Repairs ‘leave town’

Scott Reddy, of United Panel Works, says storm-damaged vehicles under insurance claims are being shipped out of the region without local businesses getting the opportunity to quote. 
Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Scott Reddy, of United Panel Works, says storm-damaged vehicles under insurance claims are being shipped out of the region without local businesses getting the opportunity to quote. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

A MILDURA panel beater has raised concerns cars damaged by recent hail are being needlessly shipped out of the region for ­repairs.

United Panel Works owner Scott Reddy said it was a lose-lose situation for local businesses and customers, with claims relating to hail damage bypassing local repairers due to the perception they were too busy to handle them.

“They’ve called it a major hail event so they’ve done deals with these paintless dent repair teams who come out to places like Mildura and clean up the hail,” he said. “One of these companies is moving cars back to their repair shops they are affiliated with to have them repaired.

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