Do It Yourself Auto Body Repair
It’s Probably Not Worth the Hassle
Collision repair can be expensive. After you have been in a wreck, and you’ve received an estimate from your insurance company, you start to think. What if you just did the repairs yourself? It can’t be that hard to pop out some dents or replace a bumper, can it? The truth is that there is often a lot more to it than most people realize.
There are a variety of reasons that auto body repair costs what it does. But no matter what, there will be many people that want to do it themselves. While you may have success, here are some reasons that DIY auto body repair is probably not in your best interest.
Dent Removal is Tricky
Let’s suppose you were hit by a hail storm and your vehicle has a dozen dents in it. Depending on the vehicle, you may just want to let it go and not worry about fixing it; that’s an option most people choose with an older car. But how hard is it to pop them out with a suction cup, or other DIY dent removal tool you found on eBay?
Answer: a lot harder than it looks. Our trained technicians have specialized tools to ensure that the dents are returned to normal. When doing it yourself, you may over-correct and cause a bulge instead of a dent. The more the metal is worked, the harder it is to return to like-new condition.
Paint is Hard to Match
Every vehicle has its own paint color. It’s easy to look it up, and buy the right paint for your car. But what if your vehicle’s paint is a little bit faded? What if it has been painted before?
We have a clean environment where we paint vehicles. The exterior has to be completely clean, the paint sprayed on, and we then “bake” the vehicle to quickly set the paint so it’s not damaged, scuffed, or has dust settle into it. Can you do that in your driveway?
Frame Damage Exists
Most people wouldn’t think to perform some major reconstruction on their vehicle, simply because it requires specialized tools. But what if you were hit, and nothing but the door was smashed up. You could run to the junk yard, get a new door, and put it on for just a few hundred dollars right?
You could, but what else was damaged that you can’t see? Frame damage happens more often than you think, and even what seems like a minor collision can have long term repercussions if not addressed properly.
Electrical Problems are Hard to Diagnose
It’s easy to see dents and scratches. And it’s easy to diagnose electrical problems when something isn’t working properly (you click the lever and your blinker doesn’t turn on is a good indication that there’s some electrical damage). But what about the minor electrical damage? What if your blinker is getting the signal, but it’s not as strong as it should be?
Without the proper equipment, it’s hard to find everything that’s wrong with a vehicle after a collision. It’s best to let the auto body repair specialist diagnose so that every detail is addressed, and not just the visible ones.
Windshields are Heavier than they Look
Many collisions twist the vehicle just enough that the windshield will crack. No big deal, you can pop the old one out and put a new one in easily. That’s true, it can be done. But do you have the right tools?
Windshields are heavy! Without a support arm, it’s easy to drop them. Even when you get it installed, twisting it slightly can cause a microcrack that will widen over time. And then there’s the issue of making sure it’s properly set and sealed. What if it falls out while driving down the highway? Don’t risk it, let the professionals take care of it!
Big Sky Collision Center is the Best Auto Body Repair Shop in Billings
Our goal is to be the number one shop in all of Montana. We have more factory certifications than anyone in a five state area. So why settle for less than the best when it comes to your vehicle? You can do auto body repairs at home, but you have more important things to do with your time. Let us handle your repairs, so you can enjoy your vehicle.