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12/03/2013
By: Gloria B.
National Body Works
I totally damaged the whole passenger side of my car , coming out of a parking lot and catching the fire hydrant that was hiding to my right as I turned. To make matters worse , when I first heard the sound I didn't realize what it was and so I continued to tear through both doors and the back. After making a claim with my insurance , the adjuster came to my work to assess the damage. His estimate was $ 1800 , which seemed really low , by looking at the extent of the damage. Not that I would know .A co-worker had just fixed his suv at National Body Works , and he was very happy with the repair so i called and made an appointment. The first thing I noticed when I got there was all the competition ( 3 body shops within 1 block ) & yet they were busy.The staff was very helpful and friendly . The owner , Sasan explained to me that its always better to have the adjuster go to a shop to see the car & assess the damage . because ,he said ,he will disassemble the car and find all the hidden damage with the adjuster present so the estimate he writes would be accurate, Preventing delays and maximizing my coverage . something to keep in mind if I ever damage my car in the future. He called my insurance for a re-inspection; my rent a car arrived and I left.3 days later he called to tell me that the final estimate the insurance approved is $ 3345.00 . that's almost double the original estimate. He said that many insurances like to skip out on a lot of necessary steps in the repair to save money. but his job is to fight for the customer. That was good to hear. the best part is that he gave me a $500 discount by applying discount coupons to my bill. So its like not paying my deductable .A week and half later I went to pick up my car & WOW.... What accident ? it was perfect . she was detailed & looking great. They even repaired the dent I had on my front fender , at no charge. Im so happy!!!
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08/26/2017
By: Steven M.
B & L Automotive Repairs Inc
I'd first like to start off by saying 5 stars just simply isn't enough for this place. So I came to Chicago to attend my friends wedding. I rented a Cadillac CTS Coupe on Turo. I parked my car right in front of the Chicago History Museum. It's 12pm mind you and the street is moderately busy. I was in the museum about an hour. I go back out to my car to add more time only to discover that some human trash had busted out my window and stolen my backpack with some expensive items. After dealing with the police and Turo, my next goal is to get the window fixed as fast as possible. I drive to B&L and sit down with a representative. After explaining my situation to the rep Gino the owner is nearby and hears the conversation. He understood it was a time sensitive issue and took over the interaction. He immediately had someone on the phone that had the part in stock and I got it replaced quickly and painlessly. I am very thankful for his exemplary customer service even though I was not doing business directly with him. If I ever come back to Chicago and need anything automotive done I will come see him for sure. Gino is a very trust worthy and outstanding business owner. He does it right. Thank you Gino!
12/27/2013
By: Yaroslava S.
National Body Works
I got rear ended last week while sitting behind a red light. The guy has no insurance & I am going to have to pay for the repairs & then try to sue him. Anyway , I drive by National Body Works everyday on my way to work. Actually there are a lot of body shops in this area. I went to total of 5 shops to get the best price since I’m paying for it. Every shop said I have to replace my bumper and trunk lid. All the estimates were over $1350 plus any hidden damage that they can’t see but all assured me there was definitely hidden damage . That is all except National . I could see that The estimator at national was really trying to keep my cost down since I told him I’m paying out of pocket. Nationals quote was $790 since they were able to save my parts & not buy new. I asked about all the hidden damages & he said that he already knows what is damaged & its included in the price. I couldn’t believe it , so I gave them the car before he changes his mind or realizes that he made a mistake. Needless to say there was no mistake . I picked up my car 4 days later and it looked great. These guys are real pros . definitely recommend them to everyone I know
06/06/2013
By: cathy.marrero.9
B & L Automotive Repairs Inc
This is the only place I would ever take my vehicle to get work done. My truck (2013 Jeep Cherokee) is my baby and when it was hit while parked, B&L made everything smooth and gave me reassurance that everything would be taken care of. It wasn't just because that is what they have to say, but you felt as though you were getting the best work from how their people are with you (ie. front desk, estimator, workers & even the owners who are not just sitting in their office, but getting their hands dirty too). They made sure all was done and they took care of all paperwork with the insurance and called the rental place to have us picked up. I didn't have to worry or do anything, they did it all and with a smile. I LOVED IT and the work that was done, you couldn't find anything wrong with it and it was done within the time they said it would be. No time changes, they called with updates. I was at easy with the stressfull situation it could have been, they made it easy and comforting. THANK YOU B&L AUTOMOTIVE....ALL OF YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!
