Vehicle Inspections - Davies and Gray Vehicle Assessors

We offer an
extensive range
of vehicle reporting
& claim services

Our Services

Davies & Gray offers a variety of services, which range from standard Accident Damage Inspections all the way through to Forensic Expert Reports. As the following list is not exhausted, please feel free to call our office about other services. We are real people who have extensive technical knowledge and a good understanding of the industry.

Accident Damage Inspections

We are able to receive our instructions by email, via this website or telephone and endeavour to inspect all vehicles within 48 hours. We then forward the completed report 24 hours thereafter. All our reports are Association of British Insurers and CPR Part 35 compliant. Our report includes:

  • Area and direction of impact
  • Details of recovery and storage charges
  • Itemised repair costs
  • MIAFTR category (if a total loss)
  • Relevant valuations
  • Method and fair repair times
  • Temporary repair details (if un-roadworthy)

Our report includes all the information you require to successfully process, or conclude a claim. We fully understand we may be required to assist you at a later stage.

£80.00 to £125.00 +VAT

Desk-Top / Image Reports

When inspection cost and inspection speed is a major factor

As technology improves, desk-top image reports are becoming more popular due to the swift turnaround of the report and the reduced fee. They are also beneficial to the environment, as it takes the inspecting engineer off the road. Three years ago, desk-top reports accounted for about 5% of our workload, now it equates to about 40%. And, we believe this percentage will increase to 50 or 60% over the coming years.

Using the latest Thatcham Escribe estimating system, our dedicated team of in-house Engineers can compile a desk-top report within hours of receiving images of the damaged vehicle. They can receive those images by email, WhatsApp (07513 311 326) or through this website. Remembering that further images can always be requested from the repairer if additional damage is uncovered or queries arise.

The standard fee for a desk-top report is £50.00 +VAT, however dependant on the volume, we can provide them for as little as £39.50 +VAT.

Please feel free to contact our office to find out more.

from £39.50 +VAT

Post Repair Inspections

We complete this type of vehicle inspection to satisfy the vehicle owner and give them peace of mind that their vehicle has been repaired correctly. If the repair is unsatisfactory, our report can be used as a ‘snagging list’ in preparation for the rectification work. You should be reimbursed with our fee by the repairing garage or your insurer if any faults are found.

from £100.00 +VAT
dependent on inspection/report length

Specialist / Expert Inspections

These vehicle inspections can vary hugely. One day we might inspect a vehicle to assess if the vehicle has been damaged in one or two impacts, another day we can be inspecting a vehicle to see if a brake failure or component failure has caused an accident. In brief, no two days or vehicle inspections are the same.

from £150.00 +VAT

Claim / Fraud Investigation & Consistency of Damage

The Association of British Insurers have recently released figures to suggest that motor insurance fraud is now costing the insurance industry in excess of £1 billion each year. Much of this fraud is committed by organised gangs who must be stopped! Davies & Gray are able to compile a 'Forensic Consistency of Impact Report' which will confirm if any of the following scenarios have occurred:

  • Exaggerated Claim
  • Staged Accident
  • Contrived Accident

Advice Notes are short report compiled from information provided by you. Our engineer will study any images, accident damage reports or witness statements and advise you accordingly. The engineer may advise that a full investigation should be started or he may advise that no action is taken.

Davies & Gray understands that everybody wants a transparent fee structure with no hidden costs. Any scenarios that do not fit these examples will be charged on a 'pro-rata basis', meaning you will never receive any unexpected costs.

£95.00 to £395.00 +VAT

Option 1
Advice Note
(£95.00 +VAT)
You will receive a non-disclosure advice note prepared using information provided by you (images, accident damage reports, witness statements, etc.). It will briefly discuss damage consistency and/or any suspicions or anomalies.
Option 2
Forensic Desk-Top
(£295.00 +VAT)
This is for a full CPR Part 35 Forensic desk-top report which will be compiled using information provided by you (images, accident damage reports, witness statements, etc.). You may or may not have had an advice note prior to this report.
Option 3
Inspection & Advice Note
(£245.00 +VAT)
This is for the inspection of both vehicles and an advice note prepared using the information we gather on our inspection and the information provided by you. It will briefly discuss damage consistency and/or any suspicions or anomalies.
Option 4
Conversion to CPR 35
(£150.00 +VAT)
This is the additional cost to turn option 3 into a full CPR Part 35 Forensic report.
(Option 3 + Option 4 is £395.00 +VAT).

Ongoing work is charged at £55.00 +VAT (per hour)

Valuation Report / Disputes

Have you received a settlement offer for your stolen or written off vehicle which you are unsure about or unhappy with?

Even though many insurance companies are very fair with their settlement offers this doesn't mean they don't make mistakes.

If the vehicle is still available for inspection, irrespective of whether it is damaged or not, we can inspect the vehicle and ascertain its pre-accident condition and value. And if we can substantiate our valuation, your insurers should settle at the correct figure. If the vehicle is not available for inspection this makes things slightly more difficult, however you have to remember it isn't what the vehicle cost or what it was worth, it is how much it will cost to replace it.

  • Valuation for insurance
  • Valuation to sell the vehicle
  • Valuation to get a loan, for bank or finance purposes

Valuations cost from £150.00 to £225.00 +VAT depending on how involved they become. The insurers should reimburse you with our fee if an incorrect valuation can be proved.

from £150.00 +VAT

Roadworthy / Safety Inspections

Insurance companies and local authorities often require a Roadworthy Report before they will re-insure the vehicle or allow it back on the road after accident damage repairs and/or the vehicle has been a previous Total Loss (write-off). They are not particularly bothered about the cosmetic look of the repair, but they do want to ensure that the vehicle is safe and that no occupants in the vehicle, or any road-user, will come to harm because of the repair. Please check with your insurance company to see if they require one.

£110.00 +VAT
(£132.00 inclusive)

Category C, D, N & S Inspections

Insurance companies and local authorities often require a Roadworthy Report before they will re-insure the vehicle or allow it back on the road after accident damage repairs and/or the vehicle has been a previous Total Loss (write-off). They are not particularly bothered about the cosmetic look of the repair, but they do want to ensure that the vehicle is safe and that no occupants in the vehicle, or any road-user, will come to harm because of the repair. Please check with your insurance company to see if they require one.

£110.00 +VAT
(£132.00 inclusive)

De-Fleet / End of Lease Inspections

As you will be aware, your leased vehicle needs to meet a certain standard prior to it being returned to the lease company. Because of this, Davies & Gray have designed a bespoke inspection around the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association) fair wear and tear guide which will help you avoid or mitigate any return charges. The report will not only discuss what work requires completing before its return, but will discuss what work doesn’t need completing due to it being acceptable fair wear and tear. The report will put you in an informed position ensuring you don’t receive any unexcepted re-charge costs after the vehicle has gone.

£95.00 +VAT
(£114.00 inclusive)