Auto Body Repair Shop
West Columbia Collision Center is an auto body shop that has been serving the Columbia, SC metro area for over 20 years. Our experienced auto body shop technicians, coupled with excellent customer service, insures that you get a quality repair completed on the promised date. We guarantee your damaged vehicle will be repaired properly the very first time! All of our repairs are completed to the original manufacturer’s specifications.
- Free estimates
- Accept All Insurance
- Pickup and delivery when requested
- Guaranteed completion date
- 24 hour towing
- Lifetime warranty on all repairs
How an Auto Body Shop Works
Most of us never would want to see the inside of an auto body repair shop. At the most we can often smell the solvents being emitted by automotive body vehicle repair shop as we drive by and wonder how those people can make it through their work day.
It is only because of a car accident that most of us end up inside the premises of an auto body shop.
Most shops now bear little relation to the establishments you may remember of old. Repairing cars now, especially with the electronics in today’s vehicles, requires both skill, education and training, sophisticated tools, and an ultra clean, modern shop.
Today’s body shops are laid out in several distinct separate staging areas. Vehicles are estimated in one area, body work done in another, electronic repairs in yet another area, painted in a very separate area, and finally detailed and presented to the customer in a display area.
If the vehicle has major damage, then it is moved to a disassembly area and onto a frame machine. Unibody construction is utilized by most autos today. Unibody is a an automotive and mechanical body term which describes how sheet metal is stamped, formed and welded together to form the structural portion of the car or truck body.
The purpose of the frame machine is not to straighten the car frame, but now rather it is to straighten the unibody construction of the vehicle.
Measuring the vehicle body for correct unibody alignment is more than critical. As little as one millimeter error is all that is allowed by most car, truck and S.U.V. manufacturers. Laser measuring systems are used by many body shops along with the frame machine to ensure that everything is straightened accurately to the decimal point.
Overhead vacuum lines are connected to the grinders and sanders to pull dust and dirt away from this part of the shop. Modern body shops can remain very clean and dust free- indeed modern electronics, and even the most modern hi tech electronics of hybrid vehicles demand this.
With the entire metal straight, its on to the paint preparation area, commonly referred to as paint prep. Quality shops will use dust extraction systems to remove the dust when sanding and spraying the paint primers.
Our company is proud of our professional paint shop, as well as our equipment, the training of our staff, and most of all our people.
West Columbia Collision Center, 2217 Platt Springs Rd,West Columbia, SC 29169
The communities we serve….
West Columbia Cayce Columbia Richland Lexington State Park Irmo Gaston Hopkins White Rock Blythewood Gilbert Chapin Swansea Pelion Ballentine Elgin Leesville Peak Rion Gadsden Little Mountain Eastover Jenkinsville Ridgeway Lugoff Prosperity Saint Matthews Pomaria Wagener 29002 29016 29033 29036 29044 29045 29052 29053 29054 29061 29063 29065 29070 29071 29072 29073 29075 29078 29122 29123 29126 29127 29130 29132 29135 29147 29160 29164 29169 29170 29171 29172 29177 29201 29202 29203 29204 29205 29206 29207 29208 29209 29210 29211 29212 29214 29215 29216 29217 29218 29219 29220 29221 29222 29223 29224 29225 29226 29227 29228 29229 29230 29240 29250 29260 29290 29292 29675