Common questions about checking and repairing the car body
What parts make up the body?
The main body components are the bonnet, doors, bumpers, wings, door sills, side mirror housings, moldings and registration plate holders. Alongside this, sports cars are equipped with an aerodynamic body kit. Body parts also include fasteners, grilles, emblems, door handles and locks, seals, reflectors, bonnet and boot struts. In addition, this category includes headlights, brake lights, rear and fog lights, turn signals and their repeaters.
What does body repair include?
If there are body elements deformed due to being hit in an accident or when driving off-road, they can be flattened. Minor rust spots are eliminated by anti-corrosion treatment, cleaning and grinding. Perforation corrosion requires replacement of the components or welding. Small scratches and chips can be removed by polishing. Restored components are coated with varnish. Cracks in the housings of lights can be temporarily eliminated with glue. Some parts, such as lock cylinders, bonnet struts, and seals, should simply be replaced when worn.
What body parts can I repair myself?
You can replace lights, door locks and handles, fasteners, seals, bonnet and boot struts, bumpers, the radiator grille, and moldings yourself. Minor jobs as grinding, anti-corrosion treatment, and paintwork can also be done at home.