Ford made a quantum leap when they redesigned their stalwart F-150 pickup for 2015, shedding the heavy old-school steel body panels for lightweight aluminum. The upside was greatly reduced weight (up to 700 pounds!) and increased economy and performance. However, aluminum is much trickier to repair than conventional steel.
High-end brands like Audi, Porsche, and Ferrari have been using aluminum for years to the same effect as Ford – lower weight, better economy, greater performance. However, one thing these brands have in common is trickier repairs, but your local Aluminum Certified Body Shop has you covered. So what make Aluminum repairs so tricky?
Aluminum Has No Memory
One reason that aluminum is more difficult to work with than steel is because aluminum, unlike steel, has no memory. Steel naturally wants to retain the shape it was originally given, meaning that it can quickly (and cheaply) be bent back into shape. Aluminum on the other hand, has no memory, so it takes whatever shape it is given. This means if it is bent in a collision, it must be massaged back into its original shape, or replaced entirely.
Aluminum Repairs Require an Aluminum Specialist
Because of the aforementioned difficulty in returning aluminum back to its original shape, aluminum repairs require the handiwork of a specialized craftsmen. Thankfully the increased use of aluminum throughout the automotive industry means that these craftsmen aren’t in short supply. River City Autobody is one such facility, and is MPI-certified to repair the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.
With the increased difficulty and time it takes to repair damaged aluminum panels, unfortunately comes increased cost. Thankfully not only does Ford use military-grade aluminum on the 2015 F-150, which are much more resilient to damage, but is easier to repair as well. While this doesn’t completely negate the added cost of repairing aluminum, you can rest assured that fixing collision damage on your 2015 F-150 will look nothing like the bill for fixing an Audi, Porsche, or Ferrari.
The Bottom Line
While repairing body damage to your 2015 Ford F-150 might not be quite as cheap as it used to be, Ford has ensured that repairs will still be affordable. Bring in your car, truck, or SUV to an accredited body shop capable of handling aluminum repairs and all will be well. Manitoba Public Insurance has assembled a complete list of body shops capable of handling such repairs, so you can rest assured your vehicle is in good hands.