Answers to the most common Auto Body Shops Questions

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Wade's Auto Collision: Serving Iowans for over 40 years and counting

Finding competent and affordable auto body repair services at just any auto body shops isn't always easy, but that's what we're here for. There are many, many questions you have to ask yourself before handing over the keys to your vehicle, and quite possibly your well being, so we've put together a small list of questions frequently posed at our body shop cedar rapids location.

I was just involved in an accident and need an estimate on repairs right away. Do I need to make an appointment?

Due to our commitment to our customers, we require that assessments and estimates are done in an orderly, first-come, first-served fashion. First, you should call and schedule an appointment so that the mechanics and technicians can set aside a block of time to do a thorough inspection, assess the damage, and provide you with a free and accurate estimate. Second, you need to ask how long the estimate is good for. We provide a grace period after providing an estimate so that you can compare prices and decide whether or not we really are one of the best auto body shops around.

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While appointments are highly recommended, you can always walk in, however, you might have to wait while we finish with the other customers' vehicles first.

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While appointments are highly recommended, you can always walk in, however, you might have to wait while we finish with the other customers' vehicles first.

To learn more, click here!

There is another auto body shop near me. Why choose Wade's?

So you searched "auto body shops near me" and found us. What now?

Wade's auto body shop has a long, verifiable track record of being a premier auto body shop in Cedar Rapids. Our technicians are certified and consistent in their work, their ethic, and their dedication to servicing the auto repair needs for citizens of the greater Cedar Rapids area. We have an extensive list of reviews and testimonials from a wide variety of Iowans and interstate travelers alike available for viewing on our website.

