Doing Auto Body Work Yourself Vs The Pros

Doing Auto Body Work Yourself Vs The Pros

Today the internet is full of how to videos and tutorials that lead almost anyone to think that they are capable of doing work themselves without ever hiring a professional. While this is admirable and there are plenty of activities or services that one can learn how to do, there are still plenty of things that should be left to the professionals. Auto body work is something that most professionals are much better equipped at handling. Just because you can look up a step-by-step instructional doesn’t mean that you have the right tools or resources necessary to get the job done and if you are planning to make changes or repairs, or complete mild auto body work it might not be worth it financially for you to invest in all of the tools you need when you could much easier turn to a professional.

In this article we will compare some of the results that you can access for auto body repair work vs the work that you could get done by the pros:

Touchup paints: For small stone chips and areas where your paint needs addressing, you should consider the idea of using touchup paints to fill in areas throughout your body as part of your auto body work. These types of touchup paint can often be purchased at your manufacturer and they are designed to directly blend with your current paint colors. The professionals on the other hand will be able to perfectly blend these items into your panels so that you can enjoy a better looking door panel in the future.

Dent repair: Auto body repair shops often have access to tools that can repair a dent with extremely minimal damage. If the paint finish has not been compromised, there are smaller tools that can be used for finishing the dent without making any further damage to the vehicle itself. They also have the finishing tools available to fix up the finish on a body panel when the dent repair is completed.

Checking other issues: professionals can not only perform auto body work but they can take a look at the rest of the body panels, the alignment, the frame and more. Checking in on other issues to maintain the drivability of your vehicle can be very important to keeping your vehicle on the roads and keeping it safe to drive. When you don’t have the right experience, you could be taking a risk by performing some of the cosmetic changes to your vehicle without addressing deeper issues over time.


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  • Mindy Jollie
    August 5, 2019, 11:03 AM REPLY

    That’s a good point that with bodywork, professionals can check for other issues that may affect a car’s drivability. My friend recently got in an accident and wanted to try to fix the problems herself. I’ll have to make sure she looks into getting at least a couple of things checked by a professional, just in case.

  • Callum Palmer
    August 8, 2019, 4:17 PM REPLY

    I’ve got some dents on my car that I need to get fixed. I do know that I can’t do the work myself, as I would probably make things worse. As you said, a body shop would have the capability to do the dent repairs for me.

  • Eileen Benson
    November 5, 2019, 12:21 PM REPLY

    It made sense when you said that making cosmetic changes to our vehicle on our own is risky because there may be deeper issues that we fail to identify and address. I was in a minor accident on my way home from work this morning and was thinking about asking my husband to fix the resulting dents and damage. Reading your article was helpful because now I understand why using a professional auto body shop for the repairs would be worth the cost!

  • Tyler Johnson
    December 19, 2019, 9:30 AM REPLY

    That’s good to know that professionals will have tools that will make it so that the paint isn’t damaged when fixing a dent. I would think that would reduce the cost to repair it since you wouldn’t need to repaint the car. I’ll have to look into getting someone who could help me repair a big dent I have on my car without hurting the paint.

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