How to Get a Car Repaired at an Auto Body School

by Jennifer Dermody

If you are in a fender bender and your vehicle needs body work, you can get it done for a low price at an auto body school where students need vehicles for practice. An instructor will oversee the students' work on your auto. The work will have to pass many levels of quality control before your repaired vehicle is returned to you.

Some schools accept vehicles only during the school year.

Contact high schools or vocational schools in your area. Check to see if they are accepting vehicles.

Tell the program instructor about the scope of the work that your vehicle needs. Be sure that your damage is not out of the realm of the services the school provides.

Repairs done at a school may take some time.

Schedule a time to take the vehicle to the school for an inspection and get an estimated timeline as to when work will be performed. Factor in school vacations, weekends and holidays.

Drop off your vehicle and leave it until the work is complete, checking back often to see if work is progressing as scheduled.

Make sure you are happy with the work before driving away.

Inspect the work upon picking your vehicle up and before driving away.


  • Keep insurance coverage and registration current while the work is being performed.


  • The time that classes have available to work on your vehicle may be limited. Your repairs may be inexpensive, but will likely take quite a while. Arrange for other transportation while the work is being done.

About the Author

Jennifer Dermody started writing in 1992. She has been published in "Running Wild Magazine," "The Green Book" environmental bid journal and local publications in the areas that she has lived all over the world. She is currently a licensed Florida real estate agent. Dermody earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Regis College in 1993.

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