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Had an accident or want to improve the appearance of your car? We work with over 15,160 garages and mobile mechanics, offering Accident Repairs, SMART Repair, Scratches and Scuffs Bodywork Repair and more.

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Top garages for Bodywork, Dents and Smart Repairs (10,419 found)
Backworth MOT & Service Centre
16 Jobs Completed
Backworth
5.0 / 5

As a small independent business with over 50 years of collective experience in the motor trade we are dedicated to providing you with an excellent, top quality service and outstanding value for money.

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on hand to offer free and impartial honest advice. We always want you to have a full understanding of what is required for your car and we will never carry out any unauthorised work leaving surprised or disappointed faces.

We have recently relocated our garage repair business into a brand new, purpose built building comprising of two MOT test lanes and a dedicated repair ramp and have invested in some of the latest Diagnostic equipment so you can be sure your car is left in some very capable hands.

Over the years our broad customer base and indeed a lot of our business has been built through word of mouth, which we like to think speaks for itself - In fact we have several customers who have moved out of the area and still return for their annual service and MOT !

Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
1905 Jobs Completed
Barnet
4.9 / 5

Services provided:

-- Can build and assemble machines or mechanical components according to requirements
-- Able to Inspect machines, engines, transmissions etc. and run diagnostic tests to discover functionality issues
-- Will aim to troubleshoot reported problems and resolve them in a timely manner
-- Will perform thorough maintenance on machinery, equipment and systems
-- Will clean and apply lubricants to components
-- Will replenish engine fluids and components
-- Will provide consultation on correct maintenance and preventative measures
-- Can also undertake other duties (e.g. repair of hydraulic systems)
-- Can provide logs of work and report on issues

Experience:

Proven experience as Mechanic for 12 years.
Excellent knowledge of machinery and hydraulic, electrical and other systems and their components.
Experienced in using various precision tools (I have equipment to perform most mechanical work).
Will follow established procedures and practices with a strong commitment to health and safety.
Very good communication skills with problem-solving capabilities.
Very good physical strength and stamina

Qualifications:

BTEC national diploma motor vehicles (2 year course)
HNC motor vehicles (1 year course)
HND motor vehicles (1 year course)
IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) MOT Certification NT / AE / Site Manager

Classes of Vehicles tested:

Class Descriptionwheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
4 Motor caravans
4 Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
4 Dual purpose vehicles
4 Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
4 Ambulances and taxis
4 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)
4a Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation checkPrivate passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
5 Playbuses
5a Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
5a Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
7 Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight

Drivers Autocentre - Maryhill Road
323 Jobs Completed
Glasgow
4.7 / 5

SCOTLAND'S GARAGE OF THE YEAR 2017/2018 Drivers Autocentre we aim to provide the best value for money service and experience when you entrust us with your vehicle. We invest heavily on our Staff, Equipment and Facilities to provide a first class choice outwith the main dealer network. Our staff have completed and passed various training platforms with manufacturer's such as Mercedes Benz, Ford, Audi/VAG Group, BMW, KIA/Hyundai, Vauxhall/GM and Renault. We have invested in the most recent and upto date SNAP On Diagnostic systems allowing us to Code Read, Interrogate Live Data, Program Components and Carry out DPF Regen's.

We only use OE (Original Equipment) Quality parts and oils whilst working on your vehicle and any part replaced comes with a 12 months 12k miles warranty.

We also offer you the ability to spread the cost of your bill over 4 months using our Payment Assist option, There are no interest charges or Credit checks upto £Whilst your vehicle is with us we will:

* FOC Apply a full interior protection pack covering your Seat, Floor Mat, Steering Wheel, Gearstick and Handbrake lever to protect against the COVID 19 virus and generally keep it clean whilst we work.
* Confirm the work you are booked in for and the price quoted
* Provide a Lift home or to work etc if required.
* Communicate clearly via phone, text and email any additional work required including providing photo's of failed components if requested.
* Be completely clear at all times including keeping old parts for your inspection on request
* Provide a full itemised VAT Invoice.

