Plastic bumpers: repair vs replace

Technician at Activate Repair

Most modern cars include some plastic parts – bumpers in particular are usually made of plastic. So, what happens when your plastic bumper gets damaged? Can it be repaired, or does it need to be replaced with a new part? Here, we discuss the benefits and practicalities of plastic repair. Can you repair a plastic […]

Can you repair my electric vehicle (EV)?

Car in EV repair bat at Activate Repair Warrington

As more people make the switch to electric vehicles, repair centres are investing in tools and training to help them safely repair EVs. In this article, we give an overview of EV repair and what we’ve done to make sure our Activate Repair centres are EV-ready. Vehicle body repair: EV vs ICE The body work […]

What are ‘Green Parts’, and why are they used in vehicle repair?

Green Parts Vehicle Repair

Repairers are increasing their use of ‘green parts’ as an alternative to brand-new components in vehicle repair. They’re a tried and tested solution used by insurers to conduct more sustainable, cost-effective repairs to their customers’ vehicles. If you’ve been offered a green part repair, you may wonder why this is the case, and whether they […]

Is it safe to use second-hand parts in vehicle repair?

second-hand/green vehicle parts

Repairers are increasingly harnessing second-hand vehicle parts, often referred to as ‘green parts’, as an alternative to sourcing brand-new OE or aftermarket components. But how safe are they when compared with their off-the-shelf counterparts? Here we explore the safety implications of using second-hand parts in vehicle repair, as well as the potential benefits of doing […]

Activate Accident Repair continues growth with two new sites

Activate Accident Repair has opened its doors in Mildenhall and Sunderland as parent company Activate Group continues to grow its bodyshop division. The new centres represent a £2 million pound investment in the latest repair technology, and take the total number of Activate Accident Repair sites to eight. Setting the standard Activate Group Chief Commercial […]

Activate Accident Repair continue to grow and extend its EV repair capability with the opening of its Newcastle bodyshop

Activate Accident Repair are continuing their growth by announcing the opening of yet another hi-tech bodyshop, strengthening their position in the North East of England – Newcastle will be the 6th location for the business. This enhances the capability and capacity of Activate Groups hybrid repair solution which is made up its own bodyshop and repair partners. The New Bodyshop The new 20,000 […]

Activate Accident Repair opens flagship Warrington centre

Activate Accident Repair has hit the latest milestone in its £15 million expansion plan with the opening of its fourth body shop. Opened in May, the new Warrington site is the business’ largest repair centre to date at 24,000 ft2 with the capacity to repair up to 18 vehicles a day. Purpose built with the […]

The vital role of apprenticeships in the repair industry

It’s National Apprenticeship Week. At Activate Accident Repair we’re celebrating our apprenticeship programme and reflecting on the positive role apprenticeships play in the repair industry. We caught up with Dale Ryder, General Manager of Activate Accident Repair Leeds on his own experience as an apprentice, and the importance of attracting new talent into the industry. […]

Victoria Turner, CEO, confirms commitment to inclusivity by joining Automotive 30% Club

Victoria Turner, CEO of Activate Accident Repair and CCO of Activate Group has announced her membership of the Automotive 30% Club The voluntary network of motor industry leaders aims to improve gender balance within the industry with a goal of filling at least 30% of automotive leadership positions with diverse women by 2030. Open minded […]