Allstate Partners with Ford to Ensure Cost-Effective F-150 Repairs
April 8, 2015—Allstate Insurance Company and its research group, Tech-Cor Applied Research, teamed up with Ford to ensure cost-effect repairs for the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150, Allstate announced on Tuesday.
Allstate said that it teamed up with Ford to analyze repairability and prepare adjusters and body shop technicians who are responsible for working on the new trucks.
More than 2,500 Allstate adjusters and claims staff have received vehicle-specific aluminum repair training through Tech-Cor. In addition, Allstate continues to encourage its "Good Hands Repair Network" shops to have technicians complete Ford's recommended training classes.
"The result of all this work ahead of the new truck ever hitting the road is that the insurance premiums on the 2015 Ford F-150 are in line with the prior model year when Ford used steel instead of aluminum," Allstate's Vice President of Vehicle Product ManagementDave Border said. "We will continue to look at our loss costs with the new truck and price it accordingly but, so far, the work Ford and Tech-Cor did in advance is paying off for customers."
Throughout the design process of the new F-150, Ford engaged organizations like Tech-Cor Research and Allstate to evaluate the vehicle's repairability and to ensure that all repairs are completed per Ford's recommendations while keeping costs in check.
"We have designed the new F-150 to be easily repairable in the event of minor or major accidents," said Mike Berardi, director, Ford Service Engineering Operations. "We value Tech-Cor's input on the necessary tools, equipment and repair options, which has helped keep repair costs down on our all-new truck."