Airpark Collision Center is a full-service auto body shop and that means we repair everything from minor door dings to major collision damage.
Scratches and scuffs fall under the category of minor auto body repair and are a real eyesore! We can help you whether your car brushed up against some branches or was keyed. Whatever the cause we have the repair solution!
Determine the Type of Damage: There are four layers on a vehicle, the outermost layer is the clear coat. The layer beneath is the actual paint or base coat. Below the paint is primer and then bare metal. The depth of the scratch will determine what repair procedure is needed.
Can the Damage be Buffed Out? Sometimes scratches are minor enough and can be removed through buffing or wet sanding. However, deep scratches will involve sanding, priming, and painting.
How About Touch Up Paint? Before you are tempted to use your touch up paint (sometimes this makes it look worse) it is best to obtain a professional opinion.
What is the Cost? The cost depends on the location of the scratch and the depth of the scratch. It is easier on the pocket book when scratches are conﬁned to a door or one panel. If the repair involves repainting, the cost will also reflect whether your vehicle has a 2, 3 or 4 stage paint finish. The least expensive is a two-stage paint which is simply base coat and clear coat. A 3 or 4 stage paint will include additional layer(s) such as the color white pearl.
Worth Considering: Several variables must be considered when deciding how to proceed with the repair. What is the value of your vehicle or is it a leased vehicle? If your vehicle has a moderate to high value or is leased it is best to have your car, truck or SUV repaired by a professional auto body repair facility. You will pay in the long run for a poor repair when you trade in or return the leased vehicle.
Can I make an Insurance Claim? If your vehicle is covered by comprehensive coverage you may be able to make an insurance claim. Incidents such as a falling tree branch, a shopping cart colliding with your car or vandalism are some of the incidents that may fall under this category. Tip: often a police report is required to make a vandalism claim.
In order to make a claim under your collision coverage, the scratch must be caused by colliding with another object. Some examples would include, sideswiping another vehicle, scraping tree branches or a car scratched in a car wash.
If you are making a claim under comprehensive or collision (and the insurance company approves the repair) a deductible will most likely be due and the insurance will be responsible for the remaining amount due to the auto body shop.
Airpark Collision Center prides itself on honest repairs. If a scratch can be buffed out we will often take care of it while you wait, however, sometimes the repair requires painting. Our goal is customer satisfaction and repeat/referral business.