Edmunds.com Editors Hit Aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 With Sledgehammer
the 50% discount "removes" a 100% INCREASE because it is Aluminum and I wonder if it is there FIRST AL repair as that dealer is NOT ford AL certified yetWhy would a repair facility offer a 50% discount on labor if customer is "paying out of pocket?"
I would assume it was because it was the closest dealership to them.Why would they take it to a dealership that isn't Ford certified??
It would have been the same had they let Joe down the street do it.
The outlay of $100,000 in special tools are still very much in the minds of Dealerships and Body Shops. The costs of the Special Tools will fade in time. Specially if you are the only Body Shop that can do the job.Much ado about almost nothing. We heard the same horror stories back when fuel injection really began to replace the carburetor, etc, etc. Of course aluminum is going to be significantly more expensive in terms of hourly labor right now, we're still living in a world where the majority of body techs are trained primarily on steel, simple business math explains how that breaks out. I don't doubt that aluminum will remain somewhat more expensive to repair than steel even once the market adjusts, at least for a while, but like fuel injection this is the new reality and much of the market will follow shortly. I'm just surprised at how hard some of the auto rags are working to squeeze every last drop out of the aluminum body story.