Car makers like Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini and BMW are increasingly employing aluminum alloys in their new car lines. These unique materials and processes require highly specialized repair procedures. Capitol Body Shop of Flowood is one of the few collision repair organizations in the country that is certified by auto manufacturers to repair structural and non-structural damage to their aluminum constructed vehicles. Manufacturer Certification for aluminum repair requires a significant investment in equipment, ongoing training, and facility modifications.
This section has been prepared to help you better understand the uniqueness of aluminum auto body construction, and the benefits of having your aluminum bodied vehicle repaired only at a collision facility certified by the manufacturer.
Jaguar Authorized Aluminum Repair Network for XJ and XK Series Cars
Jaguar’s goal is to meet their customer’s service expectations and deliver superior customer satisfaction. The Jaguar Authorized Aluminum Repair Network was created to:
- Ensure collision repairs are performed in accordance with Jaguar standards
- Complete quality repairs in a timely fashion.
- Deliver professional and reliable service.
To ensure the most efficient repair process, each Jaguar dealership is aligned with an authorized non-structural and structural repair center. The network is comprised of dealer owned or dealer nominated repair centers that have met all Jaguar collision repair standards. A repair center will be considered for certification by Jaguar Cars only if it has been nominated by a Jaguar Dealer.
Benefits of the Jaguar Authorized Aluminum Repair Network
The Jaguar Network will ensure that the vehicle receives utmost care and attention. Here are some of the benefits of this exclusive network:
- Certified repair centers, such as Capitol Body Shop of Flowood, within the network are staffed with certified technicians and equipped with Jaguar tested and approved tools and equipment.
- Certified repair centers are the only source for genuine Jaguar aluminum repair parts, which carry a Jaguar parts limited warranty.
- Certified repair centers feature self-contained aluminum repair environments to prevent the possibility of cross-contamination and corrosion from steel particles.
- If damage is determined to be structural in nature, Jaguar will provide complementary transportation for the XJ and XK vehicles to and from Capitol Body Shop of Flowood. This service is provided at no cost to the customer during the new vehicle warranty period.
Mercedes-Benz USA CL-Class Repair Information
Mercedes-Benz USA has established a network of auto body repair facilities in the United States which are qualified to perform cosmetic and structural repairs to the CL-Class of automobiles.
The new CL-Class offers a combination of performance, craftsmanship and innovation like no Mercedes coupe before it. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz is using aluminum body panels as part of the load bearing structure. Outer body panels are constructed from aluminum, magnesium, and composite compounds. Aluminum is used for the roof, front and rear roof frame, outer door panel, rear quarter panel, rear bulkhead, hood and rear subframe.
Due to the innovative materials and assembly materials used in the production of the CL-Class, it is strongly recommended that any paint work / body repairs be performed only by those repair facilities which have been certified by Mercedes-Benz USA, such as Capitol Body Shop. Capitol Body Shop has the tools, equipment and training necessary to perform such repairs, and is the only MBUSA certified structural repair facility in Mississippi.
Mercedes-Benz clients are encouraged to exercise their right to insist that these types of repairs be performed by only those collision repair centers which are certified by MBUSA. Any repairs not performed in accordance with Mercedes-Benz specified repair procedures or otherwise not properly performed are not covered by the Mercedes-Benz New Car Limited Warranty.
Audi Authorized Collision Repair Network
At Audi our commitment to excellence goes beyond the finished product. That is why we established the Audi Authorized Collision Repair Network. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. And, should your Audi be damaged in a collision, we want to ensure that you have access to a repair facility that meets not only our rigid standards for workmanship, integrity and safety, but also your standards. Capitol Body Shop is Audi USA’s only certified repair facility in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas. Audi provides transportation of structurally damaged vehicles to and from Capitol Body Shop’s certified facility.
Audi requires that technicians at Capitol Body Shop and all other Audi Authorized Repair Facilities undergo extensive training in the proper use of the Audi factory-approved repair equipment, tools and technologies to ensure the repair meets Audi’s exact standards. In addition, these network facilities must be re-certified annually, and technicians re-certified every two years.
SPIES HECKER REFINISH SYSTEM
Spies Hecker is the world’s leading supplier of products for automobile, commercial vehicle and industrial finishing. In every decade since 1882 Spies Hecker has pioneered major technical developments and integrated the evolving technology with their refinishing systems. Truly a global player, Spies Hecker systems are used in more than 60 countries around the world. All Spies Hecker products undergo the strictest quality checks and comply with all industry and government standards. Capitol Body Shop uses the Spies Hecker refinishing product line exclusively in all our locations.
I-CAR Gold Class Certified
I-CAR is an international, non-profit training organization formed by the collision repair industry in 1979. This organization focuses on helping the collision repair industry achieve excellence in training by developing and delivering technical training programs to professionals in all areas of collision repair. Capitol Body Shop has achieved I-CAR’s highest certification. As part of our ongoing education, all Capitol Body Shop team members continuously attend and receive I-CAR training and certifications.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifies automotive professionals and helps improve the quality of service through testing and certification of repair and service technicians. Capitol Body Shop mechanical professionals receive ongoing training through ASE.