Change in Opening Hours 13th – 15th September

September 11, 2019 11:34 am

Due to holiday, Bumps and Scuffs will be closed from Friday 13th September at 12pm until Monday 16th September at 9am.

Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause!

Let the sunshine in – but be careful

August 23, 2019 2:34 pm

At Bumps & Scuffs we believe we know quite a lot about motor cars and not just restricted to restoring them to their pre-bump/bashed state. Come in and test Craig’s knowledge of almost anything to do with cars – I am sure you will be impressed.

However, I have inadvertently become a bit of an expert on something completely different – sunglasses!

We recently had two customers who swore blind (Hmmm) that the cause of their accident was due to the fact that they had been dazzled by the sun.

We asked which country they had been visiting but they assured us that it was, in fact, in Surrey (or was it Hampshire?).

Until then it been a quiet day and Craig was able to get on with some uninterrupted repairs. However, intrigued by this dazzling experience we conducted a bit of research.

The first thing we found was that the Department for Transport (DfT) data listed dazzling sun as a contributory factor in 2,324 accidents in 2017 – that’s over six accidents every day of the year. Dazzling sun was even reported as a factor in 25 fatal accidents.

With a relative heatwave being predicted for the bank holiday weekend it’s important that drivers should wear appropriate eyewear to protect themselves against glare and keep themselves and other road users safe.

The consequences of not driving safely due to being blinded by the sun – whether that’s as a result of not wearing sunglasses, not using a vehicle’s sun visor or not slowing down or pulling over – are severe: if a police officer deems you to be driving without due care and attention you would be faced with an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points on your licence.

The advice, according to Rule 237 of the Highway Code, is for drivers to slow down or pull over if they become “dazzled by bright sunlight.”

This means that, although it’s not a legal requirement to drive wearing sunglasses in bright conditions, you could be breaking the law if you don’t slow down or stop if you become temporarily blinded by the sun.

And in particularly serious cases, police have the power to take the matter to court, where a fine could rise to £5,000.

And now, turning our attention to the sunglasses themselves: did you know that there are various categories of sunglasses? For example, category four sunglasses are illegal to wear when driving as they let less than 8% of light through the lenses, while variable tint lenses should also be avoided behind the wheel.

I am not sure whether or not UK sunglasses are labelled with a category, bit avoid category four glasses as they should be marked as ‘not suitable for driving and road use.’

We would be interested to hear your views on this topic especially from those who live within our primary customer area. We serve a fairly wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsely, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley.

Enjoy the sunshine but don’t be dazzled!

Signal Failure

June 4, 2019 2:18 pm

Fed up with other drivers not indicating – then read on?

With the various cut-backs now affecting the number of police vehicles on the road it seems that many of the basic courtesies that keep our roads safe are being increasingly ignored.

As ever, these cut-backs are accompanied by potentially draconian penalties – if an offender is ever caught!

A recent article from one of the mainstream automobile clubs suggests that drivers who fail to indicate correctly when turning near pedestrians could face a fine of up to £5,000 if this puts their lives at risk.

Aside from the most important factor – the safety of pedestrians and other road users – not signalling properly could see motorists rack up to nine points on their licence, or even be disqualified from driving altogether, if their behaviour is deemed dangerous: and this is in addition to the fine.

If a pedestrian is killed due to a driver’s failure to indicate, a court could find the motorist guilty of dangerous driving – a charge which carries a maximum punishment of 14 years in prison.

According to the Highway Code, a driver must always: “Warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions.”

When turning into a side street, if a pedestrian has already started to cross the road drivers should allow them to cross safely as they have the right of way.

Motorists should also be aware of pedestrians who are looking to cross the street, which includes indicating to inform them of their decision to turn.

Interestingly, while failing to indicate is not an offence in itself, although it does pose a very serious potential risk to the safety of pedestrians and other road users. However, should a failure to indicate correctly lead to a motorist hitting a pedestrian or colliding with another road user, a police officer could hand out an on-the-spot £100 fine.

And if an offence is deemed careless or dangerous driving, it’s possible drivers will face these harsher punishments if the case ends up in court.

So, why even although the chances of being caught are very slim, don’t we all simply indicate when changing direction. Even more helpful if it was one a bit in advance rather than as an afterthought.

We would be interested to hear your views on this topic especially from those who live within our primary customer area. We serve a fairly wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsely, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley. There are a lot of schools in this area!

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Pot Hole Repair Funds & Dogs Abuse

February 12, 2019 9:25 am

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog entitled Pot Hole Bingo. This was on the back of the government announcing the release of £420 million to local authorities to help tackle the UK’s growing pothole epidemic.

There have been no noticeable improvements in the three months and I wonder whether the cash was released or maybe put to better use.

It certainly was not spent on the traffic police who have reported not only a reduction in the number of front-line police officers but a shortage, wait for it, of breathalyser kits! The upshot of this has been that the number of deaths from drink driving is on the increase as significantly fewer – in some regions almost 50% – drivers are being breathalysed.

However, there is an initiative underway to raise cash. If you fail to secure your pet whilst driving there is the possibility of a £5,000 being levied. And, if this comes to light whilst you were involved in an accident, there is always the possibility that your insurance could be invalidated.

Leaving aside my increasingly jaundiced view of how motorists are being badly affected by the various cutbacks, the serious point is that, unlike the pothole saga, the safety of your pets, and fellow passengers, is completely within your control.

As well as investing in a suitable harness or dog guard, you should also make sure you carry water and use window shades to ensure your dog stays cool, especially in warmer temperatures.

Never leave a dog locked in the car alone, particularly on warm days when temperatures inside the car can rise rapidly, leaving dogs dangerously overheated in minutes.

I have no idea what will happen when we have driverless cars!

We serve a wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Hazlemere, Hindhead, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsley, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley.

Leased Cars and Their Return

January 31, 2019 2:46 pm

Isn’t it wonderful when there is something in the papers that is not directly related to Brexit?

The publication of new car sales made interesting reading albeit there were some (well many) who did try and introduce Brexit to these but let’s ignore them for a while.

What astonished me was the fact that 90% of all private new cars are bought on dealer finance agreements. If you are one of these then please read on.

As explained within our website there are significant penalties when the car is returned with anything that cannot be classified as fair wear and tear. Also, the interpretation of “fair wear and tear” varies significantly among manufacturers

We estimate that the charges made by the lease and contract hire companies, especially in respect of high-end vehicles, can be three times the amount that we would charge.

And, as the new car sales indicate, we’re buying more imports and fewer British new cars. This generally means that these costs will remain at the higher end of the range.

It makes great sense, therefore, to bring your car to us to inspect. We can repair almost any damage and are happy to offer a free pre-return audit service for all customers – private and business alike.

What is important though is that you bring the vehicle in good time before it is due to be returned. Too frequently we are given no time to carry out the inspection and undertake the repairs. Just last week we were approached the day before the car was due to be returned. We did what we could in the timescale but, had we been given the car even two weeks prior to this, we could have saved the driver almost £1,000.

So do please consider the costs that will be charged by the contract hire companies. By bringing the vehicle to us in good time (we suggest one month before the due date of the return) the cost of repairs versus assessed penalty costs is optimised, reducing the amount you pay to a minimum.

We serve a wide area from Farnham including Tilford, Frensham, Churt, Hazlemere, Hindhead, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford, Bordon, Kingsley, Alton, Crondall, Church Crookham, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnborough, Camberley.

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