A Guide to Classic Car Restoration Courses

You might be surprised to learn that the classic car sector is a major contributor to the UK economy. Today, it’s worth around £18 billion and employs more than 110,000 people from mechanics and bodywork specialists to paint and finish artists and parts sourcing experts. 

In the UK, there are no specific qualifications required to become a car mechanic, including for classic cars, but many employers prefer candidates who have completed relevant training and have some experience in the field.

General Qualifications

When people come to us and ask what training they need to start working in the classic car restoration industry, we always start with learning the basics. While modern cars have become more like rolling computers, they still share the same basic components as older cars. If you’re a complete novice, therefore, the best place to begin is with a general qualification whether you want to be a mechanic, paint and finish expert or something else. 

For example, formal general qualifications for a car mechanic may include: 

Car bodywork and paint and finish specialists typically require formal training and qualifications to gain employment in the field. Here are some of the most common qualifications and training courses for these types of jobs:

There are also several courses available for auto electricians in the UK. This is an interesting one as far as training goes, however, because older cars have electrical systems that have since been overtaken by highly sophisticated modern technology. These courses, however, do provide a basic grounding that is vital for anyone working on the electrical systems of vintage vehicles. That’s mainly because, even outside the classic car sector, most mechanics and auto electricians still work on older vehicles. 

Most people who go on to work with classic cars will have undertaken some formal training such as this. It’s important to make sure you have the basics. Many garages that deal with classic car renovations also handle modern vehicles as well so being up to date with all the latest technology and methods is critical, especially for roles such as auto electricians. 


Apprenticeships are a great way to gain practical, on-the-job training while studying for a relevant qualification. Many people progress to becoming a classic car mechanic, bodywork or paint and finish specialist by being taken on and trained by a garage. 

If you are looking to train and work on classic cars and you are fresh out of school then it’s worth contacting your local garage to find out if they are taking apprentices on at the moment. 

Specialist Classic Car Restoration Courses UK

There are some beginner and higher-level classic car restoration courses available around the UK and they can be useful for those who want to be employed in the sector as well as those whose hobby it is restoring vintage vehicles. 

Some are run by colleges; others are organised by companies and car clubs. 

Here are some that are currently available: 

  • City of Liverpool College: Their Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Classic Car Restoration course covers all aspects of vehicle body repair and restoration and runs over a year. The course includes both theory and practice and candidates need no previous experience. 
  • North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College: This covers Level 2 and Level 3 for Classic Car Restoration. Each level runs over a year and involves everything from general mechanics to bodywork repair and paint and finish techniques. 
  • Heritage Skills Academy: There are several apprenticeships available that are designed to give individuals high-level skills in classic car restoration and maintenance. The Academy also runs one-day courses for enthusiasts which are generally advertised through Event Brite
  • Brooklands Museum, Surrey: This classic car restoration apprenticeship scheme is an extension of the Heritage Skills Academy and the museum is on the site of the first purpose-built racing track. Again they run similar intensive courses for hobbyists throughout the year which are advertised on Event Brite. 
  • Bolton College: An Introduction to Restoration and Body Repair for classic cars runs over a ten-week block and the site has extensive motor and restoration workshops. 
  • Contour Academy: Based in Peterborough, the academy runs both online and in-person bodywork courses for all levels including specialist lessons for classic car restorations. They also run a 5-day course over the summer that focuses on the techniques involved in welding and forming mild steel and aluminium alloy. 
  • National Motor Museum in Beaulieu: The motor museum runs a whole host of events over the year but also takes on several apprentices who can learn all aspects of classic car restoration and maintenance. 

Short Classic Car Restoration Courses for Enthusiasts

There are several small half-day and whole-day courses in car restoration to be found around the UK if you look hard enough. The Heritage Skills Academy, for example, run a 3 day-intensive course that covers areas like fabrication and spot welding. These are normally advertised on Event Brite

Are There Online Courses for Classic Car Restoration?

There are also some short online courses available that cover aspects of classic car restoration which could be a good option for hobbyists and enthusiasts. Skillshack, for instance, has an hour-and-a-half long online course for basic maintenance for classic cars as well as ones that cover aspects such as body repairs and classic car electrics. 

These are all pay-per-view, of course, and you need to weigh up the cost of downloading the online course and the value that it might bring. 

White’s Bodyworks: The Classic Car Restoration Specialists

At White’s Bodyworks, we believe that good training goes hand in hand with a great experience. It’s important to get the right basis for your education as a mechanic or bodywork specialist and most local towns with a college will have a full complement of courses available. 

Unfortunately, training courses for classic car restorations are thin on the ground in the UK which is a surprise when you consider how much the industry contributes to the economy. Most people who go into classic car renovation do so with the standard qualifications and then learn through experience how their skills can be applied to older vehicles. 

At White’s Bodyworks, we’ve spent a lot of time not only encouraging our staff to get the right skills and gain experience but think it’s vital if the sector is to survive. One thing that does make a difference, we’ve found, is passion. You can have all the training and go to all the courses in the world but you still have to really love everything about vintage vehicles and how to restore them. 

If you’ve got an interest in working on classic cars professionally, we’re always happy to give advice. Check out our website for more about what we do


A Guide to Classic Car Restoration Jobs

Classic car restoration is a highly specialised craft and involves meticulously returning a vintage or classic vehicle to its original condition or better. In the UK, enthusiasts and collectors take immense pride in the preservation and revival of these iconic vehicles but sometimes they do need professional assistance.

But what is the team that helps put a vintage vehicle back together again?

  • A typical restoration project begins with an in-depth evaluation of the vehicle’s current condition, assessing the extent of wear and tear, damage, and corrosion. 
  • Most restorations involve a combination of mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic repairs, alongside part replacements and refinishing. 
  • That may often entail sourcing rare or hard-to-find components, ensuring that the restored vehicle remains true to its original specifications.

Mechanical work during a classic car restoration includes overhauling the engine, gearbox, brakes, and suspension systems. Vintage vehicles often require attention to their carburettors, ignition systems, and other components that may be in poor condition. 

Meanwhile, the electrical aspects of the project involve rewiring and upgrading systems for safety and reliability. Then there are cosmetic considerations such as bodywork, upholstery, repairing or replacing trim elements to match the original and much more. 

What Types of Jobs Are There in Classic Car Restoration?

