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Many do not know of the existence of this profession of panel beaters. These are experts who repair and, at times, replace bodywork of motor vehicles damaged in accidents or acts of vandalism. With the number of cars increasing according to the global population, the number of accidents is also on the rise, meaning that panel beaters have more to attend to than before. When you are out of a major or a minor accident, repairing the bodywork is your immediate thought if the car has not been written off. So, how can you evaluate the work of your panel beater? Is it a good or a bad job?
Skill and equipment
A quick analysis of the attendant panel beater will give you a picture of just how able they are. Confidence and thoroughness indicates great skill, experience and knowledge, ability, etc., and is a pointer to the quality of service that he/she will ultimately offer. Additionally, the equipment the body shop has for this work tells a lot about the standard of their service. Traditionally, a panel beater was armed with a hammer and a portable anvil. These days, technology has led to making of more efficient, accurate and sophisticated tools such as line pullers, easy pullers, etc. Therefore, analyzing these primary aspects of the body shop gives you a picture of what to expect. How do you evaluate after the service?
Judgment and accuracy
As aforementioned, a good panel beater possesses great judgments ability to decide whether to repair or to replace the damaged bodywork. This is very key as it determines the output at the end of all the processes and it is one thing you must consider keenly in judging a panel beater. Of equal importance is how the panel beater refits trim and the interior of the panel. At the end of the process, there should be seamless understanding between the external “facelift” and the interior alterations on your car.
Thirdly, you need to analyze how well the panel beater has repaired holes and dents as well as the corroded parts of the bodywork. An effective panel beater ensures that holes, dents and corroded sections are properly filled and covered. Fourthly, if sections of the vehicle require being re-sprayed, a panel beater must mark them off carefully and accurately so that they are masked effectively. This is done to ensure the paint job does not go wrong thus soiling the entire process.