Proactive Ford Keeps F-150’s Body Repair Costs Down

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Thanks to discounts on repair equipment and low prices on panels, the aluminum F-150 won’t break the bank.

Back in 2015, Ford dropped a bombshell on the world of pickup trucks by exchanging steel for aluminum body panels for its F-150, the first production Ford model to roll off the assembly line as such. The new aluminum F-150 lost 750 pounds in curb weight, greatly helping fuel economy without losing its large size.

The main worry, however, was what would happen should the new F-150 hit anything. Would there be anyone who could fix the dented panels? Would it cost an arm and a leg? That’s what someone asked Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk in a syndicated article published by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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“So here we are, a few years later, and how much have F-150 body repair costs gone up? Zero,” says Magliozzi. According to him, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that through April 2017, the cost to repair an F-150 from 2015 forward has remained the same as one from 2014.

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Magliozzi says a lot of that has to do with what Ford did before and during the new F-150‘s introduction. The Blue Oval offered its dealership network discounted aluminum repair equipment plus training to make the most of the gear, as well as lowering the prices on the F-150’s body panels, and building the 2015 – present F-150 to be more modular (resulting in easier, cheaper repairs) than the previous F-150.

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Finally, Magliozzi says that so long as the truck market remains competitive, and aluminum is abundant, the repair bill for an F-150 will be a small one. That’s not something Chevy or Ram can say.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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