Auto Body Location – Menlo, WA 98561
Common Types Of Auto Body Repair
In the auto body repair industry, there are four main types of collision repair that commonly can occur.
Weather damage- Planet earth gives us many beautiful things like the Grand Canyon, The stars, and sometimes mother earth can try and destroy us. Our cars can be hit with hail damage. Giant balls of ice falling from the sky which can be the size of baseballs and beyond. Falling from the sky and destroying windshields and leaving huge dents on our cars. Sometimes rain can be the culprit. We can have huge deluges which can cause too much rain an area can get flooded out and destroy our vehicles. Or imagine what a small amount of rain can do to a large scratch on a car. When this happens over and over again it can cause rust in our daily drivers and cause corrosion throughout the whole vehicle. We can even think about the absolute worst case scenario. Imagine living on the beautiful island of Hawaii and a volcano was to lightly erupt. Lava comes rolling down the street and melts your car to the ground. Or maybe just melt your side panels off. Or a tornado could come ripping through your backyard and rip your doors off your vehicle. Even though some are a little bit crazier than others. There are many things that come from our beautiful blue marble that can cause harm to our precious vehicles.
Paint scratches- A common body repair can be deep scratches on your car. Sometimes you can easily buff scratches out with a certain kind of solution and a special cloth. But there are sometimes that they can go even deeper. They can be caused by shopping carts rolling into your car while you are shopping for your groceries. Or maybe you were leaning up against your car or truck and you had your keys in your hands or pockets and you rubbed a little too hard against your door. Scratching the paint and causing it to chip. Worst case scenario is that someone does not like you and they take a blunt object and will maliciously destroy the outside of your car. There are a million ways paint scratches can occur and no matter how large or small they are a pain to see every time you get into your car.
Dings and Dents- Other common problems are dings and dents into your vehicle’s body. Maybe a shopping cart came rolling through a parking lot and slammed into your car. imagine just parking your car in your garage and having something fall off a shelf and leaving a dent in the hood of your car. Just another way that the whole car can become unattractive to the eye from something crazy. But hey! it happens and when it does you will want someone to repair it not only for a good price but you are going to want it to look like nothing happened. Like no shopping cart ever ran into your truck or any type of soccer or baseball came flying into your door panel.
Collision damage- Probably the worst of all four because it normally relates to you being in the car and either running into something or somebody or something running into you. This can not only cause physical damage to you and possibly mental damage, but it will also hurt your car leaving you careless and wondering how you are going to get to work. Or even worst it can lead to physical bodily harm.
Those are the four most common types of auto body repair. Now let’s take a look at how to choose an auto body collision center.
Here are some tips for choosing a reputable auto body shop in Menlo, WA 98561.
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How much is Menlo 98561 Auto Body Repair?
Now I can not really answer this question. Because all Menlo, WA 98561 shops and centers are different. However, there is this cool tool which can give you a pretty good average. You can go ahead and select which kind of damage happened to your car or truck and go in knowing what you will be paying. Again this is by no means an actual quote. But just a number that you can have in the back of your head so you are not heading in blind.
How to Choose an Auto Body Collision Center
When your vehicle gets some kind of damage you are going to call your insurance company and tell them what happened or you are going to go to an auto body shop and ask them how much this is going to cost to repair.
In either case, you are going to have to do some research and figure out which is the best place for you to go. So here are some things you need to take into account when you start looking around locally for a repair center.
First your family and friends. Post on social media and ask your immediate social circle if they have had any experience with local repair centers. Ask to see photos and how much it cost. A word of mouth referral is one of the strongest recommendations you can get.
The next step is visit websites like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Start doing some searching and try to figure out who has great reviews and look for a few different places that you think look good. Remember to also visit websites like Yelp, Angie’s list, and Google Reviews. These all have people words of advice and can help narrow down your search.
Now, something important when looking at reviews. Just do not look at the 5 stars vs 1 stars. Go and read them. If you see a shop has a few one stars go and read them to make sure the seem logical and are not fueled by a bad time or maybe just an off day of either member of the party.
Any store can have 9 happy customers and the 1 with a bad day will go and write a review. If there are only a few reviews and more 1 stars than 5 just remember to read through it and make sure it is an actual 1 star.
Write down a few places and start calling them. This next step can be just as important as a friends referral. The talking to the repairman themselves. The face of a company can be just as important as a somebody’s experience. So when you start making those calls there are some things you should take into account.
Do they offer a warranty on their services? If not, why? Every shop should be able to offer some sort of warranty on their work and they should also be able to say why they do not offer a warranty.
- Are they trying to rush you off the phone?
- Do they have a genuine concern for you and then your vehicle?
- When they give you a quote make sure you write it down and make sure it makes sense to the other ones you got.
- Are they willing to show you past work and are they proud to show it?
- Do they offer a warranty?
