BMW April 2022

In today’s ultra complex vehicles that contain a myriad of sophisticated sensors and cameras just who would you take your crashed vehicle to get the best repair? After an accident takes place mobile dent repair or drivable as they are called, also need great attention to colour matching the latest pearl and candy apply shades that predominate on the vehicles.

Lightstone Research has crunched a huge pile of data to come up with a consumer list of the best repair centres across the South Africa. It was generated from a list of some 700 registered top body shops across multiple dimensions and Lightstone intend to update the current list in three months time.

Park Panelbeaters of Vanderbijlpark took the coveted top spot across the whole country – which was very commendable for Carl Schuknecht and his family business. Brighton Body and Spray were runners up in second place while Auto Trust Body Repairers in the Eastern Cape scooped third spot.

Lightstone have a long track record of consumer research with a total of some 15 years in the business and they process and record some 40 000 vehicle crash reports every month. It’s the panel beaters job they say to get the job done right the first time and importantly on time while all the time through the challenging process remaining professional, courteous and friendly, to deliver a repair to the satisfied customer.

Lightstone say these top grading positions are both reliably accurate and trustworthy and using the Bayesian statistical methods employed at multi-level models across many and varied dimensions. So if you are not on this list you better pull your socks up and be better!

The Lightstone survey in all round collision repair is a read-it-and-weep exposition, only the best repairers made the top grade. Check the report to see the best rankings in the body shop business right now.



Number Panel Beaters Province
1 Park Panelbeaters Gauteng
2 Brighton Body & Spray Western Cape
3 Auto Trust Body Repairs Eastern Cape
4 Harveys of Durban KZN
5 CBS Body Works Western Cape
6 Classic Panel Beaters KZN
7 Weskaap Bakwerke Western Cape
8 Forsman Paneelkloppers North West
9 Modern Collision Repair Centre Mpumalanga
10 Mercedes-Benz CV Cape Town Western Cape