|| le mer 28 janv 2015 à 00:23
Guys, stop. Please. Slow your roll a tad.
First off, the idea that it takes twice as long is silly. A competent shop can do it in similar time. Higher times, yes, but not double. That is flat silly. Aluminum body parts have been around a long time. Second, grossly different labor rates are likewise silly. Perhaps structural aluminum that's really freaking hard to deal with, yes, but not plain old sheet metal. (That may change with more vehicles like this, though). I've been writing repair estimate for better than fifteen years, and only once have I written any difference in aluminum versus steel, and that was on an all-aluminum BMW, and it was because there was exactly ONE shop in the entire STATE certified to repair them. As a result, that shop could charge anything they wanted.
Third, there comes a point where repair costs on a panel get silly even with steel. And then you just replace the freaking panel. There is no way that panel is $4k. None. Well, not under normal conditions. There is a possibility that poor penetration in the supply chain *right now* has artificially inflated prices (ask me about the $9000 rear glass on a ford focus some time), as that is a real thing in brand new model year stuff like this. But under normal conditions you are not going to see $4k for a piece of sheet aluminum on a truck like this.
Fourth, don't hit your truck with a sledgehammer! Those are not "dimples". They are craters in the bedside with massive deformation. Repairing those sort of dents is a nightmare as the tech really does have to work twice as hard, and, yes, aluminum means it takes longer because the tech can't heat the panel in the same way as steel. Steel is FAR more forgiving than steel.
So, yes, it'll be more expensive to repair these trucks. It's uncommon material, so will flat cost you more. But it's not going to be quite as insane as this video implies because they aren't looking at the whole picture.
Je pense tout comme lui. Je veux bien comprendre un surcout de 50% en grande partie dû à la complexité de rétreindre l'alu, mais pas 300%