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Everything you need to know about Panel Beating

Panel beating is a job carried out by, you guessed it, Panel Beaters. Panel beaters are specially trained smash repairers who utilise specific tools for ‘panel beating’, which is a process used to repair metal, plastic, and fibreglass bodywork panels on cars, vans, bikes, trucks and sometimes even boats. Panel beating is used to smash repair car or vehicle panels back to their original condition after they have been damaged. Sometimes this panel beating process also requires replacing parts when a part has become so damaged it's beyond smash repair or when it's cheaper to replace the part rather than repair it with panel beating.

Panel Beating is the broad term that means all types of auto body repairs. This includes panel repairs, dent removal, paintless dent removal (PDR), bumper repairs, and scratch repairs to name a few.

Another term used for panel beating repair is smash repairs as often, the damage has been caused by a collision, which leads to the other similar term for smash repairs which is ‘collision repairs’. Panel Beating is a highly experienced trade that typically consists of three years of schooling mixed with on the job training. Panel beaters are also required to be licensed in their respective state or territory and at DingGo we ensure all our repairers are licensed. Often a panel beater also has a car spray painting trade expertise as part of their business, because in most cases cars need to be repainted after they are repaired.

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Common Questions and Answers About Panel Beating

How much do panel beating repairs cost?

Most car smash repairs are unfortunately quite expensive as there is extensive labour and materials involved in removing parts, repairing them, respraying the paint to get a factory finish and then refitting the parts back on. In many cases paint blending on surrounding car panels is also required so the smash repairs are not noticeable when compared to the surrounding panels. The extent of damage and where it’s located on the car can also impact the cost. On average we see a smash repair cost between $250 to $500 for each damaged panel and each additional surrounding panel requiring blending. That being said it’s our mission to find you the best panel beater at the best price. Why not let us find you the best price for your panel beating? Try our quick quote service.

Do you offer a replacement vehicle while the car is being smash repaired?

Yes, many panel beating repair shops offer courtesy vehicles. For insurance jobs where you are not a fault you are legally entitled to a rental car. If you are interested in a courtesy car or rental car please add it in the ‘damage description’ section of your submission with DingGo.

Do you offer free pick-up and drop off?

Yes, many panel beating repairers offer free pick-up and drop off. If you are interested in this service please add it in the ‘damage description’ section of your submission with DingGo.

Do panel beating auto body repair shops offer any guarantee or warranty's?

All smash repairs shops offer at minimum a 3 year warranty but many of our panel beating repair shops offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee. DingGo’s network of panel beater partners are chosen for their quality, speed and low cost. They all display their guarantees on their profiles.

How long will my car take to repair?

This is a common question and is dependent on the damage to your vehicle. As part of the DingGo quoting process our panel beating repairers will always provide an estimated repair time. Based on our extensive experience the majority of repairs can be completed in 1-5 days. Simple repairs, like replacing a bumper, can often be done in 24 hours. Each DingGo panel beaters quote you receive will display how long your smash repair will take them, so you can choose the panel beater who can do it in the time you need.

What form of payment do you take?

DingGo does not handle payments, these are made direct to you the panel beater you choose to book with. Most panel beater repair shops take all major credit cards and cash. DingGo’s repair partners display their payment options on their profile.

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Anonymous - 17 Jan 2020
Dent Free Auto Tree
Awesome service, great price and really friendly and helpful staff. I even got to keep the remaining touch up paint.
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Proline Paint & Panel
I'm extremely happy with the experience I had. Couldn't fault the process and will use again.
Dale F. - 15 Jan 2020