A classic car garage specialising in the restoration, maintenance, and repair of vintage vehicles will need to recruit a team of skilled workers with quite a lot of specialised knowledge and expertise. Here are some of the key roles:

Classic Car Mechanic

Average salary: £33-43,000. (ref: Glass Door)

A classic car mechanic specialises in the maintenance, repair, and restoration of everything from old Fords and Morris Minors to more exotic Bentleys and extremely rare makes and models. Their responsibilities typically include:

  • Diagnosing and repairing mechanical issues: Classic car mechanics work on engines, transmissions, differentials, suspension systems, brakes, and other components specific to older vehicles.
  • Routine maintenance: They perform servicing tasks such as oil changes, tune-ups, and fluid replacements, ensuring that the cars are well-maintained and operate smoothly.
  • Restorations: Classic car mechanics will often collaborate with other specialists in larger restoration projects, working on various aspects of the vehicle to return it to its original condition.
  • Parts sourcing: They may need to source rare or hard-to-find parts, something which requires extensive knowledge of older vehicles and their components.
  • Custom work: Classic car mechanics may also perform custom modifications and upgrades, such as installing modern parts or systems to improve performance, reliability, or safety.

Classic Car Bodywork Specialist

Average salary: £31,000+ (source: Glass Door)

A classic car bodywork technician is an expert in repairing, restoring, and fabricating the exterior components of vintage and classic vehicles, everything from the doors to the bumper and roof. Their responsibilities can include:

  • Repairing damage: This includes the skill to repair dents, scratches, and other damage to the vehicle’s exterior, using techniques such as metalworking, welding, and body filler application.
  • Rust and corrosion removal: They treat and remove rust and corrosion from the vehicle’s body, often using methods such as sandblasting, chemical treatments, or hand tools to ensure a clean and rust-free surface for repairs to be carried out.
  • Panel replacement: In cases where damage or rust is extensive, bodywork specialists may need to replace entire panels or fabricate custom parts to match the original design. This is particularly common for rare or unique classic cars.
  • Alignment and fitment: This involves ensuring that body panels, doors, bonnets, and other components are properly aligned and fit together seamlessly and it’s a critical aspect of the bodywork specialist’s job.
  • Preparing for paint: They also prepare the vehicle’s surface for painting, which may include sanding, priming, and applying body fillers to achieve a smooth, flawless finish.

Paint and Finish Specialist

Average salary: £34,000+ (source: Reed)

  • Colour matching: Paint and finish specialists need to accurately match the original colours of classic cars, often working with limited colour codes and resources. This is done to maintain authenticity during the restoration.
  • Surface preparation: They can prepare the vehicle’s surface for painting by cleaning, sanding, and priming it to ensure a smooth, even finish.
  • Paint application: Specialists apply paint using various techniques, such as spraying or hand-painting, to achieve the desired finish and appearance.
  • Clear coating and polishing: After the paint has been applied, they can apply clear coats to protect the paintwork and enhance its appearance. They also polish the vehicle to achieve a high-gloss, show-quality finish.
  • Paint repair: Paint and finish specialists may also repair paint damage. This includes chips or scratches where they blend the repair and fresh colour seamlessly with the surrounding paintwork.
  • Custom finishes: A paint and finish specialist could be asked to create custom paint jobs for the client. This might include intricate designs, pinstriping, or adding graphics to meet the specific needs of a restoration project.

Upholstery and Interior Specialist

Average salary: £26,000+ (source: Pay Scale)

An upholstery and interior classic car expert will be involved in restoring, repairing, and fabricating the interior components of vintage and classic vehicles. Their main responsibilities include:

  • Assessing interior conditions: They will often evaluate the condition of the vehicle’s interior, including seats, carpets, dashboard, door panels, headliners, and other trim elements, to determine the extent of restoration or repair required.
  • Upholstery repair and restoration: They repair or replace damaged upholstery using materials that closely match the original fabric, leather, or vinyl to maintain the vehicle’s authenticity.
  • Carpet restoration: Specialists clean, repair, or replace carpets in classic cars, ensuring they match the original appearance and quality. This can involve having to source old components or having new ones specially made. 
  • Door panel and trim restoration: They restore areas such as door panels, dashboard components, and other interior pieces using appropriate materials and techniques.

Classic Car Auto Electrician

Average salary: £33,000 (source: Reed)

A classic car auto electrician is a skilled professional who specializes in diagnosing, repairing, and upgrading the electrical systems of vintage and classic vehicles. In most cases, these are vastly different from the intricate systems that we see today. Their main responsibilities include:

  • Diagnosing electrical issues: Auto electricians identify and troubleshoot problems with a classic car’s electrical system, such as wiring faults, malfunctioning components, or charging issues.
  • Repairing electrical components: They repair or replace faulty elements such as alternators, starters, ignition systems, lighting systems, and switches. They need to do this while ensuring compatibility with the vehicle’s original design.
  • Rewiring: Auto electricians may need to rewire classic cars, either partially or completely, to ensure proper function, safety, and reliability. The older the car the more challenging this can be. 
  • Electrical upgrades: They may be asked to install modern electrical components or systems to improve the performance, safety, or convenience of a classic car while maintaining its original appearance.
  • Custom electrical work: In some cases, they may be responsible for creating custom electrical solutions, such as integrating modern audio systems or power accessories.


Average salary: £32,000 (source: Talent)

A classic car fabricator or welder is involved in constructing, repairing, and modifying the metal components of classic vehicles, including cars and motorbikes. Their responsibilities include:

  • Sheet metal fabrication: They create custom metal parts, such as body panels, brackets or structural components, using various metalworking techniques like cutting, shaping, and forming.
  • Welding and repair: They fix damaged metal components by welding, brazing, or soldering, ensuring that the repairs are strong, durable, and visually consistent with the original design.
  • Rust and corrosion removal: Fabricators and welders can also remove rust and corrosion from metal components, using methods such as grinding and sanding as well as chemical treatments.
  • Panel replacement: In cases of extensive damage or rust, they may need to replace entire panels or sections of the vehicle’s structure, ensuring proper fit and alignment. They may also be required to find custom solutions for other parts of the car.

Classic Car Machinist

Average salary: £35,000 (source: Glass Door)

A classic car machinist is required if the car needs components to be manufactured, repaired or modified in any way. The job may include:

  • Component manufacturing: They create custom mechanical parts including things like gears, bushings, or engine components. To do this, the machinist will use various machining techniques like turning, milling, and grinding.
  • Repairing mechanical parts: They repair or refurbish damaged or worn mechanical components, ensuring that the repairs function properly, are durable and visually consistent with the original design.
  • Custom modifications: Machinists may be asked to create custom parts or modifications for a classic car. This might include high-performance engine components, upgraded suspension parts or other bespoke drivetrain elements.
  • Precision work: Machinists can also perform precision work to ensure that components meet exact specifications and tolerances, which is crucial for proper function and performance in classic cars.

