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    When there is a car accident, the cars are damaged and the accident usually leaves dents on the body surface of the car. Then we should take the car to a garage to have the dents repaired and removed, and probably after that painting/spraying is done.I would like to know what you call a person whose job is removing those dents and flattening the body of the car.Thanks.

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    Default Re: what's this job?

    He's a panel beater.

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    I have never heard that. We would take the car to an "auto body" shop.

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    I think we're seeing the difference in American English and English used elsewhere. Like Dave, I have not heard the term "panel beater" before (though it sounds like a great thing to put on a business card!) but I wouldn't know what to call someone who worked in a body shop. He (or she!) is not a mechanic. I guess I'd just say "I had to bring it to the [auto] body shop, or say "the guy at the body shop said..."
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    If I had to, I would give a title like "auto body repair technician" or "specialist." Or even just "worker."

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    Default Re: what's this job?

    I worked for a while with some pleople from the US who did this: http://www.dentwerkspdr.com/hail_den..._using_pdr.htm. I'm aware the case is not the same, since this technique is only applied for minor dents (like hail dents), but what would you call them? Simply "Paintless dent removers"?
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Mar-2014 at 14:58. Reason: tiny typo
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    Charlie, I'd still call him "an auto body guy."
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    Default Re: what's this job?

    Thanks for the reference, 5jj.

    A panel beater is a term used in some Commonwealth countries to describe a person who repairs vehicle bodies back to their factory state after having been damaged (e.g., after being involved in a collision).[1] In the USA the same job is done by an auto body mechanic.

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