Starting a Car Body Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Car body shops repair the bodywork of badly damaged private cars, commercial vehicles, small vans and other light commercial vehicles. Trade customers include taxi and private hire firms, car rental services, driving schools and other fleet operators.

Typical repairs include dent removal, bumper and panel replacement, alloy-wheel refurbishment and vehicle respraying. Some car body shops specialise in certain types or makes of vehicle or a specific service, such as SMART (small-to-medium-area repair technology) or MET (mechanical, electrical and trim).

This profile provides information about starting up and running an independent car body shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends, and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

This profile does not cover routine maintenance work or minor repairs, which are covered separately in BOP 98, Car Maintenance and Repair, and BOP 102, Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair. It does not cover roadside assistance and recovery, which is covered in BOP 30, Vehicle Recovery Service.

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