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By: Han J.
Collision Express
This place is no longer Cavalier Body Shop. They are called Collision Express now and after talking to them, has been since January 2014. My 2003 Land Rover Discovery 2 had some issues with the Cargo Trunk. The hinge had been bent and the trunk cargo trunk would not shut all the way because it didn't seal it all the way. I do most of the mechanic work for my Discovery and generally do not trust ANYONE o do any work on it, but this time, I just didn't have the time to mess with this alignment issue. I decided to go to a few auto body places early in the morning in Maplewood because it was close to my work and Maplewood apparently is a breeding ground for Indy Auto Shops. I researched that evening and found about 5 or 6. Collision Express wasn't on the list because they are fairly new and as you can see, they are still called Cavalier Body Shop. They were my first stop because I just happen to see them first. It was 2 guys working. They came out and looked at my issue. Polite guys, listened and one of the guys just popped the trunk open, even though I thought it was stuck and even took a crow bar to it. They explained to me the issue and what was causing it to not close all the way. They gave me a quote, I told them I would call them back because I didn't think it was needing to cost that much because I do everything myself and on that car and it just wasn't what I would charge myself. I proceeded to go to the other body shops in that area and soon realized, that the price and attitude was completely different from the other shops. It was quite a difference, one shop had to stop during the quote to let me know that they were at this amount, and they were not done yet. What?! so was this guy taunting me with his rip off price? I dont get it. I don't like to use names, but EGB body shop, you need at least a crash course on sales. Don't tell me I am $*($ while you are still trying to *(&(*R& me over. I decided to give Collision Express the business and they got me in at Lunch time. They were friendly and let me sit in the shop and let me watch them do the repairs. They were thorough and careful with my car. Got it done quickly and the owner came back with lunch for them I guess and was one of the friendliest Auto Mechanic guys I have ever talked too. Usually they hate every one probably because of the oil, heat and frustration. I would recommend this place to anyone. They not only deal with Auto Body, but also mechanical and looks like they do paint jobs. Very Clean Shop. 5 star is well deserved.
By: hydrodyne
Auto Beauty Specialists Inc
I remember going with my Dad to Auto Beauty when I was little. He always said they did the best job in town. I continued to take my car there for many years and they have always done great work. Recently I was hit in a parking lot and agreed to let the at-fault party pay for my repairs. They said a family member owned body shop and asked if I could take it there. I foolishly agreed. My car took 3 times longer than they said. . And WORSE, it looked awful, The color did not match. They said they would redo it, and they did. It looked worse than the first time. Then I took it to Auto Beauty. They fixed it .. Now it looks wonderful again. And they even gave me a discount because they felt "bad" for my situation. Imagine that. .it wasn't THERE fault that I picked the wrong shop. They are WONDERFUL!! I will always use you!!
By: acjannett
Ernie Patti Collision Center
I have used Ernie Patti for many years for everything from auto body repairs, new tires, mechanical work and even routine oil changes and tire rotation. Without execption the service and quality of the work performed has been outstanding. In addition the vehicles have always been completed on time even when navigating the red tape that is often an issue with insurance companies. I always refer family and friends to Ernie Patti Collision because of how well the entire staff has taken care of me and my family. In fact I drive from far west county to their location off South Kingshighway because I can trust and count on them to be honest, fair and provide quality workmanship. This is a first class organization top to bottom. Al J.
By: Jeremy Z.
Hunter Auto Body Inc
Commitment to taking care of customer SURPRISED ME. I had my 2004 van in for some work on the door hinges. Nobody knew how bad they were and ended up being quite the ordeal. Jack and his crew finished the job with GREAT quality in spite of it taking up time from other work he had to do. Also, he honored his quote even to his own detriment, wanting to run his business "the right way". I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who needs body work done in the Affton, South County, South City area.
By: jmichealp
Ernie Patti Collision Center
I've taken my vehicle to Ernie Patti Collsion many times, both for collision repair as well as engine repair. I've always had a great experience. They are always friendly, knowledgeable and go above an beyond to assure that I am happy with the work. They communicate with me directly through the entire process. It's the only place I go and trust knowing I'll always be taken care of no matter what my needs are.
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By: Coleen B.
Hunter Auto Body Inc
Highly recommend Hunter Auto Body. The ownership and staff are very friendly and personable. Their work is the highest quality and pricing is very fair. They know their stuff and are extremely helpful. They've earned my business from here on out and have actively been recommending to friends, family, and co-workers. Recommend checking them out and giving them a chance to earn your business.
By: bruh44
Gapsch's Carstar Collision Center
They're probably sick of looking at my car and me. I was rear ended last year and the car was almost totaled. So every time something is wrong with it I figure it must be related to the accident. I’ve been back 3 times. Ever time they fix the problem detail the car, and haven’t charged me for anything yet. They’ve been nothing but helpful. If you need your car fixed, DEFINITELY go see them.
By: sabrown88
West County Auto Body Repair
I highly recommend,them for auto work. The staff was friendly, courteous, and professional. I was the new kid in town and they made me feel welcomed and did not try to rake me over the coals. He told me what he would do in this situation and saved me a lot of money. You can't even tail I had the bumper replaced on my car. I would definitely use them again!
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By: Rob T.
Pro Car Care
I backed into a retaining wall at a restaurant and put a hole in my bumper and scratches on my trunk and quarter panel .These guys made my 2011 Mercedes look new for less than half what the dealer quoted me. They were easy to work with and matched the paint perfectly on my bumper. I would definitely recommend them if you have minor collision repair.
By: Uskiwi3@hotmail.com W.
Tony's Dent Solutions
Tony is an extremely dedicated and talented windshield repair man. I went to him with just enough cash to fix 1 windshield damage, but when he saw another " hole" he offered to also fix it for the same price! He truly is a gentleman who does excellent work. My windshield looks like new!! Thanks Tony.
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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