Getting Your Car Repaired
Several years ago, it wouldn’t be uncommon for an auto body shop to perform a repair known as “sectioning” if a vehicle had extensive structural damage. Sectioning would involve a technician cutting out the old section and weld in a “new” section, that would be removed off a similar car from a junkyard. Technicians would do this type of repair because it would save time and money rather than re-straightening or replacing whatever parts of the car would be damaged. Up until 2007-2009 when cars would be constructed with high strength steel, this was a fairly common repair practice.
Fast forward to today: performing this type of repair is no longer an acceptable repair practice for several different reasons. The biggest of these reasons? Your life would be put at risk. However, that doesn’t stop auto body repair shops from continuing to perform these types of repairs, simply viewing it as a way to save time and money. Insurance companies give body shops unrealistic deadlines to perform repairs, so in order to meet them, technicians will get right to work on the repair and do whatever they can to save time in the process. In the case of repairing a car that has been in a bad rear-end collision, most shops would perform a sectioning repair. As a result, you get back a car that may look repaired, but is really an open target to getting in another accident.
Knowledge Is Power
We want you to feel confident about getting your car repaired and to know what you deserve in the repair process. The best body shops will only repair your car following OEM repair procedures. These are the safest and highest quality repairs out there for your car. No matter how much pressure the insurance company may give a shop, the best shops have highly trained technicians who know how to perform OEM repairs.
Simply getting your car repaired at a shop that cares more about meeting the insurance company’s deadline is no way for your car to be repaired. Why should your safety be secondary compared to an unrealistic deadline?
What Is Full-Body Sectioning?
According to I-CAR, “full-body sectioning, often referred to as clipping, is the process of joining large assemblies cut from separate vehicles. This involves cutting through multiple panel layers in a combination of A-, B-, C-, and D-pillars, the quarter panels, the rocker panels, and across the floor plan.”
In other words, full-body sectioning/clipping is the process in which large removed parts from different cars are joined together onto a single vehicle to “repair” the damaged area(s). A technician will then take these different portions from a few different cars and weld them onto your car to finish the “repair.”
Why Full-Body Sectioning Should Never Be Done
Even if your car was only tapped in a fender bender during rush hour, there is absolutely zero justification for performing a full-body sectioning or clipping repair on your car. There aren’t even any OEM repair procedures that approve it since it is not an approved repair from any car manufacturer. It is “not a safe or viable repair option and should not be done, under any circumstances,” according to I-CAR.
The below photos are what a full-body sectioning/clipping repair looks like on a car:
When a technician welds parts onto your car, primarily full-rear or full-front body sections, they are required to make several different joints (or spot welds) “in multiple structural panels and reinforcements” (I-CAR). Modern vehicles produced in recent years are composed of high- and ultra-high-strength steels, carbon fiber, and aluminum. This combination of materials creates the overall structural integrity of your car and provides the highest level of safety possible for cars today. Anything other than using these exact materials will cause the vehicle’s overall structural integrity to be damaged. It would also severely affect just how well your vehicle would be able to protect you on the road.
Here’s an example: if your car needed to have doors and the rear bumper replaced, you would only want it repaired with the same doors and bumper it was manufactured with. Full-body sectioning would use doors and a rear bumper from some other car that might not even be the same manufacturer and put that on your car instead. This is why there are several published warnings from car manufacturers against full-body sectioning repairs. They might as well be called Frankenstein repairs for your vehicle.
What Does This Means For New York Car Owners?
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we are shocked how so many auto body repair shops still perform this ill-advised repair known as full-body sectioning. They care more about making their money from Insurance companies, while insurance companies are just wanting whatever is the cheapest and fastest repair possible.
We refuse to repair any vehicle that comes into our shop any other way but the OEM way because that’s the ONLY way cars should be repaired. No repair is ever the same, even if two identical cars were hit the exact same way. We would still complete a unique repair plan for each individual car, and that’s the quality of service you should expect out of a car repair.
Our technicians are all highly trained in OEM repairs because they know the importance of these repairs. We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality 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!