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Auto Body Repair Technology, 6th Edition

  • James E. Duffy
  • ISBN-10: 1133702856
  • ISBN-13: 9781133702856
  • 1088 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2004, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

AUTO BODY REPAIR TECHNOLOGY, Sixth Edition, features extensive new and updated material reflecting the latest automotive technology and current industry best practices. In addition to incorporating the current ASE Education Foundation Collision Repair and Refinish Program Standards and Task Lists, this market-leading text provides detailed information on working with hybrid and electric vehicles, using environmentally friendly water-based paints, and other cutting-edge methods and materials. Celebrated for its clear, reader-friendly explanations and detailed, accurate information, this proven text also includes abundant full-color photos and illustrations to make even complex concepts easier to understand and apply. Available supplements include a tech manual with shop assignments and job sheets, as well as interactive online resources ideal for today’s courses and learners. Providing comprehensive coverage of collision repair—from initial evaluation and estimating, to structural and mechanical repairs, to repainting and refinishing—this trusted text helps readers quickly and confidently learn the skills and procedures they need to succeed as professional automotive technicians.


  • Vibrant, full-color photos and illustrations throughout the text help bring key concepts to life and illustrate important repair, repainting, and refinishing techniques in vivid detail, making even complex concepts easier for students to understand and apply.

  • The author devotes particular attention to information on software and hardware used in many modern collision repair shops, preparing students to use the tools and processes they will encounter as working professionals when accessing service information and specifications.

  • Known for its comprehensive coverage and detailed, accurate information, the text complements material on traditional collision repair topics with useful information on mechanical components, wheel alignment, and restraint system operation.

  • In addition to helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to master their trade, the text features information on ASE certification and entrepreneurship to prepare students for lasting, successful careers as professional automotive technicians.

  • Resources available to complement the text include a tech manual with hands-on shop assignments and job sheets, as well as a variety of interactive resources to enhance teaching and learning, including lecture slides, an electronic test bank with hundreds of questions, and a library of full-color digital images.

About the Author

James E. Duffy

James E. Duffy has written many of the top-selling automotive education textbooks on the market today. He is also a noted videographer who has produced over 100 vocational/technical video programs. He possesses a B.S. in industrial electronics and a B.S. in technology education from Indiana State University.

Table of Contents

1. Collision Repair: Introduction and Careers.
2. Vehicle Construction Technology.
3. Service Information, Specifications, Measurements.
4. Hand Tool Technology.
5. Power Tool Technology.
6. Compressed Air System Technology.
7. Body Shop Materials, and Fastener Technology.
8. Welding Equipment Technology.
9. Shop Safety and Efficiency.
10. Estimating Repair Costs.
11. Working Sheet Metal.
12. Using Body Fillers.
13. Repairing Plastics.
14. Hood, Bumper, Fender, Lid, and Trim Service.
15. Door, Roof, and Glass Service.
16. Passenger Compartment Service.
17. Body/Frame Damage Measurement.
18. UniBody/Frame Realignment.
19. Welded Panel Replacement.
20. Restoring Corrosion Protection.
21. Chassis Service and Wheel Repair.
22. Electrical/Electronic System Operation and Service.
23. Restraint System Operation and Service.
24. Refinishing Equipment Technology.
25. Vehicle Surface Preparation and Masking.
26. Refinishing Procedures.
27. Color Matching and Custom Painting.
28. Paint Problems and Final Detailing.
29. Job Success and ASE Certification.
30. Hybrid Technology, Service Safety.

New to this edition

  • This trusted guide has been thoroughly updated and expanded to cover the latest industry trends, technology, and practices, including the current ASE Education Foundation Collision Repair and Refinish Program Standards and Task Lists.
  • A new chapter devoted to hybrid technology service and safety provides detailed information on servicing today’s high-tech hybrid and electric vehicles, including vital safety considerations when working with electric circuits and assemblies that can carry deadly levels of voltage and current.
  • The Sixth Edition describes safe, effective procedures for using high-voltage equipment (such as protective clothing and insulated plastic and carbon-fiber hand tools) when working on electric drivelines during major structural repairs to hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Chapter review materials now feature new and revised activities and exercises to reinforce essential math, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills that today’s technicians need for success in this fast-paced field.
  • The text explores the special procedures required for effective mixing and application of water-based paints, preparing students for a smooth transition from oil-based paints as more states mandate the use of these materials to reduce VOC emissions into the atmosphere.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 128543644X | ISBN-13: 9781285436449)

The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint® presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor’s Manual, and other text-specific resources.

Tech Manual for Duffy's Auto Body Repair Technology  (ISBN-10: 1133702864 | ISBN-13: 9781133702863)

The Tech Manual is designed to bridge the chapter content with application in the shop.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285980662 | ISBN-13: 9781285980669)
MindTap Automotive, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access for Duffy's Auto Body Repair Technology  (ISBN-10: 1305411250 | ISBN-13: 9781305411258)

MindTap is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. Personalized teaching becomes yours through a Learning Path built with key student objectives and your syllabus in mind. Control what students see and when they see it. Relevant readings, multimedia, and activities are designed to take students up the levels of learning, from basic knowledge to analysis and application. Analytics and reports provide a snapshot of class progress, time in course, engagement and completion rates.

Student Supplements

Tech Manual for Duffy's Auto Body Repair Technology  (ISBN-10: 1133702864 | ISBN-13: 9781133702863)
ASE Certification Voucher: Standard Test – Academic, 2 terms Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0357047176 | ISBN-13: 9780357047170)

Cengage is committed to boosting employability, so students can land their first job in the transportation industry soon after graduation. One of the best ways to enhance student employability is through ASE certification! The ASE Certification Voucher provides students with access to the ASE Professional Level Certification Tests at a discounted price. The ASE Certification Voucher provide access to all ASE Certification tests except L1, L2, and L3 (advanced tests). Each voucher code includes one registration and one test fee.

MindTap Automotive, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access for Duffy's Auto Body Repair Technology  (ISBN-10: 1305411250 | ISBN-13: 9781305411258)

MindTap Automotive for Duffy, Auto Body Repair Technology, Sixth edition engages you to produce your best work – consistently. By seamlessly integrating course material with videos, activities, apps, and much more, MindTap creates a unique learning path that fosters increased comprehension and efficiency. MindTap delivers real-world relevance with activities and assignments that help students build critical thinking and analytic skills that will transfer to other courses and their professional lives. MindTap helps students stay organized and efficient with a single destination that reflects what’s important to the instructor, along with the tools students need to master the content. MindTap empowers and motivates students with information that shows where they stand at all times – both individually and compared to the highest performers in class. MindTap for Auto Body Repair Technology will help you master collision technology. You can record and submit shop tasks by utilizing editable task sheets, based on ASE Education Foundation tasks. Build your theory understanding through engaging activities including videos, matching exercises and more. Prepare for ASE certification with included assessments.