Auto Body Definitions – Vehicle Nomenclature
Auto Body Definitions
What is a facia? Ever seen a rocker panel going down the road? When was the last time you were sitting at the dinner table and said your significant other said to you, “Your rear cover could you some touching up honey?” Auto body definitions are clearly in a league of their own. And doesn’t every industry have its own language? When you are in an auto body repair shop it would be nice if folks talked to you in terms you can easily understand. When I was in the Marines, I remember how cool it was to converse in acronyms. But as a customer when folks who are taking you through a pretty tough process begin using terms you don’t understand it can be frustrating. At Conner Brothers Body Shops we try very hard to break down what we are saying in terms you can easily understand. We have decided to put a list of terms together that will help you understand what auto body shops are saying to you. These definitions are vehicle nomenclature and in our next post we will learn about processes definitions. Here we go…
Facia – Is a bumper cover.
Bumper cover – Is the plastic thing in front or the rear of your car that typically gets hit in parking lots or garages. Most of them are plastic.
Fender – The panels that are on either side of the hood and cover or go around the wheels.
Windshield Pillar – Sometimes called the “A” pillar – is where the front door is bolted and the windshield is mounted to.
“B” Pillar – Where your rear door (if you have one) is bolted and your front door latches to.
Quarter panel – Some refer to this as the rear fenders, the auto body industry uses the term “quarter panel” for the metal above the rear wheels that stretches from the back door to the tail lamps.
Rear Bumper Cover – Sometimes called rear facia. This item is usually plastic (metal on some trucks) that is similar to the front facia and usually sees impacts in parking lots and garages.