No matter the effort put into avoiding accidents and safeguarding your vehicle, unforeseen factors like weather and other vehicles can still cause harm. Whether on the move or parked, your car is susceptible to damage from external elements. Discovering dents, scratches, and dings on your car can be frustrating, but most of these imperfections are easily rectifiable by a reliable auto body shop.

In the aftermath of a collision, the onus falls on the auto body shop to meticulously restore your vehicle to its original factory standards and ensure it is road-ready again. Given the unique nature of each accident, auto body shops are tasked with employing a skilled team capable of assessing the damage thoroughly. This process necessitates a blend of sophisticated machinery and tools, inclusive of welding techniques, to carry out the required repairs effectively. To return vehicles to a condition that is safe for the roads, an in-depth understanding of the various metals, composites, and polymers used in vehicle manufacturing is crucial.

Types of Car Damages:

1. Weather-related vehicle damage:

In St. Louis, the weather is unpredictable, with the possibility of severe thunderstorms one day followed by snow the next. Vehicles parked outdoors are vulnerable to the whims of Mother Nature, whether it be on the street or in a driveway.

Following a severe hailstorm, vehicle owners often face the challenge of repairing damage to the paint or body caused by the hail. For addressing hail damage, many turn to skilled auto body shops specializing in paintless dent repair (PDR). This technique, employed by professional technicians at auto body shops, involves using metal rods in various sizes and shapes to meticulously push out each dent from beneath the vehicle’s surface, restoring it to its pre-damage state without the need for repainting.

2. High winds:

Vehicles parked beneath trees or near buildings are at a higher risk of damage from flying debris during strong winds. Whether it’s a branch or a piece of roofing material hitting your car, damage is almost inevitable. In extreme cases, high winds can carry sand and dust that might erode the clear coat or, even more severely, the paint itself. However, skilled specialists at auto body shops have the expertise to assess and mend your vehicle. These professionals can handle a wide range of repairs, from paint jobs to auto glass repair, ensuring your car is returned to its pre-damage condition. Auto body shops are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to tackle these challenges, restoring vehicles effectively.

3. Dents and Dings:

The automotive terms “dings” and “dents” are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to different types of damage that can affect your vehicle, each requiring distinct repair methods. Dings are minor and typically don’t damage the paint or expose the vehicle’s frame, making them less of a concern in terms of structural integrity. On the other hand, dents are more significant and can threaten the safety and structural soundness of your vehicle.

When your car is struck by another vehicle’s door, it results in what’s known as a door ding. While these might not impair the vehicle’s functionality, they can detract from its resale value if not addressed. Dents pose a greater issue, potentially leading to rust on the vehicle’s metal body if left untreated. Auto body shops often utilize paintless dent repair (PDR) for fixing minor dings effectively, whereas more severe dents might necessitate the replacement of damaged sections. Skilled technicians at an auto body shop are adept at determining the best course of action for each specific case of damage, ensuring that vehicles are restored to their optimal condition.

4. Car Paint Damage:

Damage to a vehicle’s paint can occur from hail, an automobile collision, or even from smaller culprits like rocks, road debris, and bird droppings. The paintwork on a vehicle is composed of three layers which are:

  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Protective clear coat

Scratches that affect only the clear coat are seen as “cosmetic damage” and can often be remedied with polishing and touch-up work at auto body shops.

However, deeper scratches that reach beyond the clear coat demand immediate attention and more extensive repairs. In such cases, it’s crucial to take your vehicle to a reputable auto body shop without delay. The metal frame of your vehicle is at risk from dirt, water, salt, and other contaminants that can lead to rust if these deeper scratches are not promptly addressed. Auto body shops are equipped to handle these more severe types of damage, ensuring that your vehicle is protected against further deterioration and maintains its structural integrity.

5. Collision damage:

Many rear-end collisions lead to seemingly minor issues like cracked bumpers or broken tail lights. However, it’s critical to have your vehicle inspected at the nearest auto body collision repair shop, even if the damage appears minimal. Small impacts can still cause hidden electrical problems or misalignments that aren’t immediately visible.

Furthermore, the structural integrity or unibody of your vehicle could be compromised, presenting serious safety risks. Neglecting what might seem like insignificant bumper damage after being rear-ended can result in complex issues later on. Addressing and rectifying such damage promptly necessitates the expertise of highly skilled professionals at auto body shops, utilizing specialized tools and equipment.

