When should you choose to invest in a new body panel versus a repair?

There are numerous schools of thought in the ‘repair or replace’ debate. While it is understandable that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, there are fewer long-term benefits and a whole array of potential repercussions in opting for a quick repair job over a new body panel.

It goes without saying that you won’t always need a replacement, there are plenty of occasions when a repair will be more than sufficient, however making the wrong decision can be a costly mistake. In order to help you make the right decision for your vehicle, let us demonstrate some of the considerations you need to bear in mind when deciding whether to ‘replace or repair’-

Hidden damage

The smallest of bumps can lead to damage to your vehicle that you may not notice with the naked eye. As well as unsightly bumps, dents and scratches, a bigger concern is the hidden damage that might not be immediately obvious but can remain unnoticed until its too late.

Small bumps can cause a range of issues from knocking out alignment, to the loosening of wires and other mechanical issues that you may not notice until they become bigger problems. Alignment issues can be spotted fairly quickly and dealt with accordingly, but we don’t need to outline the associated dangers of loosened wired or cables!

Rear end collisions can be particularly problematic with most of your vehicles important assets situated in the area. Even the slightest of bumps can have a big impact, so its vital to keep on top of regular maintenance checks. If there is any room for concern, rule of thumb is to seek a replacement.

At Mount Panels, we stock a large range of auto body panels & parts for the majority of the most popular van makes and models in the UK. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can usually get it for you within 24 hours. Our extensive network of suppliers and contacts means that we can get you great products, at great prices, fast.

To help you with quick turnaround repairs, we also provide a free same-day or next-day delivery service within a 25-mile radius. Should you require goods to be delivered to a location beyond this, we can ship next day for you, ensuring your fleet is back on the road quickly and safely.

Long term repair issues

Dents and scratches may seem minimal, and can be quite easily repaired under normal circumstances. But the removal of protective primer and paint places bodywork at a greater risk of rust and erosion long-term.

Once rust has set in, it doesn’t take long for the area to worsen and for the vehicles protection to be negatively impacted. Rain, dirt and other debris can easily enter newly formed holes which can exacerbate rusting, potentially causing damage to essential parts of the van body, and even the items stored within it. If your business involves deliveries or transportation of machinery, leaks can prove extremely costly. Not a situation you want to find yourself in if you want to avoid looking at an even bigger repair job.


To shop our ranges of body panels, door mirrors, bumpers, grilles and much more, simply visit our website and choose your van type-

Commercial reputation

It takes years to create brand awareness, an asset that is important to maintain for any business, but it can be ruined in minutes with shoddy looking bodywork. Your vehicles are a representation of your business as a whole, so its vital that they’re kept looking neat and tidy, minus the dents!

Anything minor that doesn’t impact a vehicles performance can often be side-lined as a non-essential maintenance. After all, it isn’t causing any problems to how the van performs! However, it does affect how you’re perceived by potential and existing customers/clients.

Aside from the odd dink here and there (that can be easily repaired), a replacement is more likely to restore the vehicle to pre-damage condition and ensure your customers, and potential customers, see your brand represented well while out on the road.


Oftentimes, the overall cost of repairing a vehicle can quickly mount up sufficiently to warrant the purchase of a replacement part. Beyond the cosmetic damage lies a multitude of potential issues that can bump the cost of a repair way beyond what it would have cost to simply replace a part.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that the subrogation process (that taken by an insurance company to recover the total cost of repair) can continue long after repairs are complete. If your vehicle is involved in an unfortunate accident, for example, the opposing insurance company is entitled to pursue you for further costs if they consider you the guilty party due to choosing a repair that should have been more comprehensive. Costs can soon mount up!

The bottom line

When deciding whether to ‘repair or replace’ make sure you’re placing safety, longevity and long-term costs at the forefront of your business. While it may often seem cost-effective in the short term to repair, the risks and long-term costs on both your vehicle, and your business are often much higher and can be devastating.

Who are we?

With over forty years in the automotive industry, Mount Panels provide a wide range of high-quality auto-body panels and replacement parts for a huge range of commercial vehicles. Our large range of auto body panels and parts, extensive network of suppliers and quick, no-fuss delivery has helped thousands of vehicles look like new and stay safe on the road.

Whatever part you’re seeking, you’ll be sure to find it amongst our vast range of high-quality parts. We offer a large selection of replacement parts for a variety of different models, all at prices that make replacing a more cost-effective, long-term solution.

Choose your van type and see all the compatible options available to you here.





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