You're also welcome to take a seat in our comfortable waiting area and watch the work on your vehicle be carried out. We have comfort facilities and a fully stocked Nescafe Machine with Newspapers and Magazines to pass the time and we also have a very good WIFI network that you're welcome to use.

We look forward to welcoming you and your vehicle.

Continental Motors
1095 Jobs Completed
Leicester
4.8 / 5

Family run independent garage est 1987. Honest & trustworthy helpful staff. Highly reputable garage specialising in MOT's & Servicing/Repairs for all your passenger and light commercial vehicles throughout Leicestershire.

All other repairs undertaken also, including: clutches, brakes, steering & suspension, diagnostics/fault finding, batteries, exhausts, welding, timing belts, light bodywork, Air con servicing & re-gas and 4 wheel computerised alignment to all makes and models.

We are your local Official Brembo Brake Specialist Garage.. Ensuring you the highest quality Brembo Brakes at great prices!

We are very proud to announce that we we have been awarded the best garage in the East Midlands!!

Suit all budgets, one year parts warranty on all new parts with customer satisfaction guaranteed!

Millennium Mobile mechanics
461 Jobs Completed
Birmingham
4.9 / 5

Independent recovery and mobile mechanic with over 20 years of experience with car mechanics.

Based in Erdington Birmingham, I offer reasonable prices for all jobs and a quick response.

Hunters Car Cosmetics.
9 Jobs Completed
High Wycombe
5.0 / 5

Mark Hunter established Hunters Car Cosmetics in 2010 having worked in the trade for over 25 years. Mark is also largely known for the excellent service he provided as South Bucks Car Body Repair Centre in Saunderton, Bucks.

Hunters Car Cosmetics is a family run business who provide an independent, professional, fast, friendly and affordable repair service, visiting you at your work place or home for free estimates.work.

Testimonials

"Thanking Hunters Car Cosmetics for our new look makeover on our trusty work horse! Very pleased with the service."
Full Steam Ahead Laundry Service - Stokenchurch

" I dented my bumper driving to work. I called Hunters and they came to my office to give me an estimate that day. I didn't even need to claim on my insurance as the cost was surprisingly less than the excess on my policy. Fantastic price fantastic service. Many Thanks."
Miss S Anderson - High Wycombe

" I phoned a couple of national companies but I personally found Hunters to be the best offer all round. My alloys look like new and the valeting and polish left my car spotless. Thank You."
Mr D Collins - Aylesbury

" I couldn't believe the scratch marks and dents, all over my car, were removed without the use of any paint. Amazing, cheers."
Mr A Shaw - Milton Keynes

Eagle Autos
1438 Jobs Completed
South Wimbledon
4.8 / 5

Eagle Autos provide a personalised quality service for all makes and models and include cars that are still within the manufacturer’s warranty period and also cars that are over 3 years old.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR OWNERS OF NEW VEHICLES STILL UNDER WARRANTY
In 2003, a new European legislation changed the way you can have your car serviced and repaired.
You now have the freedom to use garages other than main dealers to have your car serviced and still maintain the manufacturers warranty, so long as you use manufacturers genuine parts.
Regulations are now in place to maintain quality and standards, but giving you the option to save money on your vehicle maintenance.
Eagle Autos comply with these new regulations.
We also give the personal service that the main dealer does not offer.
We comply with these new regulations so come to us .. you will see the difference

Ewood Motor Services
338 Jobs Completed
Blackburn
4.9 / 5

Ewood Motor services is conveniently based in Blackburn near Ewood Park. Our garage is home to the latest equipment and facilities enabling us to carry our repairs and services to a high standard. Providing a free collection/delivery for local customers within 5 miles is just one of the many great services we offer.

We cover a range of mechanical services from brakes and exhausts to steering and suspension. Our mechanics have gained a variety of skills over the years and aim to make sure your car care needs is a swift, smooth running experience.

