Auto Body Shop vs Auto Repair

An Orange, 60's-70's, Ford Mustang . Beautiful Classic car..

Cars can be confusing, so knowing the different types of shops you should go to for specific fixes is good. Continue reading below for more information on the difference between an auto body shop and a 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 need something replaced, a mechanic will have the parts necessary to fix it, even if it’s small.

Body Shop

If you’ve been in an accident and have substantial damage to your car’s appearance, 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 fix it. A body shop will have all the tools necessary to repair your car’s damage and have it look brand new. They can do various services, including paint touch-ups, dent repair, and even replacing more significant parts like bumpers. A body shop will also be able to evaluate all damage and the best way to approach it.

Know Your NeedsA photograph taken from the back seat of a vehicle. In the picture you can see a man behind the wheel and he is driving the car  in the Evening

Knowing your needs is the most crucial part of deciding whether to go to a body shop or a mechanic. 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 minor dents, scratches, or damage from weather, such as hail, the body shop can help you fix your car and have it look brand new.

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