The Stages of Auto Body Repair

If you’ve recently been in an automotive accident, take comfort in the fact that you are in good hands with your local professional. There are several stages in the auto body damage repair process. The experts at Georgia Luxury Automotive have a detail-orientated process meant to restore your car and get you back on the road quickly.

  1. Disassembly – A thorough inspection of the damaged areas of your car is essential to the repair process. Disassembly can uncover internal damage. An insurance reassessment may be required.
  2. Order Parts – Depending on the make, model, and age of your car, the time it takes to order the necessary parts may vary. Most parts are outsourced to local depots, however, custom parts may take longer to get in.
  3. Structural Repair – Major accidents may require structural repairs to the car’s chassis and framework. A chassis that has been knocked out of alignment can affect the way your car handles. It also causes uneven wear on your tires, brakes, and suspension. Sections of framework that can be salvaged are bent back into shape or cut away and replaced with new steel. Specialized computers are used to realign a finished chassis.
  4. Body Repair – The majority of car accidents usually require some form of body repair which is simply repair to the exterior parts of the car. Depending on the car, some body panels are made of either sheet metal, plastic, or fiberglass. Dents can usually be popped out while minor cracks are repaired with an automotive filler. Panel pieces that are beyond repair and custom panels must be ordered. They usually come without paint and bolt right onto the car frame.
  5. Painting – At this stage in the repair process your ride is looking more like a car. It just needs a few cosmetic touches. Minor scratches can be touched up manually but panels that need extensive repair require an extra step. To prepare for the paint booth, the old paint is usually sand blasted away. Technicians use special paint codes and mixers to match your car’s color to the surrounding panels. Paint is then primed and sealed with a top color and clear coat to preserve the paint job.
  6. Reassembly and Detailing – The final stage of damage repair involves putting all the pieces back together. Panels that have either been repaired or replaced are now reattached and properly aligned with the other panels. Other accessories like mirrors, headlights, blinkers, and tires are also added during this stage while electrical systems are tested to make sure they are in working order. Dirt and dust accumulated during the repair process are vacuumed and wiped away.

Collision experts are eager to get you back on the road. Whether you’ve had a small fender-bender or a major accident, trust the experts at Georgia Luxury Automotive to take care of your auto body damage repair.

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