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The Best Panel Beaters in Canberra


A panel beater repairs vehicle bodies after they have been damaged by the impact. Many also offer painting services. If you require the services of a top-quality panel beater in the Canberra region, you’ve landed in the right place.

Here, we’ll share with you our top three picks for panel beaters in Canberra. These smash repair businesses are reliable, well priced, and effective. Their team of specialists can get your car back to its factory state.

Ready to get into it? Let’s go.

What makes a reliable panel beater?

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.

Is there anything else you would add to this list?

The Top Panel Beaters According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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.

Tony Farrugia Bodyworks

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.

David Hand Smash Repairs

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 David Hand Smash Repairs offer both panel beating and painting services. Your vehicle will look good as new!

Marko Smash Repairs Canberra

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.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Panel Beaters.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Panel Beaters? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?

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Sheikh Faisal 9:02 am 05 Jun 17

Don’t consider Fuller Brothers, my car came back with a new dent and the boys were not taking any responsibility. I am 100% certain that it occurred while my car was under repair at their workshop.

_Nick_ 4:49 pm 20 Feb 14

I highly recommend Tony Farrugia Bodyworks in Fyshwick. I have had two jobs done by them and both came back perfect and unable to fault. Sometimes it takes a little time to get in there but it’s worth the wait.

A place not to go to? Hume Smash repairs, I tried getting them to do a respray on a car for me, lets just say 18 months went by and long story short I took my car back from them and have never been able to get my deposit back. They didn’t do any work to it and left it out for long periods in the open weather with no protection even though I asked them on several occasions to cover it up. Thankfully when I got it back the electrics were still ok and no rust. I have also seen other peoples cars who have had work done there and the paint match was not very good and overspray on adjacent areas.

Holden Caulfield 10:22 am 09 Jul 13

I’ve had the misfortune to use Tony Farrugia’s outfit three times since this thread was created, once minor and my fault and two others not so minor and not my fault. They’ve done a good job on all three occasions. I can’t see I’ll ever use anyone else in Canberra.

vet111 9:37 am 09 Jul 13

MightyJoe said :

Reviving this thread as my new mazda 6 got backed into so am on the look out for an excellent panel beater
Barret brothers
Tony Farrugia anyone else?

I stress, brand new car, and to make it worse its jet black mica…

I’ve had experience with Farrugia, and I can’t say I was overly impressed. Took a few weeks for relatively minor damage to a front tyre and wheel, five days later the other front tyre blew, and I was told that had absolutely nothing to do with the original accident. This, despite the tyre (which was a runflat) developing a massive bubble on the inside wall that they swore was not there when it was brought in.

Was assured several times that there was no damage to steering arms etc, but car has never driven the same and still pulls to the left.

They were polite and friendly, and the car was in great condition otherwise when I picked it up but I just don’t think they fixed everything.

That’s just my thoughts though, and I haven’t heard anyone else say a bad word about them.

milkman 7:00 am 09 Jul 13

c_c™ said :

AutoCo would get my vote; have done a nice job in the past and about to use them again unfortunately (thanks annon jerk in carpark)

I’ve used Autoco and never would again. Their workmanship was good, but the whole job was slow, disorganised, and dragged on for weeks with no communication (I had to call them several times and kept getting different answers).

c_c™ 10:28 pm 08 Jul 13

AutoCo would get my vote; have done a nice job in the past and about to use them again unfortunately (thanks annon jerk in carpark)

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