Have you checked out the reviews for Wade's Auto Collision? ★★★★★

prices are reasonable, they were ok with giving me my "bare bones" fix (my car is hail damaged and not worth a cosmetic fix.) my car is safe to drive, i'm pleased.
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Emily Hoppenworth
01:19 22 May 21
Awesome service and work!
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Janet Steffen
15:23 08 Apr 21
my truck looks great, and the staff was professional
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Regan and Tammy Huckfelt
00:22 05 Apr 21
They do great work!
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Jennifer Barnes
21:27 13 Feb 21
Wonderful customer service and I was very pleased with how my vehicle turned out.
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Amanda Sutton
19:29 19 Nov 20
They are the best of the best!
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Bryce Brenneman
12:17 29 Sep 20
Super super helpful and friendly!!! Highly recommend Wade and his team.
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Jason R Kautz
19:57 21 Sep 20
The office manager is very helpful, very friendly and definitely makes the business. And the guys do pretty good work too
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greg kerr
20:32 11 Sep 20
I've been a devoted customer for many years. He has gotten me through two deer and a drunk driver. I started going to Wade's in 2011 when he first opened. He provides services that other companies don't. For example, on one of my my deer accidents, he got all my lights working so that I could drive my car legally until he could get me in, for the complete repair, with no charge. When the car repairs were finished, the car was completely cleaned inside and out. It was like driving a brand new car. I don't know of any other company that does that. I highly recommend Wade's. He's a no nonsense kind of business. Which I personally prefer. I want to know the truth up front. No "sales" gimmick. I'm a lifer.
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Rebecca Detert
04:21 21 Aug 20
I took a curb out with my bumper. Or other way around. Saw Wades on google and decided to het an estimate. Wasnt turning it into insurance so decided to go by customer service. Made an appt and they have me estimate and appt. I wanted it done sooner, but I see now why it was a while. They have great customer service and the work was flawless. Totally recommend them!!!
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Liz Hudson
02:20 15 Aug 20
Great folks. We had a car in need of a frame repair. Wade has the skills to make it happen.
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Blake Andrews
16:12 01 Aug 20
They did a fantastic job! I'm very happy with the repair and the timely manner it was completed. Great Customer service as well.
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Paul R Strang
23:26 14 Jul 20
We have used Wade’s a few times now and every time our vehicles come out better than expected. Wades is always a fun and professional and very fair place to work with by far the best in the state
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Morgan Brislawn
02:35 26 Jun 20
Took my car there to get hail damaged fixed. They had it looking brand new in just a short amount of time. Everybody that works there is super friendly and they gave me step by step on what they were doing with my car. I’d give more than 5 stars ⭐️ if I could!
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Missy Rochelle
02:19 26 Jun 20
Family run business with honest people! They care not only about your car, but you too! Highly recommend
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Sarah C.
19:21 25 Jun 20
Wade and sarah are a gift from god. Fixed my mustang and handled the insurance adjusters and the claim for me. Will ALWAYS come back here. HIGHLY recommend them.
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Alec Ihde
22:04 08 Jun 20
Wade, Sarah, and their staff is amazing. My car was hit twice in less than a year while parked and they brought my car back to life in both instances. Over 10k they fixed. They also fought on my behalf when the insurance adjuster was being unfair and unjust. I trusted my car in their hands two times so far and they are the only people I will call going forward.
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Ryan J
12:52 10 Apr 20
Wade, Sarah, and their staff is amazing. My car was hit twice in less than a year while parked and they brought my car back to life in both instances. Over 10k they fixed. They also fought on my behalf when the insurance adjuster was being unfair and unjust. I trusted my car in their hands two times so far and they are the only people I will call going forward.
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Ryan Jaeger
12:42 10 Apr 20
Have had work done here on my autos and have had excellent work. Have sent others to Wade and they have pasted the quality they received there on to other now customers. I stop in occasionally and Wade and Sara are always ready to take the time to just chat. Excellent people to do business with.
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Bob Pasker
14:42 15 Mar 20
Wade's team did a fantastic job repairing my 2019 Ram truck with less than 8000 miles on it after hitting a deer. Sara was wonderful in working with my insurance company and communicating with me throughout the process.
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Chris Parker
22:33 31 Dec 19
Wade's team worked on my 2019 Ram truck with less than 8000 miles on it after hitting a deer. Their attention to detail is what sets them apart. Sara did an outstanding job working with my insurance company and communicating with me throughout the process.
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Chris Parker
22:31 31 Dec 19
My daughter rear-ended another vehicle. I was trying to get the car back as soon as possible. Sarah worked with us and was able to come in under our original estimate. The accident was on a Monday and we had the car back by Friday. Not only was it back by Friday, but they had washed the car, cleaned the inside, refilled the window washer fluid, and painted some other scuffs that were not part of the accident. They completely helped and went out of their way to give us the best service possible and were highly empathetic. The best experience for an unfortunate accident.
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Erin Seymour
17:33 14 Dec 19
My daughter rear ended another vehicle. I was trying to get the car back as soon as possible. Sarah worked with us and was able to come in under our original estimate. The accident was on a Monday and we had the car back by Friday. Not only was it back by Friday, but they had washed the car, cleaned the inside, refilled the window washer fluid, and painted some other scuffs that were not part of the accident. They completely helped and went out of their way to give us the best service possible and were highly empathetic. The best experience for an unfortunate accident.