Our diagnostic equipment helps us pinpoint problems which means we can successfully carry out any work needed so you can be back on the road in no time. Our comfortable waiting room is there if you wish to wait while we work on your car, or we have some very handy local transport links if you wish to go about your day to day activities,

We also have a fully kitted out body shop on site for all body work repairs

Ade Auto Repairs
1445 Jobs Completed
London
4.5 / 5

Welcome to Ade Auto Repairs.
We understand that in society today people depend a lot on their vehicles, and if they breakdown, you want the repair and maintenance of your car to be of the highest quality, making sure that your vehicle performs to its highest standard.
Ade Auto Repairs is a friendly and efficiently run business with over 30 years of experience in the trade.
We believe in providing the highest level of service and repair, an unbeatable service at a competitive price.most of our customers visits us as a result of the recommendation of previous customers, so when you need a garage you can rely on, come to us. Knowing that when your vehicle is off the road, you want it back in action as soon as possible without compromising the safety and standard of repair.

Brooklands Fast Fit
762 Jobs Completed
leeds
4.8 / 5

Brooklands have been here for 25 years. We are proud in everything we do and carry everything out to a high spec.
Brooklands technicians carry over 15 years of experience an have delt with many aspects of different makes and models over the year, they all carry the correct qualifications from MOT licence’s to NVQ 2&3. We ain’t afraid to to take on any job an work constantly around the clock the get vehicles back on the road the same day.
We carry out a wide range of diagnostic test's and checks, to service and repairs we also do mot's. As on the otherhand we also carry out a wide range of body work and reapirs too..

KWJ Performance
36 Jobs Completed
Warrington
4.4 / 5

Whether you need brake pads replacing or a major service - we have you covered!

Brownshore Motors.
125 Jobs Completed
Willenhall
4.4 / 5

Brownshore Motors was originally established in 1968 by Jack Clutton and was taken over in the late 1970’s by Warren Clutton who is still running the family business to this very day. Our mechanics and technicians have a wealth of knowledge in working on motor vehicles and we have been servicing the Willenhall area for the past 50 years. We run a clean welcoming garage and ensure that with all work we undertake we are fair and honest in our pricing and will always give you the final price you will pay before any work is undertaken so you will never be stung with unexpected costs.

As being a Member of motorcode and an RAC approved garage. We also offer a collection and delivery service for those within 5 miles of us and can provide you with courtesy car (depending on availability).

Emerald House of Cars - Service Centre
66 Jobs Completed
Wednesbury
4.1 / 5

Not only do the Emerald Grease Monkeys carry out an amazing job in preparing vehicles for sale, the doors are also open to the general public for MOT, servicing and repair work.

Emerald are a real family run business and we treat our customers like family.
The same ethos that allowed us to win the UK Independent Dealer of the year carries over into our service department; we are committed to giving the best service our customers have ever received.

Main dealer quality and service but without the hefty price tag.
We pride ourselves on providing not only great value, but also transparency through video health checks and upfront quotations.

Need to have some urgent work done on your vehicle but don't have the cash right now? We understand! That's why we have 0% interest payment plans available for all the work that we do.

Ron's Recovery & Repair Ltd
29 Jobs Completed
Swansea
4.5 / 5

Established by Daniel Aspland in 2017, we currently have 3 mechanics with a combined experience of 25 years.
'Ron's Recovery & Repair' has quickly implemented itself as one of South Wales's most affordable, friendly & attentive garage & recovery service. We welcome both trade & public customers and are proud to uphold fleet contracts nationally. We feel our dedication to customers, our fresh & inviting workshop & excellent customer service makes us stand out as the preferred recovery agent & repair business in South Wales, don't believe us? Come and see what everyone is talking about!

To make this process easier we also offer a collection and delivery service within 2 mile raduis of Swansea, with all our repairs we provide a 12 months warranty on parts and Labour.

