When you take your car to a repair shop after getting in an accident, they’ll promise you they can fix your vehicle, and technically they can “fix” your vehicle. The trick is finding a body shop that knows how to repair your car the right way. The best body shops know good collision repair is much more than providing you with a repair that will protect you in the event of another accident. They perform repairs that are built to last and follow repair guidelines set out by your car’s manufacturer.
Here at Telesis Collision Center, we only repair vehicles the way your manufacturer instructs. That is why we can proudly declare that we are Honda and Acura certified. This is not only for your safety but also for the longevity of the repair to your vehicle. A proper, OEM certified repair will also give you the assurance 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 for California drivers. You never want to get your car back with new problems as a result of poor repair practices. These can be caused by technicians cutting corners in the repair process to return your vehicle to you quickly and meet the Insurance company’s deadline. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you think.
Technicians cutting corners in the repair process to save time and to save the insurance company money is especially true when it comes to corrosion protection when preparing your Honda or Acura.
What Is Corrosion Protection?
When you take your Honda or Acura to be repaired, several areas of corrosion protection on the vehicle are disturbed. Right when this happens, hot spots are created that can create a repair failure if certain precautions are ignored.
When a damaged metal panel is cut, and a new one is welded in, the surrounding areas have to be free of paint and rust. Otherwise, the heat from the welder will burn the paint. The burned paint and rust can contaminate the newly repaired weld, making it unsafe 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 as “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 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). This will prevent rust from attacking the bare metal. High production body shops will eliminate this step since you can’t see it from the vehicle. If that happens, your car will be essentially eating itself from the inside out. Eventually, your new rocker panel will be completely rusted.
These are examples of corrosion from a bad repair:
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?
Cars are more expensive than they’ve ever been, so it’s only reasonable you expect it to perform for your entire ownership. If a repair technician follows the Honda/Acura OEM procedures, they can safely and accurately complete 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 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 California auto body repair shop performs repairs this same way. However, California 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. In the case of corrosion protection for your car, repair failure is inevitable from an untrained technician who disregards the OEM or even I-CAR repair standards.
Where In California Can I Take My Honda or Acura To Be Repaired?
We at Telesis Collision Center are always looking at what is the latest in collision repair procedures for every car manufacturer, such as Subaru. We do that because we are committed to helping you with any of your auto repair needs. This is what separates us from our competition.
We have been serving the Antelope Valley for nearly 25 years. At Telesis, each one of our technicians is I-CAR Gold Class certified and up-to-date on the latest OEM Repair procedures. We know that these repair procedures change frequently, and that’s why we are always checking what the most recent requirements are for your car.
Feel free to give us a call at (661)-952-4732. We look forward to hearing from you!
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