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07/03/2009
By: konakula
Harry's Body & Fender Service
I brought a restored 1963 Beetle to get the door repaired in which the door hinges had been sprung. Upon arrival, Benny (shop manager) looks at the door, goes inside the shop gets a block of wood and starts crushing it between the door and door jamb which dents in the once perfect door jamb (this is before any contract is agreed to signed etc). Jan the owner is present at this time and does not seem to mind whats going on. Benny assures me everything will be fine and can be fixed. I have a bad feeling about this (always follow your first instincts). About 3 weeks later and after not being able to match the paint, telling me it was ready when it was not, and me finally having to give them my can of touchup paint so they could match it, I wind up with a crappy paint job that includes the entire side of the vehicle (not just the door), a still crushed in door jamb, paint torn from the door jamb when tape was removed, a door that still does not fit right and a ruined interior door panel that had the clips ripped out (cost me an extra $200).This does not include the engine lid brace that was supposed to be fixed but was beyond their capabilities. Their website shows an impressive list of fully restored vehicles, but obviously I did not get the "A" list body repairman. It's sad that workmanship is so mediocre these days and no one seems to care what goes out of the shop. I wish they had told me they could not handle the job at the beginning. Now I am going to have to find someone else to fix their "restoration". They were very nice people to deal with but who wants crappy work. Do not use these people!
11/19/2013
By: Ken W.
Harry's Body & Fender Service
I have taken my car for repairs to Harry's for over 40 years. My last time was just recent. I backed my brand new Outback into a wall with enough damage that I needed to have the rear bumper replaced. I picked up my car on a Friday, but after I got home, I didn't feel the paint matched as well as it could (I'm picky). Called them on Monday expecting the usual fight I get from other businesses, but was told to bring it right up and they would make it right - even provided me with a rental car. Now it looks just like new. I would never trust anyone else with my cars.
06/11/2012
By: kennethmack
Harry's Body & Fender Service
Best auto body repair shop in Asheville NC. Harry's Body and Fender service did a beautiful restoration on my Towncar. I was rear ended and thought it was totaled. The work is near perfect. It looks like the accident never happened and the car painting looks like new. It has a mirror finish and I am very pleased. They sent a tow truck and I did not have to pay for it. The insurance company paid it in the settlement. I would say, call (828) 252-0131 if you have a car accident.
08/20/2012
By: harley.vaughan.92
Harry's Body & Fender Service
I was recently in a bad accident when someone ran a stop sign and creamed my late model Mercedes. The folks at Harry's helped me with the insurance claim and did a great job of restoring my car to like new condition. Thanks guys!
08/27/2012
By: joy.grant.5201
Harry's Body & Fender Service
Excellent place to have body work done. They are very thorough and fast! I recently had some repair done to the rear fender of my minivan and now you can't even tell there was any damage.
Tips & Advices
Using a variety of tools and processes, many of which require specialized training, auto body mechanics primarily repair cosmetic and structural damage to vehicles after accidents occur. They can also enhance a vehicle’s appearance and performance by replacing and adding new parts to a vehicle’s body.
This depends on the severity of the work that needs to be done. Something such as paintless dent repair for a few small dents can take an hour. Whereas auto body repairs for damages caused by a major accident can take multiple days to correct.
All auto body parts can be repaired but there is a threshold for the level of repairs possible. Parts can be damaged beyond repair and would need to be wholly replaced.
Auto body parts can be made from a wide variety of materials, usually based on what the part’s purpose is. Vehicle frames body panels, bumpers, roof racks, and other items that need to be strong and durable are usually constructed from steel, which is known for its durability and resistance to rust and high temperatures. But aluminum is quickly becoming a popular material of construction due to its lightweight yet durable nature. Body kits and other aftermarket parts like spoilers and hoods can be constructed from one form of plastic or another.
Yes, the vast majority of car makes and models have aftermarket parts available for many of their components. But higher-end vehicles typically have less aftermarket parts available since they often use specialized materials and manufacturing processes that are difficult to duplicate for many aftermarket manufacturers.

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