The name of the game with auto body shops is finding the right one first and foremost, especially if you have a claim through the insurance companies. All will tell you they will save you money, and cut corners and those are the ones to avoid. Once they have you in there for an estimate, you're not leaving until they get your business, especially if you have a front end accident with damage under the hood that you can't see. So research all shops in your area and see their reviews. I have a rule of thumb that if you going to spend over $1,000 on anything, get 3 estimates. With auto body shops it's a little more tricky so to get it right, here was my criteria: Non-franchise business. Nothing shady on the south side. Family owned and in business for over 10 years. Good reviews. After the smoke cleared, there was only one: Silverking. Great communication with Steve and Darlene. Just like the good old days when shops did as they promised and treated you with courtesy and delivered on everything they said. Body work was flawless, after a front end collision and bent hood and broken bumper, I couldn't notice anything. It was seamless. Paint was a perfect match on a customized midnight metallic blue. Literally, you could notice NOTHING and that's the point. Only when something is wrong do you notice it. This shop gets 5 out of 5 stars in my book and is VERY competitive at $42 per hour.
7201 Gulf BlvdSaint Petersburg, FL 33701
From Business: Gulf Coast Auto Body and Service, Serving the Beaches since 1978, All work guaranteed, Complete antibody and frames straightening, Collision repair / minor dents an…
This place rocks! I narrowed my search down to several locations in St. Petersburg, by rating to have the front of my 2012 Jeep Wrangler refurbished. After seeing the other locations/quotes-I ended up going with Tye and his shop. Wise choice too, because they did/do incredible work. Miracles actually, considering how much tweaking they had to do to make my Jeep come together. I gave him some intricate work to do with special details and his guys pulled it off. His customer service is fantastic. Contacted me with anything that came up to make sure I was okay with it. Clean and organized office, as well as the rest of the property. I simply had a good vibe from the day I stopped in to get a quote; to the day I picked up his masterpiece. I would recommend Professional Auto Body Inc of St Petersburg to anyone considering any vehicle repairs or in need of general vehicle knowledge. Thanks guys! Rob S.
OK. I am so impressed with the level of service I received last week that I had to share with anyone looking for best auto body work with personal attention to clients. I absolutely had to have the job done by close of business on Friday which was earlier than estimated. Mel Mendez, the owner, realized the scope of my predicament and immediately went into action actually going into after hours while his crew was shutting the shop down and personally completed the dent repair and paint job. The final result was absolutely perfect with no flaws whatsoever. I would have to take a guess that no other auto body shop would care so much. Quality work with a quality owner. That's Mel Mendez “The Body Works”. Thanks Mel.