Great, there is a damage on your car and now you need to get it fixed. What is the best way to do so? It depends on the type of damages we’re talking about and a myriad of other factors. Let’s examine together the different options available to you if your car is in need of attention.

Buffing

This auto body repair technique is one of the easiest and cheapest on the market when it comes to fix a damaged car. However, don’t get excited too fast: buffing is generally used when it comes to minor damages, not the ones following full frontal collisions between two cars. We are talking here about minor to moderate scratches caused by errant shopping carts, a poor first cycling attempt, or even an unsuccessful parking attempt (we’re not judging, but you know it’s true).

Small damages like that can be quickly fixed by a technician that will buff out any scuffs that might appear on the paint surface. If that’s all your car needs, by all means, do it.

Paintless Dent Repairs

Paintless dent repair (or débosselage sans peinture) is a technique used to fix one of the most common problems when it comes to car bodywork: dents that are not too deep and don’t require a paint job. If the damage on your vehicle fits this description, you should definitely look for a car mechanic specialized in paintless dent repairs. It’s the cheapest and fastest procedure when it comes to dent removals, there are no input involved other than the technician labor, and the whole operation is very ecological because of it. When a dent qualifies for a paintless dent repair, there really is no point to consider another type of bodywork.

Fender Bender

The second most frequent problem that could happen to the body of your car is having your fender damaged. More often than not, the best course of action in this case would be to replace the dented or damaged fenders in order to avoid more problematic (and expensive) issues to deal with down the road. Chipping and corrosion come to mind, especially the latter, which can single-handedly destroy the appearance and the structural integrity of your car. However, replacing the fender  of a vehicle can be expensive, especially for newer models. It’s thus not rare for some car owners to try to repair their damaged fenders.

This auto body repair technique is a bit more complicated since it includes several technical steps. The fender is first straightened and sanded all the way to the metal. The area is then coated with a body-filler that needs to be given some time to take. After the material has taken, the body-filler is also sanded until the surface is smooth. The last step of this auto body repair technique is the paint job and after all that, the fender will have regained a nice appearance.

DIY

DIY stands for “Do It Yourself” and it’s the best option for people that are good with their hands, have the appropriate tools, and - let’s face it - have to deal with minor damages, once again. If your situation matches this description, by all means, knock yourself and go ahead with your car repairs on your own. You’ll never find anyone that loves your car more than yourself or will work on it for cheaper, so that kind of settles this matter.

The Verdict

Ah, cars… We love and need them, but they can be the cause of a lot frustrations, bad surprises and unexpected expenses. As we’ve just seen, there is not one best technique in all cases. The best thing you can do when you have car troubles is to know your options in order to choose the best one considering your situation.