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Erin Seymour
17:30 14 Dec 19
the owner is an amazing guy. Extremely honest and caring. They do wonderful work and stand behind it all. Highly recommended
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Billy Runyan
19:25 09 Dec 19
I recommend Wade's Auto Collision for any work from correcting my mistakes - like jack-knifing my trailer into the corner of my truck - to shining up the...
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Jay K.
13:44 02 Nov 19
We have used Wade's three times and have been very happy with the quality of their work and pricing. Would highly recommend them for your repair needs.
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Terry S.
10:46 02 Nov 19
Great body work by friendly locally owned folks. Reasonable pricing.
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Jerry Strait
15:14 15 Aug 19
My second repair action from Wades. Again, another great experience and outcome. I bent my rear car door backwards one day before vacation. Stopped in and Wade muscled it back to shut OK and seal from rain. Wade gave me the repair estimate and Sarah ordered the parts and made all the arrangements to be done when I got back. It all went very smooth and right on budget! Not another soul will ever know what a bone-head thing I did! Thanks much Sarah, Wade and all involved!
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Jerry Farland
21:51 19 Jul 19
My second visit to Wades. Again it was a very nice experience and outcome. 1 day before vacation I bent my rear car door back and it would not close well. I stopped in and Wade worked his magic on it and it fit well enough to continue in the morning with no leaks. I also made plans that day to repair it right, after we got back. Sarah ordered the parts, made all the arrangements and kept me informed about everything as it went. It turned out great! Thanks to them both, along with the technicians that were involved too!
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Jerry
21:30 19 Jul 19
Wade's did an exceptional job of bringing my truck back to it's original glory and within a very reasonable amount of time. Highly recommended!
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Jim Bruner
19:28 16 Jun 19
This is our go to for auto body work. They are honest and do great work. Anybody that knows how picky I am should appreciate this endorsement. We have needed them more than I would like to admit. The repairs always exceed my scrutiny. Truly talented. Artists of the auto body.
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Ian Shaw
16:51 16 Mar 19
We had an issue with the driver's door latch on our Blazer. we need that vehicle for BOTH our jobs and other body shops wouldn't even TRY.Wade's not only fixed it like brand new, but charged us LESS than the original estimate!!! They also gave us rides home when we dropped it off, and back to get it when it was done.FANTASTIC service above and beyond the call!!THANK YOU EVERYONE AT WADES!
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Mozart1220
17:54 06 Mar 19
Wade's worked on our Ford F150 truck after a car hit the right front and messed up the front of the truck. It looks like a new truck now. We are very happy with how great it looks. They were great to work with.
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Carole Jones
01:19 26 Feb 19
Wade's will accept any job I throw at them, they always do a great job, and they use great paint and materials. thank you so much Wade's. You will always have me as a customer! thank you for all your work so far!
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Anthony Mcl Goodson
23:51 25 Jan 19
Wonderful service and great friendly staff!
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Lindsey c
21:09 17 Jan 19
Took my daughters car after a minor collision. Big name places wanted 1200 dollars more than what Wade charged me. He did excellent work and had it done...
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Kevin L.
15:41 04 Jan 19
Wade is very up to the point & explains you what needs to be done and why even before you get any doubts. I totally recommend this place 👍
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Vamsinadha Reddy Mallavaram
06:32 25 Nov 18
Wade’s Auto body is the best! They go above and beyond customer service! I had my vehicle totaled and not only were they exceptional with their body work, but helpful in dealing with the insurance company. I will only use Wade’s Auto Body. Thank you Wade and Sarah for all your help! Outstanding!!!
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Todd Miskimen
21:04 21 Nov 18
Super helpful and helped with the whole process of my car and dealing with the insurance company. Very informative and wonderful people to work with.
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Brooke Scovel
14:33 14 Nov 18
Had rear end damaged and Wade’s made my bumper look better than new. Was notified right away when something unexpected came up and car had to be there a day longer than planned. Excellent service. Thank you!
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Emily Clapp
22:59 28 Sep 18
Wade's was great to work with. The work looked great! The price was fair and the work done quickly. Thanks for making a not so fun experience a good as it could be!
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Byron Fuller
14:01 03 Aug 18
Been there more than I'd like to, but he's always been great to us and goes the extra mile to get it done the way you want. Only bad thing I can say is that I typically end up spending 30 minutes chatting with Wade when I'm there instead of getting myself back to work.�
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Kevin Kamp
17:12 29 Jul 18
They were very friendly, prompt and much more affordable than their competition. Would recommend them to anyone!
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J L D
20:47 02 Jul 18
Friendly staff, fast service, and great customer service! Would definitely recommend
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Anna Brabston
02:41 29 Jun 18
Great customer service! Wade gave me a quote that was a fraction of a quote from other business. They did a good job and had it done quicker than most places. Would definately recommend Wades to everyone!
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Kevin Lukan
17:12 22 Jun 18
Fantastic service every time. Always very honest even if it costs him money.
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Bob Quint
23:55 21 Jun 18
Every interaction we have had is honest and friendly. Thank you.
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Juke Ball
19:48 26 Apr 18
Took my car to Wade's to fix a water leak through the window. The car door had hit the garage when backing up. Wade's listened to the problem and said he would try to fix it. With a couple of heavy pushes by hand he was able to make it shut properly (I had tried it too but it didn't work). It stopped the leak (which I verified subsequently)!. He then thoroughly explained to me what he hid to fix the issue. No hassles or haggling and immediate service. Amazingly, he did not charge my anything even though he spent more than 15 minutes! I strongly recommend using Wade's next time for any car problems!.
