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  • Tom February 6, 2013 - 4:08 pm #65307 Reply

    Good afternoon, all.

    Long time lurker, first time poster. The front end of my car has been rather banged up since ’09 and I’d like to fix that. I’ve heard good reviews about Olde Towne Auto Body out in Alexandria, but I’m curious to know what other sorts of options are out there. I saw a thread on the ARLnow forums from a couple years ago in which someone asked about body shops, but figured I’d post again in case any new ones opened. (Or, for that matter, whether any of the ones mentioned closed between then and now.)

    Thanks for your help!


    novasteve February 6, 2013 - 4:26 pm #65308 Reply

    I’m sure jimpb or whomever owns the detailing business probably has some recommendations on body shops.

    Anonymous February 6, 2013 - 10:23 pm #65336 Reply

    I’ve used Spectrum a couple of times and have been happy.

    yards555 February 7, 2013 - 9:02 am #65343 Reply

    After last year’s Derecho I took my car to Arlington Collision Center of Four Mile Run. They do a lot of insurance claims jobs, but they did not short change me at all or dick me around. It took a bit longer than I would have liked (although given that storm I imagine they were incredibly backlogged), but my car was as good as new when I got it back.

    Tom February 7, 2013 - 9:10 am #65345 Reply

    @Hal-- Thank you. I’ve never heard of them before, but that was the primary motivating factor behind my original post. I’ll certainly do some research.

    @yards-- That’s very good to know, thank you for responding. I drive an 11-year-old Civic, so I’m hoping the parts should be relatively easy (and inexpensive) to acquire. I think I recognize Arlington Collision Center from the 2010 thread I viewed earlier, they certainly seem to have a good reputation.

    CourthouseChris February 7, 2013 - 9:30 am #65348 Reply

    Jack’s Auto Body in Falls Church, the Bailey’s area, is awesome.  I have an older car, also made by the Honda Motors Corp,  that needed some body work to pass inspection and didn’t really want to go all out to fix it.  Spectrum didn’t want to touch it for less than $2k, but I understand, as they are more of a higher-end shop.  Jack fixed it for under $500 and I’ve had no complaints since.  I’ve reccomended him to others that had equally pleasing results.

    Tom February 7, 2013 - 9:49 am #65356 Reply

    Thanks, Chris! Jack’s price range is very intriguing to me, as I’d prefer not to have to choose between rent/food and a straight front end haha. Will definitely look into this.

    CourthouseChris February 7, 2013 - 10:49 am #65363 Reply

    Sounds like you are in a similar situation I was in.  I had a slightly crumpled hood, bent frame, displaced bumper.  Nothing mechanically wrong, just a little warped.  Biggest thing was between the hood crumple and frame bending the hood wouldn’t latch.  I told him to just do the best he could without replacing parts  to get me safe and legal, and he didn’t have an issue with that.  I didn’t even have it repainted and you can barely tell that anything happened to it.

    Overlander February 12, 2013 - 11:42 pm #65819 Reply

    Did some business with Spectrum.  They did a great job, but as mentioned earlier, they’re a bit pricey.


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