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What Autobody Shops Do and Don’t Do
Whether you have a dent in the side of your car from a rogue shopping cart or you got into an accident with another driver, you understandably want your vehicle fixed quickly and fixed right. Your auto body shop in Dallas does a lot, but there are some things they can’t do.
Let’s go over what most shops can and cannot do.
What Auto Body Shops CAN Do
Here’s what auto body shops can do for you.
Whether you need to match your car paint to your new panel after an accident or you just want to restore the allure of your car, body shops can provide lots of painting services for vehicles. For example, they can paint match existing colors or guide you in selecting a whole new color.
They can also address the following issues:
- Paint swirling
- Fading paint
- Rock chips
Window Replacement and Repair
Perhaps your car has chipped, broken or cracked glass. Look to your local auto body repair shop for help. While many people think windshield and window damage repair is purely cosmetic, it actually affects your safety in general. If you don’t repair cracks, they can hinder your vision and possibly lead to a collision.
Cracks also compromise the structural integrity of your car. An auto body repair shop can repair the crack before it gets worse, spreads and requires replacement.
Frame Damage Repair and Alignment
It’s hard to spot frame damage with the untrained eye. This is why you need to get a professional to look at it. They will know the signs of damage, which include:
- Visible damage from under the car
- Parts and components that do not fit
- Suspension and shock damage
- Inability to be realigned
Frame damage is very common, with 50 percent of cars requiring frame repair after an accident. If you continue to drive around on a damaged frame, you could compromise the safety of yourself and passengers. Your local auto body repair shop can use state-of-the-art equipment to straighten the frame and get it back to factory settings.
Dents, Dings, Etc.
Auto body repair shops may also specialize in other types of exterior damage, such as:
- Replacement of damaged body panels
- Replacement of bumpers
- Replacement of fenders
- Dent removal
- Scratch repair
Paintless Dent Repair
Most auto body repair shops will perform paintless dent repair (PDR for short). This is for smaller dents and dings and doesn’t require paint matching or new panels. The mechanic simply gently coaxes the dent out without damaging the panel or surrounding area. As a result, it’s a quicker process and doesn’t cost as much as full collision repair.
Work With Your Insurance Company
Many auto body repair shops will work with your insurance company throughout the process to return the car to pre-loss condition. They will even arrange a rental car while you wait.
Basically, anything that is done to the appearance of your vehicle (the auto body itself) can be addressed by an auto body repair shop.
Don’t confuse an auto body repair shop with an auto repair shop. They are two very different things. This isn’t to say that some shops and dealerships don’t offer both, but in general, they are separate offerings.
What Auto Body Repair Shops DON’T Do
In general, auto body repair shops don’t perform mechanical repairs or make any repairs to moving parts. You would have to bring your vehicle to a mechanic or auto repair shop if you needed the following work:
- Engine repair
- Brake replacement
- Transmission repair
- Oil changes and fluid flushes
Most people have a trusted mechanic they go to when their car needs regular service, maintenance and oil changes. Many people don’t always have a regular auto body shop that they go to frequently because, well, let’s hope you don’t get into a lot of collisions!
If you don’t know of any auto body shops and you’ve been in a collision, your auto repair shop mechanic can usually refer you to someone they use and trust.
Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center
If you have been in an accident and need collision or auto body repair, look no further than Hance’s Uptown Collision Center. We take care of all your auto body repair needs, we work with your insurance company, and we generally make the process as seamless as possible. To learn more or to book service, please schedule an appointment online or call us at 214-214-4730 or 214-225-5966.