Shop Talk


Welcome to Shop Talk. Hi! My name is Mark Probst and I am the owner of Probst Auto Body in Dieterich. I'll be writing these posts once a month, and these posts will consist of car care tips, safe driving tips, and updates from the automotive industry.

What is Water-Based Paint?

Believe it or not water-based car paint has been around for several decades.   It was introduced in the late 80’s.  When it was introduced there was an adhesion problem with the primer and it got a bad reputation. Because it was never mandatory it fell by the waist side until the 2000’s. 

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What to look for after an auto body repair!

1.  Find out what repairs were done.  Many times the body shop will explain to you before performing any work but this is not always the case.  If you're not sure what was done to your car make sure and ask before paying your bill.  It's best to have the shop show you the repairs that were done.

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Tips on Buying Car Insurance

Buying car insurance isn’t something someone does every day and it can be very confusing for anyone who is looking to buy insurance or if you just want to know what other options there are.

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Are Newer Cars Really Safer?

One statement I’ve heard a lot of over a period of years is “I’d rather be in an old car in an accident because it’s made of real metal.”

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How Long Should It Take To Repair My Car?

As a body shop owner this is one of the toughest questions we have to answer in our daily routines.  There are many factors to take into consideration as to how long it should take to get your car repaired, otherwise known as “cycle time.” 

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Tips on Choosing An Auto Body Repair Shop

Last year I wrote an estimate on a van for a local company.  This van had front and rear end damage. My estimate was $6192. 

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Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

Rotating your tires on a regular basis helps prevent premature tire wear and could save you hundreds of dollars. 

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How Accurate Is Car Fax?

From time to time we get asked questions about Car Fax reports.   Most times it is either “Do you turn our accident information into Car Fax?” or “I’m looking at buying a car, how accurate is Car Fax?” 

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Why Should I Wax My Car?

Some people may see a wax job as an extra for their car,  but waxing your car is actually something that should be done on a regular basis.

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Do I need more than one estimate?

This question is presented to us quite often.  For many years insurance companies would send customers to get 2 estimates.

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