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Types of Car Damage and How They Are Repaired

A vehicle gets us where we need and want to go. Having a problem with your car can make going about normal life very difficult. There are different types of damage that can happen to your car whether you are at the wheel or not. Below we describe the different types of car damage you may encounter and how an auto body shop like ours would typically handle that situation.

Paint Scratches and Small Dents Paint scratches and small dents occur in the car when we go to the grocery store or even load sharp objects into the vehicle. These are minor instances. They can happen because someone in the grocery store parking lot was careless with the cart or maybe there was a storm and you have hail damage. The shopping cart can typically cause a small dent that will need something called a paintless repair. What is a paintless repair? It is simply put that a paintless repair will be one where the autobody repair shop will take the damaged part of the vehicle and rub out the scratches or small dents. There are many ways in which an autobody shop can repair a vehicle with small dents and paint scratches. One way is to rub out these instances with a paintless auto repair method. Some common types of paint scratches and small dents that can happen to a vehicle are as follows.

  • Small Dings

  • Autobody Creases

  • Hail and Storm Damage


The time it takes the repair shop to complete a job for something of this nature will vary depending on the type of scratches or dings the car has. If there are several small scratches in the paint, the repair shop will typically take a few hours to rub out the paint scratches. Sometimes, the scratches or dents are significant and the collision facility must use computer matching for the paint. These are repairs that will take more than a few hours to handle.

When an autobody shop has a vehicle, they do their best to get that car back to the owner timely. Collision Repair Before we get into how a repair shop completes a task after one has had a motor vehicle accident, we must first explain what types of collision repair are necessary for a car. After a collision, there might be significant damage to an automobile. These damages will need some time to fix. The time it will take to repair a vehicle after an accident will depend on a couple of factors. These include the following.

  • Size of the Damage

  • Amount of Repairs Necessary to Get Back on the Road


Man Inspects Collision Damage

Many times, when there is severe auto damage after a motor vehicle accident, the car owner's insurance company will pay for the repairs. That is not until the vehicle has been inspected by a licensed body shop and approved by both the owner and the insurance company. To complete a job on a vehicle after an accident, the collision shop must first disassemble the vehicle. The technician at the shop will remove all damaged parts of the car. After these parts have been removed, the repair shop staff will replace the parts with new and undamaged pieces. It might take several weeks to complete a job of this nature. After completing the repairs on the car, the technician will use a computer to match the paint on the vehicle. Oftentimes, only the new parts will be painted to blend with the original paint on the auto. Once the repairs are finished following the collision, the vehicle's owner will be returned the vehicle. The insurance company will typically charge the owner a small fee for the repairs, then pick up the cost beyond this fee. Auto Glass Repair and Replacement Other than scratches and small dents an autobody repair shop will see many cars that need glass replacement or repairs. There are several factors to consider when a vehicle has glass damage.

Woman Inspects Windshield Damage

The damage may happen during a collision or sometimes there is debris that will come up while on the road. These styles of repair are typically performed while the vehicle's owner waits in the lobby of the shop. The technician at the shop will determine if the glass on the car should be replaced or repaired. Typically to replace the glass means it has been damaged beyond repair. The glass, whether the windshield or another window, is removed and then replaced with a new piece of glass. There are a few methods of repairing glass. Remember, the glass in a car is there to protect the passengers in case of a collision. When glass becomes compromised it typically can leave occupants of the vehicle vulnerable. It is not often recommended to simply repair the glass damage on a car. That is when the glass is compromised due to weather, collision, or debris, the repair shop will typically assess the damage. The damage is estimated and a recommendation is made by the repair shop. When a collision shop technician repairs a vehicle's glass, it most often takes a few minutes. The staff will shoot epoxy into the crack of the glass. Afterward, the resin will dry and the glass will no longer be compromised. Repairing auto glass typically does not take long. When there is a need to replace the glass, it can take more than one hour for the technicians at the shop to complete the task. The car's owner will generally not wait long, either way. Weather Damage We briefly touched on the weather damage above. Now, we will go into more detail about the damages that can be caused to a vehicle's paint because of the weather. First, let us reflect on the types of weather that can cause damage to a car. These are as follows.

  • Sun can Melt the Paint

  • Rainstorms can Cause Dings, Dents, and Scratches

  • Extreme Cold can Cause Rust

Besides our home, our vehicle is typically the most expensive thing we own. We want to keep it looking new for as long as possible. When we do have auto damage, we will generally take the vehicle to a repair shop and have the staff complete the necessary jobs to make it look new again.

Weather damage can erode our vehicle and the repairs will be lengthy. These repairs are typically not something that can be performed while the owner waits in the lobby of the repair shop.

Generally, we take our vehicle in for damage caused by a storm, the sun, or extreme cold and expect that the repair shop will make the car look new again. The autobody shop will typically extend a written estimate of the damage and cost to repair the car to the owner. After reviewing the estimate, the car's owner will give the collision shop a thumbs up or a thumbs down on making the repairs. If the owner approves the repairs, the body shop will generally begin working on repairing the vehicle as soon as the owner brings it in. At California Auto Body we have complete transparency when it comes to our pricing. Repairs for damage to our vehicles will range in price. They can be paid for by making an insurance claim and paying our share of the cost, or they can be an out-of-pocket expense. No matter how a car was damaged, repairing it typically will not take too long. If you need any repairs done on your car contact California Auto Body Tracy.

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