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12/19/2015
By: Tamie H.
Tom Davis Automotive
Tom Davis Automotive is absolutely the best auto repair company I've ever had repair my car. First before the work I spoke with Lisa about the issue (car was stolen and they took and broke parts of my motor), she was so thoughtful and took the time to assure me that all would be fine & was the only one who actually gave me any since of calm and most importantly it would be fixed perfectly with the only about of money I had. Second the gentleman that did the repair work did an amazing job!!!! It's a 2002 and it now drives and runs like a 2015. They did everything in one day and even took the time to bring it to me when they were finished. They went about and beyond. This is my 2nd time having repairs done with the same excellent results!!!!
02/10/2015
By: Michael G.
White's Automotive
Very honest shop. Wonderful Experience. My college age daughter (ISU) had an accident with her Honda Civic in January. Lost control of the car on I-35 and hit the median guardrail. The car had some body damage due to the accident. Her boyfriend thought the car brakes and steering felt soft and maybe were damaged. She brought the car to White's to have them check it out. They did a great job looking at it and found that nothing was wrong with the car. They did not charge her for anything. It is really wonderful to find a repair shop so honest and helpful. We will definitely use them in the future. It was great to have somebody confirm that the car was OK and to give us peace of mind. Thanks!!
08/19/2017
By: Jason H.
White's Automotive
Super friendly and honest My 1996 Honda accord (stick-shift) sounds hoarse when starting to move and driving at low speed. The noise seems to be worse during corner turning and breaking. I suspected big trouble and called Mr. White who is the owner and mechanic. Although full in schedule, he allowed me to come to his shop. He stood aside, let me to start and move my car, and knew right away that it was low in steering fluid. The problem went away after adding the fluid. It was almost free of charge. I can’t thank him enough and definitely will come back and recommend him to friends and families.
02/18/2017
By: Deanna S.
Scotty's Body Shop
My ten year old Dodge Caravan was in an accident and declared a total loss. I didn't want to give it up because it only had 59,000 miles on it. I went online to find a body shop, and Scotty's looked like it had a great reputation, and offered a lifetime warranty. Lou got me in quickly for an estimate, and they did the repairs in 4.5 days. The van looks and drives great. Everyone was super friendly, especially Lou. Scotty's also provided a rental car for a reasonable $25/day. I hope to drive my van for many years to come. I would highly recommend Scotty's to anyone.
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04/19/2015
By: Jennifer G.
Scotty's Body Shop
Scotty's did a great job on my car a few weeks ago. I went there stressed out and not knowing where to start in the process of fixing my car and Curtis took care of me right away and did a great job explaining everything to me. He did almost all of the communication with my insurance company for me. I was so worried about the cost of everything but they worked with me and it ended up being a much better experience than what I had originally anticipated. The car looks new again, thank you Scotty's! :)
11/21/2012
By: straightshooteratcha
White's Automotive
This is the best kept secret in Des Moines in automotive repair! The guys at White's are honest, skilled, honest, accomodating, honest, very reasonably priced, honest, easy going, honest, hardworking, honest, and honest. Oh! And did I mention honest? What more do you want in an automotive mechanic?? If you're not taking your vehicles to White's, you're probably paying too much and getting ripped off, but please don't go there so I can get in quicker when I need to. Thanks.
12/22/2014
By: Rick D.
Drake Garage
These guys know their stuff and do not hang you out to dry on costs. My family has trusted them with our past four vehicles and every time we want to buy a used vehicle, we pay for their diagnostic check because they do such a thorough job that it is worth the money. Every time we need work done on a vehicle, their cost beats anyone else and they do a fantastic job!! We always recommend them to all of our friends and family members when they need auto service.
04/02/2014
By: Stacy V.
Acheson Auto Body and Service Center
I recently took my car to Acheson Auto Body because my family has always gone there, and they were right, it was an awesome place! The staff is so friendly and helpful, and they have a darling dog that greets you! They made me feel very welcomed and they explained everything to me that was being done, both the auto body work and the mechanical items. I would recommend this place to anyone, especially if you want reliability and affordability!
07/27/2014
By: denise.barnett.56
Mobile Windshield Repair
I had my windshield replaced and was impressed with the quick turnaround time. The job was done the same day I called for an appointment. The price was even better as it was the best price quoted to me. The service was excellent and the technician was very nice and took the time to explain everything he had done and what I needed to do. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to get their windshield fixed.
01/19/2015
By: David E.
Drake Garage
Drake Garage has repaired our three cars for years. We have always been treated fairly and honestly. If something needs immediate attention they will tell you and if you can get a few more miles out of it they will tell you that as well. Their prices compare well with dealers, have reacted quickly to any concerns, and have honored their warranties. You get that for which you pay.
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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