One of the most important things is, do they specialize in your brand? Are you bringing a Honda to a Porsche repair center? Or are you bringing your exotic car to repair center that only works on normal cars? You need to make sure that not only is the repair center reputable, but they are masters in fixing your type of car or truck.
So let’s recap. What are we looking at when picking a place.
- Do the research.
- Find a source of reviews. Whether it be friends of places like Google.
- Call local places and make sure they are a perfect fit for you and vehicle.
- Their prices seem reasonable and they feel that they make sense to the damage and other local quotes.
- Make sure to find past work.
- Make sure that they are specialists in your car make and model.
The Difference Between a Mechanic and an Auto Body Repair Shop
Now when my first car was wrecked in an accident I did not know the difference between auto body repair and a car mechanic. I thought they were the same people. But they are not and you should still maybe look into a mechanic.
Why? Well if your car was in some sort of collision where two bodies of steel hit each other. Body damage may not be the only thing you have to worry about. Your car or truck is a mechanical beast and something under the hood could have been damaged.
After you get your vehicle repaired and it looks as good as it once was. You should take your car to a reputable mechanic and get a 360 inspection done. You never know when a car crash could have hurt something electrical or mechanical. There might have also been some mechanical damage to the chassis of your car or even your engine.
It always better to be safe than sorry. Just go in and have a trusted mechanic look over your vehicle and make sure everything under the hood is all good.
How long does it take for auto body repair to be finished?
Body shop owner this is one of the toughest questions we have to answer in our daily routines. There are many factors to take into consideration as to how long it should take to get your car repaired, otherwise known as “cycle time.” Cycle time is usually measured from the day your car is dropped off at the repair facility until the day it is picked up. The current national average for cycle time is 12 days. The key word here is average because many jobs go much quicker and yet there are some that take much longer. So you may ask why this is so hard to figure this out. A few areas that we continually see delays include; insurance approval, parts delivery and finding more damage once the car is torn down. Insurance approval is usually needed before the shops can begin repairs. Many insurance companies respond within a few days however I’ve seen insurance companies take a few weeks before giving approval. Parts delivery normally is pretty quick; however many times parts are ordered wrong because there are so many options for today’s cars. The last area, finding more damage once the car is torn down, is probably the biggest problem. It is hard to see all the damage to a vehicle until it is torn down. On more than 50% of the cars, we work on we will find additional damage that needs repairing. Many times this involves ordering additional parts which extend the delay. The good news many body shops are streamlining their processes to cut down on a number of delays. This is an ongoing process and body shops are continuing to improve their processes in order to fix cars faster. I believe the national average will drop by 1 or 2 days in the next several years.
What are the average opening hours for an Auto Body Repair Shop in Menlo, WA 98561
Every store can be different but the average hours of operation are
Now times may vary depending on the weekend when you are dealing with a larger corporation compared to a mom and pop shop.
Auto Body Repair You Can Do Yourself
HOW TO FIX SCRATCHES
A simple paint scratch may seem super simple to repair, but it’s not quite as easy as filling in the scratch with touch up paint. If a scratch is deep enough to show the primer underneath (a different color usually lighter than your paint) you will need to fill the scratch with either multiple coats of touch up paint, or some scratch filler, then you’ll need to sand the area smooth. Use very fine sandpaper for this job, even if it seems to take forever. A 400-grit sandpaper should be the starting point, working your way to 800-grit, then finally waxing the area until it shines. Try to work in as small an area as possible to avoid increasing the amount of work you need to do.
HOW TO SELECT PAINT
If you need to touch up an area of your paint, the auto parts store sells a wide variety of touch up paints that should match fairly well. You can find the paint code for your vehicle in the owner’s manual, or on the paint code sticker located either on the door sill or under the hood of your car or truck.
The dealer can also help. If you are painting an area large enough to spray, I suggest having your paint custom mixed and loaded into an aerosol sprayer for a perfect match.
HOW TO FIX DENTS
If you’ve got a minor dent, they can sometimes (but seldom) be popped out safely from behind. I’ve even seen those suction cup dent pullers work. Most of the time, however, you need to fill the dent and repaint the affected area. Filling a dent with body filler is not that hard to do, but it’s hard to do well. With lots of patience, and the willingness to revisit the damaged area over and over until it’s right, you can make a very nice repair using body filler, and then paint. If you’re not sure about the painting, sometimes you can save some money by doing the body repair yourself than having the paintwork done by a pro shop.
HOW TO FIX BROKEN LIGHTS
If you have a cracked or destroyed tail light or turn signal, you don’t need to visit the body shop. Most vehicles are designed for fairly easy replacement of these lenses. Head on over to Amazon or E-bay. You can easily get the model type of your car from your vehicle’s manual. Just look up something like “2010 Chevy Impala front head lights” And you should get lots of results to find the part much cheaper.