How to Find Free or Low Cost Auto Body Repairby Kayar SprangUpdated June 05, 2023
Your car got in a fender-bender. Now you need to find free or low-cost auto body repair to get your ride looking like new again. This is fairly easy if you use a little ingenuity and make a few phone calls to find repair services or training.
1. Call or visit a local vocational school
Call or visit a local vocational school that teaches auto body repair. (See resources.) The instructors often will allow their students to perform the work to gain experience. Usually, you only pay for the parts and materials used.
2. Call a family member, neighbor, friend or business associate
Call a family member, neighbor, friend or business associate who owns an auto body repair shop. You may be able to barter for free services. For example, offer to let them take before and after pictures to use for advertising purposes.
3. Find a low-cost backyard mechanic
Ask around to find a low-cost backyard mechanic to fix minor damage such as dents and dings or replace the necessary parts.
4. Locate a major auto body repair chain
Locate a major auto body repair chain or franchise. These places often offer specials and deals.
Tips and Warnings
Auto parts stores carry most everything you need to fix minor body damage.
To find a first-rate repair shop, check with the Better Business Bureau before you contract their services.
- Auto parts stores carry most everything you need to fix minor body damage.
- To find a first-rate repair shop, check with the Better Business Bureau before you contract their services.
Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.