Automotive Body Repairer  What They Do

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Automotive Body and Related Repairers Career Video

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dotCrunch! That's the sound of your new car being hit. But there is hope. For a fraction of the cost of a new car, auto repairers can save your investment and get you on the road again. They'll straighten bent bodies, replace or repair parts and remove dents.

Automobiles are built with specific alignment specifications. Autobody repairers ensure that cars are aligned correctly -- without proper alignment, cars could run poorly or be unsafe to drive.

dotRepair professionals are surrounded by cars 40 hours a week. They work in an automotive shop crammed with computerized diagnostic equipment, hydraulic lifts and tools. "With today's technology, computer skills are a must," says Eddy Lai, general manager of an autobody shop.

dotAutomotive shops are typically noisy and dirty. Although shops are ventilated, there can be some exposure to dust and paint fumes. Automotive repairers must be capable of crawling around in cars to make repairs. Hazards like cuts, burns, bruises and power tool injuries are possible.

"Working with chemicals can be a hazard. But if you use the proper respirator, it's not a problem," says David Nashwinter, a New York-based automobile collision specialist.

dotAutobody repairers use a wide variety of tools to get cars back on the road. These include common hand tools -- wrenches, hammers and torches -- as well as specialized diagnostic and alignment machinery.

"We use air sanders, drills, wrenches, wire-feed welders, resistance welders, power posts and computers," says Elizabeth Cordrey, owner of an autobody repair shop.

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At a Glance

Make wrecked cars look brand new

  • You'll use common hand tools as well as computers
  • You must be capable of crawling around in cars to make repairs
  • It's possible to get on-the-job training