Aluminum Certified

Rife’s Autobody is fully trained, certified and equipped to perform complex repairs to today’s aluminum vehicles.

This is a statement that most other body shops cannot truthfully make. The financial investment and time commitment necessary to equip a shop & train the technicians in the field of aluminum repair is significant, and most of our competitors simply are not able or willing to go to the lengths that we have in this area. Aluminum bends differently & straightens differently than steel. It requires different welding equipment & techniques. Even the paint process can be different. If your vehicle has any aluminum panels on it, be sure to choose your repair shop wisely. Your vehicle’s well being depends on it.


The vehicles listed below have one or more aluminum body panels:

  • Audi – most models
  • Tesla – all models
  • Toyota Camry (beginning 2018)
  • Toyota Prius
  • Lexus RX350
  • Lexus LS (beginning 2018)
  • Chrysler Pacifica (beginning 2017)
  • G.M. full sized pick-up & SUV
  • Range Rover & Range Rover Sport
  • Lotus Elise
  • BMW (various models)
  • Honda Accord (2016 & newer)
  • Ford F-150 (2015 & newer)
  • Ford Expedition (2015 & newer)
  • Scion FR-S
  • Porsche – most models
  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • GMC Canyon
  • Jeep Wrangler (beginning 2018)
  • Acura TLX (2015 & newer)
  • Jaguar XK, F-Type, XJ, XE
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Bolt (beginning 2017)
  • Infiniti – most models
  • Buick LaCrosse (2017 & newer)
  • More updates coming soon!

The vehicles listed below have aluminum frame or chassis components:

  • Acura NSX
  • BMW i8
  • Mercedes Benz SL
  • Audi A8
  • Jaguar XJ, XE
  • Tesla – all models
  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Cadillac CT6
  • Range Rover
  • Rolls Royce Phantom
  • More updates coming soon!

2017 Buick LaCrosse

The body & frame of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is made up of seven different metals, each with it’s own set of rules as to how to repair it and when to replace it. Unless properly trained, it’s very easy to perform an incorrect repair, and as such many body shops are unknowingly fixing cars the wrong way. Considering all of the above, being a savvy consumer is more important than ever before. When choosing a body shop, do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The lists shown above are partial lists only. Unfortunately there is no definitive place to obtain this information, so we are adding to these lists as we go. Vehicle manufacturers may build a specific model differently from one plant to the next and frequently make changes in how their cars are built. Because of this the above lists are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.


Rife’s Autobody has made significant investments in the area of Aluminum Body & Frame Repair, including the addition of a dedicated Aluminum Repair area. Steel dust particles that float in the air at a body shop can have damaging effects when they settle on bare aluminum. TheseĀ  effects may not be immediately apparent, but over time can lead to paint failure, failure of any repair work that was done, and can even cause a rust-like condition to occur on your cars’ aluminum panels. The best way to help avoid these problems is to not perform repairs to aluminum & steel cars in the same work area. Our aluminum repair area is partitioned off from the rest of the shop by a double wall of heavy curtains which are hung from an aluminum frame attached to the ceiling. To further avoid cross-contamination, a dedicated set of tools is used in this area along with special ventilation equipment. Body suits are worn by our technicians to help prevent steel dust from entering the aluminum area on their clothing, and other precautions are taken as well.


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