Originally Posted by CanoeStream
I'm not sure how this follows from what else has been said here. In selected situations (right front corner on my Argosy for instance) an overlay is fairly commonly done, indistinguishable from original, and totally watertight. See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...tml#post664568
. Not many would expect it to be done for sections in the end cap. Just sayin'.....
Overlaying, if done properly, is not really the issue.
The real issue is that some shops charge for R & R (remove and replace), but instead overlay.
They charge the insurance company to R & R and then overlay.
That, in itself, is dishonest and fraudulent.
Why, some ask?
Because an overlay takes, ball park, 50 percent less time than a replacement. That typically reduces the labor charge, by half, which is very significant. Who pays for those abuses? We, the public pay for it.
Insurance rates are already too high for many people. It's those shops, that bend the rules, by charging money for things they did not do, that causes some of that problem.
Labor rates and hours are already out of sight when some estimates are reviewed for Airstream work.
It's getting close to the point that a few insurance companies may take shops to task, for such nonsense.
Auto repair shops are closely monitored.
Not so, with RV repair shops.
Those same shops, use the same tactics, on customer pay as well.
Now, how fair do we, as a group, feel those shops are running their businesses?