Collision Repair You Can Count On

In New Jersey traffic, accidents happen. Bumper damage is one of the most common reasons NJ drivers seek a collision repair shop, and Compact Auto Body is one of the best when it comes to repair and replacement. Between our certified technicians, state of the art equipment, and acceptance of major insurance, we are one of New Jersey’s top collision repair centers.

Whether you were in an auto accident or parking lot incident, Compact Auto Body can survey the damage to your vehicle and provide an accurate estimate on the spot. If your bumper can be repaired, we will service the vehicle immediately. If the car is severely damaged, we will order high-quality replacement parts, which do not take long, so we can assure to quickly return your vehicle.

When you come to Compact Auto Body, you can expect honest and timely service for your car’s repair work needs. We service a wide range of makes and models, restoring vehicles to pre-accident condition built to manufacturers’ standards.

Don’t let a collision keep your car dinged up for months. Bring it into our shop and let us restore it quickly and affordably.

Frequently Asked Questions for Automotive Collision Repair

Choosing the right auto body repair shop for your damaged car is important. Where you get the work done matters in the long run. Here are several things to consider that will help you find the right body shop:

A reputable body shop employs well-mannered, trained and competent personnel – from technicians, painters, detailers to office staff. They follow correct repair procedures, utilize proper equipment and tools, and commit to high standards of integrity and professionalism. A body shop with certified personnel is likely to display their Auto Collision Repair training diplomas or certificates in the customer lounge. You may also ask about their specific trainings or certifications.

Look around the shop’s work area. No matter how busy the shop is with all the ongoing repairs, it should maintain a clean, neat and well-organized facility.

Ask about the shop’s consumer and industry affiliations. It is also like to display certificates or plaques that state it is a current member of the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) and/or an affiliate of an established trade organization such as a state auto body association. One example is the Automotive Service Association (ASA). An ASA member agrees to uphold its Code of Ethics, which is the standard for professionalism in the auto body repair shop industry.

Know the shop’s policy on replacement parts. Will they use non-OEM replacement parts? Remember you have the right to decide which parts go on your car.

Consider how long the shop has been in business. Always look out for one that has already been established for a significant number of years.

Ask about the shop’s painting process. Does the shop use a computerized paint mixing machine? Does it offer a guarantee? Reputable shops usually offer a “Limited Lifetime Guarantee”. Read the copy and ask about the coverage of the guarantee.

Secure a written Visible Damage Appraisal. This is to ensure all necessary repairs for damages are inspected and appraised for insurance purposes.

Read reviews from previous clients. Their testimonials and customer experiences will greatly help you decide if the shop is the right fit. You may also ask around for recommendations.

If your car is too dirty to work on, you may have it washed BEFORE repairs. While here are some tips to help you care for your car AFTER repairs:

Wash your car by hand. The new paint and finish needs time to dry and harden. It is best to avoid automatic car washes for some time. Simply use a soft sponge or cloth and mild car wash solution to wash, and a chamois to dry. Do not use hot water.

Wash your car in the shade. Protect the surface from drying out or getting too hot.

Prevent permanent watermarks by drying your car thoroughly after every wash.

Keep your car away from extreme temperatures. It is always best to keep your car in the garage especially after it has been painted. If a garage is not available, get a car cover or portable car tent.

Have your car detailed by a pro. This is recommended at least twice a year. Make sure to remind your detailer that your car is newly painted so they can take extra care of it.

Do not polish or wax your car for at least three months. Doing so may discolor the paint or damage the finish. The paint needs curing for a while. After three months, you can apply carnauba wax for protection.

Do not attempt to dry wipe your car. It could scratch the new paint. Also refrain from using anything rough such as a stiff brush to wipe off the dust.

Keep your car away from harsh chemicals such as oil, transmission fluids, dish or clothing detergents. Avoid scraping off ice or snow, driving on dirt or gravel roads, as well as parking under power lines and trees.

Any minor car incident can cause a dent on your plastic bumper. When this happens, you can easily go to your favorite auto repair body shop and get a free quote on the necessary repair.

Some of the crazy home repairs we see include:

Hot Air Gun. The fastest way to fix a bumper dent is by using a hot air gun since it can quickly heat up the bumper to make it flexible so you will be able to pull out the dent. The problem is, most people melt/bubble the bumper and/or paint. Only a proper auto repair facility has the controlled environment, tools, and skills needed to avoid this.

Boiling Water. Using boiling water is another way people attempt to fix a bumper dent. It follows the same principle as the hot air gun, but overall it isn’t effective. Your can ruin the clear coat or paint.

Hair Blower. This is the most common route people take because the appliance is readily available. Generally, you will not get the area hot enough.

Dent Puller. A dent puller may also be used to fix your bumper. It usually works well on quarter or side panels that are flat and have large dents. However, you will still see crinkles from the dent.

We suggest you just bring your car to the shop and let the pros do the work for you.

Not everything gets documented as there is no mandate for auto repair shops to report to CARFAX.

As stated by CARFAX:

“CARFAX does not have the complete history of every vehicle. A CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX. Other information about the vehicle, including problems, may not have been reported to CARFAX.”

“Totaled” is a term used by the insurance company if the repairs necessary to fix the car are 70% or greater than its value. This percentage varies depending on the case and provider.

