Auto Body Shop FAQ

  1. How do I choose an auto body shop?

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  1. Research Before You Repair. …
  2. Choose a Shop with a Warranty. …
  3. Keep Your Existing Manufacturer Warranties Intact. …
  4. Get More than One Estimate. …
  5. Be Picky – and Let Them Know It. …
  6. Go to a Shop Specializing In Your Car’s Brand. …
  7. Get It In Writing

2. Do dealerships do body repair?

With dealerships, they’re under extreme pressure to boost profits. … When you go to a dealership and have body work done, the emphasis is on getting the job done quickly. The service department has a fee schedule that calculates how many hours it typically takes to do a repair, and that’s what they charge

3. How much does auto body work cost?

Once all of the expenses are tallied, it’s easy to see why car bumper repair costs are so high: Labor Time: 2 – 3 hours at $100/hour = $200 – $300. Paint Labor: 3 – 4 hours at $100/hour = $300 – $400. Paint Materials: 3 – 4 hours at $45/hour = $135– $180

4. Are body shop estimates free?

The short answer to this frequently asked question is “no”. A body shop should not charge you just to give you a rough estimate on the cost to fix your car’s damages. Of course, there are places that have a fee for a basic inspection, and you should avoid them, because most credible shops do it for free.

5. Do you tip auto body shop?

Although it’s perfectly acceptable to abstain from tipping your mechanic, there’s a guideline that’s worth remembering if you feel better tipping to show your appreciation. If your repair bill is less than $500, consider tipping $10 or $20; if the bill is more than $500, tipping $50 is often appropriate.