Nationwide Accident Repair Services has acquired bodyshop firm DWS Automotive Repair Solutions, which operates 17 centres around the M25.
DWS provides accident repair and accident management services to motor insurers, fleet operators, dealer groups and motor manufacturers.
DWS will bring additional capacity across a part of the country where Nationwide is currently underrepresented.
As well as expanding Nationwide’s coverage, DWS will enable Nationwide to match its repair capacity more efficiently with demand.
Michael Wilmshurst, CEO of Nationwide, said: “I am delighted to be announcing the acquisition of DWS. Nationwide’s model is evolving and our acquisition of DWS is part of our strategy to provide an enhanced service offering to our customers.
“We’re setting new goals for ourselves as we adapt to a changing marketplace and I’m delighted that we’re now completing almost two thirds of our repairs in seven days or less and almost a third in three days or less. We are working hard to deliver an optimal service combining quality, speed and value to our customers. The acquisition of DWS is another step forward as we set to achieve the goal of being the repair solution of choice, serving our strategic customers in an increasingly integrated and sophisticated way, to mutual benefit.”