Getting Your Car Repaired
Years ago, it was a common practice in collision repair to take a car that had significant structural damage, such as a really rear-end collision, and cut it all out and weld in a section from a similar car from a junkyard that had no rear-end damage.
This type of repair procedure was called “sectioning,” because you would cut old the old section and weld in the new section. This type of repair would be done often because it was faster and less expensive in labor to section a vehicle instead of re-straightening or even replace some damaged components. In fact, it was an acceptable repair for sometime before the advent of high strength steel in cars around 2007-2009 model years.
Performing a sectioning repair today is no longer acceptable for multiple reasons, but the biggest being it puts your life at risk. Safely, that doesn’t stop auto body repair shops from continuing to do full-body sectioning repairs on cars.
We at Telesis Collision Center have heard too many times from customers who have been a victim of negligent car repair. If a technician approaches a repair solely from “experience” instead of looking up the OEM repairs, your vehicle will never be the same. It’s critical for a shop to also know about the different repair procedures that are not approved by automakers. We wish we could say that every shop has this same level of strict guidelines when it comes to repairing your car, but unfortunately, it’s not the case.
Many repair shops are under unrealistic deadlines set forth by insurance companies. Technicians will get right to work on your car without looking up what the OEM says and cut corners in the process to “save time.” Not to mention, California doesn’t require technicians to be licensed to perform a car repair. As a result, your safety is at risk, increasing your risk of getting into a car accident. In fact, the state of California doesn’t even require technicians to be licensed to perform a car repair.
Knowledge Is Power
One of the reasons we choose to write about specific repair procedures is so you can feel more confident going into the repair process. As mentioned above, no car repair is ever the same, and no two auto body shops are the same. Not knowing about certain critical repairs could be the determining factor in what happens to your car in the repair process. You deserve to know, just like you should never settle for anything less than an OEM repair.
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
No matter what needs fixing, there’s never a time that calls for full-body sectioning for in the repair process. There are no OEMs that support it, no matter the size of the repair, as it is not an approved repair method 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.
Take a look at these photos of what full-body sectioning/clipping looks like on a car:
When parts are welded onto your car, primarily full-rear or full-front body sections, it requires the technician to make several different joints (or spot welds) “in multiple structural panels and reinforcements” (I-CAR). Every modern car produced over the past few years is 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 what keeps you safe on the road. 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 Palmdale Car Owners?
Here at Telesis Collision Center, your safety is our number one priority. We refuse to perform full-body sectioning or clipping on any car that comes into our shop. We want to share with you different repair procedures, so you have more knowledge next time you get your vehicle repaired. We do this because we feel drivers deserve to know the importance of technicians following OEM repair procedures and should never settle for anything else.
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