There are four courses of action you can take when dealing with a totaled car:

Take the insurance money. Most people choose this option. The insurance provider will decide how much the car was worth before the accident less any deductible. Just make sure you do your own research to ensure you are getting a fair compensation. Upon settlement with the insurance provider, you will sign over the car’s registration to them. If you are still under a car loan contract, you are still responsible for paying it off.

Sell it as a salvage vehicle. If taking the insurance money is not an option, you can still get some money out of your totaled car by selling it to a junkyard or dealership. Securing a salvage certificate is the first step you will have to undertake to do so.

Fix your car. If you have an older car and taking the insurance payout is impractical because of the deductible, considering to shoulder the repair expenses yourself might be a good option.

Donate your car to charity. Depending on the value of your car and the charity, you could get some tax deduction when you give away your car for goodwill.

Many people take their cars to various auto repair shops to get multiple estimates for the total cost to fix the damages. Experts recommend getting at least two to four estimates before deciding on which shop you should bring your car for body work in.

Aside from looking at the cost, you should also consider the shop’s reputation through its accreditation and customer feedbacks.

It is likewise important to note whether the technicians are well-trained and certified.

Also ask about the warranty and the shop’s policy on replacement parts.

Lastly, check with your insurance company to make sure the shop has approval and if you need to use aftermarket or OEM parts.

Remember, the price isn’t the primary factor you should focus on. Quality in the work and pride in the finished product are our highest priority.

Automotive collision repair and refinishing deal with restoring vehicles to their best “like new” condition.

Modern auto repair and refinishing techniques are handled by professionally trained and certified technicians. They perform accurate repair and refinishing procedures based on high standards set by the industry.

Precision tools and equipment are utilized to ensure quality of service.

Automotive collision repair and refinishing entails estimating, detailing, automotive painting, framing and aligning, and body repairs, among many other complex body works.

The simple answer is YES. However, if you are going for a car shop that offers both body repair and mechanic services, make sure you choose based on thorough research on the shop’s reputation and actual customer experiences.

Take note that body works and service repairs require different skill sets, facilities, and equipment. Body shop technicians and service mechanics likewise go through significantly different training programs.

Only a professional estimator will be able to give you the most accurate estimate for the auto-body repair of your car.

There is no absolute formula to determine the exact cost of your repairs. The total estimate cost will depend on the extent of the damage.

The estimated cost will be based on a wide range of factors including the time it will take for labor (both repairs and paint), materials that will be used, and parts that will have to be replaced.

Front and rear bumpers, hood, and side panels are among the common areas that will require repairs after an accident.

An auto body repairer can basically fix most car damages caused by minor (cracked windshield) or major (entire door panel replacement) collisions and restore it in its best condition.

Here’s a look at the basic tasks an auto body repairer does from day to day:

  • Preparation of cost estimates
  • Review of damage reports
  • Planning of work
  • Removal of damaged body parts such as fenders, bumpers, hoods, trim, and grilles
  • Realignment of chassis and car frames
  • Patching dents and minor damages
  • Fitting, attachment and welding of parts
  • Installation and weatherproofing of windshields and windows
  • Buffing, sanding, grinding and priming repaired and refurbished surfaces
  • Application of new finish to restored body parts

Several factors can affect the overall cost of fixing your car door.

First it will depend on where you will get the work done. Your best choice will be at a reputable body shop. Having it done at a dealership will be more expensive but if you are claiming insurance then the price difference will not matter that much. You will also need to consider if the door needs to be painted.

Second is looking for the best place to find a replacement door. Will you be getting a new or a used door? A new door may need some painting while a used door may not actually fit so always weigh your options when looking for one.

If you opt for a brand new door, the price will depend on the price of the paint, the make/model of your car, power options, other parts, and labor costs.

If the damage to your car has not cracked or chipped the paint, it may be possible to have paintless dent removal (PDR) to fix the damage. PDR usually fixes hail damage. This method maintains the original paint, saves time and money. It is also a great way to avoid negative CARFAX reports should you plan on selling your car in the future.

On the other hand, damages to the paint will require collision repair for removal of dents and application of paint on the car.

Of course, leave it to the professionals. Bring it in to have one of our specialists assess the damages.

However, we suggest you feel as secure as possible in your auto repair, so make sure to do your research. Know the type of repair you will need for your car. Is the damage a dent or a scratch? Is it on the front or rear bumper, fender, door or quarter panel? Will there be some painting? How long will it take to fix it? How about labor cost? The total price of repairs will be calculated based on these factors.

Depends. Minor dents or scratches may be fixed with little or no cost. Sharp dents may require bodywork and repainting of at least the panel and can add up to the cost.


Additional Services

Collision Repair Services

Towing Service

Stuck somewhere and need a tow? Call our 24-hour towing service at 732-446-4996.

Car Rental

We partner with Enterprise and Hertz to make renting a car easy if you need one while your vehicle is in our shop.

Structural Repair and Alignment

We use the CAR-O-LINER Frame Machine and Hunter Alignment Rack to detect misalignments and restore your vehicle to its proper structural alignment.

Written Warranty

We give each customer a detailed written warranty specific to the services performed on the car. We strive for total customer service and work hard to earn and keep your business. Non-mechanical repairs are guaranteed for as long as you own the vehicle.