Tips to Mitigate the Expense of Auto Body Repair

2-collision-repair-advertisementMost people think that when they find themselves in the position where their car is sitting on the lift of an auto body Salt Lake City repair shop they are then at the mercy of whatever the mechanic or technician chooses to charge them for his or her services. There are, however, some tactics that the customer of said auto body repair shop can employ to lower the price of the bill he or she may receive.

For example, most auto body repair Salt Lake City shops will charge different rates for the labor associated with mechanical repairs and the labor associated with auto body repairs. The repairs associated with the auto’s body will usually cost less than mechanical repairs. Accordingly any customer who has taken their car to be fixed by an auto body repair shop should take the time to examine the repair invoice in order to make sure that the appropriate rate had been charged for the services rendered. If the repair required is relatively minor, many times it can be repaired using a technique known as PDR. PDR is an acronym which stands for “Paintless Dent Repair.” This technique is less expensive than a repair which employs the use of paint and sanding. The customer can request this technique be used by the mechanic if the damage warrants such a repair.

In fact, if the damage is significantly minor the customer may choose not to take their car to a collision repair Salt Lake City shop in the first place and make the repair themselves. For example, scratches and chipped paint can be remedied by finding the car’s paint code (usually located inside the door jam) and then match it with the appropriate touch up paint. If executed appropriately by the customer, often these repairs can make the damage look as if it was never there.