Classic Car Parts Specialist

Average salary: £26,000+ (source: Glass Door)

A classic car parts specialist will attempt to source, buy and supply the correct parts and components for classic car renovations. These are typically independent experts who may specialise in particular makes and models. Their role can include: 

  • Parts identification: The specialist will identify the parts required for a particular classic car, taking into account the make, model, year, and any unique specifications or variations.
  • Sourcing parts: They locate and procure rare or hard-to-find parts, often navigating a global network of suppliers, collectors, and enthusiasts to find the correct components for a restoration project.
  • Quality assessment: They’ll assess the quality and authenticity of parts, ensuring that they meet the requirements for the classic car restoration.
  • Inventory management: Parts specialists will generally maintain a well-organised inventory of parts and components, which may include new-old-stock (NOS) items, reproduction parts and refurbished original components.
  • Custom parts fabrication: In some cases, a parts specialist will work with a machinist or fabricator to create custom or replica parts when original components are unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

Garage Manager/Service Advisor

Average salary: £44,000 (source Reed)

Simply put, a classic car garage manager is a professional who oversees the day-to-day operations of a vintage and classic car restoration and repair facility. Their role is to ensure all the different components of the garage come together and work as efficiently as possible. The role includes:

  • Staff management: The manager is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising a team of skilled technicians, specialists, and other staff members, ensuring that they have the necessary qualifications and expertise to work on classic cars.
  • Project management: They oversee the progress of restoration and repair projects, coordinating with clients, staff, and suppliers to ensure that work is completed on time, within budget and to the highest quality standards.
  • Customer service: The garage manager will usually serve as the primary point of contact for clients, providing updates on project status, addressing concerns and ensuring overall satisfaction with the services provided.
  • Financial management: They are responsible for managing the garage’s finances, including budgeting, cost control, invoicing, and purchasing parts and materials.
  • Quality control: They will also ensure that all work carried out in the garage meets the highest standards of craftsmanship and authenticity, adhering to industry best practices and regulations.

Do Classic Car Garages Take on Apprentices?

Many classic car garages take on apprentices as a way to train and develop the next generation of skilled professionals in the industry. Apprenticeships in classic car restoration and repair provide hands-on experience and training under the guidance of experienced technicians and specialists. This allows students to learn the unique skills and knowledge required to work on vintage and classic vehicles, while also obtaining a formal education at the same time.

Apprenticeships typically involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, often leading to a recognized qualification such as an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) in the UK. An individual will often start being something of a Jack of all trades before focusing on a specific role.

White’s Bodyworks

All these roles can vary depending on the size and scope of the classic car garage, but having a team with diverse skills and expertise is the best way to ensure the highest quality work and customer satisfaction. In many cases skills will overlap and having more than one string to your bow can be a huge benefit when you’re looking for employment. 

At White’s Bodyworks, we believe in recruiting the best in the business. Our team of talented restoration technicians have many years of experience and one more important qualification – passion. That’s why we’re one of the leading classic car garages in the UK today. 

Want to find out more about what our classic car team has been up to recently? Check out our extensive portfolio of some of the amazing cars and motorbikes we’ve worked on here. 

Why Are Fuel Prices So High and When Are They Coming Down?

If you own a car or van, you’ll have certainly noticed that the price of fuel has gone through the roof this last year or so. Whether it’s because of the conflict in Ukraine or the weak pound against the dollar and rising crude prices, many people are now actively rationing their driving.

If you are a business and depend on filling up the van or car to earn a wage, however, it’s not as simple as driving less to cut the costs. Higher fuel prices add to that all-important bottom line and can have catastrophic consequences. Many businesses are being squeezed with little or no support from the government.

Here we take a look at the various reasons prices have seen a hike in recent times and look for a time when those prices might come down in the future.

Why Do Fuel Prices Change?

While the cost of petrol may have come down a little in the past few months, the general trend since the pandemic has been upwards.

According to the RAC price watch, the cost of a litre of unleaded petrol is currently 164.78 pence and for diesel, it is 181.28 pence. If you want to see how much it has changed, back in May 2020, the price of unleaded petrol at the pump was about 110 pence per litre.

Petrol prices fluctuate for a variety of different reasons including the global cost of crude and the changes in demand and supply. Because refined petrol is sold in dollars, the exchange rate between pound sterling and dollars can also have an impact.

World events can have a significant impact too. When the Covid pandemic first struck, businesses suddenly had to lock down. Demand for petrol dropped considerably as we all stopped travelling and stayed at home. When the situation reversed, demand suddenly increased again and suppliers had difficulty keeping up – that led to a hike in prices as that demand outstripped supply.

What Makes Up the Cost of a Litre of Petrol?

It can be confusing when you look at the cost of petrol and where all your money goes. According to the BBC:

  • About 45% of the price of petrol at your local pump is determined by the cost charged by the supplier.
  • On top of this, 29% is paid in fuel duty or tax that goes into the government coffers as does the 17% VAT.
  • Fuels that also contain biofuel add another 7% to the price.
  • That leaves about 2% of the profit that goes to local retailers.

There have been calls for the government to reduce duty and VAT on fuel and this was done in March this year but only took about 5 pence a litre off the price at the pump. That cut in duty, while welcome, was quickly undermined by continued rises in the cost of filling up your car. In short, it made very little difference at all.

The Impact of the War in Ukraine

As we came out of the pandemic and things began to get back to normal, you would expect the overall price of petrol to come down. Unfortunately, with an unstable economy, we were already moving into a cost of living crisis that not only affected businesses but all of us.

In truth, the price of petrol and utilities such as gas and electricity was on the increase before the war broke out in Ukraine. With sanctions being placed on Russia, however, there was a major issue for countries who depend on it for fuel.

Russia is one of the biggest exporters of oil and that has had a significant impact on global prices. While the UK only imports about 6% to 9% of its oil from Russia, it is still not immune to those global price changes.

When Should We See the Cost of Petrol Come Down?

While the Ukraine war is ongoing, it is not likely that the price of petrol is going to come down significantly in the foreseeable future. Along with the cost of rising utilities, businesses, in particular, are being squeezed and many are crying out for government support.

At the beginning of the war, companies that relied on transportation were already having to absorb growing costs.

According to one business, they were having trouble paying their staff and were seeing at least a third of their profit margins disappear because of the rise in prices. Companies are experiencing thousands more in costs being added to their operations which they will then have to pass on to customers. Customers, in turn, are tightening their belts creating a perfect storm that could see many enterprises, particularly SMEs with tight margins, go to the wall.