Front-end collisions also pose a risk to your vehicle’s frame and alignment. Damage to the hood, bumper, grill, or headlights requires immediate attention at an auto collision repair facility. Given that most vehicles have their engines located in the front, ensuring their operational integrity following a collision is paramount. Auto body shops are equipped to handle these repairs, ensuring your vehicle remains safe and functional.

6. Windshield damage:

Windshield damage, ranging from cracks and fissures to complete shattering, needs immediate attention from experts at an auto body shop to prevent further cost escalations. The extent of the damage usually dictates whether a windshield can be repaired or needs to be replaced entirely. Typically, a crack or chip larger than three inches signifies that a windshield replacement is necessary.

A trained specialist at an auto body shop is well-equipped to advise on the best course of action for your windshield. Should a replacement be required, a technician from the auto body shop will carefully remove the old, damaged glass and fit a new one. Conversely, if the damage is minor and repairable, a specialist will meticulously clean the area to remove any debris, inject a clear resin into the crack or chip, cure the resin, and then polish the repaired spot. This process ensures that the integrity and clarity of the windshield are restored, maintaining the safety and aesthetic appeal of your vehicle.


We understand that navigating the aftermath of a collision can be stressful, which is why we strive to make the repair process as seamless and hassle-free as possible. To learn more about our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction, we invite you to visit our About Us page.

For any inquiries or to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to Contact Us. We’re here to provide the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Furthermore, we take pride in the quality of our work and the positive experiences of our clients. To hear from those who have trusted us with their vehicles, feel free to explore our Testimonials page. Their stories reflect our dedication to delivering exceptional service and peace of mind to every customer.

Remember, after a collision, timely and professional inspection and repair are crucial to ensure your vehicle’s safety and reliability. Trust our experts to handle all your collision repair needs and get you back on the road safely and confidently.



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Customer Reviews

Central Auto Body Rebuilders

Customer Reviews

Adrian Pelka 4/23/2019

Top notch work. Only guys I trust with any of my cars.

Leslie Murray 6/11/2019

Highly professional - excellent top quality work- fast and friendly service - very knowledgeable about all aspects of claims- auto body repair options-best in the business !!!

Rick McCleary 10/26/2019

These guys at Central are fantastic. Their goal is to do it RIGHT. They are easy to work with and super quick. Exceeds expectations. I’ve had paint less dent removal, a detail, and some front end damage. Outstanding for sure. If you see that red BMW coupe, that’s the one they keep looking great.

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excellent autobody repair & service, The women in the front office was very friendly!

Jennifer G. 10/11/2018

This is, by far, my favorite auto repair and body shop!!! Everyone is very nice and helpful to each need I've ever had, whether it be in auto repair or body work done. They have always gone above and beyond proving they are the place to go. This past week i was in an accident and i thought there was no hope for my car and when i got it back days later she looked better than when i had bought her 10 years ago! They all are truely gifted people and i'm grateful to be so lucky to have my cars fixed here. Everyone here always makes you feel welcomed and included in the process. I will continue to bring all my car's here while recommending Central to whom ever needs auto repairing.

Lauren L. 12/16/2019

Sam and his team are the BEST!!!! I have been bringing my car into his shop for the last couple years and he has always gone above and beyond for me. He is fair, honest and friendly. His work is top notch. Bring your car to this shop; you wont be disappointed!!

Marcia C. 11/19/2019

Did an amazing job on my aunt's car. So thankful she got it done here instead of the local alternative for almost twice as much money. Her car was done in under a week vs 18 days as estimated by the other guys. Thanks so much for getting back on the road so quickly. And making the car look brand new!!

Allen R. 4/11/2019

I have been coming here for years .
I had a Chevrolet Avalanche I took it to another shop for some body work , they quoted $ 3500 I bring the car to this place ,they fix it all the body work for half a price . My car looked like brand new . Excellent boy work and paint. And they are honest and friendly.

Henrique C. 3/24/2020

This place is nice They have a fair price And really good service I definitely recommend

Keith J. 9/26/2020

Sam knows I trust him as a very honest mechanic who does excellent work. If you looking for someone you can trust, this is the place. They will be a place you will take your car to time and time again, great people and great honest service.