The term "repair shop" is a bit misleading. The repair company and its professionals do not charge clients for their services because the artifacts are always picked for their sentimental importance to the owners (and the BBC gets a full televised TV slot out of it). They do, however, make money by offering an optional cash payment or replacement item.
The repair company's staff include engineers who diagnose the problems with the object and recommend repairs. Sometimes they have help from specialists such as conservators when dealing with especially difficult problems. After the problem has been fixed, the team members present their findings in a report. This usually includes suggestions on how to prevent further damage from happening to the object. The team then offers their opinion on whether the object can be restored to its original condition or if another approach should be taken instead. Finally, they estimate how long the work will take.
Repairs can be expensive, so the company tries to offer clients options on what they can do. Some choose to pay extra for a priority service that would get the job done faster than usual but would also require additional fees. Others might prefer to replace the item rather than fix it. Still others may want to donate the item to a museum instead of having it repaired. Whatever choice the client makes, it's important to them that they're given all their options clearly explained.
To apply for a role in The Repair Shop, go to the BBC website's Shows and Tours area and click on the Take Part option. "If you have a beloved piece that has seen better days and you think our professionals can assist, then get in contact soon!" says the description. "We want all kinds of things fixed - from computers to cars."
The best way to get repairs done is by contacting the company directly through their website. If you send an email, be sure to include your name and phone number so they can get back to you! You can also leave a message if no one answers after several tries. It's important to follow up because sometimes emails get lost in the mail.
Repairs can be done in two ways: either you can pay up front or later when the item is repaired. If you choose to pay later, make sure the company accepts credit cards as this is how most people will be paying. Otherwise, you might not get your device fixed because there's no money left in your account.
Some companies may ask for your ID card or other documents to verify your identity before fixing your device. This is common practice for laptops because someone could steal your laptop while it's in for service.
Laptops need to be cleaned before being returned to users. Any unclaimed items should be sent back to the manufacturer for data recovery services.
Who pays for the repair shop's services? The good news is that the show covers all of the repairs, making them completely free. "We don't charge for repairs," said Rob Butterfield, head of factual at the show's production firm Ricochet, to the BBC. "There are some things that we can't fix, like cars made before 1998, but even then, we cover the cost of having it towed to another location."
In addition to being free, the show provides detailed instructions on how to perform many common repairs yourself. They also have a network of partners who can provide additional information on specific topics. For example, Allstate covers the cost of having your car repaired by its approved mechanics. When you bring your vehicle in for service, they will give you a voucher for a discount on a new or used car.
The point is that when you need your car fixed, no one is going to charge you for it. In fact, you might even get some help from Allstate with certain repairs! There are also other benefits to being an Allstate agent, including the use of their insurance products and discounts on those products.
Overall, this is a great deal! You get free repairs, and if you're an Allstate agent, you can also receive discounts on insurance products. This option is perfect for anyone who wants to save money without sacrificing coverage.
The Repair Shop is a British television series produced by Ricochet that aired on BBC Two from series 1 to 3 and BBC One from series 4 onwards, in which specialists fix family artifacts for their owners. The show was created by Paul Whitworth and stars Chris O'Dowd as the main character, an ex-military man who runs the repair shop with his wife Tess (Jane Horrocks). The couple's daughter Lucy (Sophie Stoll) also appears regularly.
The show received positive reviews from critics and has been described as "delightful" and "a bit like Pawn Stars for people who like old things". It is broadcast in more than 100 countries and has acquired a following in other cultures too. In Israel, it is broadcast on yes TV and is called HaPijam (The Collector).
In India, it is broadcast on Star World and is called Chiteen Babu - A treasure hunter who goes around collecting old things that people throw out. He is played by actor Nana Patekar. The show first aired in 2004 and now airs daily at 10:00 AM. It has won several awards including Best Television Series – Adventure/Fantasy at the Indian Telly Awards.
In Japan, it is broadcast on WOWOW and is called Old Thing Hunter - Hiroki Takahashi.