Tsawwassen Collision is one of only 12 collision shops in BC certified by Ford Canada in aluminum repairs. Ford made a big statement in 2015 with the introduction of the aluminum body F-150 and the correct repair of these trucks as well as their other vehicles was important to Ford.
Correct Aluminum Repair – Three Key Factors
To quote an aluminum engineer from a few years ago ‘Aluminum repair compared to steel is not difficult, it is different’
Both metals require well trained technicians and with the right training aluminum is not a difficult material to work with. At Tsawwassen Collision we have two technicians trained in aluminum repair including I-CAR Aluminum Welding Certification.
Some equipment is specific to aluminum and some is very similar to the equipment used for steel repair. But a mandatory part of correct repair procedures is that all tools used for one metal have to be kept away from the other to avoid contamination. This means that a full complement of aluminum specific tools is needed. At Tsawwassen Collision we have made the investment and are fully equipped.
A Clean Work Area
Aluminum repair cannot be done in a repair area where steel repairs are being done, again to prevent cross contamination. We have a dedicated space for aluminum repair and do these repairs in isolation from our steel repairs.
At Tsawwassen Collision we have met these three aluminum requirements and we are proud of our certification in the Ford National Body Shop Network.
While Ford trucks may be the best known aluminum body vehicle there is aluminum in many other cars from a Honda Fit to a Jaguar XF. At Tsawwassen Collision our training and equipment allows us to perform the correct repairs on aluminum vehicles.