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Friday, 18 May 2018 15:59

The Best Body Shops’ Tips: Repair Vs. Replace—What A Body Shop Should Consider

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“Maybe it’s a $200 part but it’s on back order for five days. That’s a great opportunity to do a repair,” he said. 

Lammon said plastic repair is also a great opportunity for new technicians to step into a more skilled type of work without the risk of them working on a structural repair. 

“The technician shortage is huge for everybody,” he said. “Why not give new techs coming out of trade schools a nitrogen plastic welder? They are more likely to embrace the new technology and not have pre-conceived notions about plastic repair like some of the techs who got burned by comebacks 20 years ago.” 

Another consideration is the number of total losses, which have been shown to be on the rise. Lammon said that repairing more vehicles would not only benefit the body shop, but would also reduce premiums in the long run. 

“Total losses have been creeping up over the years and this is a tool [nitrogen plastic welder] that you can use to get that down,” he said. 

Lammon said a big incentive for plastic repairs is the increasing cost of replacement headlights. 

“Now that the IIHS is grading headlights for their Top Safety Pick, OEMs are adding more complications and expenses to their lights, like LEDs, moveable elements and so forth,” he said. 

“As long as the light is functioning and the lens and optics are not damaged, mounting tabs can be repaired with a nitrogen plastic welder,” he continued, saying that repairing damaged headlights offers the opportunity to keep the job in the shop rather than totaling it out. 

For more information, contact Scott McKernan, #1 Vinyl & Leather Repair, at 714-476-0682 or Kurt Lammon, Polyvance, at 800-633-3047. Email photos to

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