Since cars are a status symbol and expensive, most car owners like to show off their car. However, one of the major problems faced by car owners, is that the panel or body of the car gets dented or scratched easily, even if the car is driven carefully. For example, stones or branches may fall on the car when it is parked, damaging the car. However, it is possible to restore the car to its original condition hiring the services of a panel beater. Many car owners would like to find out how much does panel beating cost in Australia, so that they can decide whether it is better to get their car fixed.
The cost of panel beating depends largely on the extent of the damage to the car. If the car is involved in a major accident and a large part of the car is damaged, the cost of repairs will be higher at $1000 or more. In cases of a few dents or scratches the cost of the repair is likely to be lower. There are also some dent remover products which are available which the car owner can use to remove the dent himself. The price also depends on the model, brand of the car, how old the vehicle is and whether other car parts are damaged and have to be replaced, says famous Panel Beater David Deicke.
Panel beating is a lengthy procedure, and includes the time taken for removing one or more panels from the vehicle, repairing it to remove the dents and scratches. In some cases, some amount of sanding will be required to smoothen the rough surface. If hardware is missing or damaged, it will have to be replaced. After all the hardware repair is complete, the vehicle will have to be painted so that it looks like new. Hence the cost of panel beating includes the cost of material, labour charges and should also cover the amount invested in tools, equipment and other overheads of the panel beater like rentals.