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The Steel vs. Aluminum Debate

For many years now, the old debate about steel vs. aluminum has been a popular topic amongst car people, and especially with Chevy’s latest TV advertising campaign that demonstrates the distinct differences between steel and aluminum by dropping enormous loads on Chevrolet and Ford truck beds. 

Here at Painters Collision Centers, you can find a comprehensive list of the main differences between steel as opposed to aluminum car bodies. As aluminum has become much more and more prevalent in trucks and we can see it every day in Arizona, we feel that this blog is both informational and more than timely. 

In Chevy’s campaign for steel vs. aluminum, the carmaker compares the Silverado’s advanced high-strength steel (AHHS) bed to a Ford’s truck bed. The use of AHHS in Chevrolet models and in a wide range of other brands like Kia and Volkswagen, utilizes for a thinner sheet of steel to be used than previously resulting a lightweight model with very high safety ratings.

Aluminum vehicles like Fords and Land Rovers offer drivers the numerous benefits of aluminum bodies and the “material of choice” within the automotive design world of the near future. 

The Benefits of Steel:

Easy to shape: With new and highly innovative processes for forming steel for today’s modern vehicle models, steel has become exceedingly easier to work with than most types of aluminum. 

Simple to repair: By and large, steel is much less costly to repair and can often be fixed via spot welding. 

Simple to recycle: Both aluminum and steel are equally recyclable, but steel is much easier to handle throughout the entire recycling procedure.

Much Stronger than All Forms of Aluminum: Newer cars and trucks now have sophisticated advanced high-strength steel components that are considerably stronger than conventional steel and aluminum. 

The Benefits of Aluminum:

More Lightweight. Vehicles constructed with aluminum have been traditionally much lighter, thereby offering drivers drastically improved fuel economy ratings.

Infinitely Recyclable. Aluminum is easier and inexpensive to recycle and that’s why the OEs like the green aspect of this substance. 

About Painters Collision Centers 

Today’s vehicles are essentially large computers on wheels, so you need a collision repair company with the right tools, equipment, and training to diagnose and fix these sophisticated machines at a high level. At Painters Collision Centers, with two locations in Chandler and Queen Creek, AZ, we stress quality, transparency, and complete accountability. People praise us for being thorough and providing over-the-top customer service on every repair. When you hire us at Painters Collision Centers, you tap into our 35 years of cumulative experience in the collision repair industry. Owners Jim and Kelly Huard aren’t just in it to win it. They’re in it to be the best! 

Sources: Wikipedia, Forbes and eBay Motors


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We offer AC recharge for R134 and R1234 systems, factory suspension repair and replacement, wheel alignments, and other light-duty mechanical services. Call for details.

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Whether you have been involved in a major or minor accident, or encountered a hailstorm, we can fix it! Not only can we fix it, but we will also return your vehicle back to pre-accident condition. This includes structural and aluminum repairs. We are a full-service body shop. We know that when a problem occurs with our vehicles our lives STOP. We will help you get back on the road as promptly as possible.