09/27/2016
By: Marion G.
National Body Works
These guys are top notch professionals. Their work speaks for itself. Their customer service is beyond the norm today. It reminds me of the days when people really cared about their customers. Dont settle for anything else, come here to get your car repaired and you will be happy and satisfied and in awe of the attention that you as a customer receive and the attention to detail that your car receives. Our 2011 Toyota Sienna Van had more than a few issues of damage. We brought it in for an estimate after checking photos online and being amazed at the quality. We were greeted by Oscar and Sasan who gave us an extremely detailed estimated that was below anyone else for just one repair. They were so kind -made sure they answered all of our questions and again-told us in detail what we would get done, broke it down by price on the computer and gave us an extremely good estimate. When we picked up our van this past friday- we could not believe our eyes-absolutely perfect!
08/29/2013
By: rickp12
B & L Automotive Repairs Inc
I have taken my vehicle to B & L in the past for body repairs. They always did a great job on my cars. Recently I found that my truck's roof was damaged by rocks being thrown from overpass. Since my insurance deductible is high from a accident my teen daughter caused, I would have to pay out of pocket for the repairs. I got a great price and once the job wsas completed it looked great. The owner, Gino spotted a small pin bubble after completetion ( I didn't see it till I was shown), and didn't like it so he had it re-done. Again afterwards the truck looked like new. They did a excellent job on the repairs and I was completely satisfied. Anyone that wants great work that is guaranteed for a greatr price should stop by this place.
11/01/2012
By: carcrazy8118
E & T Auto Repair
Hi, ignore the two reviews from before. The mechanic at this shop is not only nice, but he tries his hardest to make his customers happy. He does what he is told, and doesn't charge much at all. Yes, his office may be a mess, but he has everything he needs in his garage. His garage is clean, and holds six cars. I've seen this man, and what he can do. So please ignore the two morons that wrote under this review.This mechanic is awesome. There maybe a language barrier, but he still understands what someone is talking about when they bring in their cars to the office.I will always take my car to this auto repair shop because I know that my car is always fixed the way I want it too, and I can afford the price.
02/27/2013
By: dchristine78
Parkview Auto Repair and BodyShop
Per the recommendation of AAA, I was sent here to repair my 1990 Jeep Cherokee. I had passed this place several times assuming that it was just another shady mechanic on the southside. upon entering their office, it was a relief to see all their certifications and awards for their quality and service. They were very honest about the problems with my jeep and only fixed what I asked them to (and ave me the costs prior to the work) without forcing any other expensive work on me. The labor rate is pretty reasonable and muh better than I have seen on the northside. They even offered me a ride home!
01/24/2017
By: Paweldidi S.
In An Out Auto Repair and Body Shop Inc
My car broke down in front of my home a few blocks away. I was so grateful to be greeted with a cheerful disposition and super fast solution to my circumstance. The owner, Joe, is really a very kind man. He is very knowledgeable. He fixed our Toyota Matrix the same day. He spent several days trouble shooting a complicated electrical problem on our Volkswagen TDI. Joe is fair in his pricing. He is competent and does the job right the first time, even fixing what the last shop didn't do correctly. He is truly an asset to the neighborhood and we are proud to support his business.Pawel and DiDi
09/15/2012
By: chicagoshopper
Jake's Auto Body Inc
I highly recommend Jake's Auto Body. I took my Honda Accord in for body repairs and received nothing but outstanding service. From the moment I walked in the door and until the very end Joe and his staff kept a very good communication flow and did everything they possibly could do to give the highest quality work and service I've seen around. They do care about their customers and unlike other shops, they go above and beyond to keep their customers satisfied and are flexible if needed. Do not hesitate to do business with them, it will worth your every penny!
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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