Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we only repair cars the way the engineers specify in their repair documentation. This is not just for your safety, but it also protects the repair from corrosion when done correctly. A corroding repair is a safety hazard that will only get more dangerous as it continues to rust. You never want to get your vehicle back from a body shop with new issues caused by lousy repair practices. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you think.
Body shops across the country, including other shops in Long Island, will have auto repair technicians often ignore the critical repair steps your vehicle requires. They do this as a cost-cutting or time-saving measure. This is especially true when it comes to corrosion protection when repairing your Audi.
What Is Corrosion Protection?
When you take your Audi for auto body repair, several areas of corrosion protection on the vehicle are disturbed. When this happens, corrosion hot spots (rust) can appear if required steps are ignored in the repair process, which can lead to failure.
When a damaged metal panel is cut, and a new one is welded in, the surrounding areas have to be free of rust and paint. Otherwise, the heat from the welder will burn the paint and burned paint and rust will contaminate the weld, rendering it unsafe. Most body shop technicians know that you need to sand the surrounding metal before making a spot weld or any weld. However, high production shops often neglect to paint over the repair or apply the OEM recommended sealant.
Corrosion protection can be as simple as painting a repaired area anywhere metal is exposed, to applying 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 that can’t be painted from inside, a quality body shop will apply a body cavity wax (if the OEM manufacturer calls for it). This prevents rust from attacking the bare metal. A body shop that only cares about production and cuts corners can quickly eliminate this step because it cannot be seen from the vehicle. You as the customer will not know the metal is eating itself from the inside out until years later when the new rocker panel is rusting out.
Why Are OEM Repairs So Important?
You paid a lot of money for your Audi, and you expect it to perform for your entire ownership. If a technician follows the OEM procedures laid out by Audi, they can “safety and properly” perform the repair for your car. OEM repairs are not only the highest quality, but they are also the safest because they were laid out by the engineers that built the vehicle. The best technicians know to look up the exact products needed for this type of repair in the different manuals for your Audi.
We wish we could say that every auto body shop in New York performs repairs this same way. However, 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 just because they have “experience” rather than following the OEM repair procedures. In the case of corrosion protection for your car, repair failure is inevitable from an untrained technician who disregards the OEM or even Icar repair standards.
Where In New York Can I Take My Audi To Be Repaired?
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, our technicians are all highly trained in AUDI OEM repairs for each car that comes into our shop. We never repair a vehicle from “experience,” but rather from the highest level of expertise that you would expect from an Audi certified auto body repair shop.
We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with excellence in customer service and high-quality repairs 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!