One of the benefits of choosing Mid Island Collision Center for your collision repair is we are true customer advocates while insurance companies are working to serve their interests and not yours. This usually means that we need to educate you a little bit about how cars are built, how they are properly repaired, and what your rights are as a consumer. This may even mean that you have to go back to your insurance company and demand that they follow through with their legal obligations. It is tough to battle an educated consumer who knows their rights, and that is why we take such great lengths in our content. We want to provide you with the tools you need to be that educated consumer. If you own one of the newer luxury vehicles like a Cadillac, an Audi, BMW or Mercedes, there is a good chance your car will have aluminum in it.
Today’s vehicles are made with a wide variety of materials, each requiring unique repair procedures to ensure quality and safety. With the rising inclusion of aluminum in newer cars, there is a need for body shops to be capable of performing these types of repairs. Many body shops will perform aluminum-based repairs using the same materials they used for steel, not realizing it will ultimately lead to corrosion. Even if the smallest amount of steel dust settles on an aluminum exterior surface (such as a door panel, roof, or hood), it will cause galvanic corrosion to your car.
This is why it’s critical you take your Audi to be repaired somewhere that is capable of performing aluminum repairs the right way.
The Difference Between Steel And Aluminum
Aluminum has gained a notable reputation of being a lightweight and robust material, used in the vehicles we drive, for our military, and even across aerospace. With more aluminum cars coming into our shop, drivers don’t always know the differences between steel and aluminum.
So, what is the real difference between these two materials? Sure, they are both metals that be formed into vehicle bodies. But they also couldn’t be more different. Each material requires unique paint primers and an entirely different metal-working technique. For example, aluminum can’t be welded like steel can since aluminum reacts differently to heat, and aluminum conducts heat better than steel. The heated zone would be much larger on an aluminum weld than a steel weld. Because of this, the OEM procedures for aluminum will typically include complete panel replacement, adhesive bonding, or mechanical rivet bonding.
Aluminum Repair For Audi
For decades now, Audi vehicles have been composed of both steel and aluminum materials. The most prominent thing auto technicians need when repairing a car (such as Audi) with aluminum material is the specific knowledge associated with these types of vehicles. Audi vehicles, in particular, require a specific clean room for any aluminum repairs. These clean rooms are an investment from a body shop, but the best ones know this is the only way Audi’s should be repaired. A clean room will protect against any steel contamination getting on the car, which can even be microscopic airborne steel flakes. Clean rooms are the only way your aluminum-based Audi should be repaired. Otherwise, galvanic corrosion will be inevitable.
The Importance of A Body Shop Being Aluminum Certified
The increase of aluminum in vehicles has forced body shops to make a critical decision: Either technicians receive training and earn their certification in aluminum repairs. Or, continue to repair aluminum vehicles the wrong way. With over 40,000 repair shops in North America, only a small fraction of those have received their certification for working with aluminum.
Who In New York Is Aluminum Certified?
Here at Mid Island, our technicians are not only aluminum certified, but we are also New York’s premier choice for Audi OEM repairs. Our shop invested in owning its very own clean room, so your Audi is protected from any steel-related corrosion. We see so many bad repairs that have come as a result of careless repair practice. Aluminum can easily be disrupted in the repair process, which is why your car must be away from anything steel. A beautiful looking repair might be hiding a world of problems that may not be obvious right away. But within months and maybe a year, your car will never be the same.
We feel quite confident we would be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and superior quality repair that you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, feel free to give us a call at anytime at (516)-766-0101.
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