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The Best Panel Beaters in Canberra

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

Have you worked with a panel beater in the Canberra region? Did they do a good job? How was the service? Share your experiences in the comments section below.


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Maree Guthrie 6:53 pm 25 Mar 19

I had amazing experience wi Hume body works act. They were so professional and their price was a quarter of price from a large company in Phillip. Just look around especially if you are a women

Margaret Makeham-Kirchner 11:37 am 13 Jan 18

I just had a great experience with ACT Auto Body Works in Mitchell. Mick arranged to quote within days, booked it in to be fixed within days, and his quote was cheaper than several others I went to. The job was done perfectly and cost me less than he had quoted (how often does that happen!!!!) A practical, fast, no upsell experience, unlike my experience with several of those recommended here that I went to. Highly recommended!

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.

Eddy99 12:13 pm 01 Jul 15

Never Ever use Fuller bros in Belconnen

_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.

Padoof 1:52 pm 30 Jan 14

So in less than two days my daughter’s car was repaired by Kelley Body Works (full front bumper replacement with a new supporting bracket). The price came in at $1500 (what was quoted) and the car was given a clean inside and out.

I can highly recommend seeing Greg and his team there, he’s not one of these ‘preferred repairer’ places and cares about the quality of the work. I found them professional and reasonable priced.

rhino 9:44 am 29 Jan 14

cranky said :

Geez, I hope the ATO have never heard of this site.:-)

It’s not cheaper for cash because they aren’t declaring it to the ATO. I mean that might happen but it’s certainly not the only reason. Using the card machine costs them money. Isn’t it sometimes 3% of the sale? Plus they then don’t receive the cash for several days at times. So I’d definitely prefer cash. Even at The Good Guys and other large chains they give you cheaper prices for cash for this reason. It’s not that they aren’t declaring it to the ATO.

cranky 8:40 pm 28 Jan 14

Geez, I hope the ATO have never heard of this site.:-)

rhino 5:10 pm 28 Jan 14

If you aren’t going through insurance, go to the smaller shops and ask for quotes and tell them it’s not through insurance and that you can pay cash to get the best price. In terms of lowest prices, I’ve found Hume Smash Repairs to be very good. Sometimes they can get busy and be a bit disorganised and end up taking a while to get your car back, but Cris is the owner and he will look after you for price, especially if you don’t need the car back in a hurry.

shirty_bear 2:31 pm 28 Jan 14

The only panel-beater factoid I have is that as soon as they know it’s an insurance job, the price doubles. Maybe triples.

Unlike generic retailer catch-cries, with these guys you can pay cash and save.
(this is not based on direct personal experience; rather, first-hand reports from colleagues. So I’m no help recommending who to use coz I don’t remember and said colleagues are long gone. Sorry.)

Zeital 2:12 pm 28 Jan 14

I would give hume body works a call.

Typsy McStaggers 1:51 pm 28 Jan 14

I’ve always found Fuller Bros. in Belconnen to be very fair and do good work.

Padoof 1:29 pm 28 Jan 14

My 17yo dropped her car off today to Kelley Body Works in Mitchell (disclaimer, the owner is the brother of a friend of mine, but I don’t know him).

My daughter got two quotes, the first was a bit of a look and a ‘about $2000’. Kelley Body Works did a thorough check, took photos, researched and came back with a written quote of just under $1500.

Can let you know the final verdict when the car is finished.

Oh, and we’ve travelled from Tuggeranong to go there.

Richard Bender 6:56 pm 04 Oct 13

Rach_13 said :

Thanks for your help everyone! Tony was suggested to me so ill give there a try.

My only worry is if they can match the paint. Its only silver but there are plenty of silvers out there!

Your compliance plate would normally have a paint code on it. The body shop’s computer will spit out a formula to tint the paint, much like buying house paint at a hardware shop. The difficult part is if your car’s paint has faded and they have to match the silver that’s actually on the car now rather than when it left the factory.

Rach_13 11:06 am 04 Oct 13

Thanks for your help everyone! Tony was suggested to me so ill give there a try.

My only worry is if they can match the paint. Its only silver but there are plenty of silvers out there!

Rangi 4:00 pm 03 Oct 13

I used A & A on a recomendation from a friend, when my wife was rear ended, (only minor damage), they were excellent, it was fixed on time, and the whole car was cleaned inside and out, it looked like it was new again.

Zeital 1:27 pm 03 Oct 13

FYI the number plate would be from Canberra Connect, and will more than likely cost you money for a new one.

Holden Caulfield 12:39 pm 03 Oct 13

Tony Farrugia Bodyworks, Fyshwick. For a minor repair you can probably pencil in a 4-8 week wait.

Unfortunately they’ve seen my car three times. Twice for minor repairs and once after a decent shunt thanks to an inattentive driver crossing across three lanes of traffic.

Happily though all the repairs have been carried out with great success.

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.

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