1) “Plastic is not nearly as strong as metal,”
No normie would read this and think “Oh, it isn’t? You learn something new every day.”
But also it’s not true: it depends on the plastic and the metal. It’s bad writing and it arises from “My uninformed and simpleminded assumptions are the way it is and I’m not wrong” -type thinking.
If he knew what he was talking about he would say “Generally speaking, modern plastic trim pieces are not as strong as the metal trim used on many vehicles in the past.”
2) “cracks instead of bends”
There he goes again. Depends on the plastic, depends on the metal. More importantly, plastic trim deforms under normal abuse (curb hits, etc.) and returns to its original shape instead of denting. That’s a benefit, not a downside, but Pat says plastic is inferior.