When you take your Honda for a repair at any New York body shop, you don’t want it to rust out in a year or two down the road, do you? An improper repair without corrosion protection will begin rusting from the inside out the minute the repair is complete. So why should you care about corrosion protection? Not every auto body shop takes the time to perform the OEM specified corrosion protection steps and materials since it’s undetectable in a finished repair. We want to inform you about it so that you know what you are buying from any auto body repair shop.
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we refuse to repair your car any other way than what the manufacturer tells us. These repairs are known as OEM repair procedures, which are the safest and highest quality for your vehicle. Car repair is nowhere near what it used to be, even just five years ago. It requires constant training from the technicians who also know to look up the OEM repair procedures for each car that comes into the shop. No car repair is ever the same, and yet, many technicians will still repair a vehicle in the name of “experience.” Not only is this lazy repair practice, but it can cause lasting damage to your car.
A proper, OEM certified repair will also assure you that your vehicle repair is protected from any potential corrosion that can happen with an improper repair. A corroding repair is a safety hazard, which is why we take repairs very seriously here at Mid Island. We hear too many horror stories of people getting their car back with new problems as a result of poor repair practices. One of the biggest reasons why this happens is technicians will feel pressured from insurance companies to perform faster repairs. As a result, they’ll often cut corners in the repair process and ignore critical areas in the process. We wish we could tell you this doesn’t happen that often, but unfortunately, it’s more than you’d think.
When it comes to corrosion protection on your Honda or Acura, technicians will often cut corners in the repair process to save time. Insurance companies will often give repair shops tight deadlines that are almost impossible to meet. However, the best body shops will never cut corners in the repair process since your safety is the number one priority.
What Is Corrosion Protection?
During the repair process on any vehicle (like a Honda or Acura), several areas of corrosion protection on the vehicle are disturbed. This disruption will instantly create hot spots that can cause repair failure if certain precautions are ignored in the process. Only highly-trained technicians know to pay attention to this and instantly take the necessary steps to ensure repair failure does not happen.
When a technician welds a new panel in after removing the damaged panel, the surrounding areas have to be free of paint and rust. This is critical to ensure a proper and safe repair, otherwise, welder’s heat will burn the paint. The burned paint and rust can contaminate the newly repaired weld. If this happens, your vehicle will no longer be safe to drive.
Most body shops know you need to sand the surrounding metal before making any weld, including spot welds. However, body shops that are part of a chain (commonly known as “high-production shops”) will often neglect to paint over the repair or apply the OEM recommended sealant. This is nowhere near the level of safety or quality of repair that OEM parts and repairs are on vehicles.
Corrosion protection can be as simple as painting a repaired area and anywhere metal is exposed. Or, it can include the application of a factory recommended foam, adhesive, seam sealer, or body cavity wax.
When a repair is made to a hollowed-out area, such as a rocker panel, a quality body shop will apply body cavity wax (if the OEM manufacturer calls for it). Body cavity wax will prevent your car from rusting away since it’s protective wax specifically designed for preventing rust from attacking bare metal on your car. High production body shops will eliminate this step since it’s not visible from the car, though it’s certainly something you can’t ignore.
If a technician doesn’t apply body cavity wax during this repair process, your car will pretty much be eating itself from the inside out. Eventually, your new rocker panel will be completely rusted. A lot of people think that newer vehicles don’t need corrosion protection, but this is mistaken. Newer vehicles may come equipped with some level of corrosion-resistant materials, but it’s nowhere near the amount that is needed to prevent corrosion from happening whatsoever. This is why it’s critical you take your car somewhere that knows how to perform the necessary corrosion protection procedures for your exact vehicle.
What Do Honda And Acura Say About Corrosion Protection?
Honda/Acura has OEM specific corrosion protection repair guidelines to make sure none of this happens to your car. According to the Honda/Acura body repair manual:
“When applying sealant (seam sealer) to the engine compartment, the door openings, and the rear gutter, try to match the factory sealant (seam sealer).
Apply sealant (seam sealer) to any area that a replacement part will cover.
Do not spray an anti-rust agent (cavity wax) on the brake system components, exhaust system components and related parts, emission control devices in the engine compartment, ball joint covers, the fuel strainer, or exterior and interior parts.
Follow the anti-rust agent (cavity wax) manufacturer’s instructions.”
Why Are OEM Repairs So Important?
You’ve paid a lot of money for your car, so it’s only reasonable that you’d want it to perform for as long as you have it. If a repair technician follows the Honda/Acura OEM procedures, they can safely and accurately perform the repair for your car. As mentioned above, OEM repairs are not only the highest quality, but they are also the safest because they were laid out by your car’s manufacturer. The best technicians know to look up the exact products needed for this type of repair in the different manuals for your Honda or Acura.
We wish we could say that every New York auto body repair shop performs repairs this same way. However, the state of New York does not require auto technicians to have a license to work on your car. This means they can do whatever they want to your vehicle based on “experience” rather than following the OEM repair procedures. As a result, your car will be unsafe to drive.
Repair failure will always be inevitable if an untrained technician disregards the OEM or even I-CAR repair standards on corrosion protection.
Where In New York Can I Take My Honda or Acura To Be Repaired?
Here at Mid Island Collision, our technicians have received extensive training in following OEM repairs for every car that comes into our shop. We are always researching any of the latest repair procedures set out by car manufacturers because that’s the type of quality repair you deserve from a body shop.
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.
We look forward to hearing from you!