What is a Panel Beater?

A panel beater is the professional you trust with your vehicle to keep it running efficiently and safely. Mt Roskill Collision Centre is a full-service vehicle repair shop with a large team of highly experienced panel beaters.

We can help you with an extensive range of car repair and maintenance jobs in Auckland, including:

Is a panel beater the same as a mechanic?

No, they aren’t the same thing. Generally speaking, a panel beater works with the external physical parts of your car that need repairs or maintenance. (There are some exceptions and some other things we can work on internally).

On the other hand, a mechanic would deal more with the internal parts – the engine, gearbox, clutch, air systems.

You wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic to fix dents, scratches, a broken bumper, a chipped windscreen. Those are all things that an Auckland panel beater like Mt Roskill Collision Centre can help with.

The reason we call them panel beaters is because that’s what they started off doing. Repairing (beating out) the dents in the panels of a vehicle after a collision.

There are no specific requirements to become a collision repair technician. However, a New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair may be useful. To become a qualified collision repair technician, you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain one or both of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair – Non-Structural Repair (Level 4).

The other thing to note is that the job title or business description “panel beater” is not always used in some overseas countries. If you are driving in America, for example, and you have an accident, you would search for an autobody repairman or an autobody mechanic.

When would you call a panel beater?

We don’t just deal with vehicles that have been in crashes or collisions. As Auckland’s best panel beater, Mt Roskill Collision Centre can help you if:

  • there are damages to your car
  • someone has broken into your vehicle 
  • you’ve purchased a used car that needs some repair work
  • you want to make your vehicle safer to drive
  • you’ve been in an accident

Car Safety

Safety is one of the most important reasons to visit an Auckland panel beater. It’s important to have regular checks done on all of your vehicle’s parts, inside and out. Just because you can’t hear, see or smell anything unusual, that’s no guarantee that your car is in safe working order.

Helping you look good

For many drivers, looking good is as important as staying safe on the road. Mt Roskill Collision Centre can help your car looking amazing. We offer a full range of paintwork, paint touch-ups, colour changes, panel-specific paintwork, and more. We work with a number of top brands, including Honda, Toyota, Holden, Ford, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, VW, Kia, Hyundai, Suzuki, Nissan and Mazda.

The Mt Roskill Collision promise

Our goal is to have everyone on New Zealand roads driving safely. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our car repairs from our panel beating and collision repair service centre in Mt Roskill, Auckland. Contact us online or call us on 0800 227 762 for a free quote or to book an appointment.

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