When Calculating 2015 F-150 Repair Costs, Sample Size Matters
Several places, including the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report, suggest that aluminum is more expensive to repair than steel, and will also mean insurance rates will be higher. Ford counters with their own numbers. The key here is Ford’s data comes from a much larger sample size, which matters.
There has been quite a lot of talk in regards to Ford going to an all aluminum body for the new F-150. Everyone has weighed in on the situation at least one time or another.
We know the 2015 Ford F-150 has an aluminum body. We know the prices for its body parts are more or less what they were for the 2014 model year. We still don’t know what insurance rates for the trucks will ultimately be, though.
Switching to aluminum for the body of the 2015 Ford F-150 was a bold choice for the company. It also required retooling, new manufacturing processes, and new ways to cut costs.
Some texting driver turned the rear end of a brand new, dealer-tag-wearing 2015 Ford F-150 into a hideous, mangled aluminum mess.