Edmunds.com Sledge Hammers New 2015 F-150 Body Panel, Determines Repair is Dramatically More
One of the biggest questions surrounding the new 2015 F-150 is on repairability. Will the new F-150 cost a substantial amount more money to repair than steel? While we don’t preciously know because repair facilities and damage varies, Edmunds.com took its best shot at finding out. The videos really speak for themselves.
This first video outlines the game plan. Damage the F-150 in a way where it has to be repaired and get an estimate.
How much did the repair cost? Find out with this second video.
First, wow! What a cool idea by Edmunds.com! While there will be critics of most anything, we applaud them for doing this. Also, we applaud them for doing this test without any manufacture involvement and keeping it a secret from the repair shop.
The labor rate of the aluminum versus steel was surprising and is a big part of repair price equation. While they got a deal, we know this will not always be the case and insurance companies will be forking over the higher rate. This means, the premiums will be higher for some drivers.
We also suspect the higher repair rate will lead to more aluminum trucks being totaled out completely rather than repaired.
Also, the taillamp housing is ridiculously expensive. This item does seem to get damaged quite often and we can’t imagine the owner’s shock when they hear the price.
In the end, a $4k+ repair bill, twice that of steel, is not going to make many owners happy.
To note and in all fairness, this is just one part of the new truck. Ford went to great lengths to make the other panels and pieces removable simple replacement and cheaper repair. And Edmunds.com specifically targeted a piece that couldn’t be cheaply fixed. Also, this test isn’t the “complete” picture of the repairability of the truck.
While we could talk about this all day, what is your take? What surprised you?
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