Category Archives: General

Digital 3D measuring system.

Today we have confirmed an order for the latest technology in 3D electronic vehicle measuring equipment.
This is a 1st for this level of technology in the Nelson region and in fact in NZ.
While we allready have the Satellite 3D measuring system which we will still use, we also now will be able to use this new measuring system to quickly measure any vehicle without mounting it up on our chassis machine, jacking it up or even stripping it. The cordless hand-held unit sends data back to its computor as we check specified points and it prints out a report/data sheet, which can be supplied to the customer or their insurer as well as for our own records.
This new tool will also allow us to quickly and simply assess a vehicles damage right away and in turn allow us to quote completely and accurately for repair costs before starting the job.
We are really looking forward to this new equipment, (along with our new paint system), for the New Year and the huge advance in Collision Repair Technology at our finger tips.

Latest PPG Paint technology in Nelson.

The 10th of January 2011 marks the first day that any paint and panel shop in Nelson will be using the latest PPG water bourne automotive paint system, “Exclusively”, again proving our commitment to providing the highest standard of quality in collision repair, available in our region.
We have been testing and trialing this new evolution in paint for the last few years however we have now made the decision to throw out our solvent based system and use only the new water based products on EVERY vehicle we repair.
This new paint system carries a lifetime warranty, its that good, however this level of quality does not come cheaply. Thats not your concern if you are insured, your insurer will want the best possible quality of repair available for your vehicle so we negotiate with them to ensure that for you.
Many vehicle manufacturers had allready made the switch to water based paints as far back as the late 90’s without you realizing and this has been a contributing factor to paintshops struggling with colour matching and clarity when touching up paintwork more recently. Changing to this new system means we now are using the exact same system thats allready on your car, so our colour matching is perfect everytime.
The colour has NO solvent in it at all so you dont get the same residual level of paint solvent “smell” that older systems often have. And best of all it is enviornmentally friendly, it is truly solventless, so no more harmful emissions, fumes or risk of fire or explosion.
Brads are truly “The Benchmark For Quality and Service” so when you need collision repairs, nominate us to ensure your car gets the best possible repairs available today.

MTA Approved Structural Repair 1st!

I am constantly looking to evolve our company and integrate the latest customer service and vehicle repair equipment and technique’s.
Recently Brads Smash Repairs has been audited and approved by the MTA, as the 1st, (and only), Collision repairer in the Nelson District, as an MTA Approved Structural Repair facility.
As a member of the MTA you can be assured of receiving the highest possible, quality workmanship, backed by the largest Automotive repair organisation in NZ.
So no matter who your vehicle is insured with, or who your insurer tells you who to take it to for repairs, check out our qualification and choose us to ensure the best possible accident repairs in our region.

Brads update.

Over the recent years, we have worked alongside many Insurers, Brokers and assessing companies in undertaking accident repairs for our ever increasing client base.

More recently, most insurance companies and repairers have formed “preferred repairer contracts”.
For you, (should you have an accident and need to make a claim), if you are insured with these companies, this means their claims co-ordinaters will often direct you to take your vehicle to one of their contracted repairers.

This is a great system and we are also contacted to a number of Insurers, however ultimately we undertake work for our customers first and foremost.

As a vehicle owner, you do have the ultimate right to decide were you want your car to be repaired, many people still prefer to exercise that right which we respect and acknowledge here at Brads Smash Repairs.

When you choose Brads Smash Repairs to undertake your vehicle accident repairs, we provide you with the most Qualified, fast and friendly service.

Some of the Insurance companies we work for, to name a few are:
VERO
Lumley Insurance
Farmers Mutual Insurance
AMI Insurance
AA Insurance
IAG Insurance
State Insurance
NZI
QBE
Westpac Insurance
Ansvar
Tower Insurance
Fintel
Medical Assurance
AMP
AXA
SIS Insurance

Xmas/New Years

We have had a great year for 2009. Our staff have done a hell of a job this year so they are taking the Xmas/New Years Holiday season off to relax with their families etc from Dec 24th to Jan 5th. However we will still be open (other than the Statutory holidays) with a small crew including myself, to take care of your vehicle repair enquiry’s.
We will be able to keep your car going over the holiday season with temporary repairs and our courtesy cars are always available too of course (free of charge for insured customers) should you require.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Best wishes from Brad Marney and staff.

VK Commodore SS Group C

Some long hours have gone in over the last month or so and the body is completely painted inside and out now.
The entire boot interior and rear 1/4 panels have been lined out with noise matt, as has the rear seat bulkhead and parcel shelf. This product is often overlooked in builds but offers a significant reduction in exhaust and road noise transfer, into the passenger area.
This week will see the bumpers, spoiler and arch flares rubbed and painted and the black applied to the door frames and around the tail lamps.
Assembly is well under way, with the old factory central locking system removed in readiness for new alarm and remote central locking system.
Windows will be sent for tinting this week and outer door handles will be sandblasted to ensure a good key before being painted.
The 5 speed gearbox will be installed onto the engine, brakes will be bled up and radiator checked and fitted.
I will start posting pictures regularly now as there is progress to see.

$50 off your Insurance Claim Excess!

We are always conscious of where our advertising dollar is being most effective so for the past 18 months we have been offering a $50 rebate off your Insurance Excess in the yellow pages and Waimea Weekly, if you bring in the ad.
Well, we want to know how effective our website is also, so now we are offering the same option here for our customers.
If you have an insurance claim on your vehicle, simply contact us via our “online claim” form and once we have completed your repairs, you will get a $50 discount off your Insurance Excess. Simple!
As if that is not enough already, for the rest of this year, if you get your vehicle repaired at Brads you will have the chance to win $10,000.
For every $1000 of repair cost on your vehicle, we will give you 1x “Scratch and Win” ticket with the opportunity to win $10,000.
Not only will you get your vehicle repaired by the regions Number 1, Collision Repair Association Certified, “Approved Structural Repair Centre”, but you also get rewards.
Tell your Insurance Company you are taking your car to: Brads, “The Benchmark For Quality”, drop it in, grab a free courtesy car and get ready to win.