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The Best Auto Body Shops in Wilmington DE Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Auto body shops in Wilmington DE bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those collision repair services proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for honesty, competency, and value, that carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with their auto body repair in Wilmington DE, including dent removal, frame straightening, auto painting, and more.

Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Auto Body Repair Shops in Wilmington DE

Northeast Body Shop
(302) 762-0100
2510 Northeast Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802

Areas Served: Wilmington Delaware,New Castle DE,Middletown DE,Brookside DE,Brandywine DE,Bear DE
Services: auto body repair, dent removal, collision repairs, auto body painting

Rinehimer Body Shop & Auto
(302) 737-7350
6 Mill Park Ct
Newark, DE 19713

Areas Served: Glasgow DE,New Castle DE,Wilmington DE,Pike Creek DE,Brandywine DE,New Castle County
Services: auto body repair shop, dent repairs, car repainting, frame straightening

Ellmore Auto Collision LLC
(302) 762-2300
4921 Governor Printz Blvd
Edgemoor, DE 19809

Areas Served: New Castle County,Lower Christiana DE,Glasgow DE,Wilmington DE,Brandywine,New Castle
Services: local auto body services incl. dent removal, auto restoration, frame alignment

Rudy's Auto Body Shop
(302) 764-5677
3900 Governor Printz Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19802

Areas Served: New Castle County,Central Kirkwood DE,Pike Creek DE,Piedmont DE,Wilmington DE
Services: auto collision repairs to factory specs, dent repair, frame straightening

Sheridan Auto Body
(302) 998-2911
102 Baltimore Ave
Wilmington, DE 19805

Areas Served: New Castle County,Brandywine DE,New Castle DE,Wilmington DE,Newark DE,Glasgow DE
Services: local auto body technicians, auto restorers, auto body painting, frame straightening

Auto Collision Service
(302) 328-5611
501 Churchmans Rd
New Castle, DE 19720

Areas Served: Hockessin DE,New Castle DE,Brookside DE,Brandywine DE,Middletown DE,Wilmington DE
Services: local auto body shop for auto collision repair, realignment,dent removal,car painting

The Best Auto Body Shops in Wilmington DE Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire 



The state of Delaware does not require auto body repair shops in Wilmington DE to qualify for a license, so there is no state standard for competency. Likewise, there is no legal requirement that services for collision repair in Wilmington DE  first show the state proof of liability insurance that reimburses you in the event of any damages that might occur during servicing.

This makes it all the more significant that all services for auto body repair in Wilmington DE that bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction with their auto body services, good complaint record, verified liability insurance, sufficient length of time in business, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.

 

 

Questions To Ask Auto Body Repair Shops in Wilmington DE  




Step 1: Describe Auto Body Damage and Desired Results to Auto Body Repair Shops in Wilmington DE
Explain what type of car accident you were involved in, providing as many details as possible. Also understand what you want the results to be. Do you want your car or truck body restored to "as new" condition, or upgraded with premium or performance parts? Does your car need a new coat of automotive paint, or will car scratch auto paint or touch up paint be enough? Be consistent in the way you present the information so all auto body shops in Wilmington DE will have an opportunity to bid the same job.

Step 2: Use This Information for a Q&A For Auto Body Repair in Wilmington DE
You can learn a lot by the questions you are asked before handing over the keys. Some auto body repair shops may want to hurry you in and out, but technicians at good auto body shops in Wilmington should have several basic questions, both about your accident and your vehicle.

Are the auto body technician's questions detailed? Is he asking the right questions? Does it seem as though the auto body shop just want to get you in and out? Questions from auto body technicians can signify whether the they have a genuine concern for your well being and an appreciation for your business. Select the most appropriate questions from the list below to enhance what you've already learned about each auto collision repair service in Wilmington. Take notes, not just on the answers to questions, but also how you feel about the employees and the auto body repair shops.

• How long have the auto body repair shops been in business in Wilmington?


• How many auto body / collision repairs have the collision centers completed?


Will they give you names and numbers of previous customers you can call as references? (All auto body shops bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had customers called by our research staff verifying high customer satisfaction so you don't have to.)

• Do the auto body repair shops specialize in the type of auto body work you've described? If so, ask the auto body mechanics for some examples of similar auto body repairs they've completed.

• Will the auto body repair shop show you proof of garagekeeper's liability insurance to insure your car against damage while it's in their posession (All auto body shops bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Will the collision centers provide written contracts for the collision repair work? For auto paint repair?


• Will the auto body repair centers provide written estimates for the auto body repair work and auto body repair paint work?


• How do the collision centers price auto body repair work? Do they charge by the hour or have a flat fee for auto body repairs?


• How do the collision centers in New Castle County DE price auto painting services? Do they charge by the hour or have a flat fee for auto repainting?

• What certifications do the auto body repair technicians hold?


• How long will it take the collision repair mechanics to repair your car's body damage?


• Can the auto body repair centers provide a courtesy car while your car is in the auto body repair shop or during the car paint repair?

• Are the collision centers authorized to repair your vehicle as far as your car insurance is concerned?


• Do the auto body repair shops require an independent appraiser before starting a collision repair job?


• Do the collision repair technicians use new or used parts when repairing a damaged car?


• Are the new parts OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts?


• Do the auto collision repair technicians use custom car paint or high-quality car paints by PPG paints and DuPont paints for their car painting services?

