DIY Tips for Auto Body Collision Repair

If you have ever had to take your vehicle in for repair after a collision, you understand that it isn’t always affordable. However, depending on the severity of the damage from the accident, you may be able to repair it yourself at home and save the expense a mechanic may charge you.


In this week’s blog, Quanz Auto Body in Albuquerque shares tips for repairing minor auto body damage caused by an accident. When the damage is more than you can take care of by yourself, bring your vehicle to our newest Eastside location at I-40 and Juan Tabo. Our experts can repair your vehicle’s body with no appointment necessary.

3 Tips for At-Home Auto Body Collision Repair

The following are a few tips we have gathered so you can successfully repair your damaged vehicle at home:

TIP 1: Find Parts and Supplies Online. It is easy to obtain the right parts your may need to repair your vehicle by shopping around online. Using any major search engine, you can get directed to sellers of new and used parts to help you put together the items you need. By shopping online, you can also compare prices of items and negotiate for something even more affordable. Always check your vehicle’s owner manual to make sure you are looking for the correct part.

TIP 2: Create Your Template. If you are trying to repair a minor fender bender, you may be able to achieve successful results by creating a template of the area, filling in the damage and sanding. You would fill with fiberglass filler, repeating the process until the dent is no longer visible. Then sand down the area until it is smooth and even. When metal work is required with your collision repair, you will want to either seek out a professional welder, or just bring it in to Quanz Auto Body’s Eastside location and we can repair the damage for you.

TIP 3: Paint and Clear Coat. The finishing touch to minor collision repair is painting. The newest spray paints are being made especially for the do-it-yourself mechanic and repair person. The paint covers well and resists running. We recommend if you are going to paint your vehicle yourself, to invest in a high-quality spray gun, otherwise renting an air compressor should work just fine. Always clean the area you are going to paint so it is dust-free and wear protective gear. Paint in short strokes and several coats and finish with a clear coat, sprayed over time. This will bring the best results to your DIY collision repair.

New technology for paints and templates has made auto body collision repair more affordable and accessible for at-home mechanics. If you aren’t getting the results you desire, or the job is simply too complex, Quanz Auto Body on the Eastside at I-40 and Juan Tabo in Albuquerque, New Mexico can help. We are the experts when it comes to repairing auto body damage from minor fender benders to more complex collisions. Contact us today by calling 505-897-1950 and make an appointment today. You can also just stop by and we will take a look at your car. We make it better.