A trip to the body shop is never a fun time. Of course, being without a vehicle is even worse, so there’s nothing to do except tough it out and deal with the consequences of your accident. At that point, the most important thing is to find a competent body shop that can do a good job at a reasonable price. With this in mind, let’s take a quick look at the most common body shop repairs.
This is probably the mildest problem that a body shop sees. Dents can be caused by all sorts of things, as any strong impact has the potential to do this. Some of the more common causes of dents and dings include:
- Falling branches
- Impact with birds or other animals
- Another driver’s car door
- Shopping carts
Whether it’s one of these causes or something more obscure, it’s usually a bad idea to remove the dent yourself. If it’s a small one, you can probably get away without damaging the paint. However, large dents will need to be taken to a body shop, without a doubt. If you don’t do this, you will damage your paint job, and a new paint job is a lot more expensive than dent removal.
After a serious accident, vehicles can sometimes end up looking like a twisted mess of metal. If your vehicle is anywhere near this level of damage, you are going to need serious “reconstructive surgery” to get your vehicle back to normal. You can (usually) only get this kind of repair at a body shop, as it is a specialized skill.
Every vehicle needs painting from time to time, and body shops are probably the cheapest way to get it done (short of doing it yourself, of course). There is nothing like a nice new paint job. Every time you look at that perfectly smooth surface glistening in the sun, you are reminded that your vehicle is an impressive beast of the road.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to repaint one patch of a vehicle. Once the paint has been damaged in a significant way, you need a whole new paint job to get it back to normal. Thankfully, many body shops have people that are skilled in touch-up painting. Even if there is a slight difference to be seen, this might be the only option if you cannot afford a complete repainting. Still, this kind of spot-painting can work well if the colors are matched, and the edges blended properly.
The glass of your windows and windshield are definitely the weakest point in your vehicle. Even though science can make glass that is strong enough to withstand the weight of an elephant, they seem unable to make glass that can survive a car crash. Of course, this technology may exist, but it’s probably too expensive to be practical in most vehicles.
Often, people ignore a small crack in their window or windshield because it doesn’t seem like a problem. However, you can bet that crack will get larger and larger until it impedes your visibility and becomes a safety hazard. Many places have laws against driving with broken windows or a broken windshield, and so you can get in legal trouble as well. It’s best to repair or replace the glass at the first sign of cracking.
The entire purpose of a fender (or a bumper) is to absorb an impact so that the rest of your vehicle can avoid serious damage. It might be described as a “sacrifice” strategy, where the pawns sacrifice themselves to save the king. For those of you who don’t like chess, you can think of them as a front and rear shield. Either way, these parts are almost always the first ones to be impacted.
Because bumpers and fenders are a little thicker than the rest of the car, and because they don’t have to be painted, it is a little easier to remove dents from these parts. As long as you choose a reputable body shop, they should be able to fix most bumper and fender dents.
Of course, these are simply the five most common problems that a body shop sees. There are plenty of others, though, as any damage to the body or frame of a car will fall within their expertise. As a final note of caution, we would advise you to consult reviews and testimonials before choosing a body shop. This way, you can get a better idea of their skills. If we have given you a better grasp on this subject, please consider filling out the contact form below. That will allow us to send you more interesting and informative articles like this one.