The sound of the crunching of a car can make your heart sink, especially if it’s your own car. Now that the damage is done, it’s time to see how to undo it. What does it really take to repair the body of a car? We turned to the car repair experts and here are their responses.
How much work does it take to repair a car's body?

Arnold Chapman

Arnold Chapman, Founder, and CEO of ELDFocus.

The Steps Needed to Repair a Car’s Body

Before getting your car’s body repaired, you’ll need to acquire an accurate repair quote. Avoid getting a quote online if you want a thorough quotation. Get the service provider to come to you and see the car and assess the damage in person.

Blueprinting and Teardown
Once the technicians see your vehicle and how much damage there is, you should ask for a blueprint. The blueprint will be the map of the different processes involved in repairing your car. It needs to contain the different parts needed and a list of the required repairs. The blueprint assures you that work done will be recorded.

Metal and Frame Repair
It can be difficult to determine the extent of damage that a car frame has. Fortunately, frame diagnostic systems will allow you to see an accurate shaping. With it, the metal and frame repair will revitalize your vehicle and recreate the pre-accident form.

Reassembly and Refinishing
When the frame and mechanical repairs are done, painting is the next step. Before sanding and priming, every surface will be taped. The base coat will then be applied and then a clear coat. Once the curing is done, the vehicle will get a glossy finish. After the painting process is done, the whole car will be reassembled.

Detailing and Cleaning
Before giving your vehicle back, your car will be washed and cleaned. Any debris will be scrubbed off to ensure that your vehicle will have a spotless finish. Once everything is done, every part will be double-checked.

The Work Needed Depends on the Damage Done

The amount of work it takes to repair your car’s body depends on the extent of the damage. On one end of the spectrum, if you gently back into a post and bend your bumper, there’s a chance you can heat the area with a hairdryer and pop the dent back out of the plastic.

On the other end of the spectrum, your car’s body may be so severely damaged following a crash that parts can’t be repaired and instead have to be replaced.

In addition to fixing the shape and structure of the body, you also need to consider the cost of the paint. Even if you find a suitable replacement part from a salvage yard, you’ll have to pay for a professional paint job if you intend for your repaired vehicle to look new.

The bodywork must be detail-oriented work because even minor flaws can be glaringly visible. A dent that’s 50% reduced in depth will still look as bad as it did before you worked on it.

How much work does it take to repair a car's body?

Melanie Musson

Melanie Musson is a car repair expert with
How much work does it take to repair a car's body?

Courtney Zaharia

Courtney Zaharia, consultant for Superior Honda.

The Factors to Consider in Car Repairs

Dealing with car body repairs is never enjoyable, but the amount of work involved in these repairs varies immensely depending on the damage, car type, and the mechanic you choose. For this rea-son, it’s extremely important that you explore all of your options when dealing with car body re-pairs. The most important component is the amount of damage. If you simply have a scratch in the paint, the repair will be much less work than if you have damage to the frame, suspension, engine, or other components.

Cosmetic repairs generally take about four to five days to complete, and more serious damage can take anywhere from five days to two weeks to complete. The amount of damage also has a strong influence on the cost of repairs, simply because of the amount of work that goes into them. Repairs can end up costing you anywhere from $75 to $2,500 or even more depending on the aforemen-tioned factors. This is why finding a trusted mechanic is so important.

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