2015 F-150 Body Parts No More Expensive Than 2014

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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.

If the 2015 F-150 became more expensive to purchase, insure, or repair, then it might not be as successful as the steel versions of yore. As it turns out, the new parts are nearly the same price as the old ones.

Other manufacturers have been touting the benefits of their steel construction. They also have a strong point. Trucks have been built with steel for so long that the parts are cheap and the labor to fix them are equally cheap. But that doesn’t mean the F-150 can’t be made to be cheaply repaired.

But what is this witchcraft you speak of? How can aluminum parts be as cheap as steel? Well, here’s a chart comparing some of the body components between both years of trucks.

F-150 Parts

2015 v. 2014 Part Costs (Photo: Mike Levine / Twitter)

There are some exceptions to this rule, but that’s to be expected with a new truck and new technology. For example, when Edmunds.com smashed a 2015 F-150 to see how much it’d cost to fix, they damaged a rear tail light in the process.

That rear taillight also included the sensors for the blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert. Since it was built into the lighting, it needed to be replaced with it, making it more expensive than a typical taillight.

Overall though, the prices are nearly the same. That should keep insurance rates nearly the same as time goes on, but that’ll depend on claims as well as cost.

What say you? Do you think aluminum is the right move or do you need more convincing? Let us know in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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