What’s the difference between a car mechanic and an auto body shop in Tucson, AZ?

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Outside of the automotive industry, not everyone is aware that there are some major differences between an auto mechanic and a collision repair shop.  On the surface, it would appear that mechanics in these fields might be trained in both types of auto repair, but auto body work and mechanical work require specialized training to master.  If you need to get your 60,000 mile service, for instance, you’ll need an automotive technician who is trained in a different set of skills than the technician you would need to replace your damaged car hood.  At O’Rielly Collision Center, we’ve met a number of customers who have had questions about the types of services that we are able to provide as a body shop.  If you are wondering what kinds of repairs we might be able to provide in comparison to your usual auto mechanic, here is our guide to the differences between our types of auto repair services.

An auto mechanic is trained in repairing the mechanical elements of a vehicle.
When you need your oil changed, your brakes repaired, and your transmission examined, you should bring your car to your favorite Arizona mechanic.  At a mechanic shop, the technicians have received training and certifications for diagnosing and repairing all mechanical aspects of a car.  Do you hear a strange noise coming from your engine?  Do you need a fluid flush?  Is your tire punctured?  For all of these problems, you would need to give your mechanic a call.

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Auto body shop technicians are trained in repairing the structural and cosmetic elements of a vehicle.
When you need a dent removed from your car door, your bumper repaired, and your car painted, you should bring your car to your favorite Arizona body shop.  Collision repair technicians have been trained to build and repair all of the structural components of a car.  They have also received extensive training in auto paint work, including minor paint touch-ups and full-scale paint jobs.  So if you’ve been in an accident and your car is banged up, bring it to us and we’ll have it looking new again.  Been through a nasty hail storm and now have dents all over your car?  Your trunk lid refuses to close anymore?  Your car interior is looking a little worse for the wear?  For all of these problems, just give your body shop a call.

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Do you have questions about what services a collision repair shop can provide in Tucson and Green Valley, Arizona?
At O’Rielly Collision Center, we would be happy to answer any questions you have and provide our expert advice about your collision repair and other automotive needs.  We have weekend hours, an Enterprise rental facility, certified technicians, and state-of-the art equipment.  We also provide free estimates and lifetime warranties on all repairs we do.  Since opening in 1929, we have strived to provide great service to our neighbors in Green Valley and Tucson.  Having your car repaired can be extremely stressful, so it is our mission to make the process as easy and hassle-free as we can.


3 replies
  1. Mark Finch
    Mark Finch says:

    Thank you for your article about the difference between a mechanic and an auto body repair shop. I backed my car into a tree last week and it damaged the trunk of my car. I always thought that a mechanic is a generic term for someone who fixes everything car-related. It’s good to learn that there are shops that specialize in repairing cosmetic damages in a car. I’ll make sure to go to an auto body repair shop since my car needs body repair.

  2. Deb Pearl
    Deb Pearl says:

    I noticed in town that there were different auto shops. I took my car to one to get it checked out, but they said that it was an auto body shop. I didn’t know that there was a difference between auto body and a mechanics shop. That is good to know that auto body shops only focus on the structural components of a car! Thank you for the clarification!

  3. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    I just wanted to thank you for explaining car mechanics and auto body shops. It’s good to know that auto body shops are good for exterior elements, like a dent in a car door or a bumper. I wonder if it could be good to let the shop know how you think the dent happened, especially if it can help repair it.


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