3 Common Winter Auto Body Repairs

Winter car repairs

winter auto body repair work 2015Auto body repairs are pretty common during winter, if not more when compared to other times of the year. Several reasons abound why, from car accidents to having received a large Christmas bonus from your boss. But what exactly do car owners bring their vehicles to auto body repair shop for at this time of the year?

Body Repair and Replacement

Road accidents are quite high during winter, and the reasons why vary greatly. Some accidents are caused by the weather and the season itself – with the roads becoming slippery due to ice and snow. Because of this, collisions often happen. In such cases, car owners usually bring their vehicles to auto body repair shops to have damaged parts (like bumpers or rears for instance) replaced with a new one. However, since this can be very expensive and takes a long time (especially if the shop still has to import that particular body part from another place or country) and if the damage is not severe, most car owners usually just have the damaged part repaired (like hammering out dents and painting over them.)

Auto Body Repainting

Body paints suffer a lot of damage during winter, especially with regards to scratches. Ice build-ups are common among cars left outside overnight. Water and moisture on the vehicles surface collect dust, dirt, or any debris as they freeze. When the temperature becomes warmer, these ice sheets slide off the vehicle’s surface, and as they do, the debris and grit that they have collected brushes against the vehicle’s paint. Another reason for scratching is improper ice and snow removal. Some car owners tend to forcefully scrape the ice and snow off their vehicles using sharp tools, and in the process, leave scratch marks. Thus, it is best to lift the ice off the vehicle’s surface instead of scraping them off.

Rust Problems

Winter also brings a lot of moisture, which then cause the vehicle’s body to rust. This is especially true if the vehicle’s coating isn’t good quality. In addition, the salt spread on the road also tend to get attached to the vehicle as you drive by. These salts are also known to instigate rusting. The salt will have to pass through layers of finishes and paint before they reach the metal and cause any real damage. But still, if your vehicle has chipped paint or exposed metal, rusting due to salt can happen.

4 Comments

  1. I didn’t know that body paints suffer a lot of damage during winter. My brother was involved in a car collision last night because of the slippery road. My dad suggested going to the auto body and paint for collision repair and shared this article with him.

  2. Jenna Hunter

    I can totally understand your point that more collisions happen in the winter. I recently moved to a new state and I had lived in a place where there was barely any snow previously. I think that I will have to be really careful this winter but in case I do get into an accident, I will have to look into collision repair services just to be prepared.

  3. Thanks for mentioning how rust is one of the most common auto body problems you can get in your car. It is important to remember that doing some research can help you know how to properly care for the type of vehicle you have. Personally, I would also want to take into consideration where the best doctors are so I can get the best repairs done.

  4. Thanks for mentioning how the roads can be a bit slippery and prone to accidents during winter. My son recently got his dream car after saving up for quite some time. I would hate to see rough marks on its beautiful paint job or be dented on the road. I’ll be sure to advise him to look for reputable auto body shops that can handle his baby with care should it need a few touch-ups during the season.

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