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Auto Body Repair Pleasant View, Utah
The Aluminum Trend
Lightweight materials, such as aluminum, will become more common in everyday vehicles to meet the increasing government fuel economy requirement. With the introduction of the aluminum-intensive Ford F-150, the auto body repair industry is transforming. The industry now has more of a reason to trend more toward aluminum parts or full aluminum body. When it comes to working with aluminum vs. steel there is a big difference in the case of repairs. Shops that are not qualified to make aluminum repairs can cause serious harm to the safety and value of your vehicle. Over time, more and more repair shops are progressing towards the education and complacency in vehicle manufacturing and repair when it comes to aluminum.
Aluminum doesn’t have the same metal memory as steel. It is unable to be reshaped to its undamaged state when it gets dented or bent. The auto body technician needs to be skilled at reshaping aluminum without damaging it beyond repair. Sometimes an aluminum-specific tool, such as the aluminum dent pulling station, is required. At John Chevalier Auto Collision Centerz in Ogden, only 15 mins from Pleasant View, we have I-CAR certified and trained technicians working in the specialized aluminum repair and is one of the only repair centers in the area to offer this type of repair. In fact, any aluminum repairs must be performed in a separate area from steel. The mixture of unfinished aluminum and steel leads to a corrosive effect. The dust from steel can even cause a corrosive effect to aluminum. This can cause long-term serious damage to your vehicle and your safety if an accident were to occur.
Auto Body Repairs – Aluminum Welding Experience is a Must
Welding aluminum is an option for repairs, however, there is a risk of compromising the integrity and strength of the metal. This can create serious safety problems if the car were to be involved in an accident. Aluminum is a great heat conductor, much more so than steel. This means the heat travels through the metal much quicker and farther. This is when experience in welding aluminum comes into play. Aluminum welding requires special welders as it’s more difficult to weld aluminum parts. Since there is such risk in this process, auto repair shops have opted to use rivets and adhesives. However, there are times it is necessary to use welding.
Collision Repairs in Pleasant View, Utah
Why would the industry be trending toward aluminum when it requires a separate area from steel and additional equipment and training? The answer is simple: weight. Aluminum is just as strong as steel but weighs less. Why should you care? Less weight translates to better fuel mileage and better towing and payload capabilities.
The Auto Collision Centerz team is proud of our experienced and trained technicians that are able to take on F-150 drivers, as well as other drivers. We’ll work with all major insurance companies and advocate on your behalf, so you have less to worry about. Request your repair estimate or call today.
John Chevalier Collision Centerz specializes in post-collision repair, such as computerized frame straightening and measuring. We also provide paintless dent repair, aluminum body repair, downdraft spray equipment, and covered & inside estimating areas.
3520 Wall Avenue, Ogden UT, 84401
“Over the years, our family has had many situations where we’ve needed the professionals at John Chevalier’s Collision Centerz . . . especially through the teenage years! John Chevalier and his knowledgeable staff have taken excellent care of our vehicles for over 15 years. Always professional and efficient, they have made our worst traffic nightmares not seem so terrible. Their work is topnotch, and they stand behind every service they perform. We would highly recommend John Chevalier’s Collision Center to anyone who needs collision repair. Because we’ve all had those days!”
“I have raised three teenagers and have gotten to know the crew at John Chevaliers Collision Centerz well throughout the years. They have repaired numerous fender benders, crashes, and broken mirrors over the past decade or so, and I have been very pleased at the results of their efforts. They are always doing great work in record time, from taking care of my rental car to working with the insurance company. We have always been extremely satisfied and would recommend them to anyone.”
“John Chevalier, I wanted to let you know that the way you and your employees handled the repair of my GMC Acadia was wonderful. It was nice that you worked with the other insurance company to get the claim handled, and I didn't have to do anything. John Chevalier Collision Centerz arranged a rental car to be delivered to the shop, which was hassle free for my wife and me. The car was completed when it was promised. The work done on the car was excellent. I just wanted to drop a note to let you know how satisfied I am with the whole experience. Thanks, and I will refer anyone asking to you and your shop. ”