In case you hadn’t noticed, gone are the days of the corner gas station with one skilled mechanic who “does it all.” The fast pace of technological change in the auto industry, especially in areas of innovation such as fabrication materials, safety, and computer diagnostics has rendered such quaint throwbacks obsolete. Today, the best “mechanics” are really now service technicians with expertise in electronics, plastics, metallurgy, structural engineering, cost estimating, refinishing, and insurance and other related skills.
Since different car manufacturers nowadays use different technologies and material mixes in the vehicles they produce, these service technicians obviously must face the challenge of becoming knowledgeable in working with those technologies and the recommended repair procedures specific to each make and model.
In the case of General Motors cars and GMC trucks, this challenge becomes significantly magnified, in that General Motors is unique among auto manufacturers in the range of leading car brands under their parent marque, namely:
The infographic below highlights those brands and what sets each one apart from the others.
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Among these four brands, materials alone present their own special challenges: whether made with aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium, fiberglass, or some combination thereof, car bodies demand a variety of skill sets to repair properly. Needless to say, these specialized repair procedures often require special dedicated tools, such as a frame machine, aluminum dust extraction system, and pre- and post-repair scanning software.
But you can rest easy when you come to Keri Coach Works. Whatever type of GM vehicle you own, our certified General Motors auto body repair and service technicians have you covered. Under the umbrella of our comprehensive, ongoing I-CAR Gold Class certification program, they are experts in every type of welding, riveting, bonding, refinishing, OEM parts repair and/or replacement, calibration, and safety assurance procedures recommended or required by General Motors for its vehicles.
The result is that you can feel confident that every collision repair done at Keri Coach Works is performed to the highest standards.