We are proud to offer our customers a clean, fully equipped workshop featuring state of the art diagnostic computers. Our workshop can repair any vehicle size, make or model from small services to full engine replacements. We pride ourselves on maintaining a clean workshop and comply to all health and safety regulations, we ask all visitors to report to reception as the workshop is only accessible to mechanics unless stated otherwise. Each of our mechanics offers over 10 year experience within the motor trade. They offer services both inside the workshop as well as at the roadside meaning you'll never find yourself at a loss. When choosing our team we looked for individuals that had the same mind set as ourselves - providing our customers with the best service while keeping our prices affordable. Each member of our team is approachable, friendly and always willing to help! (They also make a good cup of tea..)

Precise Panel Craft Ltd
90 Jobs Completed
Barking
4.9 / 5

Has your car taken a nick recently? We at Precise Panel Craft are seasoned bodyworks veterans, who have the tools and know-how to tackle any repairs you put in front of us. With over 15 years' experience in the industry, we have seen it all and are ready & rearing to take on your work! Please get in touch for more information.

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Frequently asked questions
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How are car body repairs done?

Garages and bodyshops use a variety of techniques to repair your car's bodywork. Rusty areas can be either ground out, or cut out and replaced with fresh metal. Dents can be sucked or pulled out. Imperfections can be smoothed and polished to a perfect finish by using a little filler. Finally paint is perfectly blended to ensure a flawless finish.
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How are dents repaired?

A body shop will use a number of techniques to remove dents including: 'sucking' the dent out, using a 'reverse hammer' to knock the dent from within, and using filler to fill and smooth a dent for a flawless finish.
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What are SMART Repairs?

SMART repairs (Small Medium Area Repair Technology) describe a range of techniques for removing dents, scratches, bumper and wheel flaws, in a localised area. They don't require full panel resprays and can be performed by mobile mechanics.
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What is 'paintless dent repair'?

Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) covers a wide range of dent removal techniques that don't involve filler or paint, including 'pulling out' dents with suction or glue, or using metal rods to push the dent out from the reverse of the dented panel.
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How do bodyshops match car paint colours?

Over time, a car's paint (or clear coating) will fade or become oxidised, so an 'off the shelf' manufacturer's colour won't match exactly. Body Shops will therefore closely examine the condition of your paint in multiple light conditions and order a closely matching 'known variant' of the original colour. Finally, when applying the paint, they will 'blend' it to draw the eye away from any slight difference in colour.
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How much does bodywork repair cost?

The cost of Body Repair will vary hugely depending on the work required. Localised dents can be removed for well under £100, whereas any respraying work will cost at least double that. Quotes for accident repairs or chassis realignment will be much higher, but may be covered by your insurance company.

Types of Body Repairs

Panel Beating

Panel beating is a job carried out by specialist bodywork technicians who can utilise specific tools and techniques to reshape the metal on the body of a car.

If you are involved in an accident, it will often be the body that takes the brunt of the damage as panels on a car are designed to absorb impact and reduce the force of a crash by cushioning the blow.

Even though a car may have suffered a huge impact, it doesn’t always mean that the panels need to be replaced.

Panel beating involves using a huge variety of tools to manipulate the metal and get it back to its original shape.

Depending on the extent of the damage, the amount of time and money spent will vary, however the cost is likely to be less than replacing an entire panel.

Car Respraying

Getting a respray is a quick and easy job which most specialist body shops will be able to carry out.

Depending on the facilities at the body shop you choose, the time the job will take will vary.

Some specialists will have state of the art spraying booths and work with classic and high-end cars, these facilities will be able to deliver the highest quality of respray work as the paint and delivery system will be the best available.

However, the job is likely to be more expensive than a conventional body shop.

The time taken and cost of the service will depend on the type of paint and the size of the area that needs respraying.

Car Wrapping

Wrapping a car can help protect the paintwork from weather, chipping and rusting as well as UV rays which can fade the paint on your car.

