Biggest problem with the 2015 Ford F-150 is its biggest strength and advantage over competition and previous models. Its aluminum body and chassis will need special set of tools to be repaired which will increase the price of insurance, limit the option of body shops that can do it and increase the price of repairs.
Since this vehicle has been build to be tough and to withstand a lot of punishment it will be interesting to see how it will cope with the fact that it comes build with extensive usage of aluminum. When calculating all these facts we need to add that this amount of aluminum allowed Ford to lower total weight of the car for about 700 pounds which brings much better fuel economy, agility, efficiency but also that it will be more resistant to dents and dings.
2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum Body
Insurance will be increased by about 10 percent that is a prediction from Fords’s truck manager but the company states that it still comes with a lower insurance than main competitors from General Motors and RAM. When everything is summed up we are still getting more affordable and lower price insurance.
Since this is a more resistant chassis lower number of repairs will be needed but when it comes to this it can be a tricky. Only 10 percent of 30.000 independent body shops all over the U.S. have the tools and knowledge to work with aluminum. This is due to the fact that there are different set of tools for steel and aluminum and those can’t be mixed. With lower number of cars that use aluminum in their construction there was no need to significantly invest into this type of tools.
Ford also offered calculation that about 90 percent of potential owners and customers that will buy 2015 Ford F-150 are located within two hours drive to the first aluminum repair capable body shop. About 80 percent lives in 30 minutes radius and this significantly increases the usability of this truck.
We were talking about problems and now we are coming to solution. As one of the first steps we are getting offer from Ford for their dealers that will allow them to get set of tools needed to work with aluminum with 20 percent discount. According to estimation every dealer will need from $ 30.000 to $ 50.000 investment in equipment and training for their aluminum repair body shops.
New Ford F-150
This 20 percent discount will allow savings of up to $ 10.000 for every dealer which is a really nice gesture from Ford. Air filtration systems, welders, rivet guns and much more are needed and will be on discount. We do know that he 2015 Ford F-150 comes in fourth quarter and all dealers interested in buying set of tools needed for repairs of aluminum will have until October 31st to take this deal and get discount.
With the increase of number of dealers and body shops that will be able to work with aluminum in the next few months and years we are looking at one really great move from Ford. As we said there are many benefits of aluminum chassis and body and problems are solvable.