where to take your subaru for auto body repairs

If your Subaru has been damaged in a collision, you need an auto body repair shop that has the specialized knowledge and training necessary to get the job done right. Every type of vehicle has its own specific needs when it comes to repairs.

You deserve to feel confident that your Subaru is in good hands so you can get back on the road quickly and safely. Keep reading to learn where to take your Subaru after an accident and how to find a certified collision center you can trust.


Finding the Right Body Shop for a Wrecked Subaru

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Regardless of the make and model of your vehicle, choosing the right body shop after a collision is important. But there are some specific considerations for Subarus. Here’s what you need to know.

What is a Subaru Certified Body Shop?

A Subaru certified body shop has technicians who are approved and trained specifically to work on Subaru repairs. In order for a repair shop to become Subaru certified, their technicians must complete hours of specific factory training for each make.

Most cars have a lot in common, regardless of their make and model. But there are some differences that can really get in the way if repair technicians aren’t properly trained. When your car is in need of repair, it’s essential to go to an auto body shop that knows what they’re doing. Different body shops have different certifications.

For example, not only is Mackin’s Auto Body I-CAR certified, but we’re also a Tesla, Honda, and Subaru certified repair shop.

Related: Where to Take Your Tesla for Auto Body Repairs

What are the Benefits of Using a Certified Body Shop for Subaru Repairs?

Subaru vehicles have a number of unique safety and quality standards. Choosing a certified shop will ensure that these standards are upheld at every stage of the repair process.

A certified Subaru body shop will have specialized training and experience, as well as access to Subaru-specific parts and components. This ensures you get reliable, long-term solutions for a wide range of collision-related issues.

How to Find a Certified Body Shop in Your Area

When you’ve just been in an accident, the last thing you want to do is spend hours trying to make sure you take your car to a collision repair shop that has the right specialized training and parts. Fortunately, Subaru makes it easy with their Subaru Certified Collision Repair Shop Locator.

Mackin’s has several Subaru certified shops in the Portland/Vancouver area. Our expert technicians will get your Subaru fixed up and back to its original factory specifications quickly, adhering to the strictest safety and quality standards. Our Subaru certified locations include:


The Importance of Choosing a Body Shop with Experience Repairing Subarus

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There are numerous advantages to choosing a specialized Subaru auto repair shop. Here are some of the main benefits.

Specialized Expertise

Many Subarus come with special features, including driver assisting technology such as EyeSight®. At Mackin’s, we have extensive training in Subaru specifications and repair processes. We utilize the correct equipment and techniques and adhere to all quality and safety standards. As a Subaru certified body shop in Portland, we’ll restore your vehicle to its original condition with all the right factory specifications.

Quality Parts and Materials

In addition to training and expertise, having the right parts and materials is essential to a successful Subaru repair. While using generic and aftermarket parts may seem sufficient at first,  they usually don’t provide an exact match or fit to the body of the car. This can lead to significant problems down the line as well as increased wear and tear. 

At Mackin’s, we use genuine Subaru collision parts to make sure your repairs are long-lasting and reliable.

Common Subaru Repair Issues and How to Ensure They’re Properly Addressed

Subarus are great cars. They have a stellar reputation for safety, durability, and resilience in extreme weather conditions. Subaru’s are especially popular in Oregon and other states where outdoor adventuring is a way of life. But like any car, you’re eventually going to run into one issue or another.

Whether from wear and tear or a collision, every make and model can sustain damage – and will, eventually. Here are the most common problems seen in Subarus:


  • Joint issues, particularly in the front axle
  • Bumper and fender damage
  • Leaking head gaskets
  • A/C system O-ring issues
  • Scratched paint
  • Oil issues

Subaru Repairs in Portland and Beyond!

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Mackin’s Auto Body has been a trusted collision repair center in the Portland and SW Washington area since 1945. We offer expert collision repair services and are certified to provide specialized solutions for Subarus, Hondas, and Teslas. 

If your Subaru is wrecked due to an accident, our highly trained technicians can provide your vehicle with the repairs it needs and return it to its former glory within a reasonable time frame and at a fair price.

Get in Touch

Contact us about getting your Subaru repaired. Select from one of our Subaru certified collision centers:

East Vancouver
North Portland

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is the Director of Operations at Mackin’s Auto Body, where he has been making an impact since 2018. With a career in collision repair that started in 1999, Chris brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his role. Before stepping into his current position, he served as the Assistant Operations Manager at Mackin’s Auto Body from 2013 to 2017. Chris holds a BA from Northwest Nazarene University. When he’s not ensuring everything runs smoothly at Mackin’s, you can find him skiing down snowy slopes, wake surfing on sunny days, or cheering on his daughter at her soccer games.