We decided to make this video because we had two vehicles come in with prior substandard repairs. We wanted to shed some light on how they can be addressed and the cost difference from one shop to another for the same type of repairs.
On the bed side of this truck we discovered that it had previously been replaced by another facility. While doing some repairs on the other side we noticed some things we want to show you. If you look at the welds, you will see the original circular factory welds. Next to it you can see the new welds. The new welds are not proper wells.
When we look at the underside of the top of the panel they used adhesive. You’d have to grind that to bare metal if you want the adhesive to adhere properly. However, adhesive is not in the service manual for replacement of this panel and as you can see they left bare metal. You can see this is corroding already and it’s only going to get worse.
Let’s look at the original siding of this bed. If you look closely, you can see this olive green tone. That is the epoxy primer. This is the best primer against corrosion protection. All vehicles have this type of primer on all inner panels. Which they are dipped with when they are manufactured.
When we look at the replaced side of the truck we can see that the inner panel is black. This black e-coat is what comes on new panels. It is a temporary primer. The repair shop should have applied epoxy primer to this also, but didn’t.
Looking at the weld on this panel we can immediately see this is the wrong type of weld and is very poorly done. In another area you can see the corrosion starting to form. If you look at the top of the bed, you can see corrosion really beginning to form and if you look just inside the panel you can see tons of corrosion already growing.
We also had a Tesla come in, that had to have a panel removed. The quarter panel had been previously repaired on this car and then came to us from another accident. Which required the panel to be replaced.
Looking at the section we took off you can see indicators they used excessive amounts of body fillers. You can also see cracks in the panel in several areas. Body filler works great but should always be used in the way it is designed.
When we look at the back side of this panel we find some really disturbing stuff. You can see several burn marks or what we refer to as “weld burn.” This happens when you weld metal studs to a panel in order to attach a clamp to it. By doing this you are able to pull dents out of a panel. Tesla vehicles are glued and riveted together in the factory. Tesla also has a document stating there is no pulling allowed on these vehicles. These weld burns over time will start corroding and that corrosion will grow onto other panels.
If this vehicle would have come to our shop for repairs, the cost would have been drastically higher. Because we would have replaced this panel instead of repairing it. If this vehicle is ever sold, these repairs can easily be detected with a tool that measures filler thickness on a car and most salesmen know what to look for on a car. If this is found it would drastically reduce the value of this vehicle. Not to mention, if the corrosion gets bad enough and goes to other panels. There is an inner structure panel close to here that could become compromised which could potentially lead to a safety hazard.
I made this video just to show you that sometimes cost will be higher from shop to shop, but it doesn’t mean you’re getting the same quality product. I hope this sheds a little light on cost and quality. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.