Auto Body Tips from an Automobile Connoisseur

3 Things You Probably Don't Know About Collision Repair

The one place you are most likely to visit after a car accident is an auto body repair shop. As much as the average consumer knows about collision repair,  there is still a lot to be learned if you do not have direct experience in the industry. Here is a look at some of the things you probably do not know about auto body shops and collision repair. 

Cost estimates can be relative to industry experience. 

Read pretty much any advice you can find on Google about finding the best autobody repair shop, and it is a guarantee that you will be told to compare prices and pick the least expensive place. Yet there is one thing many people don't understand: one factor that determines the cost in an estimate is the industry skill and experience of the professionals at the shop. Just like a cosmetic surgeon, autobody techs with the most experience tend to charge a bit more for their expertise. If a shop is staffed with technicians who have had more years of training, the price may be a bit higher but well worth it in the end. 

Most autobody shops use body filler during a collision repair. 

For some reason, body fillers like Bondo have developed a negative connotation, and there really is no good reason behind it. These filler materials make it possible to restore part of a vehicle's body to its former glory without having to fully replace the part. When applied correctly and cured properly before painting, the body filler material is going to be just as strong and long-lasting as the rest of the vehicle. Plus, there's really no way of telling where the filler is located unless you were to strip off the paint. 

Collision damage repair estimates are not always just body repairs. 

The damages you see on the outside of your vehicle after a collision are only surface-level; they are not indicative of all damage that has occurred. It is most common for a collision to result in mechanical damages just the same as cosmetic damages. For example, a front-end collision can mean the bumper and hood have to be replaced, but it is likely the front parts of the motor, the front axles of the vehicle, and even the tires have sustained some kind of damage as well. Many autobody shops, such as High Point Body & Paint, offer mechanical repairs in addition to body repairs.