A Quick Look at Common Auto Body Repair Vocabulary

A Quick Look at Common Auto Body Repair Vocabulary

A Quick Look at Common Auto Body Repair VocabularyAt First Class Auto Body & BumperDoc Inc., we aim to be transparent about our repair process. When customers have any questions about our repair techniques or the vocabulary that we're using in the shop, we're sure to provide thorough explanations. Here's a look at some of the common auto body repair vocabulary terms.


In the auto body industry, alignment commonly refers to fixing collision damage to suspension/steering mechanisms. To ensure that your repaired vehicle handles safely, we use high-tech equipment that allows us to return the parts as closely as possible to their factory dimensions.


Corrosion is what happens when refined metals convert to hydroxide, oxide, carbonite, or sulfide. In the auto body industry, the relevant type of corrosion is rust. It's important to address rust ASAP so that it doesn't get the opportunity to spread.


LKQ is short for Like Kind & Quality. These parts are salvaged from vehicles that are no longer operating. LKQ parts have been thoroughly evaluated to make sure they will work flawlessly as replacements.


Masking is a term used for sections of the vehicle that are not supposed to be painted during the repair process.

OEM Parts

OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. OEM parts are precisely the same as those originally produced by the manufacturer, and feature the same specs and materials. OEM parts are a great option for replacing damaged parts.


Putty is a substance that is sometimes used to fix minor auto body damage. It is made from polyester and is good for smoothing over damaged areas. When putty is applied, primer and finish paint are then required to complete the repair process.

Auto Body Repair in Scottsdale, AZ

When you need auto body repair in Scottsdale, AZ and the surrounding area, contact First Class Auto Body & BumperDoc Inc. at (480) 771-7967. At our local body shop, we can expertly repair your vehicle's cosmetic damage. Feel free to give us a call today to make an appointment!

First Class Auto Body & BumperDoc Blog
Posted: February 2022

Written and Published By MORBiZ