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Spss R
15:43 20 Apr 18
Took my car to Wade's to fix a water leak through the window. The car door had hit the garage when backing up. Wade's listened to the problem and said he...
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Sathy R.
08:39 20 Apr 18
The staff was extremely prompt with the estimate and seamless with scheduling. dropped the vehicle off before being out of town for a week and it was ready a day before it was even promised. The quality was outstanding. Can't even tell it was painted! I highly recommend them!
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Jim Anderson
22:40 02 Mar 18
We`ve gone to Wade`s a couple of times and each time we could not be more impressed by their customer service, fair price and dedication! Our cars have been fixed quickly and we can`t even tell where the damage was! We will be using Wade`s for all of our collision damages!
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Jordana Olson
22:45 22 Feb 18
Wade did a great job, was very efficient, timely, and did exactly what we discussed and agreed to. I would recommend his services to anyone. When needed I will be back, he went above and beyond to take care of what we needed done. And did the work for a very fair price.
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Jeff Selfridge
21:00 26 Oct 17
Family-owned business that truly does focus on helping the customer and caring for your vehicle. My truck needed to be fixed for hail damage this past month. They exceeded all of my expectations: working with my insurance company, updating me frequently on the process, and making my truck look even better than when I drove it off the lot when I bought it!
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Cody
15:15 05 Oct 17
Great repair work. Repaired my Tahoe. Very satisfied . I recommend them.
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Kroeger David
00:33 11 Sep 17
Awesome experience. Very friendly and straight forward with what needed to be fixed on my vehicle. Now it looks like nothing ever happened! 🙂 Would highly recommend to anyone.
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Nicole Missele
22:07 18 Aug 17
Just had our paint job done on our bike love it awesome job!!!
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Erica Wilkinson
00:50 26 May 17
Very friendly and helpful! The process for our van repair was made very easy by Wade and Sarah. If you have a collision or an unfortunate accident with wildlife, repair is made simple at Wade's Auto Collision!
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Kathi Kerscher
14:59 08 Apr 17
Great and friendly customer service! Wade also cleaned out the interior! �
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Kathi Sue Kerscher
14:44 08 Apr 17
Great customer service at Wade's! My car ended up being totaled, so they didn't do any work on it, but the family is great to work with!
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Jenai Holley
23:24 01 Mar 17
Customer service at Wade's was VERY personable and prompt. Wade is a good guy. His daughter in the office is very nice too. They completed my repair in the time they stated it would take. The repair looked very good!As painful as having my car damaged was, this part of the event couldn't have been better. Thanks guys!The cost was very reasonable too!
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Josh Rodriguez 9292
17:07 17 Feb 17
I have had two vehicles repaired at Wade's. Both times my vehicles where repaired promptly and looking like brand new. Thanks so much for your great service, you should be proud of what you have established.
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Mike Gross
02:07 27 Jan 17
Great Auto Repair shop. They take the time to walk you through options on your estimate to keep the costs as reasonable as possible and ensure they do a great job on your repair. I highly recommend them.
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Naomi Homrighausen
15:02 23 Dec 16
I would highly recommend this business. They were prompt, kind and did an excellent job on my car.
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Lyn Ahearn
12:59 03 Dec 16
Took my door apart and found the problem. Fixed it right then and I was back on the road.
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Joe Shaw
17:22 19 Nov 16
Great paint touch up by Wade's on my Sante Fe. Thanks for the friendly and quality service.
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Pat Murphy
16:21 09 Nov 16
Very impressed with the friendly and efficient service I received at Wade's. My car looks like new again! My family has owned a business in Marion for the past 30 years, and even though we draw customers from the surrounding area, we wouldn't have stayed in business this long without local support. I definitely believe in backing local business - and you can't beat the personal service when the owner is right there! Thanks Wade!
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Ellie Osborn Riley
22:32 27 Oct 16
Wade's did an awesome job on the repairs for my RAV 4! The service was fast, friendly and flawless! This is the shop to use if you want personal service! Thanks again Wade! My car looks brand new!
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Kristi Mueller
02:19 26 Oct 16
Absolutely love Wade's service! I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
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Kaitlyn Steggall
02:58 23 Jun 16
Awesome place to go very friendly and upfront with you not like other shops that try to fix problems that don't exist major thumbs up thank you, you have my business when something needs repaired
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Kelley Hamdorf
23:04 27 Aug 15
Wade's did an awesome job with my new car! Great price, great customer service and I had my car back when they said it would be ready. I highly recommend Wade's Auto Collision. Thanks so much!
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Lisa Buchanan Gleason
20:55 04 Jun 15
Wade did repair work on my car and you cannot even tell that it had some damage to it and to top it off he detailed my car and I am not only impressed but extremely satisfied if you ever need work done definitely go to wades
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Summer Leffler
16:24 08 May 15
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We also a wide array of services and customer service guarantees as well. Every single repair we do comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, and we also accept and work with any and all insurance companies. We are absolutely dedicated to relieving you of as much of the stress of this process as humanly possible. You can learn more about it here.