What Are the Solutions?

There have been cries for reductions in VAT and duty to take the pressure off normal consumers and businesses at the pump. To date, the government has not introduced many specific measures to ease the problem on the forecourt and there’s a common consensus that a lot of businesses are running out of time.

For private road users who are trying to reduce the cost of petrol, several things can be done such as not relying on their car as much, driving more efficiently and reducing the weight of the car. For businesses, these options are often nothing more than a sticking plaster and have little or no effect.

According to figures released at the beginning of August, the UK had done much less than other countries to ease the burden of high petrol costs. For example, while we reduced fuel duty by 5 pence per litre, countries like Germany and Italy have reduced it by 25 pence and 21 pence per litre respectively.

It’s difficult to see where this ends for consumers, both businesses and private road users. The delays during the Tory leadership contest and the virtual shutdown of any meaningful conversation following the passing of the Queen have not helped. What we can expect is that prices will not come down significantly anytime soon.


Is body damage expensive to repair?

If you’re wondering “is body damage expensive to repair”; the answer is, it depends. The make, model, age and extent of the body damage are the main contributing factors to the cost. If the parts are hard to find or the damage is serious – it will cost more. This is due to the hours required to fix the problem and the price of any replacement parts.

1. What is the purpose of auto body repair?

Auto body repair is the process of repairing, restoring, refinishing or replacing vehicle chassis, frames, panels, windshields and glass. It’s used to return the car, van or truck to good working condition, usually after an accident. The types of tools an auto body repairer uses and the processes they apply depends on the type of damage they are fixing.

2. What is the most expensive thing to fix on a car?

The make, model and age of your car are big factors in how expensive a repair will be. But some of the universally most expensive things to fix on a car are:

  • Catalytic converter – The parts are £150-£850, so with labour, the bill will be much higher.
  • Alternator – Repairing or replacing an alternator is £150-£300.
  • Door panels & bumpers – Just parts for this can run you £300-£700.
  • Clutch – Here the labour is the main cost at several hours to replace a clutch for £450 quid on average.
  • Head gasket – For around £600, you can get a head gasket repaired.
  • Timing belt or cambelt – Costs to replace these depend on time and parts ranging from £200-£1000 pounds.
  • Radiator- Expect to pay around £250-£750 to repair a radiator.

3. What are the most common car repairs?

The most common car repairs are spark plugs, fuel cap tightening, oxygen sensor replacement, brake jobs, oil changes, tyres, ignition systems and electricals. How much this repair will cost and how long it will take depends on the configuration of the vehicle, easy access to parts and the skill of the car repair technician. Always go to an accident repair centre with expertise in your vehicle, especially if it’s a classic or rare car.

Reader’s Digest CA explains, “The availability of parts is one of the biggest challenges classic car owners face, and it can be a tough one to overcome. You can increase your chances of getting the parts you need by joining a local classic car club, attending auctions and car shows and learning about online sources of vintage parts. You can also seek out modern-day equivalents to classic parts in cases where the originals are simply not available.”

4. What is the hardest repair on a car?

Anything that requires you to take out the engine or the transmission is the hardest repair on a car. This might be an engine replacement or transmission repair but even when replacing a clutch the transmission needs to be removed, so it’s a tough job too. Beyond these two components, the Air Con is a difficult fix involving a lot of different parts which can be fiddly to manage. Lastly, bodywork (especially frame straightening) is a specialist field requiring fairly specific training to get a good and seamless finish.

5. How much does it cost to fix a scratch on a bumper?

Fixing a scratch on a bumper is quick and easy costing around £150-£250 to complete. That’s good because these sorts of car repairs are common as nicks and dings in the parking lot will happen over the life of your car. Remember that you can get a quote before visiting a body shop by sending in a picture of the damage. If you’ve only scratched the clear coat, you may be able to remove this yourself with a repair kit from the shop. But, if the paint is scratched, you’ll want to take it to a professional.

6. How much does it cost to repair a cracked bumper?

This depends on the amount of damage to the bumper. If it doesn’t need to be replaced, costs can be as low as £600. If you do need to replace the bumper, parts are around £300-£700 and it will take a few hours to get the old bumper off and put the new bumper on. For this, expect your bill to be around £800-£1000 and take around two working days to finish. But, you will have a brand new bumper afterwards with no weak points.

7. How to find a good accident repair centre

Finding a good accident repair centre isn’t a mystery. First, it’s a great idea to ask friends and family for their recommendations. These are people you know and trust who can provide full context to the service and quality of the auto body shop. But, if that’s not an option, maybe because you live in an isolated area, why not turn to online reviews. Trustpilot and Google reviews can give you a wide-ranging snapshot of the mechanic on their best and worst days. This can help you make a decision about two or three places to contact for a quote.

To get the best quote, send them pictures of the body damage you’re looking to repair. Get a few quotes for an all-in price. Don’t forget to ask them if they’ve worked on your make and model before. This might be the deciding factor if the quotes come in an all-around similar range. Remember that you can ask for any old parts back and if you’re not happy with the repair, ask them to fix it before you pay. If they are unable to resolve your issue, talk to the Motor Ombudsman for support.

8. Summary

Is body damage expensive to repair? Not always. Scratches can be fixed in under an hour by a qualified technician for under £250, even when the bare metal is showing. Bumpers and panel replacements cost a lot more – into the £1000 range. And any job where the transmission and motor need to be removed is likely to be pricey. But keeping your car in good condition and repairing body damage is the key to protecting your investment.

What is shot blasting?

Shot blasting is not as common of a term as sandblasting but it involves using round abrasives to get rust, oxidation, dirt and other debris off of metal components so they can be worked with and painted or refinished. But what does it actually do, what’s the difference between sandblasting and shot blasting and why would you want the procedure for your vehicle. We’ll answer all these questions and more in this 7-minute read.

1. What does shot blasting do?

Shot blasting removes contaminants like oxidation, rust and dirt from metals but also concrete and some ceramics. Metal Supermarkets explains, “Shot blasting works by propelling round materials known as shot media against a surface which in turn removes the contaminants of the surface and also can improve its finish. What type of shot media is used is a very important decision for the shot blasting process. The size and hardness of the shot material will dictate how much surface removal of the material being cleaned will occur. The type of material being cleaned will also play a role in the effectiveness of the shot blasting process. Typically, the shot material and size will be selected depending on the composition of the material whose surface is being shot blasted.” That’s why you need to hire a shot blasting team that knows what they’re doing or you risk damage to your vehicle.

