by June of 2009. We have allready bought this machine and are using it regularly in order to ensure that vehicles are repaired to exacting factory specification.

This has become increasingly important now with airbags, crumple zones and the prolific use of high strength steel in all modern motor vehicles and in order to retain their design function and safety system perfomance following accident repair.

You can be sure that when you nominate Brads to your insurance company for vehicle repairs, you will be getting the best quality service available.

55 Chevrolet Belair

Chris and Kaye’s 55 Chevrolet Belair is painted and reassembled and ready for delivery. It has been a big panel and paint project involving a full strip to bare metal, which exposed a very poor previous restoration attempt.

Dash and interior have been stripped and resprayed in the customers own shade of yellow and every body panel removed and paint stripped. The engine bay, door edges and outer panels were all epoxy primed and sealed before some minor rust and general damage and old repairs rectified. The body was then fully sprayed with Polyester spray filler and hand blocked, 2 pak primed and sprayed in white 2k to “base up” for the yellow final colour. This first colour coat also makes it easier to see any imperfections which can then be addressed again before the final top coat is applied.

The final Yellow/White 2 tone colour combination looks great and very original and clean.

Thanks to Roy and Steve, (2 of my very qualified painters) for their tireless efforts and helping to deliver such a great result and high standard.

Thanks for trusting us with your project Chris and Kaye and happy motoring.

Mitsubishi Triton Ute

We have taken some more photos of the Triton Ute now that we have lowered it so that you can see how it looks, we have also added a hardlid.001.JPG

This is what it looked like before the hardlid and lowering…

If you scroll down to the heading Mitsubishi Triton V6 Ute you can see all of the other modifications that it has had done.

Holden Crewman SS Hard-lid

We have just completed a second Holden Crewman Hard-lid modification.  Our clients wanted to fit both a Hard-lid and an alloy Sports-bar on their vehicles which is not normally an option.

We have engineered our own modifications to both components in order to allow the hard-lid lid to be fitted and open normally with the Sports-bar fitted also.

holden-crewman-hard-lid-002.jpgThe finished product looks great and retains all the original gas struts, locks and hinges.


If you are interested in having this option on your Ute, Contact Brad for details and pricing.