How long will my repair take?

There are many, many factors that go into answering this question, and almost all of them are subject to change. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to leave the car with our technician's for a short time while repairs are facilitated.

We can also work around your schedule if the nature of the damage is such that the vehicle can be serviced across multiple appointments while being safely driven in between. Here at Wade's, we recognize that our vehicles become extensions and mirrors of ourselves, so we take care to treat every step of the process with the utmost care, diligence, and loyalty to our customers.

Auto body shops that refuse to provide a reasonable timeline for repairs needs to be asked why that is the case and perhaps even viewed with a little suspicion.

This is part why we are as dedicated to customer service and satisfaction as we are: to eliminate that uncertainty of the process, to work with our customers to guarantee maximum customer satisfaction, and to provide an absolutely essential service to the area we love so dearly. 

There was significant damage to the paint during my accident. Can you fix it?

Of course we can! You might be asking yourself why you need a mechanic or technician to paint your vehicle. Well, the paint used on cars is not the same as the paint you buy at the hardware store, and serves a function other than just decoration. Proper painting not only makes cars shiny and beautiful, but it also protects them from scratches, rust, and other wear and tear that would otherwise impact the vehicle more significantly. 

Community Partners in Vehicle Safety

Due to our longstanding, verifiable, and significant ties to the communities around us, we have remained devoted to being the best repair shop we can possibly be. We want our customers, who are also our neighbors, to rely on us for their autobody repair needs.

We strive to meet each and every expectation of our customers and within reasonable time frames and with complete transparency. We will even give you a ride home after you drop your car off or have it towed to us. That is our level of dedication to this community. We don't strive to be just a business, but an integral part of our community at large, and it shows in our testimonials and reviews, but it shows most of all in the quality of work we do.

At Wade's, we service all makes and models of vehicles, and we truly mean that. Here is a list of many, but not all, of the makes, models, and types of vehicles we service. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact us via our website, by walk in, or by phone.

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Amanda Sutton
Amanda Sutton
19:29 19 Nov 20
Wonderful customer service and I was very pleased with how my vehicle turned out.
Bryce Brenneman
Bryce Brenneman
12:17 29 Sep 20
They are the best of the best!
Paul R Strang
Paul R Strang
23:26 14 Jul 20
They did a fantastic job! I'm very happy with the repair and the timely manner it was completed. Great Customer service as well.
Morgan Brislawn
Morgan Brislawn
02:35 26 Jun 20
We have used Wade’s a few times now and every time our vehicles come out better than expected. Wades is always a fun and professional and very fair place to work with by far the best in the state
Missy Rochelle
Missy Rochelle
02:19 26 Jun 20
Took my car there to get hail damaged fixed. They had it looking brand new in just a short amount of time. Everybody that works there is super friendly and they gave me step by step on what they were doing with my car. I’d give more than 5 stars ⭐️ if I could!
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