Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Ford F-150's New Aluminum Body

2015 Ford F-150's New Aluminum Body

WESTLAND, Mich.The 2015 Ford F-150 is an industry first, with its body made of high-strength aluminum alloy, rather than the steel that had previously been used. But what does the 2015 Ford F-150’s new aluminum body mean for you, the driver? 

Ford has reported that they managed to reduce the weight of the F-150 by 700 pounds as a result of the switch to aluminum, thus increasing fuel economy by 20%. The lighter vehicle also has better handling, faster acceleration, and greater towing and payload capacities than its steel-bodied predecessor. 

While it has many benefits over steel, aluminum is also much different to work with than steel. The change in material allows for such a dramatic reduction in weight because aluminum is much less dense than steel. This also means that repairs to the aluminum require special tools and training that not all repair shops have. In response to the need for these new repair services, Ford has trained over 750 dealerships nationwide to be certified in repairing the 2015 Ford F-150’s new aluminum body.

Consumer Reports recently analyzed the cost difference between repairing a 2015 Ford F-150 and the previous year’s model, which has a steel body. They found that repair costs are roughly equivalent at dealerships that are Ford certified to do the repairs. Costs may be higher at repair shops that are not certified, as they may not have the training and tools necessary to complete the job quickly. Luckily, if you need any body work done on your new 2015 F-150, North Brothers Ford is Ford certified in F-150 aluminum repair!

North Brothers Ford, located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185, is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in Southeast Michigan committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at (888) 806-7163, our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to help!

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