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Minor Auto Body Repairs You Can Do On Your Own

If you have been in a minor accident where another vehicle may have scratched yours or even broken a light, then there are body repairs you can do on your own that will save you a trip to the professionals. Here are some repairs that are easily done on your own:

  • Filling Scratches: If you have a small scratch, you can easily fill it with scratch filler you can buy from your local auto body shop. Once you fill the scratch, you will want to sand the area until smooth, then wax until shiny, and finally choose the right paint color to go over it. Of course, if the scratch is really deep or large, then you may want to go to a professional like Auto Body By Duie LLC who can be sure that the paint matches perfectly, and the scratch is filled flawlessly. 
  • Painting: When you are choosing the paint color to go over the scratch that you have just filled, you want to be sure that you choose the right match carefully. Most of the time, you can find your paint code in the owner's manual of your vehicle or under the hood. If not, then your dealer can always help to determine what color the make and model of your vehicle was painted with. Remember that you must go over it with primer first to be sure that the color goes on smoothly over the repaired scratch or dent.
  • Fixing Broken Lights: If another vehicle has smashed any of the lights on your vehicle, then obviously you will want to replace them to ensure that you do not get a ticket while driving at night or be the cause of another accident because your blinker does not work. Luckily, you can purchase quality lights from other sources besides your dealer to save some money, and they have easy replacement instructions. However, if the cost to receive the lights from your dealer is relatively the same, then you can go with this option instead and have them replace them for you if you are worried about not doing a quality job yourself.

By knowing what kind of auto body repairs you can do on your own when in a minor car accident, not only can you save some money, but you can also avoid having to deal with insurance, which can raise your premium if you make a claim on the accident in order to get repairs done.