Metal Auto Straightening

Metal straightening requires more skill than any other task in the auto body repair shop.  To straighten damaged metal components properly on your car we need to understand the basic properties of metals

At West Coast Body and Paint we study the damaged area of your car to locate the point of impact.  This helps us determine the best procedure to follow when removing the damage on your vehicle.  This avoids additional work or cause further damage to your car.

Metal Auto Damage Repair

Each car is unique and even when accidents seem similar, each car is different, that means the damage to your car is unique.  In order for us to understand what are the best steps to take to repair your car’s damage, we study the damage on your car carefully so that we may repair it properly.

Direct Auto Damage

Direct damage is the result of direct contact with an object.  About 10% of total collision damage is direct damage.  Examples of direct damage are:

  • Holes
  • Tears
  • Gouges
  • Scratches

Indirect Auto Damage

Indirect damage is the results of direct damage.  For example, a front-end collision may result in direct damage to the front of the car, but indirect damage may occur in the underbody and the rear panels.  About 90% of all collision damage is indirect damage.

Minor Auto Damage

Minor damage involves repairs that require relatively little time to complete.  A simple dent can be considered minor damage.

Major Auto Damage

Major damage involves repairs that require more time, equipment, and skill to repair.  Repairing major damage generally involves replacing body panels and straightening structural parts.  Examples of major body damage:

  • Severely bent body panels
  • Damaged frame
  • Damaged underbody components