The use of aluminum in vehicle construction continues to increase with each model year. Some vehicles are constructed almost entirely out of aluminum, while others may only have certain parts and panels made of aluminum, such as the hood, fenders, doors, and trunk lid. Aluminum is also commonly used in mechanical parts. When aluminum is used for exterior panels, the benefit is less weight with strength similar to steel.
Typically, aluminum panels will be thicker than a steel panel and still weigh less. Aluminum panels may be used in conjunction with aluminum, magnesium, steel, or composite materials
Aluminum repairs are much different than steel. Steel has “metal memory” which means it easily can be returned to its original structure. Aluminum is more pliable and special tools are needed to repair dents. Aluminum also reacts differently to heat. Too much heat can compromise the integrity of aluminum. Due to this act, many vehicles with extensive aluminum components use alternative methods to connect parts besides welding.
At Regal Repair our technicians are equipped with advanced knowledge and modern tools to repair aluminum panels to meet car manufacturer standards.
You should choose a Collision center that is certified and has a good reputation, that provides a complete written estimate, follows a structured repair process for every vehicle and features trained, certified repair experts. Look for a body shop that uses the highest-quality equipment, parts and products to restore your vehicle, who will keep you informed throughout the repair process, provides excellent customer service, delivers your vehicle on time, and conducts a thorough inspection of all repairs before putting you back on the road.
That is your choice. We can set up an appointment for you, or you can drop in during our hours and we will assist you right away. Please allow approximately 15 minutes for the estimate to be written. If there is substantial damage, or you have an unusual vehicle (such as a specialty sports car), it may take up to 30 minutes to inspect your vehicle and write the estimate.
We start work on your vehicle as soon as we get insurance approval. The duration can vary depending on the extent of the damage and the availability of parts. . However, we will give you an estimated timeline and keep you informed of the progress on your vehicle throughout the repair process.
The deductible is the owner’s portion of an insurance claim. The amount of the deductible is determined at the time you took out your insurance policy.
Today’s paint mixing technology allows us to use a computer to match your existing paint. We guarantee a paint match for all vehicle manufacturer colors.
Properly repaired damage can eliminate or minimize the impact on resale value. Maintaining thorough documentation of the repairs and using reputable and certified repair shops will help.
A quality repair begins with a comprehensive inspection to fully assess the damage and repairs needed to the vehicle. A structured repair process should be used to ensure the repair meets the vehicle manufacturer’s standards. A thorough repair should be performed by experts with I-CAR and OEM certifications, and training in the latest vehicle materials and technology and uses the highest quality parts and products should be used to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition. Before the vehicle is returned to you, a thorough interior and exterior inspection, a test drive and a complete detail should be completed to ensure the repair meets manufacturer standards.