4 Things you need to know when choosing a Panel Beater

With the rapid increase of Road Accidents in South Africa, it is important to know which Panel Beater to choose for the repairs of your car. Road Accidents are always devastating, making a huge impact on people’s lives as well as the car. Vehicles are sometimes badly damaged in the accident and require meticulous repairing.

There are so many Panel Beaters available today, but choosing the correct one can be a tricky decision. To ensure the damage on your vehicle is repaired in the best possible manner and at an affordable rate, here are some tips to help you when choosing a panel beater:


  • Reputation of the Panel Beater

When finding out about Panel Beaters, it’s always good to research their reputation in the industry. A panel beater that has been in the industry for a number of years, will always have a lot of loyal customers. You can check out their website and social profiles to read reviews and feedback about their services. Another important factor is also finding out which car brand and insurance brand has approved them and what certifications they have. Another element is also to take a look at the Panel Beater’s facility, if it has new and modern equipment, is neat and tidy and has friendly and excellent staff then they are professionals.

  • Quotation

A good and reputable Panel Beater will provide you with a detailed quotation before beginning any work on your vehicle. The quotations should consist of the cost of the parts, labour, painting and any other repairs that your crashed vehicle requires. It is important that you get a minimum of 3 quotations from 3 different Panel Beaters. It is also a good idea to take your damaged vehicle to an assessor from your Insurance Company.


  • Guarantee Of Repairs

A good panel beater will provide a guarantee of the parts they have replaced as well as the repair work they have conducted. It is important to find out if the Panel Beaters gives you a Guarantee of the repairs and a warranty on the parts. If parts have to be removed and re-installed during the repairing process, it needs to be assured that it is done in the correct manner to avoid any future problems.


  • Timeframe and Courtesy Car

It is always important to find out how long it will take the Panel Beaters to repair your damaged car. Most Panel Beaters give a time frame but never sticks to it, so read reviews about the duration it took to repair other people’s cars and ask around from previous customers. A good panel beater will also provide a temporary car for you to use for the duration that your car will be at their workshop.

Be sure to choose a Panel Beater that meets your requirements and standards. The cost of repairs should not be the only factor for you to base your decision on. These tips are to be considered when selecting Panel Beater Services, for your own safety and value of your vehicle in future. It pays to do research first.

Neshika Thakurdin

I'm Neshika Thakurdin, I'm 24 and I'm an experienced Search engine Optimization (SEO) Engineer at Junk Mail classifieds with a national diploma in Marketing.

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5 Responses

  1. Terry says:

    All those that you have mentioned are very important, Choosing the right panel beater is very important , reputation should come first because you obviously want the best results possible when you take your car to a panel beater, I think it’s important that ladies read this article so you know what to expect when you take your car to a panel beater! what do you think?

  2. After getting in a car accident it is important to find a service that will help your car get fixed and ready to drive again. I think auto services can be tricky to find. I’m grateful for your advice about talking to loyal customers and checking their websites for reviews.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Alexandria,

      Thank you for your comment. It’s always better to check references when using services and companies you are unfamiliar with.

      Thank you for visiting Junk Mail.

  3. Cassandra Smith says:


    Do you have any idea what the standard industry warranty on work is though.

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Cassandra,

      What work are you referring to specifically? Panel beating?

      Kind regards,
      The Junk Mail Team

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