Auto Body Shop 101

At our auto body shop, West Coast Body and Paint, we are always looking for ways to help our clients better understand the auto body and paint repair process.   En West Coast Body and Paint siempre buscamos formas en cuáles ayudar a nuestros clientes para mejor entender el proceso de reparación de su automóvil.

Today we will learn a few of the body shop terms not a lot of people are aware of.  Ahora aprenderemos unos cuantos términos que se usan en la carrocería que no mucha gente usa en su habla diaria.

Common Auto Body Shop Terms

We get calls, emails, and texts on a daily basis with inquires on various auto shop topics ranging from repair estimates, classic car restorations, vehicle modifications, and general auto paint questions.  This is a great tool for those who speak mainly Spanish and don’t know what the equivalent term is in English.  Porque recibimos llamadas, correos electrónicos, y mensajes diariamente con preguntas sobre distintos temas automotrices como estimados para reparaciones de autos, restauraciones de carros clasicos, modificaciones, y preguntas generales sobre el taller.  Esto es una buena herramienta para los que principalmente hablan español y desean saber el equivalente en inglés.

Also because this will help us help you better in the before, during, and the after process, we thought it would be a good idea to share a few of the common terminology used in the automotive industry for those who are not familiar with the auto body parts.  También porque esto nos ayudará ayudarle mejor durante el tiempo antes, durante, y después del reparo de su auto.  Pensamos que sería buena idea compartir algunos términos comunes que se usan en la industria automotriz para los que no están familiarizados las partes de un automóvil.

Click on the term to view on image.  Haga clic en el término para ver una imagen.

Examples of Auto Bodies / Ejemplos de Carrocerías

Auto body refers to the shell of car.  This gives us an idea of the type, size, and weight of your vehicle.  Los ejemplos de carrocerías se refiere al cascarón de un carro.  Esto nos deja saber el tipo, medida, y peso de su vehículo.

Auto Body Parts / Componentes de Carroceria

Auto body parts refers to the exterior parts of your car.  Las partes de carrocería se refiere a los componentes exteriores de su automóvil.

Automobile Systems: Main Parts / Automoviles: Componentes Principales

Automobile systems refers to the interior main parts of your car. Systemas de automóviles se refiere a los componentes principales interiores de su automóvil.

Automobile Systems / Sistemas del Automovil

Automobile systems refers to the interior mechanisms of your car that perform an important specific job.  Los sistemas del automóvil se refieren a los mecanismos interiores de su automóvil que ejercen un trabajo específico importante.

Headlights / Faros Delanteros

Taillights / Luces Traseras

Door / Puerta

Air Bag Restraint System / Sistema de Restriccion del Airbag

Antilock braking System (ABS) / Sistema Antibloqueo de Frenos

Auto Body Shop and Client Communication

We hope this little tool will help you communicate with our auto body shop better.  Give us a call if you have any questions, we are here to help you work seamlessly with our body shop and understand the auto body industry.  Esperamos que esta herramiento pequeña le ayude comunicarse mejor con nuestro taller.  Si usted tiene alguna pregunta denos una llamada, estamos aquí para servirle y para que mejor comprenda usted la industria automotriz.

“Best body shop in Van nuys the owner Jaider is the coolest guy on earth I will definitely refer them to my friends.”

-Sina K., West Los Angeles, CA, 11/2/2019

Thank you for taking the time to read this page.  

As of January 2022 we have some good news and some bad news…  

The BAD NEWS is we have moved out of our location and are in search of a new home for the West Coast Body and Paint shop.  

The GOOD NEWS is that we have a West Coast Body and Paint mobile paint repair service unit that will come to you!  The mobile paint unit provides auto services for minor body and paint repairs.

Our estimates are free.  Once we receive your images we will provide you with an initial estimate.   The estimate is a ballpark figure, and after we assess your vehicle’s damage in person, we will review the estimate with you.  If you agree to the final estimate, we will begin repairing your car.  Fill out the form below or contact us through WhatsApp to request an estimate.


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Are looking for one of the best body shops in the Van Nuys and Los Angeles area?

Look no further!  West Coast Body and Paint is one of Van Nuys, Ca best body shops.  We also work on all car makes and models, foreign and domestic.  Our body shop services include collision repair, insurance claims, auto body work, custom paint, body kit installation, muscle car and car restorations.  Check out our gallery and read our reviews.

West Coast Body and Paint has been family-owned and has been one of the best in the business since 2007.   We have worked with all car insurance companies and when you bring your car to us, we treat it as if it were our very own vehicle.  We guarantee our work and keep you in the loop with the repairs.

Call or text me 818.793.7728 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.  You can always follow us on social media @westcoastbodyandpaint #wcbpshop.

-Jaider A. West Coast Body and Paint, Owner

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