2. What is the difference between shot blasting and sandblasting?

Sandblasting uses grains of sand and air to push the sand out at a high velocity. Shot blasting uses uniform and round particles to clean just as well but without the air propulsion. Finishing Systems explains, “The term “shot blasting” refers to the process of propelling abrasive media material with centrifugal or mechanical force. Shotblasting has an entirely different [pressurising] system than sandblasting. This abrasive treatment method uses a device similar to a spinning wheel to centrifugally accelerate shot-like material and blast it against a surface.” Sandblasting isn’t even done anymore in the UK with actual silica sand because it’s very dangerous and causes lung cancer.

3. Is shot blasting safe?

Of course, shot blasting is safe but with any advanced cleansing procedure it needs to be performed by a trained technician. Ervin explains, “While the process is relatively straightforward, the utmost care must be taken in its application. Any abrasive shot used in the blasting process will be propelled at extreme velocity and can cause significant harm to workers if the correct precautions are not taken. This can cause lacerations, puncture wounds, and worse. A poorly prepared blasting space can also result in significant material and property damage, causing significant loss of time and resources while the issue is properly addressed and cleared.” When undertaking shot blasting work, make sure to find an experienced body shop that adheres to all the required safety protocols.

4. Why is sandblasting banned?

Sandblasting isn’t actually banned but the use of silica sand is. You can still use air propulsion to fire abrasives at metal, ceramic and so on, but you can’t use silica anymore. This is because the material was causing lung cancer in sandblasting technicians and other exposed workers because the process creates a lot of dust and debris. That debris is hard to control and protect against, leading to a high cancer risk. So it was banned in the 50s.

5. How much is shot blasting?

The cost of shot blasting varies but £20-£40 per hour is fairly standard. So, for specific items, you might expect to pay the following:

  • Car Wheels: £15 + VAT each
  • Motorcycle Frames: £70 +VAT with powder coating
  • Car Chassis: £140 + VAT with primer
  • Roll Bars: £80 + VAT with powder coating
  • Bull Bars: £70 + VAT with powder coating
  • Lorry Chassis and Sides: from £650 + VAT with primer


Checkatrade suggests, “if you’re considering sandblasting, speak to local specialists for their professional advice and options for your project. Ask for detailed quotes with accurate sandblasting costs in your area. Discuss the need for permits and any other potential costs you may incur. Shop around for fair and competitive sandblasting costs. Always hire a tradesperson with relevant experience and ask to see examples of their recent work. When hiring a tradesperson, check their previous customer reviews to confirm the quality of their work.”

6. What is the purpose of abrasive blasting?

The purpose of abrasive blasting is to prepare the material (usually metal) for painting, finishing, peen and other treatments. It removes surface debris. This cleans and prepares the surface for other activities like powder coating, vinyl, paint and more. There are many kinds of abrasive blasting including grit and shot. But this refers mostly to the materials used and the way the abrasive is delivered to the material’s surface. The shot is rounded pellets and grit is irregular abrasive material like sand or walnut shells. What you use for your project depends on your needs and what is being prepared. You’d use abrasive or grit blasting on surfaces where the metal shot won’t work.

7. What is abrasive blasting process?

Different from shot blasting, the abrasive blasting process uses an air nozzle instead of centrifugal force to strip surfaces. Progressive Surface explains, “Abrasive grit blasting, or [sandblast cleaning] is a surface treatment process widely used in a variety of different industries with many diverse purposes. Abrasive blasting is the process by which an abrasive media is accelerated through a blasting nozzle by means of compressed air. The abrasive used varies based on the surface treatment required.” This differs from the shot blast process as those media are rounded and delivered via a spinning wheel.

8. Summary

In summary, shot blasting is a safe and effective way to remove old paint, rust, dirt and debris from metal, ceramic, concrete and other materials. This can be done as a clean or as prep for painting or other treatments. And it’s important to hire an experienced body shop to undertake this work as working with shot blasters is highly specialised.

What is custom automotive fabrication?   

Custom automotive fabrication is the process of creating bespoke parts for vehicles. This could be for the interior or exterior. And a custom fabricator is usually used when standard parts are no longer available or the client has a specific vision for the car which can’t be achieved off the shelf. Today we’ll look at what that means, example car fabrications and the costs involved with custom automotive fabrication in this 7-minute read.

1. What does an automotive fabricator do?

An automotive fabricator makes parts for hot rods, sports cars, muscle cars, trucks, antique cars, kits and bespoke builds. This could mean creating suspension systems, custom headers and exhausts, bespoke chassis, and any other speciality parts to support your vision. But it can also include conversions from cloth to leather or other speciality interior parts you need.

2. What does custom mean on a car?

Custom refers to a vehicle that’s no longer in stock condition as the factory intended. This might mean that the interior has been changed or enhanced. Or it could refer to aftermarket parts added to supplement original parts no longer being available for older models. Very extreme examples of car modification include lift kits, body kits, lowriders, hydraulic suspension and more. The most involved modifications involve ‘chopping the top’ or lowering the roof and sectioning.

According to Wiki Motors, “To section a custom car body, the entire car body has a predetermined amount of metal cut from the perimeter of the body. Once the cut is achieved, the top half of the body is lowered to sit on the bottom section, and it is then welded back together. This is perhaps the most involved and time-consuming practice in [customising] cars. Chopping and sectioning are thought to bring custom cars to the next level.”

3. When did people start customising cars?

While the 1950s in California often get all of the credit, the custom car trend began earlier. According to Custom Car Chronicle, “The Custom Car movement as we know it really started in the early [1930s] but at least a decade before that the movement was set in motion. In the late [1910s] the rich and famous demanded more elusive cars than the cars available from Detroit. They found their way to several of the [Los Angeles] local Custom Coachwork companies. Who could create more streamlined and luxurious bodies that would set them apart from everything else on the roads. It would help give them even more status than they already had.”

4. How can I customise my car?

There are endless ways to customise your car. And an expert body shop will help you understand what materials and methods can enhance the look and performance of your vehicle. From adding a performance exhaust to completely changing the chassis, the range of enhancements you can make is really only limited by your timeline and budget. Some of the most popular medications are spoilers, skirts, suspension kits, lowering or lifting, air filters and exhausts.

Leasing Options reminds us all, “that any changes that you make to your vehicle that alters it from the factory state must be declared to your insurer and lease provider or finance company. The terms of your agreement may prohibit modifications, so it is very important to check first.” And always have your mods carried out by an experienced body shop so you don’t damage the performance or value of your vehicle.

