About us

Carrum Downs Accident Repair Centre (CDARC) is the result of a culmination of over 30 years experience gained by its proprietor, Craig Gipp.

Craig commenced a panel beating apprenticeship in the early ’80s, followed by a three-year spell in the Australian Army. After establishing his own panel shop and operating it for a number of years, he made a change and took on a role as a vehicle assessor for All States Auto (AAMI). Most recently, he has been operating a successful business in expert automotive colour matching and spray painting. This vast array of know-how gained in the accident repair industry has enabled Craig to understand all the various aspects of the trade and has equipped him with the necessary tools to confidently deliver a superior service to our customers.
CDARC is established in a prime location to meet the demands of repairing any high quality and prestige vehicle, in what has typically been an underserviced niche in this area.  With the new Peninsula Link not far away from opening, the incredible ease of accessibility from the southern-most tip of the Mornington Peninsula, right through to any suburb located along the Citilink and its surrounds, we anticipate no issues relating to our locale.  Our quality service will be available to all suburbs of Melbourne with incredible ease.
We understand the inconvenience of being without a vehicle for any amount of time.  One of our main aims is to be able to deliver timely service, not to have a vehicle waiting in the centre for days before it is started, which we have learnt is one of the most common complaints.    We believe that the key to success is quality customer service and personal touch.  Craig and staff are always contactable to discuss the progress of a client’s vehicle and/or any queries, regardless of how insignificant it might seem. Vehicles are delivered in a timely manner, as our MISSION STATEMENT explains……. 

”QUALITY REPAIRS ON TIME”.

Being a new development, we have the latest, state of the art equipment, with the most current tools and software to enable us to complete projects efficiently, professionally and to the highest quality.    The most current liquid inverter spot welder allows us, if necessary, to print off a readout of the works carried out on each project.  We have the capability of welding high tensile steel, aluminium and boron steel with our equipment, which means we are can complete work on the most modern vehicles.  Without the right equipment, the right results cannot be achieved.
We engage in the use of the latest repair procedures.  We have a clean, modern facility, with professional, uniformed staff who exercise great pride in their work.  We use only 2 pak baked enamel, top quality German refinishing systems.  All of the painters are “home-grown, tried and tested”, trained exclusively by Craig and second to none in the industry. 
Our panel beaters have the highest proficiency and have worked in the top prestige repair facilities throughout Australia, including BMW, SAAB etc. They are Car-O-Liner efficient, Auto-Liner and so on.
Their expertise, which collectively spans over 70 years, will deliver……

”QUALITY REPAIRS ON TIME”.

We aim to limit the inconvenience to clients, to make the experience as painless as possible. From the moment they enter our centres modern and comfortable reception area they will know their vehicle is being cared for in an extremely professional manner. Our streamlined factory layout ensures vehicles are processed with minimal manoeuvring or double handling. Security is assured with CCTV cameras and state of the art alarm systems. 
They will be talking to their friends and family members about the efficient and high-quality service that they received when they visited us here at CDARC.
In addition to our services mentioned above, we are open on SATURDAY MORNINGS for quotations. We recognise that it can be very difficult to fit everything in during the working week, so if we can make it more convenient, we will.  We also offer the practicality of an extremely reduced rate on current model courtesy cars at a rate of $28 per day.  
We recognise that a company is only as good as the promises it can keep.  In this case, the person who owns the shop runs the shop.  With our integrity, experience and focus on what is important for the clients, we can deliver…..

”QUALITY REPAIRS ON TIME”.