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Old 02-07-2015, 05:13 AM   #1
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For those considering the new aluminum F-150

For those who are considering the new aluminum F150, consumer reports states that it costs the same to repair than steel bodied F150s.

Real Cost of Repairing an Aluminum-Bodied 2015 Ford F-150 - Consumer Reports

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Old 02-07-2015, 06:26 AM   #2
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If they would make it out of ABS plastic, the hammer would just bounce off it.

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If they would make it out of ABS plastic, the hammer would just bounce off it.
Ol' Henry was working on that sort of thing in the early years of WWII. Not ABS, but a bio-plastic material made of natural fiber materials like pine pulp and hemp. His favorite demonstration of the body panels was to hit it with an axe or sledgehammer and show how it bounced off the plastic panel and damaged the steel one.

The old fox probably realized that the plastic panels wouldn't last as long out in the sun and people would be back sooner to buy his cars.

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Don't believe CR. If you are just replacing parts and using the Ford dealer, then maybe the same cost. About anything else your labor costs are going up be more. Paintless dent repair will be more and the work will not look as good. (All as stated by where I have body work done)

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There are several reasons why bodywork and repairs WILL be more expensive on an aluminum bodied vehicle.

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Old 02-08-2015, 08:44 AM   #6
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Howard L i disagree with your dent less repair cost estimate on aluminum Ford is more than a steel one. We have owned several Land Rovers, a Range Rover , and two Discoveries with same construction and materials as the "aluminum Ford. Our dentlessvrepair place once told me to rub out a dent on a chevy or LR was same cost.
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Edmund's, who's business is automobile reporting, testing and the latest news, actually damaged a aluminum truck and a steel truck in the same place, the same way and then had them repaired at the same body shop. Their conclusion was that it took twice as long and cost twice as much to repair the aluminum truck vs the steel truck. They have a video and full report on their website. After talking to my friends who own the best body shop in town, I would have to agree with Edmund's. I never look to Consumer Reports for any news, especially Auto news!
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Old 02-08-2015, 10:04 AM   #8
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If Ford keeps the cost of aluminum panel costs in line with the steel part then the cost should be similar, shouldn't they? Is painting an aluminum panel any different than steel?

I wonder how the insurance companies will rate a 2015 F150 vs a new 2014 F150 premiums? If the cost to repair an aluminum F150 is much higher the insurance premium should be higher.

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I have a very close friend that owns a body shop. He repairs Chevys, Fords,
Dodges, Jags, Land Rovers, MB, Cadillacs, and just about everything else,and has been business for over 30 years.

He tells me that aluminum bodies take longer,and therefore cost more, to repair than steel bodies. Just a fact.

Would I buy a vehicle with an Al body? You bet.
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Mr. Ford did build an alumium bodied model T ,a center dood sedan, I beleive about 1917....
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When your rust bucket steel gets you down, the aluminum F-150 will still look good. I had a 1965 Landover all aluminum body and my dents took the same bondo repair.
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Wonder how they would look polished to match my 31?

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