These new materials and construction designs require precise and specific repair procedures. Many even need specific tooling that numerous local shops will not have.
The investment in equipment and training is staggering for body shops today! To do a proper repair on these vehicles, you can no longer just pull and hammer a car back into shape. The fact is, in some cases you can’t even reproduce welds that would be acceptable to the manufacturer.
Here is the real problem most people don’t know; you actually can weld this stuff back together, it just won’t be correct, and could even be dangerous!
Repairing an aluminum body after a collision requires the use of a “clean room” free of any contaminants from repairs on steel cars, or with tools used to repair steel cars. These metals do not mix well together and cause corrosion. Most body shops don’t even have a clean room in their facility to perform these types of repair.
Because of these changes, auto manufacturers are pushing for body shops to become Arizona factory certified as a matter of public safety as well as ensuring that the best repair procedures are being performed on your vehicle.