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Everything you need to know about Auto Body Shop

An auto body shop is a physical place or workshop that does panel beating and smash repairs. It is essentially a place that performs smash repairs to the exterior ‘body’ of a vehicle. That's how it gets its name, ‘Auto’ is in reference to automotive vehicles or cars, and ‘Body’ for the exterior part of the car being smash repaired. Some smaller smash repairs can be done by a mobile repairer who can come to a location of your choice as all they need is access to electricity and space. Most auto body shop repairs are best done in an established auto body workshop where panel beaters and painters have access to a wide range of tools and machinery to complete a quality factory finish smash repair with quality warranty guarantees.

For the highest quality smash repair, it is always recommended to go to an auto body workshop where panels can be correctly removed, repaired, primed, painted, dried and refitted using special machinery in the most optimal controlled conditions to provide long-term durability against the harsh Australian climate. Auto body shops are best used when repairing larger areas of damage, particularly those with high exposure to the sun, which require paint blending across multiple panels. Doors or bonnets are prime examples of when it's best to use an auto body shop over a mobile repairer, plus you are more likely to get the “good as new” perfect finish your car deserves.

Looking for an auto body shop? DingGo connects you with a wide range of specialty and premium independent auto body shops and panel beaters that can quickly give you obligation free quotes to smash repair any vehicle.

Common Questions and Answers About Auto Body Shop

When are auto body shops open?

Most auto body shops are open 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Some shops are open weekends and can make special accommodations. DingGo gives you the auto body repair shop details when you select a smash repair quote so you can contact the panel beater and auto body repair shop directly for special arrangements.

What should I do to prepare my car for drop off at the auto body shop?

Please remove any valuables and other things that may get in the way of the smash repair. This includes laptops, money, parking passes, sunglasses, garage door openers, car seats, toys, etc. Also, please bring any alarm remote for your vehicle.

Is an auto body shop repair better than a mobile repair?

In the majority of cases an auto body shop will do a better job than a mobile repairer. This is not due to the quality of workmanship, but rather due to the fact that a mobile repairer cannot control the outside elements and does not physically have the same equipment as an auto body workshop. If you love your car or want a perfect repair we always recommend taking it to an auto body shop. If you are happy with a good smash repair job that offers better convenience then a mobile repairer will be right for you but please note that mobile repairs can only be done on smaller jobs and certain types of panel beating repairs. If you want to know what times you can find out more here.

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Could not have had a better experience. Made it easy for me - and a great result!
Mark - 18 Feb 2019
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The team at Mascot Smash Repairs were excellent to deal with. Communication was brilliant - we had to reschedule drop off due to a public holiday and they called me well in advance to make sure I wasn’t inconvenienced. They also completed the work earlier than anticipated. The new parts were perfect - my car has never looked so good. All in all an easy experience. Highly recommended!
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