Names of Common Auto Body Parts

Car Anatomy 101

Didn’t think you would have to take a class on the anatomy of a car when you clicked on this page did you?  Well don’t worry, you won’t get tested….Or will you?  Haha, you won’t, but you can test your family and friends after reading this.

The reason we decided to add this page to the website is simply to inform our clients.  They say knowledge is power, and that is why we are big believers in transparency and knowledge for ALL our clients.  We get emails, texts, and calls daily with clients trying to describe different types of accidents and repairs needed for their cars.  Sometimes the word “thingy” or “whatchamacallit”  doesn’t seem to help us understand what is the problem on the car.  Although, now that I mentioned the word Watchamacallit, it made me crave that chocolate bar….Hmmm.  Sorry, I digress.  So here we are trying to help with any misunderstandings.

Below you can see a simple diagram to help.  You will notice that we prefer to use the words driver side or passenger side, instead of right or left.  This makes it much easier to understand because when we speak over the phone, text or email we don’t know the direction you are looking at the car.

Body Panels Common Names

  • A…Passenger Side Fender
  • B…Passenger Side Door
  • C…Rear Passenger Side Door
  • D…Passenger Side Quarter Panel
  • E…Front Bumper
  • F…Hood
  • G…Roof
  • H…Trunk
  • I…Rear Bumper
  • J…Driver Side Fender
  • K…Driver Side Door
  • L…Rear Driver Side Door
  • M…Driver Side Quarter Panel

That’s it!  Painless right?  It is common to hear people confuse fender with quarter panel and vise versa.  So that is why we wanted to clarify.  If you need more information on parts we suggest you look through our links under our services.  And now, ready for the test?  Just kidding.  If you have any further questions please let us know on the comments below.

“A fantastic Shop! They take care of their clients and take pride in their work. Jaider, the owner, is great. Straightforward, Reliable and Trustworthy. You can not go wrong by coming here to get some work done. They get the job done and done well. This is my definite go to for my cars.

Thank you West Coast Body & Paint for the magnificent experience!”

-K.E VZ, 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 you looking for a good, trustworthy, and honest auto body shop in Van Nuys or the Los Angeles area?

Come check us out!  At West Coast Body and Paint!  We have plenty of experience and work on all makes and models.  Come to our premium shop for a free estimate, give us a call 818.785.2639, text 818.793.7728, or email us at  Located in Van Nuys, we serve the San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles area.