Do you prefer robust, less-expensive, and vintage? Or, would you rather have light-weight, rustless, and chic? That is the question. On the subject of car bodies, the ultimate faceoff seems to be between metal vs. fiberglass. Below are listed several features related to car body considerations. Each details the type of material that best accomplishes its objective.
Lower Cost: Metal Wins
Metal bodied cars are, on average, several hundred to a few thousand dollars less than a fiberglass-composite bodied car. In terms of initial cost factors, metal most definitely has the edge.
Light-Weight: Fiberglass Wins
No matter how you spin it, fiberglass simply weighs less than metal. A fiberglass bodied car will have a better payload capacity than an equal-sized metal framed vehicle.
Alterations and Repairs: Metal Wins
Fiberglass is annoyingly rigid. Metal, while still incredibly strong, is easily repairable and advantageously moldable when heat is applied. However, fiberglass tends to crack when stressed and warp when heated.
Corrosion-Resistant: Fiberglass Wins
Metal will rust; it’s as simple as that. Fiberglass will not, and enthusiasts shamelessly plug their favored car body’s corrosion resistant feature. However, the metal-enthusiast would undoubtedly reply that, if you keep your car in good repair, using anti-rust agents and proper paint upkeep, your car can last between 30-40 years - a fantastic lifespan for any car.
Classic Look: Metal Wins
Metal has been used on car bodies for years, and lend themselves to a vintage look. While some find the chic lines of fiberglass compelling, many car lovers are reluctant to relinquish the classic metal vehicle body.