Nobody likes a good helping of chips - well, not the type that appear in a car’s paintwork anyway. Whether it’s a shower of stones thrown up by the car in front, or a carelessly opened door in a supermarket car park, minor damage to a car’s appearance can be both annoying and detrimental to its value.
ChipsAway International Ltd - one of the country’s leading franchise organisations - offers a mobile cosmetic car care service to motorists all over the UK. The company’s success has resulted in rapid expansion and now the Kidderminster-based business operates a fleet of 70 Volkswagen Transporter panel vans. In fact, ChipsAway has been so impressed with the performance of the Transporter that this number looks set to increase.
The vans have been adapted to become fully equipped mobile workshops and carry unique paint mixing schemes of the type found in a traditional bodyshop, but designed exclusively for mobile repairs. This enables ChipsAway to take its service to both public and trade customers and cost-effectively repair minor damage to automotive paintwork, such as scuffs, chips and scratches, to a very high quality.
The latest generation of the Volkswagen Transporter was launched in 2003 and builds on the solid reputation of its four predecessors. Innovations, including an exciting range of powerful and economical TDI engines featuring Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ (PD) unit injector technology; independent suspension on all four wheels; precise, dash-mounted gear change; car-like handling; and a well thought-out ergonomic cab all create an unbeatable overall package.
Since its launch the new Transporter has won numerous industry awards including International Van of the Year 2004, as well as What Van? magazine’s Van of the Year.
Nick Bicknell, Operations Director for ChipsAway, fully endorses the praise heaped upon this exceptional van: ‘We selected the Volkswagen Transporter because it reflects the business ethics of our company: a product of the highest quality and reliability.’
ChipsAway first developed small and medium area repair technology, or SMART as it is known, in the USA. It introduced the concept into the UK ten years ago and still remains the dominant brand in this sector. With around 27 million vehicles on the road the scope for growth in this industry is huge, and ChipsAway fully expects to be running a fleet of 400 Volkswagen Transporters within the next few years.
Listers Volkswagen Van Centre in Worcester - part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ national network of over 80 dedicated Van Centres - supplies ChipsAway with its Transporters.Published 16 January 2005