To be honest, this is one of those questions that cannot be answered in its current form. It’s like asking, “Who is the better guitar player, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Steve Ray Vaughn or Brian May?” to pick out a few greats. At this level, they are all amazing; they are no longer people who play the guitar, rather artists whose canvas is a guitar. It’s no longer about who is better; it is now only a matter of preference. However, there are clearly differences between these guys and an average guitarist, and these differences we can see. So, enough of the guitar analogy; let’s re-phrase the question.
Basically painting a room needs to reduce to painting one wall at a time so the job does not seem so daunting. Don’t focus on the other room but rather one wall at a time. This method will make the job seems easier and before you know it you will have the entire room painted.
Now you may be pondering what to make of his response. You might be wanting to know exactly why he is aiming to dissuade you from opting for your own shop.
Ask About Warranty – That last factor you should consider is warranty. A reputable body shop will warranty their work. Of course that warranty won’t extend to you scraping the paint off, but it should include peeling or cracking due to defects in workmanship.
However you want to make sure that they are using the latest technology to color match your vehicles color to the new paint they are applying. The body shop el paso should not be simply guessing or getting “close enough”. They should be able to provide an exact match. With an exact match it will be almost impossible to tell that any paint work was ever even done on your vehicle.
These shops claimed to be custom fab and paint shops but all carried pre assembled bikes. At one shop I noticed a sign that charged ninety dollars per hour for sheet metal work yet they had no equipment what so ever to bend or shape the smallest piece. After talking to the owner he had mentioned to me that he could build me a gas tank for 2,800 but would take 6 to 8 weeks for delivery from their “out source tank builder”. I don’t know about everyone else but I am what you would call a neat freak. and I couldn’t believe the disrepair and general “messiness” of these so called professional shops.
There are many ways to find the best auto glass shop. You can search online, get referrals from family and friends or look at newspaper listings. Out of all these, searching online is the fastest and most convenient method. You can visit auto glass websites and read reviews.
Body repair is another story and can become very expensive. Newer cars with plastic and fiberglass bodies are almost impossible to repair, the body panels are often much easier to just replace, and that can be accomplished by almost anyone with a wrench and screw driver. Repairing dents and rust on metal bodies can be time consuming as well as expensive. It also requires a matching paint job which is similarly expensive. If the dented or rusted panels can be removed it makes it much easier. Dents can be pounded back into shape. In addition to this, it is often just easier to work on and paint a detached piece. Some work can be done by the average Joe, but extensive body work should be done at an established body shop.