Aluminum is increasingly becoming the auto industry’s favorite metal, and it’s not hard to see why. The metal is strong, so it helps to protect drivers and passengers in the event of an accident. It’s light, so it makes for lighter—and thus better-performing—vehicles. Finally, it’s environmentally friendly, which appeals to today’s car buyers. But buying a car that’s made with aluminum also means that you need to think twice before taking it to a shop that isn’t qualified to repair aluminum vehicles. Here’s what you need to know about the demands of aluminum auto body repair.
Aluminum needs to be kept separate from steel during repairs.
To most people, aluminum and steel might not sound that different—they’re both metals, after all. In fact, each of these metals has a corrosive effect on the other. Shops that repair both aluminum and steel cars need to make sure that the two metals never come into contact with each other—not even the dust or the shavings—or it could result in expensive damage.
Dents are harder to repair in aluminum vehicles.
Aluminum is a tough metal, but it’s also much harder to pull or reshape than steel if you have a dent in your vehicle. If you’ve got a dent, it’s important to make sure that you take your vehicle to a shop that specializes in aluminum repair—that’s the only way you can ensure that you’ll get qualified repairs.
Aluminum welding requires training and certification.
Unlike steel, aluminum is a highly effective heat conductor. This raises some challenges when you need to weld a new part for your vehicle. Any technician who works on your aluminum vehicle needs to be certified to ensure that he or she can perform any welding tasks safely, without damaging the vehicle.
At Dave’s Body Shop , our team members take on the tough jobs that stump our competitors. We are one of the only auto shops in Utah that is certified to work on aluminum vehicles from Ford, Tesla, and Audi. We are a family owned and operated shop that has been in business since 1942, and we adhere to the industry’s highest standards in our repair work. To schedule an appointment at our auto body shop, call (801) 566-3906 today.