The new Ford F-150 is certainly not the first aluminum-bodied vehicle on the road today, but it’s popularity means that more and more consumers will need to know exactly what goes into getting a proper repair in the event of a collision – and how to find a qualified repair professional for these unique repairs.
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists sat down with representatives from the equipment and tooling sides of the industry, as well as several collision repair facilities who have taken the plunge of upgrading, to get their perspectives on repair safety, the importance of accurate information and their personal experiences on the front lines of the aluminum revolution.
As vehicle body construction becomes more advanced and inclusive of materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, repairers must know how to correctly address damage to these different substrates for the most effective, safe and quality repair.
Aluminum damage analysis is not an entirely different process than that used with steel, but there are some inherent differences, explained Larry Montanez with P&L Consultants during his presentation, “ Aluminum Damage Analysis,” at Automechanika Chicago.
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