Canberra is a city that has come to rely heavily on cars – according to a survey of household travel in the ACT and Queanbeyan region, around 95% of households have at least one car, and each day just under a million car journeys are made across our city. With the roads full of traffic and more and more cars appearing all the time, plus the new traffic conditions imposed by the light rails, accidents are likely to occur – and in the event that your car is damaged, you’ll want to think about taking it to a panel beater or smash repair service ASAP.
A panel beater or smash repairer repairs vehicle bodies after they have been damaged by the impact, and many also offer painting services. If you’ve recently been in a car accident, you’ll want to take your car to a service who you can trust completely, not only to get you your car back in fine shape in a timely manner, but also to make this aspect of a potentially distressing event easy and comfortable for you. So, how can you decide which smash repair company is best for you?
In this article, we’ll run through some of the most important qualities to look for in a smash repair business, as well as a helpful guide to some of Canberra’s top businesses who can help get your car back to its factory state.
What makes a great panel beater & smash repairer?
If you’re unsure of what to look for in the best panel beater in Canberra, we suggest starting with the following traits:
- Experienced. The best smash repair services are conducted by experienced panel beaters that know the ins and outs of the process. They have all the right knowledge and equipment to return your car to its factory state.
- Expertise. If possible, you may want to send your vehicle to a panel beater that is certified by the brand of your car. That means they have specialist expertise in the various makes and models of that particular brand, often resulting in superior results.
- Prompt. You probably need your car returned as soon as possible. With that in mind, seek out a panel beater that can guarantee a fast turnaround.
- Fairly priced. You don’t want to be ripped off. The best in the business charge a fair price for the services they offer, and are transparent with you about it throughout the process.
The best panel beaters & smash repairers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
Family-owned and operated, David Hand Smash Repairs has delivered high-quality vehicle body repairs to the Canberra region for almost 40 years. Committed to outstanding workmanship, innovation, and good old-fashioned customer service, the team at DHS offer both panel beating and painting services. Your vehicle will look good as new!
‘Local Guide’ Brendan Clark wrote the following review for DHS on Google, “Josh Hand and his team went to great lengths to make sure that work done to my car was of the highest standard. I would definitely use these guys again.”
Marko Smash Repairs Canberra is a family-owned and run business with three generations of panel beating experience. Passionate about all things cars, the team behind Marko Smash Repairs offer a fast turn around and an affordable yet effective service. You can rest easy knowing your vehicle is in safe and capable hands.
As Facebook user Pat Maiuto writes in their review, “Highly recommend Marko Body Repairs, I just took my 1987 Holden VL commodore in for some repairs and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Their customer service is amazing made me feel really welcomed as well.”
Established in 1983, Tony Farrugia Bodyworks is the only Mercedes-Benz authorised body repairer in the ACT and Southern regions. Their team of European car specialists work with a number of additional brands. The experienced panel beaters at Tony Farrugia Bodyworks aim to deliver exceptional customer service and unbeatable results. They are committed to continued learning and keep up with the latest repair technologies.
As Google reviewer and ‘Local Guide’ Chris Banham writes, “Great team to deal with so far. Explained the process and the outcomes. Very professional team, hope the end result is as good.”
Menzies Autocraft, established in 2008, is a smash repair facility located in Fyshwick, whose team strongly believes in keeping up to date with current vehicle technology and investing heavily in the necessary training and equipment required to repair all makes of late model vehicles. As the authorised repairer for all insurance companies and offering a 24-hour towing service if you’re in an accident, your car is in safe and capable hands with Menzies Autocraft.
Happy customer Clinton Sheehan wrote the following review for Menzies Autocraft on Facebook, “Highly recommend this place so much I’ve had a few of my cars repaired here every time the job is perfect, and the staff are wonderful.”
AutoCo has been servicing Canberra’s cars for over 30 years, and now boasts three locations across town. Among the wide range of services offered by their team of highly skilled mechanics across 3 locations in Canberra, AutoCo’s qualified panel beaters and painters can repair your car to the manufacturers’ standards, as well as arrange a tow and hire car if you need. With a workshop fitted out with the latest in painting, welding and frame adjustment equipment, and the capacity to repair up to 60 vehicles a week, not only will you not have to wait long for your car to be returned, you can rest assured that it will be returned to you in perfect, factory-standard condition.
Facebook user Jacqui Myers highly recommends AutoCo, writing this their review, “Professional, friendly service. Was able to book at short notice & had confidence in the expertise of the team.”
Are you in need of assistance with your vehicle? Check out our articles on the best car servicing, the best car detailers, and the best mechanics in Canberra for some useful information. Or if you’re looking for insurance cover for your car, our article on the best insurance brokers in Canberra may be of help to you.
Your experience with panel beaters & smash repairers in Canberra
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