Aluminum Ford F-150 Costs Less to Repair than Steel

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2019 Ford F-150 Lariat

Ford’s choice to switch to aluminum has proven a success in terms of overall costs as well as repair bills. 

When Ford introduced the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 in 2015, there were some folks who criticized the choice. But Ford’s decision to use aluminum has shown a number of benefits. We’ve seen the F-150 continue to be at the forefront of safety, strength, and now cost efficiency. A new report shows the aluminum truck has many benefits and is cheaper and easier to fix than steel.

The study was conducted by The Highway Loss Data Institute, which is an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And the results are excellent. Studies found that collision claim severity and costs for aluminum F-150s is about 7 percent lower than steel. This is due to a number of factors.

Ford F-Series

This was exactly what Ford was hoping for when they changed over to aluminum, and designed it to address the needs of truck owners in terms of affordability, accessibility, and strength.

“The key thing was that we had the involvement from the early engineering meetings,” Gerry Bonanni, a Ford senior engineer for paint and body repair told Automotive News. “The designers were able to engineer it around those specific points.”

The Highway Loss Data Institute also reported that the updated front fenders also cut down on repair and replacement time by six or seven hours.

F-series owners also benefit from cheaper replacement parts, according to the study. Total parts costs for the 2015-16 aluminum F-150s are 16 percent less than their 2014 steel counterparts. They found a 43 percent drop for hoods and taillights, and a 37 percent decrease for front bumpers.

Cheaper repairs, no increase in insurance, and faster repairs? Yeah, the aluminum debate is officially over.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive while riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications. The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

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