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By: Abe C.
Auto Body & Paint Action
Do not go to this body shop. The owner, Luis, uses a bait and switch technique to lure customers by quoting you a lower price than competitors, then calling you back later on to tell you that they've found more damage and that the repair will cost more than what they quoted you (which costs far more than competitors). My personal experience: I went to this body shop because i got into a fender bender with a man and i was paying for the damages on his car. The man went to this body shop because they quoted him a lower price than competitors, which was around $580. I wrote him a check for the damages and went home. I later got a call from Auto Body Paint & Action that they uncovered more damages and insisted that i come into their shop to take a look. When i went in, they stated that the fender was damaged, the bumper mounting brackets were damaged, and many other items too much to list. Most of these items were clearly salvageable, but he insisted they needed to be replaced anyways. He even pointed to a small spot of dirt on the lower fender and told me that i would have to pay for a paint touch up of around $200. I refused to pay for this and simply walked up to the car and rubbed off the dirt to show him that it was clearly not scratched. Despite this, the final bill came out to over $1280, which was more than twice the original price quote. The quotes from the other, legitimate body shops were respectively $800 and $1020, which is still lower than the $1280 that i paid. In the end i was forced to pay up because i was paying for damages to another man's car. Other customers who left positive reviews may not have realized that they were scammed. This bait and switch technique can easily trick someone who doesn't know anything about cars, like a soccer mom or any busy person. Please, do not go to this body shop. You are simply wasting your time.
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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