Cheap Auto Body Repair Billings MT

It doesn’t get much worse than getting in a fender bender or an accident. Aside from the legal ramifications if you’re found to be at fault, there’s the sizable cost of getting your vehicle repaired. The good news is that if you’re careful, you may be able to shave hundreds of dollars off of the cost to fix your banged-up ride. How? Here are DriverSide’s tips on how to save money on bodywork.

Brown's Auto Service
(406) 259-6131
1144 Broadwater Avenue
Billings, MT
Services
Auto Air Conditioning & Heating Service & Repair, Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Transmissions, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Payment Options
Financing Available, All Major Cards Accepted

Archie Cochrane Ford (Bodyshop Dept.)
(406) 656-1103
2133 King Avenue West
Billings, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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CARSTAR Auto Body Specialists
(406) 259-1856, 001-2004
1342 Main Street
Billings, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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A A Transmissions
(406) 256-9107
2122 1st Avenue North
Billings, MT
Services
Transmission Repair

Permaletter Sign CO
(406) 252-1102
1105 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT
Services
Truck Lettering

Archies Ford Stores
(406) 652-0696
2133 king ave w
Billings, MT
Services
Auto Financing & Loans, Auto Service & Repair, Auto Oil & Lube, Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Inspection
Payment Options
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, Debit Cards, Travelers Checks,

Chassis Works, Inc.
(406) 245-3338, 001-2004
703 Anchor Street
Billings, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Carquest Auto Parts Distributor Center
(406) 259-4577
2635 Belknap Avenue
Billings, MT
Services
Clutch Repair

Tire Guys
(406) 245-4006
1401 Industrial Avenue
Billings, MT
Services
Retail Tire

Automatic Transmission SYST
(406) 245-6502
430 S Billings Boulevard
Billings, MT
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Transmission Repair

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How to Save Money on Automotive Body Work

How To Save Money On Automotive Body Work By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor 
It doesn’t get much worse than getting in a fender bender or an accident. Aside from the legal ramifications if you’re found to be at fault, there’s the sizable cost of getting your vehicle repaired. The good news is that if you’re careful, you may be able to shave hundreds of dollars off of the cost to fix your banged-up ride. How? Here are DriverSide’s tips on how to save money on bodywork.

Insurance
Some drivers may recoil at the thought of claiming a bump on their insurance , but go ahead and see if the damage would be covered by your policy. You have insurance to cover damage just like this, so it makes no sense to have a policy and then pay for the repairs out of pocket. If you don’t have a deductable, the work probably won’t cost you a dime. If you do, you pay your portion of the bill and the insurance covers the rest.

 
Paintless Dent Removal
It doesn’t work in every case, but depending on the damage, you may be able to fix the problem with paintless dent removal. Instead of all-new sheet metal, paintless dent removal works the original metal without marring your vehicle’s surface. The service comes to you and can usually be done in under an hour. The cost varies depending on the job, but most services start at $50. Considering a mild bump could run you over $500, that’s not too bad of a deal.


Shop Around
If the damage isn’t life or death, take your time and shop around . There should be at least a few body repair shops in your area, so give them a call and ask for a quote. Most of the time, they’re free, and a good quote will give you a good idea as to what the work will cost you in the end.

 
Salvage Parts
Ask your body shop if it’s possible to use salvage parts to fix the damage. Salvage parts aren’t sold unless they’re in great condition, so you don’t have to worry about the standard of quality. Most of the time they’re factory equipment - that means you’re guaranteed they’ll fit correctly. A salvage fender may cost just $20 where its brand new replacement may cost over $100 for the sheet metal alone, not including paint. 

Aftermarket Parts
If you have an older vehicle, you might want to consider aftermarket body panels . There are a few drawbacks, namely in the fitment area, but they tend to be much cheaper than brand new factory examples. Remember that $100 fender we were talking about earlier? A primed aftermarket version may be closer to $60 depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

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