Quite often people may get the wrong impression on just what an auto body shop does. Some individuals believe that they are strictly for working on the body of the car only. It is surmised that if a car has been in an accident it must first go to a mechanics shop for repair then go to the auto body shop. This may very well be the case but not always.
In fact now it is not uncommon for a auto body shop to have on staff a whole selection of experts. They may be mechanics, electrical technicians as well as the body experts. These too can come under various areas of expertise. Such as some specialize in restoring the original look of the car with replacement parts, then it goes to another section to prime it and prepare it for painting. From here it goes to the paint department and finally onto the finishing section. In other shops there could be one individual that does all of these duties.
When it comes time to pick an auto body shop, it will depend on the circumstances. If the vehicle has been in an accident that is being covered by, Insurance then you will have a little more selection of which shop to use, maybe. Some insurance companies will ask for 2-3 estimates and then will make you choose the lowest estimate. Other insurance companies have a specific body shop that they use and your vehicle must automatically go there.
If your requirements of a body shop is for a job that is not covered by insurance then you may have different expectation.
If you have extensive bodywork that needs doing then obviously you are going to want to seek out a shop that has a lot of experience in this area. On the other hand, if you just have a few minor body repairs but it is the painting that is important then you needs are different.
When seeking out these types of services make it a point to visit two or three shops for estimates on the work you require. While there take a good look around, see what the work standards are, and see if you are able to identify some completed projects. If they are to your liking and the price is right then your problems of finding a good auto body shop are over.