5. Why you should customise your car?

There are many reasons to customise your car. The most common are for aesthetics or performance – sometimes both. When deciding if customising your car is right for you, first check with your insurer. You’ll want to make sure that the mods you want won’t invalidate your policy. Next, know that you can only modify a car that you own. Don’t try to customise a financed vehicle. Lastly, check to make sure that the mods you like won’t negatively impact the value of your car.

According to CarWow, the most hated permanent modifications are:

  1. Modified exhaust
  2. Lowered suspension
  3. Underbody neon lights
  4. ‘Wonky wheels’ (extreme negative camber)
  5. Modified sound system/speakers
  6. Spinning rims
  7. Tinted windows
  8. Tinted headlights
  9. Spoilers

6. What’s the cost to customise a car?

It costs anywhere from £1000 to £40000 to customise a car depending on what you want to do to it. Riviera Leasing also encourages us to think about the increases in insurance. “Our study shows that bodywork and engine mods are the most expensive, increasing policies by an average of 153%. That means if your policy was £500 a year, you would actually pay £1,265. So, if you were planning on supercharging your engine, think again. Even aftermarket safety mods hugely increase insurance prices, as bodywork adjustments like strengthening brackets and fibreglass panels are shown to bump up your premium, also by 153%. [And] drivers who are considering changing their alloys or trims could be affected by a shocking 153% price hike, on average.” So take all this into consideration when commissioning custom automotive fabrication.

7. How long does it take to customise a car?

It depends on what you’re doing. A paint job can be updated in a day, but if you’re chopping the top, this can take weeks to complete. MicroGreenFilter explains, “The process of designing, engineering, and assembling a car can be long and arduous. It takes approximately 7 years to design the perfect car, 12 months to engineer it, and as many as 200 days for assembly.” So, when you’re modifying, this can easily become a long-term hobby that spans months and years. Some enthusiasts are never done tweaking their rides. Talk to your body shop about the timeline for any modifications and make sure they fit in with your expectations and interest level for a longer-term project.


If you want to be sure of a premium fit, come to White’s Bodyworks. Our team has over 20 years of custom automotive fabrication experience. Talk to us about your custom car plans today.

All about classic car servicing & MOT

If you have a range of questions all about classic car servicing & MOT, we’ve got you covered. We’ll explain why you need to service your old cars, how often to drive them and how long to let them sit. And we will share how to store them, if PDR works on them and even more helpful advice in this 7-minute read.

1. Why do you need classic car servicing & MOT?

You need classic car servicing to keep your old car in good working order. Now, many old cars won’t need an MOT. The government guidance states that if, “the vehicle was built or first registered more than 40 years ago [and] no ‘substantial changes’ have been made to the vehicle in the last 30 years, for example replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine to change the way the vehicle works” then an MOT is not required. But just because you don’t need to get an MOT by law, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t budget for classic car servicing in general.

2. How often should you service a classic car?

Have your classic car serviced at least once a year or every 3,000 miles. That’s because there are more things that can wear out, rust and go wrong on an old car than on a newer one. And if you want to keep your classic car in good condition, you don’t want to let problems bed in.

3. Do classic cars need a lot of maintenance?

Not necessarily. You will want to have your classic car serviced once a year, but if there are no major problems detected, then you’re in the clear. The type of car you have, how often you drive it and where you live will largely determine if your car will need more or less maintenance. Ocean-front living is a hotbed for rust and rare cars are difficult to find parts for. If you drive your classic car every day, you’ll naturally put more wear and wear on it. But it depends on what standard you want to keep it to as well. A factory-fresh paint job is harder to maintain than a rotted-out ‘it runs’ jalopy.

4. Does PDR work on old cars?

Absolutely. Paintless dent repair or PDR definitely works on old cars. It’s the best way to remove dents where the paint is in good condition without needing a respray. This can help maintain the value of your classic car for years to come. However, you don’t want to try and attempt a PDR on your own classic car at home. This procedure uses special tools and if you do it incorrectly, you may damage the paint, requiring a standard dent repair. Matching paint to old cars can be a challenge and impact the value.

5. Can I drive my classic car every day?

Yes. But… you will increase the wear and tear on the vehicle. So, it’s important to consider if owning a modern car for your daily commute makes more sense. If your car is particularly rare, lacking in safety features or you live in an area where the road conditions are poor, you probably won’t want to drive your classic car every day. Using it less will ironically allow you to get more years of quality enjoyment out of the vehicle when you do take it out. But it’s your car and your money, so at the end of the day, it’s your choice.

6. How do I keep my classic car in good condition?

There are several ways to keep your classic car in good condition. First, think about storage for your classic car. If you can store it in a climate-controlled indoor environment, this is ideal. If that’s not an option, opt for garage or covered off-street parking. Be sure to turn over the engine and take it around the block at least once every week or two. And get into a regular servicing agreement with a reputable classic car shop. You’ll want it looked at every 3,000 miles or annually at least.

7. How long can a classic car sit?

Don’t let your classic car sit for more than 2 weeks at a time unless you’ve prepped it for storage. It’s important that you turn on the car, let it run and take it around even a block or two every other week. This helps keep all the engine parts lubricated, prevents rust in the fuel tank and keeps the battery from becoming parasitically drained. If you don’t have time to drive it around, at least keep it running for 10 minutes each time.

If you have to store it for a few months, there are steps you can take to prevent damage. According to Edmunds, “Use an all-weather car cover if you cannot leave your car in a garage. Get the car washed and waxed before placing it in storage. Be sure to fill up the [petrol] tank and add a [petrol stabiliser] if you will be storing the car for more than 30 days. [And] use a battery tender to avoid having to jump-start the battery.” Even with these precautions, you’ll want to have it serviced once you take it out of storage to ensure nothing has degraded during that time.

8. Summary

Regular annual servicing or checks every 3,000 miles are key to keeping your classic car in good repair. While you might not need an MOT if it’s old enough and all original, frequent maintenance can prevent small problems from becoming costly. While you probably won’t want to use a classic car as your everyday driver, you should take it out for a spin every 2 weeks. If you can’t, there are ways to prepare the car for safe longer-term storage and keeping it out of the elements is always a good first step. If it does get a little banged up, you can use PDR to get it looking good as new in most cases.

If you need more support in looking after your classic car, our team can advise you. Reach out on 01273 933633 today.


Paintless dent removal guide

Our comprehensive paintless dent removal guide will help you understand what the treatment is and if it works. We’ll review what’s involved and if you can carry out PDR yourself. And we’ll share what it may cost and how long your results will last. It’s everything you need to know about paintless dent removal in one 10-minute guide.

