How to Find a F-150 Dealership That Can Work on Aluminum
Lost in the pissing match between Edmunds.com and Consumer Reports over the repair costs of aluminum was something that’s really important; not every Ford dealership has been trained by Ford to work on the aluminum-bodied F-150. But most have been.
These are the growing pains involved with launching such a large volume vehicle that is so drastically different than the one before it. Part of that is training dealerships and body shops.
After an accident, I’m sure the last thing you want to do is have to think about whether or not your local Ford dealership is capable of repairing your vehicle, especially if you purchased it from them.
Edmunds.com didn’t search beforehand assuming their dealership could handle it, and it turns out the dealership they went to wasn’t one of the certified dealerships.
The dealership still managed to fix the vehicle, but Consumer Reports says that’s why there’s a difference in price from aluminum repair to steel.
Luckily, most dealerships are blessed by the mothership to repair the truck, and here’s how to find your nearest one.
Click here to load the Ford Dealer Locator tool.
Type in your zip code, and select the F-150 Aluminum Repair checkbox.
Click Get Results, and the site will show you the nearest dealerships authorized to work on the aluminum truck.
A couple of notes: My small town’s dealership is authorized to work on the truck, but a larger city nearby’s dealership isn’t. Both dealerships are owned by the same person, so it’s logical to assume that if you went to the larger city’s dealership, they’d send it to their body shop that’s equipped to handle it.
We would expect even more dealerships to come online as time progresses.
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