Report: Ford's Aluminum Body Cheaper to Repair
May 21, 2019—According to a report, the aluminum Ford F-150 is surprisingly inexpensive to repair, according to a report by CNET.
It's not just time savings that have brought down the cost of repairs for the F-150, parts prices are lower too, in many cases. Hoods and front bumpers are among those parts to see double-digit percentage price decreases over previous models. Some parts are more expensive, but likely less frequently needed.
Ford also worked with suppliers of things like sealants, chemicals and other consumables necessary for repairs on the new bodies to keep costs in check.
One criticism from Ford's competitors and a concern for buyers was that the new trucks would cost more to insure, but Ford explicitly set out to educate insurance companies on the vehicle's modular architecture and subsequent lower repair costs. This means that that the aluminum F-150 is no more expensive to insure than the previous steel-bodied model, according to a spokesperson for State Farm.