1. What is paintless dent removal?

Paintless Dent Removal or PDR repairs any size dent without the need for filling or painting. To do a PDR, the technician will massage and push the panel from behind. The goal is to restore the original shape without damaging the original paint. As such, it’s not possible to do PDR if there is damage to the paintwork. Paint damage can look like warping, stretching, chipping, thinning, rips, tears or other kinds of paint trauma. So, your body shop will make an assessment to see if your dent is a good candidate for paintless dent removal. They can do this in person or through email if you send high-quality photos. Don’t worry, most dents can be repaired with PDR. And since there is no curing time, this is one of the fastest ways to remove dents.

2. Is paintless dent removal any good?

Paintless dent removal is very effective. According to Dented, “Since paintless dent repair can remove 80-90% of dents, it is the best way to get a dent out of your car. […] If you want to have your vehicle dent free for a fraction of the cost and in less time, the paintless dent repair process is a great way to restore your vehicle’s body panels.” That’s because it uses fewer supplies than a standard dent removal process. There’s no curing time. And there’s no chance of miss-matched paint. Plus, your car isn’t going to lose value through after-market additions. So, that makes it a very desirable repair method.

3. How much does it cost to repair a paintless dent?

PDR is £120 per panel on average. That makes it generally more affordable than standard dent removal which can cost from £100 to £200 per panel. To determine if your car is a good candidate for paintless dent removal, you’ll want to provide high-quality photos of the damage to your body shop for a quote. The size of the dent doesn’t matter with PDR. The only concern is that the paint is in perfect condition. However, you might want to try and remove very small dents yourself with suction or hot water first.

4. Can you do PDR yourself?

Not really. PDR uses specialist tools. And those require training to learn how to use. The metal rods and body picks used in professional paintless dent repair aren’t that intuitive. And the process requires you to manipulate the metal by hand to different levels. In short, this is a precise and meticulous process. It’s not something you’d want to attempt at home. And the tools cost around £40 for you to even try it. Considering the average cost to have pros do it is £120, it’s not really worth it. You might cause more harm than good. However, you can try to remove some very minor dents yourself without these tools or paint. The main two ways to do that is with hot water or with a plunger that’s smaller than the dent.

5. How does paintless dent repair work?

Paintless dent repair works by returning the bodywork to its original shape. This is done by removing the panel or accessing the underside of the dent. During the process, a technician uses body picks or metal rods to work on the panel. Overall, their goal is to return it to its original shape. And they do this by manipulating the metal slowly to bring it to level. In short, it’s effective on nearly any dent where the original paint is not damaged in any way. Since there’s no filling, levelling or curing; it is faster than traditional dent repair. And that makes it cheaper too. Finally, you won’t damage your car’s value either. That’s because PDR doesn’t require aftermarket paint or fillers.

6. What size dent can PDR repair?

PDR works best on large and shallow dents in the bodywork. But it can be used to repair any size dent. In fact, 80-90% of all dents can be fixed with PDR. The only requirement is that your paint isn’t damaged at all. Paint damage can include scratches, chipping, stretched paint, missing paint or other forms of paint trauma. Once there is paint damage, then traditional methods must be used. However, PDR can prep your panel for painting too; if that’s needed.

7. Does paintless dent removal last?

Yes. Paintless dent removal is a permanent dent repair solution. It restores your car’s bodywork back to its original shape. And, since there is no repainting, it’s a perfect colour match. When PDR is done effectively, you will not be able to see where the repair has taken place. And it will not decrease the car’s value as no aftermarket filler or paint is applied. Since it doesn’t have any curing wait time, PDR is much faster than traditional methods.

8. Summary

In conclusion, our paintless dent removal guide showed how PDR is effective for most dents. It’s practised by levelling the bodywork from the underside. And, so long as there are no paint issues, it will fix any size dent. While you don’t want to try it yourself, it’s not too expensive to have done. At £120 per panel, it’s generally less than traditional body repair. And that’s because there is no filler, paint or curing time required. As such, you’ll not damage your car’s resale value with any aftermarket additions. Overall, PDR is probably the best way to repair scratches and dents. But we did share that very small dents can be fixed on your own with just hot water or suction in most cases.


If you think you need PDR, why not send a photo over to our team of technicians today for a fast and free quote.

What you need to know about dent and scratch repair

When determining what you need to know about dent and scratch repair, price isn’t always number one. In fact, you first need to know what types of repairs are available. Then, you need to consider if your car is really worth repairing. And if it is, if that repair is covered by insurance. We’ll spell it all out for you in this 7-minute read.

1. What is dent and scratch repair?

Dent and scratch repair is the process of removing scrapes and impacts caused by something hitting your car. They can be very small or quite large depending on the collision you had. But you can get them from little things like shopping trolleys, bollards, poles and columns. It’s most common to get them on the doors and bumpers. Dent and scratch repair removes these bumps and scuffs to get your car back to its original condition.

2. What causes dents and scratches?

Dents and scratches are always caused by an impact. Scratches tend to be horizontal or vertical lines caused by sustained contact with another object. And dents are caused by sudden blunt force. You can get dents and scratches just doing everyday things with your car like parking up. Sometimes, but rarely, dents and scratches are caused by vandalism. For example, a troublemaker might go around a parking lot running their keys along the side of cars to scratch their paint.

3. Is it worth getting my dent repaired?

It is worth getting your dent repaired if your car has more value than the cost of the repair. That seems intuitive. But you may not know how much your car is actually worth right now, especially if you’ve had it for a while. Large dents can cost hundreds to replace, so you’ll want to take that into consideration before getting a dent repaired. And a scratch? The price of that repair will change depending on how large and deep it is. Plus, it will also change if you need fresh paint or not. However, it’s important to remember that deep scratches and dents can let in rust. So, if you care about your car, it’s probably best to fix a small issue now before it becomes a large problem.

4. How much does it cost to fix a dent and a scratch?

The average cost to fix a dent and a scratch in the UK is £100 – £200 per panel. Some small dents you might be able to repair yourself with hot water or a plunger. But if there’s any paint damage, you’ll need a professional. Same with scratches… You may be able to fix small ones that aren’t visible on your wet car with a polishing compound. However, if the paint is damaged, it’s best to seek professional help. It’s rare for dent and scratch repair to cost more than £1500 in total, so for all but the oldest rust-buckets, it’s worth it. And you can get a quote beforehand by sending in a photo of the damage.

