Accident Specialists

Why is there a delay on vehicle repairs?

Published: June 9, 2022

As you’ve probably read in the press or heard from friends if you’re involved in a motor accident today you could face delays of up to three months to get your car repaired and back on the road.

Like a perfect storm, there are a number of elements which have come together to cause these delays: Covid, resulting in a shortage of car parts, transportation issues getting the available car parts into and around the UK, a shortage of body shops to repairer your damaged vehicle and skilled technicians to carry out the work. According to the National Body Repair Association (NBRA) as of June 2022 up to 100,000 people are currently waiting for repairs.

But what if you rely on your vehicle for your living?

If you were at fault for the motor accident then unfortunately all you can do is be patient and wait for a slot to be available. However, if you were not at fault then you have options including credit hire and credit repair to get you back on the road quickly with the costs recovered from the third-party insurers.

If you’ve not come across those terms before, Credit Hire provides an alternative comparable vehicle whilst your vehicle is either undrivable or in the garage for repair. The vehicle is usually delivered to and collected from your home address, and a few Credit Hire providers, like Vehicle Concepts, will also take away the damaged vehicle at the same time in a key-to-key vehicle transfer. There are a number of tests to qualify for this, but most people pass them without any issues.

Whilst Credit Repair covers the cost of repairing your vehicle and getting you back on the road as quickly as possible without receiving payment from the third-party insurers before starting repairs.

Whichever avenue your claim goes down expect delays.