How to Fix Your Car's Body After an Accident

Driving is dangerous. You are, after all, controlling a 2,000 pound torpedo made of metal and filled with a flammable liquid, but most drivers don’t think of such things. After all, that’s what allows us to get in the car every day and drive among thousands of other individuals, many of which might not be the greatest at controlling their vehicle. It’s an unfortunate situation, but most of us have been a scenario wherein our car has been damaged. Maybe someone T-boned you or you were foolish enough to not look where were you going when backing up, but thankfully, fixing your car’s body doesn’t have to be a headache, thanks to auto body shops.


An auto body shop is a place that specialized in repairing your car after collisions or other accidents. They are located throughout the country, and while there are many options, your insurance company can typically refer you to one, especially if they are covering the cost of repairs. As always, before selecting an auto body shop, you should do adequate research to ensure the one you choose is affordable and certified to repair your specific type of car.

An auto body shop can provide a number of services, the most common of which include simple paint touch ups due to scratches and repairing dents caused by your run-of-the-mill fender bender. Most auto body repair shops can also provide aesthetic restoration on your car’s upholstery, also known as “detailing.” This is convenient for those who own pets or for those individuals who are just slobs and don’t clean their car on a regular basis.

In the event that your car is, for lack of a better word, totaled, an auto body shop can perform a full restoration of the car’s body and frame to it original form, provided the car is salvageable. You should always make sure that they use quality parts that match the original parts of your car.

If all you need is a simple paint touch up, most auto body shops contains specialized software that can match the color of your car’s paint. Not only is this a quick way to fix a scratch or chipped paint, but it’s 100% accurate at matching your car’s color perfectly. This way, you won’t need to replace an entire bumper when all you need is a simple scratch.

Sadly, in many cases, an entire bumper or panel replacement is necessary. This typically occurs when a portion of the bumper is so damaged that it needs to be replaced entirely; since it’s not just a small part of the car, the entire thing would need to be fixed. As such, auto body repair can get rather expensive, especially if your insurance won’t cover it. Thankfully, car body repair shops will always assess the damage and give you a price quote detailing exactly how much the repairs will cost before performing any of them.

If your car is old or just your average non-fancy car, and you happen to have a little bit of technical proficiency, then you can always go to a U-Pull-It junkyard and acquire and replace the parts on your own. You’re not always guaranteed to find the parts you need, so the trip searching through the rows and rows of hundreds of cars might prove to be a waste of time, but it’s always worth a shot, especially if you’re strapped for cash and don’t mind attempting the repairs on your own.

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 9:14 AM