I am looking for recommendations for a trustworthy auto body repair shop. Local is preferred over Chain. My car is 10 years old an in fine mechanical shape with only 70,000 miles. However I have noticed that a small amount of rust is beginning to form along the edge of the sliding door and a few spots popping on the hood. I would like to have this repaired before it becomes major rust and while the cost to repair is relatively cheap. Any ideas?
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Check with Abe's Auto Body on Marine Rd (Blvd?) off Byrne, north of Airport. Little road that runs west just before the overpass.
He is fair and reasonable, and does great work.
Best of luck to ya!
New Directions Autoworks on Angola is by the best in the area. I have taken several different cars there and would never go anywhere else.
I recommended it to someone on this board and they had a great experience. You may want to try searching the forum to find that thread.
But beware that rust repair is expensive, and if not done correctly will quickly re-appear.
I spent over a year getting estimates for body work on my car. Maaco on Marine Blvd, accross from Abe's, gave me an estimate of half what everyone else gave me, including tax. He did a great job, too. The guy gave me a deal because he said he really needed the work.
If you're on the west side of town:
Honest guy - straight shooter. Stands behind his work, and does a good job.
Fred's Auto Service Inc.
4219 Bennett Rd.
Toledo, OH 43612
Gary Seymour, owner
"Check with Abe's Auto Body on Marine Rd (Blvd?) off Byrne, north of Airport. Little road that runs west just before the overpass."
I thought that was Able Body on Marine unless there is one called Abes.I have used Able several times and like their work.He usually has a free vehicle you can use while he is working on your car.
This is a good company and it is locally owned: http://local.yahoo.com/info-15504033-whaley-son-enterprises-incorporated-toledo
Here are a few things to consider about rust work. Some shops won't do it. There are also several ways of doing it. The hardest part about doing a rust job is first, removing the rust, then trying to eliminate the cause of the rust. For instance, on the bottom of a door. If it is pitted, not rusted through, you can grind or wire wheel or chemically treat the rust, then repair it. But, you must either rustproof or undercoat the inside of the door to keep the water from seeping into the seams and causing it all over again.
The reason Maaco can do it cheaper is because they do not use top notch products and pay their bodymen less than other places. Yes, they can do decent work, but as with anything, you get what you pay for.
Good luck and if you have any questions, post it on here.