Most Common Repairs That Auto Body Shops Do

It’s important to choose an auto body repair shop that is experienced and reputable, as the quality of the repair work can have a significant impact on the safety and value of your vehicle.

In this article, we will discuss some common repairs auto body shops do and how they can be used to your advantage.

Here is the comprehensive list of the most common repairs we get to do every single day to keep you and your car safe while on the road:

Collision repair

This involves repairing damage to a vehicle that has been involved in a collision or accident. This can include straightening bent frames, repairing or replacing damaged body panels, and painting the repaired areas. We’ve written about the 4 collision myths everyone should know about.

Dent repair

This involves repairing dents in the body of a vehicle. There are several techniques that can be used to repair dents, including using a plunger to push the dent out from the inside, using a slide hammer to pull the dent out, or using a process called “paintless dent repair” which involves massaging the dent out from the inside without damaging the paint.

Scratch repair

This involves repairing scratches in the paint of a vehicle. Scratches can be repaired by sanding down the area around the scratch, filling the scratch with a body filler, and then sanding and painting the repaired area.

Rust repair

This involves repairing areas of a vehicle that have become rusted. This can involve cutting out the rusted areas and welding in new metal, sanding down the rust and applying a rust inhibitor, or applying a rust converter to the affected area.

Glass repair

This involves repairing or replacing the windows of a vehicle. This can include repairing chips or cracks in the windshield, or replacing a broken side or rear window.

Interior repair

This involves repairing or replacing the upholstery, carpets, and other components of a vehicle’s interior. It can include repairing or replacing damaged seats, fixing holes in the carpet, or recovering the dashboard.

Mechanic services

Of course, we offer mechanical services such as oil changes, brake repairs, and engine tune-ups.


Some auto body shops also offer detailing services to help keep a vehicle’s exterior and interior clean and well-maintained. This can include washing and waxing the exterior, cleaning and conditioning the interior, and applying paint protectants.

Custom work

Some auto body shops specialize in custom work such as custom paint jobs, adding aftermarket body kits or spoilers, and installing custom wheels and tires.


Some auto body shops offer restoration services for classic or antique vehicles. This can involve repairing or replacing damaged body panels, repainting the entire vehicle, and rebuilding or replacing mechanical components.

Bumper repair

This involves repairing or replacing a vehicle’s bumper, which may be damaged in an accident or from everyday wear and tear. We have an article about the where, how and why of bumper repair.

Headlight restoration

This involves restoring the clarity of a vehicle’s headlights, which may become cloudy or yellowed over time.

Wheel alignment

This involves adjusting the alignment of a vehicle’s wheels to ensure that they are properly balanced and aligned, which can improve the vehicle’s handling and fuel efficiency.
Wheel alignment

Electrical systems

We have technicians who are trained to diagnose and repair electrical issues in vehicles. These technicians may be able to repair issues with the vehicle’s starter, alternator, wiring, and other electrical components. It is always a good idea to check with the shop to see if they have the expertise to handle your specific issue before bringing your vehicle in for repairs.

Overall,the specific repairs that an auto body shop can offer will depend on the shop’s equipment, training, and expertise. Some shops may focus on certain types of repairs, while others may offer a wider range of services.

OHS Body Shop offers complete repair services for your vehicle. We are the auto body shop of choice for people in the Greater Flathead Valley. Our branches in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Polson are ready to service your car.