Quality doesn't have to come with a big price tag, at A&P our whole ethos is providing the end product with an extremely competitive price, and more importantly a good quality fit tested part. All our panels and parts are Thatcham www.thatcham.org quality approved and test fitted for the Insurance Industry market. One of the reasons for Thatcham approval is the growing number of far eastern panels that are being sold on the internet and through other sources from dubious manufacturer's that can prove to be either dangerous or fatal in a collision.Please Don't compromise on quality against price.
When it comes to choosing a body part for your car it pays to choose the right one:
Possible problems you could face on poorly sourced internet sites:
Car safety has come a long way in the last few decades, and one of the most effective innovations is the crumple zone. Also known as a crush zone, crumple zones are areas of a vehicle that are designed to deform and crumple in a collision. This absorbs some of the energy of the impact, preventing it from being transmitted to the occupants. As shown with the famous Thatcham crash dummy's.
On a cheaper poor quality part a bonnet lock mechanism may fail causing the bonnet to fly up at speed. It could save your life to choose a Thatcham or credited part.
Many reputable body shops and garage's refuse to fit none Thatcham accredited parts because of legal implications should anything catastrophically go wrong after repair. So when buying a major panel off the web or anywhere else for that matter, always choose wisely, and always choose A&P Thatcham or Credited assured parts..........
Thatcham's independent status and reputation for quality makes it ideally positioned to undertake accreditation. Current legislation and the development of a compensation culture in the UK are a cause for concern when repairing vehicles and needing to maintain quality standards.
For Thatcham, this has led to them to seeking recognition of our already high quality standards by achieving the BS EN ISO9001:2008 standard.
In March 2011, Thatcham's scheme of product certification, commonly known as TQA, changed its title to Thatcham Quality Assurance. As a result TQA is now the single brand for all Thatcham certified products and equipment, following an extension of the scheme's coverage to include all existing vehicle security categories as well as other automotive related product groups.
As well as TQA, we have identified two other key areas where accreditation can be of immediate benefit to repairers and insurers —
Technician Accreditation — To enable customers and work providers to differentiate between companies with a properly qualified workforce.
Thatcham TUV Certified Parts — Providing the UK and European body repair industry with an alternative source of proven non O.E quality crash repair parts.
Thatcham have adopted the model for quality assurance as defined in the international standard 'ISO 9000' series. This will ensure that the Quality requirements, needs and expectations of our stakeholders are met.