Although they aren’t interchangeable, auto repair and auto body shop services often overlap. One area where this not true is paint repair. Unlike mechanics, auto body technicians are paint job pros. Whether you’re needing a small scratch repaired or the whole vehicle painted, an auto body technician is skilled to handle the job as they receive extensive training in auto paint work. For this reason, it’s to the customer’s advantage to have any external or structural repairs done by an auto body shop instead of the local mechanic. For example, he might be able to replace your side panel for a cheaper price, it is highly unlikely that he would be able to repair the paint in such a way that it looks pre-accident.