Accident Repairs in Exeter, Devon

Sowton Body Repairs is Helston Garage's Group new state of the art body repair facility.

This new facility opened in April 2012 complete with a full range of the latest technology to ensure that your vehicle is fully repaired back to its original condition. Located just off the M5 at junction 30, Sowton Motor Body Repairs are able to handle anything from a major accident repair to a minor bumper scuff.

Our staff are fully qualified and manufacturer trained using up to date technical information whilst working to manufacturers' times and repair methods. Our quality control process guarantees that your repair will be to the very highest standard and all vehicles are thoroughly checked before return.

We have numerous manufacturer endorsements and insurance company approvals which are testament to the quality of our work and standing in which we are held.

Should you require any assistance please contact one of our friendly and helpful members of staff on either 01392 274096 or Our address is 10 Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7LW.

  • Accident Repair
  • Cosmetic Repair
  • Alloy Wheel Refurbishing
  • Approvals

Accident Repair

The technology in car construction continues to change at a rapid rate and to ensure that we are able to repair all types of vehicle using the latest technology, including aluminium construction vehicles; we have opened an all new Body Centre in April 2012 which trades under the name of Sowton Motor Body Repairs.

Regrettably, accidents do happen. It may not be your fault but, one day, your vehicle may be in need of some professional repair. At this point you will be faced with an important decision. Who will repair your vehicle back to its original condition?.

There is no reason to accept anyone less than a Franchised Approved Body Repairer. Regardless of who your insurance company is, by law, you are entitled to choose who repairs your car. You do not even need to shop around for quotes – just specify your preferred repairer as Sowton Motor Body Repairs your vehicle's Approved Body Repairer in the knowledge that we will only use genuine manufacturer parts during the repair process.

Regardless of whether the accident was your fault or not, we are able to recover your vehicle, supply a courtesy car and repair your damaged vehicle and return it to you when all the work has been completed. We will liaise with your insurance company to ensure that the whole process is as painless an experience as possible.

Cosmetic Repair

In addition to accident repair work we are also able to offer a range of SMART repairs (Small/Medium Area Repair Technique), alloy wheel refurbishment, leather and plastic trim repairs as well as cabriolet roof refurbishment.

There are many SMART repairs but the most common of them are:

  • Minor car scratches
  • Bumper Scuffs
  • Car Park Dents
  • Minor Cosmetic Damage

Should you have a minor brush at the supermarket, using SMART technology will allow you to keep your car in pristine condition at an affordable price.

Alloy Wheel Refurbishing

Alloy wheel refurbishing is only suitable for wheels that have scuffed/lightly damaged. In most cases alloys wheels can be refurbished but on the odd occasion that a wheel has been seriously damaged we will advise you to replace the wheel for safety reasons. There are many types of alloy wheel refurbishment but the three main types are listed below.

Front Face Cosmetic Repair

Here the tyre (if fitted) is removed so as to gain complete access to the wheel rim to repair any kerb damage and or corrosion. The wheel face is then repaired and flatted down to a suitable standard for priming. This primer is then flatted back and a base coat colour applied.

Finally a clear lacquer is applied to seal and finish the wheel. The wheel is then oven cured for maximum durability and protection. The tyre (if fitted) is then refitted, re-inflated and rebalanced ready for use.

Complete Refurbishment

This process involves the removal of the tyre, valve and wheel weights. The wheel is then cleaned ready for the next level of preparation. Next the wheel goes into our shot blasting cabinet to remove any corrosion and pitting in the surface. At this point, should the wheel need minor repairs these will be carried out and flatted down ready for priming. This primer is then flatted back and a base coat colour applied. Finally a clear lacquer is applied to seal and finish the wheel. The wheel is then oven cured for maximum durability and protection. The tyre is then refitted, re-inflated and rebalanced ready for use.

Colour Coding wheels to body colour

This process is becoming increasingly popular. Color-coding is the process that matches the alloy wheels to the vehicle paintwork. Using our advanced paint system we are able to offer unique color-coding options. We can also arrange to arrange bespoke colours for your wheels should you require. Please ask for further details.


We are very proud to hold manufacturers approval for the following Car Companies.

  • Audi
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Peugeot
  • Volkswagen Passenger Cars
  • Volkswagen Commercial
  • Skoda
  • Seat
  • Nissan
  • Citroen
  • Volvo