BODY SHOP TEMPE EXAMINES SIMPLIFIED CHEVY SILVERADO COLLISION REPAIR DESIGN
Looking at getting a new pickup truck this year? If a new Chevy Silverado is on your wishlist, we have some good news. General Motors has announced that the classic truck brand has made some structural design changes to their 2015 fleet.
These design changes were made with not only the consumer’s needs in mind but also from the perspective of the technician in order to ensure that repairs are easier and more cost-effective. This is especially important for collision repair because it means that body shop Tempe repairs will be quicker and less expensive.
Here are a few items that our Tempe body shop found to be of particular interest.
Did you know that aside from the bumpers, the front fender is one of the most frequently replaced auto parts? According to one study, approximately 21% of all front fenders were damaged in an auto accident and required replacement. This can quickly turn into a costly replacement since it often results in more inner structural damage than what appears from the outer sheet. When you take it into a body shop Tempe technicians often have to remove welds to replace the panel.
Chevrolet designed the Silverado’s front fender to incorporate both the outer sheet and supporting inner structure. If damage does occur in the structural area, this can be removed and replaced by a Tempe body shop technician in one step by simply unbolting the fender.
FRONT FRAME RAIL
Following a front collision, one of the areas a body shop Tempe technician will examine is the condition of the frame. Even with small impacts, the frame can be damaged in a way that results in costly repairs or even replacing the entire chassis.
However, with the new changes to the Silverado’s structural design, this process becomes easier for both the Tempe body shop technician and your wallet. For example, with more severe impact damages, the frame was designed to be easily cut away and a replacement welded with a fully assembled section. This means that if you were to take your 2015 Silverado to your local Tempe body shop for service, it can be completed days ahead of schedule.
Ask any Tempe body shop technician what one of the more difficult repairs and replacements is for pickup trucks and they will almost undoubtedly agree on the truck bed. Because it accounts for such a significant part of the vehicle, the truck bed can also incur a lot of costly labor hours if the damage requires replacement.
The 2015 Silverado model was designed with these difficulties in mind with more flexible repair options. Small repairs can be completed by a body shop Tempe auto technician in a relatively short amount of time but if any part of the bed needs replacement, the entire bed would not have to be replaced. Depending on the location and the amount of damage sustained, individual parts of the bed can be replaced, which means that you will get your vehicle back quicker and for less money.