Auto Body Shop vs Auto Repair

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Cars can be confusing, so it’s good to know the different types of shops you should go to for certain fixes. Continue reading below for more information on the difference between an auto body shop and the mechanic, and how to know when to take your car to the right one.


If you’ve gotten in an accident and don’t have any body damage to your car, but need some things looked at, a mechanic is your best bet. They can check that dash light that’s come on, or try to determine where that weird clicking sound is coming from. If you do happen to need something replaced, a mechanic will have the parts necessary to fix it, even if it’s something small.

Body Shop

If you’ve been in an accident, and have substantial damage to the appearance of your car, you should be on your way to the body shop. Even if the damage isn’t pressing, you’ll want to take it to experts to assess it and see how soon you’ll need to get it fixed. A body shop will have all tools necessary to repair the damage to your car and having it look brand new. They can do a wide variety of services, including paint touch-ups, dent repair, and even the replacement of larger parts such as bumpers. A body shop will also be able to evaluate all damage and the best way to approach it.

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The most important part to deciding between whether going to a body shop or a mechanic is knowing what your needs are. If something is wrong with the mechanical side of your car, such as a check engine light or an out-of-the-ordinary noise, you need to visit a mechanic as soon as possible. If you have small dents, scratches, or damage from weather such as hail, the body shop can help you fix your car and have it looking like brand new.

At Turk’s Collision Center, we have all the resources to help you after you’ve been in a collision. Give us a call today at (309) 694-2905 to set up an appointment, or visit our website to read more about the services we offer.