Furthermore, if you happen to scratch or scuff your car, the wrapping will take the brunt of the damage and so protect the underlying paint.

You can have your car wrapped to display specific graphics if you are interested in changing the aesthetic of your car. If you want a stripe on your car or other shapes, you can make the request from a specialist who will provide you with a quote.

Before a vinyl wrap is applied; all the lights, door handles, trims and badges will be removed from the body of the car.

Special car wrapping surface cleaner will then be applied to your car before the wrap is applied.

Car Welding

Welding is an important part of bodywork car repair as it is essential for fitting different pieces of metal together.

Welding is a highly skilled job and should not be attempted unless you are a trained professional.

Many different parts of a car can be repaired with the help of a welding expert so do not think your car is written off if something falls out of the engine!

Rust Removal

Rust removal can be a job completed without the need of a mechanic, however it depends on the extent of the damage and the area which is affected.

Rust forms when an anode, cathode and electrolyte combine.

The metal in your car acts as the cathode and anode which reacts with water (the electrolyte).

Even if your car is under cover, rust will form because of these elements coming together if the climate is humid enough.

You can buy specific products online which can help remove rust which are effective at repairing damage, however its effectiveness will vary on the extent of the damage.

The cost of a rust repair will once more depend on the extent of the damage.

Scratches and scuffs

Getting a scratch or scuff is common for cars in the UK. However, they can be perfectly removed with the right technical knowledge, tools and materials.

It’s important to remember that even if you have suffered from extensive scratching or scuffs, a trained professional can remove them with precision.

Removing a scratch is far cheaper than having an entire body piece replaced like a bumper so always check with a body shop to see if they can remove a scratch before replacing anything.

On average it doesn’t take too long to have your body work repaired when it comes to scratches and scuffs.

It’s important that you get a car scratch removed as soon as possible as it may get worse over time and the value of your vehicle will reduce.

Having a scratch removed by an expert is the best option unless you are a trained professional, as there are a variety of materials and techniques involved in the process.

The cost and time taken to complete the work will depend entirely on the extent of the damage to the body work so make sure to get as many quotes as possible to avoid paying over the odds.

The mechanic will apply the paint to the car scratch, or car scuff, as part of the bodywork repair. The paintwork repair required for removing car scratches and car scuffs shouldn’t vary in time or cost greatly, from garage to garage.

Restorations

The bodywork required on a car restoration will be significant as whole panels are likely to require replacement and the ones which stay as part of the original vehicle, will need to be welded and have rust and scratches removed.

A full restoration may take years and they often do, as mechanics and hobbyists use their spare time and money to build their own cars.

A huge amount of car body work will be required on restorations as all the components will be required to be removed and fixed back into place during different stages of the work.

Dent Repair

Dent repair is one of the biggest parts of body work repair and is essentially the same as panel beating or panel bashing which is covered at the top of this guide.

SMART repair

SMART repair stands for; Small, Medium Area Repair Technology. It is a type of service offered by mechanics which includes the use of specialised tools, paints and materials to provide your car with a ‘good as new’ finish on an area which may be damaged.

Before the technology existed, if a panel was damaged, the entire piece would have to be replaced meaning more money and time would have to be spent on car maintenance.

The advances in technology mean that the speed and effectiveness of body work repair is significantly improved.

According to YouGov research, 65% of cars in the UK are carrying damage which could easily be repaired using SMART repair.

What can be fixed using SMART Repair?

  • Bumper dents
  • Alloy wheel scratches
  • Scratches
  • Dents
  • Exterior trim damage

Bodywork specialists near you

Finding a trustworthy mechanic can be a daunting process. Finding one that can do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy which is why we simplified the process.

We work with a network of 11,500 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive bodywork garages near you.To find the best bodyshop in your region;

  1. Enter your car registration number
  2. Give us a few details about your car and your requirements
  3. We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in your area

You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best body work deal in your area, before booking online.

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