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

As of Monday, November 15th, 2021 we are NOT accepting any new work or estimate appointment requests, because…

WE ARE MOVING!  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you would like to know our new location, please fill out the form below and we will notify you once we settle in and are ready to accept work.

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.

Ourestimates are always free and you are welcome to come by our shop anytime or make an appointment.  We know that many clients like the convenience of sending pictures of their car and request an estimate; but, in reality an estimate by this means is not really reliable.  Why?  Because the estimate will either be too high or too low.  In order to assess the damage and give an estimate, a car needs to be seen by a professional and in person.  This insures that the estimate is as accurate as possible, not too high or too low.  For more information click here.

If you are not able to come by our shop during normal working hours, you can give us a call or send us an email, and make an appointment when you can come, in most cases we are able to accommodate our clients.