When your vehicle is damaged in an accident, you have to take your vehicle into an auto body shop for your vehicle to be repaired. It takes a lot of work to get your vehicle looking like it did before the accident. Here are a few surprising things you should know about the auto body repair shop.
1. The Damage Is Often More Extensive Than It Seems
When your vehicle is involved in an accident, oftentimes the body damage is more extensive than it may seem. When you take your vehicle to an auto body repair shop, they really examine your vehicle to determine the full extent of damage to your vehicle, including the damage you can see and the damage that is not as obvious.
Oftentimes, in an accident, damage to the body panels is often the most obvious damage. Damage to the frame of the vehicle and damage to internal pieces is often not that obvious. An auto body shop helps to fix all of the collision damage to your vehicle, not just the obvious damage. That includes mechanical damage as well as body damage.
2. Metal Body Parts Are Worked Back into Shape
When the body panels on your vehicle are damaged, an auto body shop is often able to fix the damage to the body panel without replacing the body panel. In order to fix a damaged metal body part, they have to use a variety of special techniques and tools in order to reshape the body panel back to its original shape. This is a time-consuming process that requires attention to detail; it is not like bending a flexible piece of metal back into shape.
3. Body Fillers Are Common on All Vehicles
Once upon a time, body fillers were only used to fix damaged vehicles. However, body fillers have become common in the manufacturing process as well. Many manufacturers use body fillers in the factors to help hide little inconsistencies in the appearance of the metal.
Don't worry if your body shop lets you know that they need to use some body filler on your vehicle. There are new techniques that make it impossible to notice body filler without a very well-trained eye or some high-quality equipment. Body filler can be used to make your vehicle look great in a non-obvious manner. With a high-quality auto body repair, the only way you would know that body fillers were used on your vehicle is if someone tells you.
When you take your vehicle in to get repaired after an accident, the auto body shop is going to take care of all the damage to your vehicle, not just the obvious damage. They will use highly technical processes to work out the metal body panels and get them back in shape, and may even use some body fillers to make your vehicle look great.
To learn more about auto repair, consult an auto body shop or mechanic in your area.
As the son and grandson of mechanics, I spent much of my child hood under the hood of many cars. I have listened and learned about so many different problems and how to repair them effectively. I created this blog to cover as many car problems as possible without overwhelming readers. You will find tips for troubleshooting, advice for when to take it to a professional and suggestions for when to stop driving the car or truck immediately to prevent further and more costly damage. We hope that you find all of this information helpful and useful, allowing you to have a great running car.