BODY SHOP TUCSON LOOKS INTO PRICE DIFFERENCE IN F-150 & RAM 1500 BODY PANELS

2015 vehicle models have been out on the scene for a while now and, with the 2016 models ready to roll out in a few months, our Tucson body shop is exploring how the new models fared. Today we are going to focus on some of the key design and tech changes for one of the most popular pickup trucks: the 2015 Ford F-150. How does it stack up to other similar models, especially when you take in to a body shop Tucson for services?

FORD F-150 CHANGES

The 2015 model experienced a great deal of changes which ranged from luxury additions that create a more comfortable ride to an overhaul in body materials. Seeing this in comparison to older models our body shop Tucson technicians realize this isn’t grandpa’s old cowboy pickup.

Revisioned as a luxury vehicle, among the long list of design and tech changes, the new F-150 features a 20% better fuel economy, parking assistance, and–wait for it–massaging seats to soothe you after a long day of chopping wood or worksite laboring. We admit the massaging seats do seem to be a bit much and are only available in the pricier Platinum models but this actually isn’t the change our Tucson body shop finds most exciting.

ALUMINUM BODY

The big deal for our Tucson body shop actually rests with the truck’s new body materials, which is made of aluminum rather than steel that nearly all other pickups are constructed from. Marketed as a military-grade aluminum alloy, you can imagine this one change made the truck significantly lighter for a smoother ride and better mileage. With a major material change like this, however, the prices for body parts will also change when you take it into to a Tucson body shop for repairs.

PRICE CHANGES

One writer with AutoEvolution noted that although this is a significant upgrade in materials, it also comes with a hefty price increase for a body shop Tucson repair. While the prices for most parts has changed little, if at all, the price for repairing or replacing the front doors has gone up. This part cost $854.93 to replace on the 2014 model but has jumped to $1020.95 for 2015. A fender replacement will costs around $355 for both models but there is little explanation for why these stay the same.

Compare this to the body of the competitor, the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500. It sticks with the traditional lightweight, high-strength steel and the door replacement for this is priced around $545. Similarly, the price for a fender replacement at a body shop Tucson while the Ram will cost approximately $179.

It seems that the prime reason for the price increase actually stems from is the aluminum itself. While lighter and stronger, the material is perceived to be more difficult to form into body panels and more difficult to repair when you take it in for collision repair at a Tucson body shop. Working with aluminum also requires additional training and repair equipment as opposed to steel.

However, don’t fret! Auto News also reported that the insurance premiums for the 2015 F-150 are still roughly the same as the 2014 model. If you’re bringing your F-150 to a body shop Tucson following a collision, keep these price differences in mind before the bill arrives.