5. Is dent and scratch covered by insurance?

Generally, no. There is a specific type of insurance for this sort of damage called cosmetic insurance. It’s usually around £100 per year with no or low excess. The purpose of this kind of insurance is to avoid claiming on your main policy with a higher excess. But, according to WhatCar, “You will probably have to tell your main insurer about any claims that you make on a scratch and dent policy, too. The respective companies should be able to advise you about this but, generally, any claim has to be reported to your main insurer, otherwise, you could invalidate your policy, so scratch and dent cover is not a way to avoid adding claims to your normal car insurance policy.” So, it’s probably not worth involving insurance to cover these sorts of repairs. It’s better to pay for it directly if you can. Over the life of your car, unless you’re often in a high-traffic area, you’ll likely only need to fix one or two dents. But a £100 per year policy would add up to more than that in annual costs over time.

6. How do body shops fix dents?

First, they’ll check to see if it’s worth repairing the dent or just replacing the panel. Then, the technician will use the correct method to fix the dent. This might include a hammer and dolly, dent puller (suction), stud welder or pliers. When they have repaired the dent, it might not be level yet. In that case, they will need to apply a filler to bring it to level. Following that, they will add a hardener and sand it smooth with the surface of your car. Once everything is dry, they’ll repaint it to match with the rest of your car. However, if your car is old or uncommon, a perfect paint match may be difficult to find. You’ll want to work with a specialist shop like Whites Bodyworks to ensure a seamless repair.

7. Will my insurance go up if I scratch a car?

If you make a claim or the other person makes a claim, then yes. Your insurance may go up if you scratch a car or your car is scratched and you claim. However, most scratches and dents are minor. Therefore, they are not covered by standard insurance. So, you’d have no need to claim. If you repair the damage privately or arrange to do so with the other driver, then you’ll have no claims against your insurance.

8. Summary

In brief, it’s generally a good idea to repair a scratch or a dent. It’s affordable. And it protects your car from developing surface rust and compounding the problem. In most cases, you won’t need to involve insurance as dents and scratches are generally not covered by primary policies. If you do have cosmetic insurance, you’ll need to consider if it’s worth it in the long term. Lastly, if the paintwork is involved, you’ll want to make sure you have the work carried out by a professional garage that’s familiar with your make and model. Hopefully, that has helped you with everything you need to know about dent and scratch repair. Remember, you can always pop over a picture for a quote on your unique case.

Reasons to hire a vehicle transport service

If you are considering a vehicle transport service, you might be unclear what to actually expect on the day and how this service will benefit you. There are many reasons to hire a vehicle transport service, things you should look for when getting quotes and the variable costs associated with moving a car around the country. We’ll break it down in this 7-minute read.

1. What is a vehicle transport service?

A vehicle transport service allows you to move a car, motorbike or van from one location to another without driving it. There are two main ways to do this. You can transport a vehicle on a towed trailer or on/inside another vehicle. For most people, transport on an open flatbed is all that’s required. For this, using a built-for-purpose Ford Transit Transporter is probably the gold standard. Since the vehicle is loaded right onto the bed, there’s no chance of jackknifing or losing the load like is possible with a hitched trailer. And the tyres don’t touch the road as they do with wheel lift towing, so you’re not adding any wear and tear to the vehicle during transport.

2. Why do you need a vehicle transport service?

There are many reasons why you need a vehicle transport service. If your car has broken down, you’ll need transport to get it to the local garage. Maybe you’re selling your car and want it delivered to the buyer so you don’t put extra miles on the clock. Maybe you’ve not taxed your car so it’s not road legal yet but you need to move it. Or maybe you’ve been in an accident and need roadside recovery. Finally, if you’re going to a car show or race and don’t want to put any wear on the car before the day, car transport is ideal. Whatever your reason, trust our transport techs to deliver your vehicle safe and sound.

3. What should you look for?

When hiring a vehicle transport service, go with an enclosed or bed-based transport solution. There is a lot that can go wrong if you’re towing a hitched trailer. The trailer hitch can refuse to interlock, it can loosen during the ride, it can break and you can jackknife the trailer when reversing. It’s not much better with wheel lift towing, since this still puts wear on your tyres (unevenly at that since the front is not touching the road). That’s a lot of added headaches you don’t need. So look for a white-glove service where you and your vehicle get seamlessly collected and taken to your destination without any fuss or wear. Make sure the firm is insured and uses an appropriate transportation vehicle for the type of car, truck, van or bike you’re moving.

4. How does a vehicle transport service work on the day?

When you arrange for a vehicle transport service, the driver will arrive at your starting location. It only takes a few minutes to load your car, bike, truck or van onto a Ford Transit Transporter and secure it. Then, the driver will deliver your vehicle securely to its destination. You may be riding with the driver or it might simply be a drop-off service. You’ll get confirmation of delivery when it has arrived.

5. What’s the average vehicle transport service cost?

The standard cost for transported car delivery is between £1-£3 per mile within 60 miles. If you go further than 60 miles, the price will be lower. Also, you may pay extra fees for special care instructions, remote drop-offs, overweight or oversize vehicles and guaranteed delivery slots. Click Trans explains, “Want to transport your Vauxhall from Gloucestershire to Bristol? A van from Tipton to Botley? The average price for the route length up to 200 miles is [£93] and it decreases with every mile. The estimated average cost per mile is [£.89].”

6. Can you drive a car that’s not road legal?

The short answer is no. According to gov.uk, “You’re responsible for making sure your vehicle is always safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if you have a current MOT certificate. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.” Generally, for most vehicles to be legal, it needs to be safe to drive, have an MOT, be taxed and be registered with DVLA. And you need to be old enough to drive, have good eyesight and possess a valid licence for the vehicle type you want to drive (or if you’re learning, be with a qualified driver and have “L” plates on). You can however drive a car to the MOT shop to get an MOT even if it is already expired.

7. What is the cheapest way to transport a car?

It’s actually by train. But that’s hardly an on-demand service. According to Auto Star, “A train is the cheapest way to ship a car cross country compared to a car trailer since several cars need to be shipped and a train uses much less fuel per car than a trailer. Apart from being cheaper than shipping a car by truck, auto shipping by rail allows you to load up your car with boxes before it is loaded.” However, you’ll be restricted to certain pickup and drop off locations and you’ll likely need to arrange for a private vehicle transport service to get you the last mile on both legs of your journey. So you may find it’s just not worth the added hassle just to save a few quid.


There are many reasons why you may need to hire a vehicle transport service. And the method, service level and requirements you have may vary. If you’re within 60 miles of our Hassocks, Sussex garage, we hope you’ll choose us. Our great-value car transport service can accommodate nearly any requirement via our fleet of Ford Transit Transporters. Contact us on 01273933633 to arrange your pick up and drop off.

01273 933633 / repairs@whitesbodyworks.co.uk
Unit 23, Firsland Park Estate, Henfield Road, Albourne, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9JJ