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2015 F-150 Aluminum Body Hit with a Sledgehammer!

Tuesday, January 27th 2015. | 2015 Ford F-150, News
2015 Ford F-150 LED Headlamps

2015 Ford F-150 LED Headlamps

The people over at Edmunds.com currently have a long term 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 test vehicle in their stable and they went and hit with sledge hammer! Even better, they made a video of them smashing the truck with said sledgehammer…. twice (scroll to the bottom of the page for a video). Perhaps even more interestingly, they would eventually find that it would cost them $2,988.34 to get the damage repaired. This includes almost $900 for an LED taillight with blind spot sensors. They went on to comment that, due to the additional labor involved with working on aluminum that it cost them around $600 more than it would have if this were a steel-bodied truck and that was with a discounted labor rate.

2015 Ford F-150 Playing in the dirt

2015 Ford F-150 Playing in the dirt

The take-away here isn’t ideal for Ford’s aluminum bodied trucks, once they become more ubiquitous I’m thinking the labor rates should come down somewhat and come closer to that of steel-body-repair labor rates. But that’s just speculation. On the flip side, this should be a rare occurrence in the first 4-5 years of ownership as these brand new 2015 Ford trucks will be under warranty and full-coverage insurance during that time. Also of note is the fact that Ford’s aluminum body panels are the exact same price as the outgoing steel body panels of the 2014 and earlier F-150 panels. So when the need arises to replace a full panel, it won’t cost anything more, or less.

2015 Ford F-150 Tail Light / 4x4 Logo

2015 Ford F-150 Tail Light / 4×4 Logo

So in all, I don’t think we need to sound the alarm when it comes to aluminum body repair, with the one caveat that labor rates can be higher, so be sure to see if you can guilt your dealership/bodyshop into discounting you to the steel body repair rate. Other than that we have identically priced panels on trucks that are under full warranty and insurance for the time being. For more details on pros and cons of an aluminum truck, click here.

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