What Are the Most Common Types of Auto Body Collision Repair Jobs We Do at Keri Coach Works?

Damaged front of car

If your response to that question is to ask, “Is this a trick question?”—your answer would be the correct one. It is a trick question. It forces you to assume that any auto body repair job must automatically be a collision repair job. But that is not the case. In reality, auto body damage requiring repair can stem from roughly three distinct causes:

1. Poor Vehicle Maintenance Habits

When collision-related accidents do occur, they are often due to neglecting routine maintenance and not necessarily from lousy driving skills (yours or the other driver’s). Keeping your car operating at optimum performance levels through regular maintenance is a critical component of proper vehicle care and ongoing passenger safety. Without it, some element of the vehicle will eventually malfunction, potentially creating just the right conditions for an accident to occur while you’re driving.

As a simple example, think of your car’s paint job. Let’s say one of your kids, in pulling their bike out of the garage, scrapes the side of your car, leaving a slight gash in the surface of the door’s paint. If that door is made of steel, over time ambient moisture will cause the metal to rust. Eventually it could rust completely through, potentially putting the window mechanism at risk. What could have been a relatively inexpensive paint job is now a much more expensive repair job.

You know the old saying, “A stitch in time saves nine”? Well, that goes double for cars. It’s more costly to repair a car than to keep up with regular maintenance. So make sure to have your car serviced once a year, at least!

2. Damage from Weather and Other External Hazards

Weather is your car’s enemy. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid it. Weather is where our cars all live.

The heat and sun of summer can cause paint to fade and tires to dry out and crack. Salt on wintry roads can corrode metal. High winds can blow heavy shopping carts around in a parking lot and send them careening into your vehicle’s side or headlights. Large hailstones can chip paint and cause deep dents. The vehicle in front of you can kick up a pebble and fling it at high speed at your windshield, cracking it.

The sooner you get such damage repaired, the better for your car. If the damage is not too severe, the repair can be done quickly and at a low cost.

3. Collision Damage

And yes, there’s that too.

Over a lifetime, your chances of being in a collision at some point are fairly high, as either a driver or passenger. Thankfully, the vast majority of these collisions will be of a minor nature.

Due to the myriad safety features built into cars today, drivers and passengers are often spared severe bodily injury in the event of a collision with another car, a tree, or other object. Obviously, if the damage to the vehicle is extremely severe, the insurance company will declare it “totaled” and (hopefully) reimburse you for some percentage of the car’s value.

Otherwise, the typical minor collision will likely result in a ding or a dent to the auto body. Ding and dent are not just colorful poetic words often used interchangeably; rather, they each have a very specific meaning in the auto body collision repair business:

Dings are considered to be any damage that is less than ½ inch in diameter and occur most often in parking lots (as when a neighboring car door hits yours). No paint-chipping or exposure of bare metal is involved. These are more of an aesthetic issue.

Dents, on the other hand are bigger than ½ inch and usually cause damage to the paint and metal. They are more serious than dings in that they can compromise the safety of the vehicle.

Dings, dents, and more severe damage can occur anywhere on the car. The kind of auto body collision repair work we do most frequently at Keri Coach Works involves damage to the following areas of the vehicle:

  • Rear bumper or fender
  • Front bumper or fender
  • Front grill
  • Headlights
  • Wheels or tires

No matter the location or extent of damage to your vehicle, at Keri Coach Works in Westbury, Long Island, New York, we are committed to earn our customers’ trust by making their satisfaction our number one priority. We pride ourselves on having quick response times, courteous staff, and exceptional rates. We provide auto body collision repair and automotive painting services for all vehicle makes and models, including imports, performed by highly trained, certified repair technicians.

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