• How do the auto body shops in Wilmington fix unibody or frame damage?


• What kind of warranty do the collision centers offer on collision repairs and car paint work and what do the warranties cover?


• What are the auto body repair centers' satisfaction policies regarding auto body repair work and auto body painting?


 

 

 

Glossary for Auto Body Repair in Wilmington DE 


Common Auto Body Repair & Auto Body Painting Terms

 

Acrylic Enamel Car Paint - An early type of automotive paint. Enamel auto paints are not a popular modern auto paint choice, but acrylic enamel car paint is known as the better type of enamel car paint. Acrylic enamel auto paint can dull and lose it's shine but cannot be polished like acrylic lacquer paint for cars.

Alignment - Properly lining up the components of a car's body, often in reference to wheel alignment.


Alignment Shims - Metal or plastic spacers used in the alignment process. On rear-wheel drive vehicles, auto body shops can add or remove shims from stacks of shims on the front control arms. On front-wheel drive vehicles, partial shims or full contact shims can be positioned behind the rear axle spindle. Camber shims are sometimes used on 4x4 axle vehicles. Shims may be adjustable or can be indexed in various ways to provide minute alignment corrections by auto collision repair centers.

Custom Car Paint / Custom Auto Paint - Custom car paint includes nontraditional and new car paint colors such as candy paint jobs (auto paint repairs that are shiny and brightly colored), pearlized auto paints, fantasy paint jobs (car paint scenes) and car paint flames.

Enamel Auto Paint - A clear or colored varnish, treated oil, or other coating used in auto body painting that dries to a hard, gloss or semigloss finish. Enamel car paints dry to a hard, shiny finish.

Finish Coat - A finish coat of car paint is the last coat of auto paint layered on during auto restoration.

Frame Alignment - A process that correctly aligns a vehicle frame, especially important for auto collision repair. Frame alignment keeps tires from wearing unevenly and helps your car drive straighter.

Lacquer Enamel Auto Paint - The finishing coat, or top coat, of car paint. Lacquer enamel layers of auto paint sit on top of the undercoats and provide a shiny appearance to the auto body paint.

Mist Coat - A light coating of automotive paint or car paint that is sprayed lightly over the auto body. A mist coat can be applied in several layers during auto body painting for an even, custom car paint job.

Paintless Dent Repair / Paintless Dent Removal in Wilmington - Paintless dent repair services use less invasive techniques for minor dent repair and dent removal that allows for the dent repair without the need to repaint the area, perhaps at a cost savings. Some paintless dent repair shops in Wilmington are not full service auto body shop or collision repair centers. They may be approporiate only for minor dent repair and ding repairs.


Spoiler - An aerodynamic device to deflect airflow over vehicles. Spoilers are also installed below the front bumper to reduces drag by deflecting air away from the vehicle. Auto body shops can mount spoilers on the rear deck to provide downward force.

Undercoats / Undercoating - A rust repair and rust protection method used by auto body shops that involves spraying a coat of petroleum-based undercoat on the undercarriage of a vehicle. This is especially important in areas with wet driving conditions, winter driving conditions where salt may be used on the roads or on vehicles in geographical locations close to the ocean where sea salt may corrode the car's undercarriage.

Wet Sanding - Sanding the layers of auto paint using wet sanding paper so that the underlying layers of auto paint are smoother and adhere to the new automobile paint / touch up auto paint.

 

 

Resources About Auto Body Shops in Wilmington DE 




Licensing & Industry Associations Regarding Auto Body Repair in Wilmington DE

AAA American Automobile Association www.aaa.com
AAAM Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine www.carcrash.org
AAIA Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association www.aftermarket.org
AASP Alliance of Automotive Service Providers www.autoserviceproviders.com
ABPA Auto Body Parts Association www.autobpa.com
AIAG Automotive Industry Action Group www.aiag.org
ARA Automotive Recyclers Association www.a-r-a.org
ASA Automotive Service Association www.asashop.org
ASC Automotive Service Council www.ascca.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
IADA Independent Automotive Damage Appraisers www.iada.org
I-CAR Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair www.i-car.com
MEMA Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association www.mema.org
NATEF National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation www.natef.org
ASE National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence www.asecert.org
SAE Society of Automotive Engineers www.sae.org
SCRS Society of Collision Repair Specialists www.scrs.com
SEMA Specialty Equipment Market Association www.sema.org
NAPDRT National Alliance of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians www.napdrt.org


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The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Auto Body Repair in Wilmington DE within the following zip codes:

19709, 19734, 19706, 19703, 19733, 19807, 19718, 19702, 19720, 19809, 19806, 19899, 19711, 19714, 19701, 19977, 19731, 19938, 19808, 19895, 19850, 19805, 19707, 19710, 19804, 19730, 19715, 19802, 19713, 19801, 19708, 19803, 19810 and 19736


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Collision Repair in Wilmington DE within the following cities:

Wilmington Manor, Pike Creek-Central Kirkwood, Elsmere, Upper Christiana, Bear, Pike Creek Valley, Wilmington, Greenville, Middletown, Newark, Red Lion, Piedmont, Glasgow, Brookside, Pike Creek, Lower Christiana, Edgemoor, Brandywine, New Castle, Hockessin, North Star, Townsend and Claymont