An Auto Body Estimating Specialist assesses damaged auto bodies to decide what work would be necessary to restore and repair them. Whether damaged by normal wear and tear, such as road salt facilitated rust, or via the impact of an accident, the integrity of the auto body is crucial to the protection of the passenger and driver of a vehicle. Even small dents can be big problems, either failing to perform adequately in the event of another impact, or, if untreated, in the case of seemingly superficial damage it may develop into worse problems over time, with continued wear.
A modern auto body may be made of a variety of materials, including chrome, carbon fibre and fibre glass, and these demand a knowledge of the latest techniques in patching, if a part does not need to be replaced entirely, while older cars and trucks may have a shaped steel auto body that demands good welding skills. Regardless of the underlying material, and Auto Body Estimator must also understand the challenges involved with painting and refinishing a vehicle.
Lastly, but just as importantly, they must be prepared to work with clients to help them understand the necessary repairs and maintenance, as well as keeping up with the documentation for their work.