Aluminum Auto Body Repair
Here at Atlantic Collision, we’ve recently acquired some new tools that will allow us to offer aluminum repair services. Aluminum vehicles are a new hot commodity, and analysts are predicting that aluminum vehicles will become more and more prevalent in today’s society. One example of this happening is the new 2015 Ford F-150. Ford had always used a bit of aluminum in their body, but this new model uses a ridiculous amount of aluminum, throughout the entire body. This reduced the vehicle’s weight by almost 700 pounds, but makes repair costs skyrocket.
Aluminum costs more to repair than steel for two separate reasons. The first being that most vehicles are made of steel, so most body shops and mechanics only offer steel repairs. The tools required to do aluminum repairs, and the work involved is something only a few select shops offer these days. Due to not many people being trained in this field, and the tools being very expensive, the service is typically offered at a premium.
The second reason is that aluminum itself is worth double that of steel according to current metal prices. Per pound, aluminum costs more, and due to this, you will have to pay a premium to get parts.
Although aluminum will cost more to repair, it definitely has huge upsides. Your vehicle will be much lighter. With new technology, aluminum has been made just as strong as the steel on vehicles as well. You aren’t sacrificing any longevity on your vehicle by choosing aluminum, you just might pay a bit more in repair costs, and insurance costs.
To get to the point of being able to repair certain aluminum vehicles, we need to have many different machines available. The standard machines we use to repair steel do not cut it with aluminum. In addition to different machines being used, we also have to pass a test to get a certification in repairing aluminum vehicles.
When you choose us to work on your car, you’ll rest assured knowing that we have all of the latest technology, and the best possible staff on board. If you have a vehicle made of aluminum, be sure to stop in today to get it looked at by our expert team here at Atlantic Collision.