About Us

Solent Bodybuilders & Repairs are part of the Solent Bodybuilders Group of companies based in Hampshire.

We are a family-run company, founded in 1968 and managed by Kevin and Mark Sainsbury, sons of the founder.

We specialise in high quality new build and specialist commercial vehicles; conversions and refurbishment; together with accident repairs and a complete vehicle graphics service.

As a family business, we've grown from providing a complete end-to-end service for our customers with an emphasis on top quality and service.

The new build section of Solent Bodybuilders has the ability to construct flatbed, drop side, box van, curtainside and specialist bodies, to the customer’s detailed specifications. This is complemented with our Accident Repair department, which can carry out all levels of accident repair work from a minor scratch to a major Road Traffic Accident.

In 2003 we invested in a market-leading JOSAM chassis straightening jig, which can straighten any damaged chassis. We also refurbish and carry out full repaints including full livery to all sizes of Commercial vehicles and trailers. We also have a fully calibrated 50tonne Public Weighbridge on site and a weighbridge ticket is supplied with every body we construct.

We have a dedicated management team who are all fully skilled, having commenced their careers on the shop floor as painters, panel beaters or coachbuilders, before taking the big step to Management. The benefit of this is that they know exactly how the body has to be constructed or the repair carried out with first hand knowledge. They also understand the difficulties that are experienced on the shop floor and the complexity of some of the bodywork or repairs. Our Sales Manager is also a fully skilled Coachbuilder with many years experience serving his apprenticeship, progressing into the drawing office and then into Sales.