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Some of the Costs Involved in Collision Repair

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Collision repair can be extremely costly.  Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca feels that knowledge is valuable in dealing with collision damage.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, have dents and dings, deep paint scratches or otherwise damaged your vehicle, you may be shocked to find out that the repair costs can range between $50 to $1,500 — and more.

Vehicles today may be lighter, safer, and get better gas mileage, but the cost of repair due to the newer manufacturing technology makes collision repairs a whole lot more expensive.

Some Common Expensive Repairs

  1. Dented bumper

You are traveling along on your usual route when you realize what you thought was a puddle is in fact a patch of ice. Your brakes are useless, as your car takes on a life of its own and spins a telephone pole. Your front bumper is crunched and dented.  Not a good way to start the day.

Cost to fix a bumper? $450 (repair) to $900 (replacement)

The cost to repair or replace today’s bumpers is high because they are part of a complex system. Auto technicians must disconnect lights, warning systems, air bag deployment alerts, trim, and even cameras, then the bumper must be repaired if possible. If not, a new one must be prepped, painted and installed.

  1. Deep paint scratches

So you went shopping at the mall in a large city near you. You left your car perfectly parked and a little bit further from the entrance.  You need your exercise, after all.  After your shopping marathon, you return to your car.  As you approach, something doesn’t look right.  You find that there are numerous deep scratches on your driver’s door.

collision repair in IthacaWhat does it cost to repair extensive paint damage? $50 to $1,500

If you’re willing to accept a less-than-perfect repair, you may be able to hide the scratches yourself with a touch up pen (under $50). If you want a professional job, good as new, expect to pay between $800 and $1,500 to make deep scratches disappear. Why so expensive? Depending on the car, the entire part may need replacement if the scratch is too deep. In addition, auto paint is very expensive, costing $50 to $300 for two ounces. Matching a vehicle’s color can really be difficult and needs experienced auto body technicians.

  1. Cracked windshield

You’ve parked your car outside your office building in the winter.  Same spot you’ve always parked in.  What a  gorgeous day.  Sun shining, air warming.  You leave work only to find your windshield now has a huge spider crack.  What to do?

How much does it cost to fix a cracked windshield? $50 to $300, on average

Windshield repair/replacement costs depend on the car’s make and model as well as the size of the crack. Smaller cracks can be repaired for under $100, while extensive pitting or larger cracks can’t be fixed — you have to replace your windshield.  And with the newer vehicles, larger windshields and internal components, replacement can be extremely expensive.

  1. Frame damage

Off to work, tackling the morning commute.  Stop and go traffic as you approach the city, and you come to a complete halt.  Unfortunately, the driver behind you failed to stop in time and rear ended you, pushing you into the car in front of you!

How much does it cost to fix frame damage?

collision repair in IthacaFrame damage requires expensive equipment to straighten the vehicle’s frame.  Wink’s Body Shop has a state-of-the-art frame straightening systems for just such situations.  This is a specific, calibrated system that will restore most frame damages to like new condition.  The cost?  Anywhere from $500 to $5000 depending on the extent of damage.

Collision Repair in Ithaca

No matter the extent of damage to your vehicle, always use the trained, certified and experienced body shop in IthacaWink’s Body Shop is available to provide you with excellent service and estimates of the cost to repair your vehicle.

Body damage is unsightly for one, but there can be internal damage to specific components which an inexperienced technician may over look.  Failure to repair internal damage caused by a collision can result in long term damage down the road.

Find the best Ithaca collision repair at our state-of-the-art facility.  We welcome you to our family of satisfied customers.

Take the Guesswork Out of Your Collision Repair With WINK’S Body Shop in Ithaca

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When you need collision repair in Ithaca, look no further than Wink’s Body Shop for all your vehicle repair needs.  Collisions and body damage detract not only from your vehicles presence, but also can be indicative of internal damage to supporting structures.Ithaca Wink's Body Shop

No collision is too small for us to evaluate and repair.  Even if you’ve had what seems like a minor fender bender, bring your vehicle to us to check out.  We offer free estimates and our experienced technicians will tell you exactly what needs to be done.  Small collisions can cause unseen damage that will hasten wear and tear on your vehicle.  Let us help you get back on the road quickly and safely.

Collision Repair in Ithaca

Ithaca is a busy and well trafficked area where accidents occur on a daily basis.  Don’t leave your vehicle’s repair up to chance.  Wink’s Body Shop is equipped to handle all types of body and frame damage with your best interests in mind.  Our customers are the happiest and best serviced people in the Ithaca area.  Your transportation needs our expert evaluation whenever you’ve been involved in a crash or received other damage to your car.

We offer experienced collision repair in Ithaca and work with all makes and models of vehicles. Our technicians have solid knowledge and offer professional service, as well as working with most all insurance companies in the area.

The insurance claim process can be quite daunting and full of concerns that your vehicle won’t be repaired properly.  We have excellent working relationships with adjusters and insurance companies. The proper repair of your vehicle is our primary concern and we are always working to ensure that your repairs are the right ones for your car or truck.

When To Reach Out To Us

As mentioned earlier, no matter the size of the damage to your vehicle, it’s imperative that you have Wink’s Body Shop evaluate the extent of the repairs needed.

Minor damage that is not repaired in a timely manner will result in rust and further damage.  If there’s any internal damage to the frame or engine mounts, for example, the wear on your tires and engine components can be compromised.

collision repair in IthacaLarger and more serious collisions more than often result in frame damage.  Wink’s Body Shop has state-of-the-art frame straightening units that will bring your vehicle back to it’s original settings.  Many frame damages are now repairable and you can be assured that your vehicle will be safe and last just as if the collision had never happened.

Wink’s Body Shop in Ithaca

Visit us at 720 W Court St Ithaca, NY  or call us (607) 277-7775 and let us help you with your concerns.  We offer many services such as:

Major & Minor Repairs

Personalized service

Free estimates

Unibody and full frame repair

Computerized alignments

Repairs to Domestic and Foreign vehicle

Headlight alignment and replacement

Computerized paint color matching systems

AC and Cooling Repairs

Factory matched refinishing

Suspension Replacement

Dent & scratch removal

Air bags

Front / Rear bumper repair & replacement

Door mirrors

Quarter panels



Roofs & more

We’re ready to assist you with all your auto body repair needs.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Wink’s Body Shop family.