Aluminum Ford F-150 Costs Less to Repair than Steel
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.
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.