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Because aluminum is difficult to weld, most parts are "bonded" (glued) and riveted together. A riveting tool to replace aluminum parts costs $10,000. Another tool to remove rivets runs $9,000. The total investment in training and tools to run an aluminum-body repair shop can run as much as $200,000
Interesting. I wonder how much a Lotus dealer will need to invest to repair the Elise. Ultimately, that investment will be passed down to us.
 
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