Posts made in March 2018

What to Do Before Selling Your Car


It’s commonly known that you’ll make more money selling your car yourself rather than using it as a trade when you are ready to purchase a new car. Below are some tips to consider and put into use before you put the “For Sale” sign ad online or on the car windshield.

  • Research the market by checking ads to see what others are asking for your kind of car. Try searching with the specific criteria of your make, year, and model.
  • Get your car professionally detailed, which will give it the best possible look and smell. At the same time, remove all personal belongings except for the owner’s manual and the registration.
  • Check and top off fluids like the oil, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Topped-off fluids show any buyer how well you’ve taken care of your car.
  • Choose the most popular places to advertise your car online. Those include, Craigslist, and eBayClassifieds. Listings in local newspapers are good places as well.
  • Figure out what your bottom line is and stick to it. It’s best not to negotiate online before the buyer has even seen the car. If you lower the price sight unseen, the buyer may ask for an even lower price after he or she has seen and driven it.
  • Finalizing the sale includes limiting your liability. Once you’ve been paid for the car (cash or a cashier’s check), record the odometer reading and sign the car title over to the buyer. Make sure you have a “release-of-liability form,” which records the time and date the car changed possession.

If the car you are selling has dings and dents, take it to our shop for paintless dent repair in St. Louis. Bell & Osborn Auto Body serves customers throughout St. Peters and St. Louis, MO.

The Benefits of Rust Repair


The biggest cause of rush on your vehicle is moisture. When moisture combines with road salt, mud, and air pollutants, the steel on your car is sure to get rusty. The problems created by rust include taking the paint off the steel, rotting steel, ruining your car’s finish, and corroding important components that keep your vehicle’s coil and springs working properly.

Bring your car to Bell & Osborn Auto Body for rustproofing or rust repairs before the metal or steel on your car corrodes or weakens. Don’t let rust impact the structure of your vehicle when our auto repair shop in St. Peters, MO, offers comprehensive rust repairs that solve all the issues brought on by rust.

When you eliminate the rust from every part of your vehicle, you not only enhance its appearance and appeal, you ensure the value of your car is not compromised. Making auto body rust repairs sooner rather than later make your car safer and give it a longer lifespan. Eliminating rust also ensures that there’s no body damage in the electrical and mechanical systems in your vehicle.

Choose an auto body shop that pays attention to details when it comes to rust repair, particularly when it’s time to match paint to the exact color of your vehicle. Bell & Osborn Auto Body serves customers throughout St. Peters and St. Louis. For more information, call (636) 278-6700.

A Brief History of Paintless Dent Removal

Paintless dent repair or removal is not as new as commonly thought. Paintless Dent Repair or PDR dates back to the car assembly plants in Germany more than 60 years ago. On the assembly lines of luxury cars, the manufacturers used steel rods and special lighting to massage away the imperfections. This method was highly secretive for many years. However it wasn’t well known in the United States until 1983, and that was when it was brought over from Argentina to the U.S. by a man named Nattalio Balderama, whose nickname was Lido.

Another completely different history of PDR states that it was started by a man named Oskar Flaig in 1960 during the “International Motor Sports Show” in New York. He worked for Mercedes and was responsible for the paint on show cars. He had to repair the cars at night after they’d been damaged by the public during the days of the show. Word has it that he used a hammer to push out a small dent so he wouldn’t need as much paint to repair. It looked as good as new.

A trio of American businessmen formed the Dent Doctor in 1986. At that time, the largest group to provide PDR was formed in Springfield, MO, when a group of men who worked at the Springfield Acura began the trade in earnest in 1990. At first the most likely career for PDR technicians was to chase storms around the country and work on the cars that got damaged by hail, door dings, small creases and more. Less radical PDR professionals were hired by auto dealers and auto body shops to offer the service at a retail location.