Ford Working to Make Fixing the 2015 F150 Easier, Less Expensive for Shops and Owners

Last week we looked at the growing concern that the 2015 Ford F150 will be more expensive to both insure and repair due to the high tech aluminum body panels but to put those fears to rest, Ford Motor Company is offering an aluminum repair tooling package at a discount to those dealerships with body shops that want to be able to work on the next generation F150.

As we discussed last week, the 2015 Ford F150 relies on a collection of lightweight aluminum body panels that allowed the Motor Company to cut some 700 pounds from the next generation F Series pickup. That will allow the new F150 to be more efficient and more powerful but those lightweight panels come with one massive downside – aluminum body panels require special tools, special facilities and special training to repair in the event of an accident or any other body damage. Ford points out that these aluminum panels are more dent resistant than tradition steel body panels but in the event that an aluminum panel is damaged, it will take a specially outfitted body shop to repair said damages.


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I said it before in another story, but I think this is great. My current and former sports cars had a lot of Aluminum parts and if Ford can expand the overall service network for aluminum I am psyched.