Aluminum Certified Repair Facility in San Diego, CA
We at the Sunroad Collision Center are an Aluminum Certified Repair Facility serving the San Diego, CA area. If you’re not sure what that means or if your new car or used car needs these types of repairs, read the information below to learn more. You can also contact Sunroad Collision online or by phone at (858) 715-3425 for more information today! When you’re ready to schedule your appointment for aluminum repairs, you can do so right on our website. We would love to welcome you into the Sunroad Collision Center family so let us handle your specialized auto body needs in the San Diego, CA area today.
Manufacturers are utilizing more aluminum than ever before because of its fuel efficiency. As part of our CERTIFICATIONS by various manufacturers, we are required to purchase state of the art tools specifically designed for aluminum repair. Aluminum repair requires specialized aluminum welding, weld-bonding, or rivet-bonding.
So when these cars require repairs, who can fix them? The tools are VERY specialized and VERY expensive, as are the conditions under which the work is performed. Because Sunroad Collision Center has the appropriate frame benches and a dedicated aluminum room, we can accommodate all these repairs correctly and without any delays, or back log. We sent our technicians to factory training and purchased the necessary tools in order to remain on top of the collision repair industry. Our Certified Aluminum Master Technicians are qualified to repair vehicles containing aluminum parts with the same finesse and quality as they were built.
Aluminum is MUCH more expensive to work on than steel because it IS more difficult. Here are a few examples:
- Aluminum MIG welding requires precision in the shielding gas mixture and travel speed. Our shop has dedicated aluminum MIG welders because that’s what’s required and that’s what they use in the factory.
- Aluminum is prone to galvanic corrosion so there must not be ANY steel that comes near the repairs (dust, debris, etc…) Our aluminum repairs are performed in a separate clean room area.
- The shop and technicians must purchase a complete duplicate set of tools to be used exclusively with aluminum panels (to prevent galvanic corrosion).
- Aluminum dust is explosive so the shop must be equipped with extra fire safety equipment.
- The manufacturer provides repair specs exclusively to Chief Frame Rack equipped frame shops. A complete Chief Frame Rack setup will cost around $130K. We have 3.
- Aluminum conducts heat much better than steel, which makes the process of heating for repairs very different. Also, aluminum does not turn red before reaching its melting or annealing points, so an untrained tech can easily turn a simple dent into a totaled car.
So as you can see, there is a valid reason for repair shops to charge much more for aluminum repairs. But when your car is in the shop, will you be more concerned with cost or quality?