When you experience a collision, it often causes a great inconvenience and results in complicated and expensive repairs. Well, finding the time to drop a beat-up car at the shop and snag a rental car are coming to a close with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, built to save time and cost during body shop visits.
During the initial development and production on the Silverado, General Motors’ engineers incorporated several features that make for easy repair collision damage.
“When we design trucks, we don’t only consider what features our consumers demand from a full-size truck,” says Mark Szlachta, a GM serviceability design engineer. “We also approach the process with our technician hat on, ensuring we engineer a truck that is straightforward and cost-effective to repair.”
The Silverado reparability features include:
Front Frame Rail Section
Say goodbye to expensive repair bills! Because of the way Silverado’s front frame rails are engineered, minor impacts don’t always mean substantial repair costs. Depending on the damage, a technician may be able to replace the damaged section instead of the entire chassis, welding the damaged piece in place.
Structural Front Fenders
When a vehicle is damaged, technicians often have to unbolt a front fender, which removes only the outer skin, leaving behind additional structure welded to the cab. If that structure is damaged, technicians then need to drill out welds in order to remove the panel. On the 2015 Chevy Silverado, the front fenders incorporate both outer sheet metal and the supporting inner structure, allowing simple unbolting of the entire assembly.
Bond-On Body Panel Procedures
When it comes to replacing non-structural body panels, including outer roof panels or outer door panels, technicians can use an ultra-strong structural adhesive to bond the panels onto the vehicle. This helps avoid welding and possible corrosion issues later while speeding the repair.
Pre-Prepared Roof Panels
Technicians can get replacement panels that essentially plug-and-play, thanks to pre-installed studs and pre-drilled holes for accessories.
One-Piece Body Side Outers
If damage occurs to the outer panels of the cab, technicians can order a complete body side outer, shipped as a single, complete assembly, allowing technicians to cut out and replace only the damaged area instead of the entire assembly. “Our goal is to only have weld seams where we absolutely need them,” Szlachta said.
Flexible Bed Repair Options
If the Silverado’s pickup bed or outer bedside should ever be significantly damaged, owners won’t necessarily need to purchase a new pickup box. Depending on the damage, the outer bedside or the bedside assembly can be replaced from the bed floor out.
If you have recently experienced an accident, come visit us at the Bachman Collision Center. We’ll be happy to take a look at your car’s damage and provide a quote for the repair. Or, if the thought of a new Silverado intrigues you, schedule a test drive today.