When your Corvette’s involved in an accident or needs major work done, you want to make sure it’s being serviced by a certified technician. Below we will focus on three common areas of collision work: repainting, replacement parts, and repairs. One of the most common procedures performed during auto body repair is repainting, so it’s understandable that one of the most frequent questions from car owners is, “How do shops make sure the new paint matches my car?”
An auto painting technician assigned to your vehicle will use paint codes to match your paint correctly, taking into account common possible variances, such as geographical location and metallic color applications. The technician will also need to take into account any custom paint layouts, color fading, and tinting in order to obtain an exact match. Another thing they’ll need to consider is the longer your paint takes to dry, the darker the color will become as it dries. Using their training and experience, along with spray panel testing procedures, an excellent technician will have your car’s paint looking beautiful in no time.
Another hot topic of auto body repair is part replacement. There are two categories of replacement parts, Aftermarket parts and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) replacements. Aftermarket parts are parts for cars that do not originate from the manufacturer. OEM parts are made by the vehicle's manufacturer and match the parts that came with your vehicle when it rolled off the assembly line.
There are pros and cons to both Aftermarket and OEM parts and one is not necessarily better than the other, which means that you sometimes must deal with reputable repair shops. Although Aftermarket parts tend to be less expensive, the quality of the parts can vary greatly and some are sold without a warranty. When it comes to collision repairs, make sure you are getting OEM parts, since aftermarket body panels may not fit properly or have proper crumple zones for crash safety. With OEM parts, you don't have to worry about assessing the quality of different brands and prices since dealerships usually have one type of part. OEM parts should work exactly like the one you are replacing, but these are typically more expensive.
So which one is better? It depends on what you are replacing and your knowledge and skill with aftermarket parts. If you're familiar with a number of brands or work on your own car, aftermarket parts can save you a lot of money. If you’re not familiar with aftermarket brands and prefer to have everything done at a dealership, then OEM is a good choice for you.
Since its release in 1953, the Corvette’s body has been constructed of fiberglass, and as such, the replacement and repair techniques are far different than traditional stamped sheet-metal panels. There have been different generations of fiberglass used on the Corvettes throughout the years and replacing cracks and holes can be a complex project that often requires taking your Corvette to a body shop. If you have questions about Corvette repairs, replacements, or repainting, contact the experts at George Matick Chevrolet for assistance.
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