While repair costs have not increased due to aluminum, analysis shows longer time to repair vehicles and higher claim frequency.
The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reports that Ford’s switch to aluminum for the body of the F-150 pickup hasn’t resulted in higher repair costs, in part because the company is pricing the aluminum parts lower than steel ones. However, while the cost for repairs hasn’t risen, the time required for them appears to have gone up, and that could lead to higher insurance costs.
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