At some point in the past this Lexus was involved in an accident that required the left quarter panel getting replaced. This repair was done before the current owner purchased the car and they have no record of the collision repair facility that completed the repairs.
Later he noticed some rust appearing on the Left rear quarter. He brought it to CarSmart Collision Repair so we could take a look at it and see what it would cost to repair. We informed him that someone had replaced the quarter panel in the past and did not properly rust proof the repairs.
Rust proofing is a very important part of the repair process. It takes a few minutes, does not cost that much. But now, that the new replacement panel has started to rust not only will that panel have to be replaced but it’s possible the adjoining panels will need to be replaced also. Which means the rework could cost more than the original repairs cost over $3000.00.
The cost in dollars could be nothing compared to the cost of the compromised safety of the people riding inside the vehicle. If it was to get hit in that area in another accident. The rusted panels will not hold up as enginered and could cause injury or death to the people inside. All because someone did not take the time to rust proof their repair.
In today’s age of instant information and internet deals people are rightfully trying to make sure they save money every chance they can. But in the collision industry the market is pretty competitive and prices are kept pretty close by the insurance companies. Some shops take shortcuts to be more competitive or increase profit by charging for something they didn’t do. Like in this case, rust proofing.
Insurance companies pay for it. Manufactures require it. Why doesn’t everyone do it? It’s hard to know for sure but one thing is for certain. If it is not done your repairs will not last and could be life threatening.
When you are having repairs done to your vehicle make sure the repairs being done are to the manufactures and or I-Cars specifications. This will protect your investment and maybe your life.