I said “job owner” because you may want to contract your services to a local body shop, you might want to do it as a “shade tree” guy (just make sure your customers can and are willing to pay), or you might want to open your own shop.
Another way is looking for a detailed report of the work being put into the vehicle and reviewing the warranty the shops offers. When you get into an accident, every insurance gives you an assessment of the damages, take a look at the sheets and read over to see what product they’ve listed for use. Auto Body Shops sporadically will attempt to use cheaper parts to make more money. Requesting the use of what’s listed on your insurance assessment is not unusual and will help protect against this. In regards to warranties, most legitimate body shops will have an extensive warranty and stand by their work.
Most “plastic bumpers” are actually just plastic covers that go over the part of the car’s structure known as the bumper. The plastic portion is meant to deflect small impacts, theoretically bouncing back into place and saving the driver from needing repairs at all. However, plastic – like any material – can only give so much. If an impact is strong enough, it will dent just as much as metal. Plastic bumpers are also more susceptible to scrapes and tears, which may need repairs.
Be certain they make use of the best paint. A few of the repair shops may try to slip some nasty paint on your automobile. Check their paint supply to make sure it’s going to last upon your car. Some of the paint nowadays will only last a couple of years before it starts to wear off.
Get the cut release film and spread over it a layer of automotive paint tool jelly. Make sure that the film is facing outward. Then take the smaller fiberglass matte and place it over the release film with the jelly. Spread more repair jelly to the smaller fiberglass matte then place the larger cloth on it.
Positive word of mouth will create plenty of sales alone. Word gets around if a business practice is less than honest. The shop is their livelihood so you can expect them to make sure you are satisfied. Do they have a list of satisfied customers? Is it online as proof?
Every insurance company interprets the actuarial tables differently. The cutoff ages for discounts and increases in premium amounts can vary from company to company. As you age, it is important to check to find those companies that sell their product cheaper to people your age. This can be true as you move from your teens to your twenties or from your sixties into your seventies.
Dry ice may be used to repair a small car dent, and is sold by many grocery stores. (Always remember to use gloves when handling dry ice!) Simply place the dry ice in the center of the dent, wait for it to attach firmly to the car body, and gently pull out the dent. You may have to repeat this procedure several times for the dent to be totally removed.