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10 Types of Collision Repair

10 Types of Collision Repair

Your car is likely one of the most expensive purchases you’ll make, and it’s good to protect that investment by ensuring that your vehicle is in good repair. 

Even if you don’t have extensive damage that requires major auto body repair, leaving minor dents, paint damage, small scratches, or other common types of damaged parts untreated will eventually degrade the condition of your car’s body, and might lead to more extensive repairs down the road. 

If your vehicle has any of these most common types of auto body damage, it’s a good idea to get them repaired as soon as possible. Not only will it help retain your resale value, but expert technicians (like those at Bemac) can assess your car during the repair process for any other issues that you might not have noticed.

1. Auto body repair

Auto body repair encompasses a wide range of services that restore the external structure of your vehicle. This can range from the most extensive repairs to minor cosmetic fixes.

Damage can occur from a collision, corrosion (such as rust), or other types of general wear and tear (like hail damage dents or chips from rocks or other debris). Depending on the amount of damage, auto body repair shops aim to get your car body, front and back bumpers, or even the car frame alignment back to its original standard. Not only does this improve the overall appearance of the vehicle, but it’s important in order to maintain structural integrity (and safety) of your car.

Bemac has one of Ottawa’s most advanced auto body repair shop facilities (and also the largest in Eastern Ontario). Not only will we help your car look like new again, but we’re approved by all Canadian insurance companies, so your approvals and paperwork will go much faster.

2. Paintless dent repair

Paintless dent repair

Every car owner knows the frustration of finding a dent or chip in the paint of your vehicle. Luckily, paintless dent removal or repair (PDR) is a cost-effective method of fixing these issues.

Paintless dent repair (PDR) is a revolutionary technique used to remove minor dents and dings from the body of a vehicle without the need for replacing the existing paint. By meticulously massaging the metal back into place, technicians can restore the smooth surface of the vehicle, preserving its factory finish and saving both time and money compared to traditional dent repair methods.

3. Bumper replacement and repair 

Car bumper replacement

Bumpers are often the first line of defense in a collision, absorbing impact and protecting other components of the vehicle. Of all the types of auto body collision repair, bumper replacement is one of the most common. This is because modern car bumpers are specifically designed to take the most amount of damage in a collision—luckily, they are also designed to be easily replaced.

A reputable car body repair shop can order and replace your vehicle’s bumper after a car accident. They’ll also take a look at the entire vehicle and ensure that the frame or other parts of the body aren’t damaged.

4. Frame straightening 

Car frame straightening

If you experienced a more severe auto accident, such as a rear-end collision, you might be in need of frame straightening or alignment. The frame, or chassis, of your vehicle can get misaligned or damaged during a collision, and specialized equipment is required in order to repair it. 

A bent frame is often invisible, but is extremely dangerous. A weakened frame is often not strong enough to protect you and your passengers if a future collision were to occur.

5. Paint repair 

Car paint repair

Your car’s paint is made up of three separate layers: the primer, the paint itself, and a clear protective coat. If you’ve noticed that your car body paint is peeling or is otherwise damaged, it’s best to act on it right away. Once the peeling process starts, it will only get worse.

There are a few reasons why paint starts to peel, including UV exposure, chemical cleaners, or physical damage to the clear coat sealant that acts as a protector for the actual paint layer.

If you’re in need of a new paint job, or just a minor touch up of some problem areas, Bemac has you covered. Our state of the art paint service department has the best auto paint experts in the city, along with the finest water-borne (environmentally friendly) paints.

6. Body filler

Car body filler

Body filler is a commonly used material in collision repair to fill in dents, dings, and other imperfections in the vehicle’s body panels. Skilled technicians apply and shape the filler to match the contours of the vehicle before sanding and painting for a seamless finish. This is the option you want if the dents are too big for paintless dent repair. 

There are many different causes for small dents, and fast dent repair by our certified auto body shop is the best way for a vehicle owner to prevent a minor damaged area from growing into a more expensive repair.

7. Auto glass replacement and repair

Collision experts replacing car windshield

From flying ice, rocks, or unsecured loads from other vehicles, there are plenty of types of debris that can damage your auto glass. Cracked or chipped glass not only impairs visibility but also compromises the safety of your vehicle. 

Auto glass repair involves repairing or replacing damaged windshields, windows, and mirrors to ensure clarity and structural integrity. 

If your windshield is badly cracked, a full replacement is really the only option. But if you just have a small chip or crack, you can often get them repaired for a fraction of the price. Let us help you decide your options on whether you need to repair or replace your windshield or other auto glass.

8. Wheel alignment 

Wheel alignment

Wheel alignment is crucial for maintaining vehicle stability, tire wear, and fuel efficiency. After a collision, the wheels may become misaligned, leading to uneven tire wear and handling issues. Skilled technicians will use precision equipment to adjust the wheel angles to the manufacturer’s specifications, ensuring optimal performance and safety.

9. Panel replacement

Panel replacement

In cases of extensive damage, panel replacement may be necessary to restore the vehicle’s appearance and structural integrity. Car panels are the individual pieces that make up your vehicle’s body. 

Auto body technicians will carefully remove damaged panels and replace them with new ones, ensuring proper fit and finish. They will also ensure that the supports behind the panel have not been compromised.

10. Car detailing

Woman detailing car seatbelt. How often should you detail your car?

Car detailing is a special cleaning and polishing process that can often restore your car back to feeling brand new again. Car detailing goes beyond collision repair to restore the overall appearance and cleanliness of the vehicle. From interior cleaning and vacuuming to exterior washing, waxing, claying, and polishing, detailing services help maintain the beauty and value of your vehicle.

Trust Bemac For Your Auto Body Repairs

If your vehicle isn’t in the shape you want it to be, request a free quote from Bemac and let us take a look. Whether you’re dealing with minor dents or major collision damage, our team is equipped to handle all your auto body repair needs. 

Our expert technicians will assess the condition of your car and get your vehicle fixed quickly and back on the road in no time!