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Remember all those articles that stated that the new 'military' grade aluminum F-150 design would be more costly to repair? And, who can forget those competitor commercials that stated that it would not withstand wear as well as its 'steel' competitors. Well the results are in and it is a big win for Ford!

For instance, in back-to-back Texas hailstorms in the spring of 2017 one of the premier Texas truck dealers did an analysis and the damage to "military" grade aluminum F-150 came in as much as $2,000 less than similarly damaged steel-bodied vehicles.

Why Aluminum? Well, it is lighter – thus better gas mileage and that is always a good thing. Matt Moore, Senior Vice President of the Highway Loss Data Institute, told Automotive News, "Given the fact it was aluminum intensive, and prior aluminum vehicles indicated collision claim severities increased, there was concern the same would occur with the F-150. However, simply put, when we look at the overall losses relative to the other pickup trucks, there's not a change which was not consistent with expectations."

A spokesperson for State Farm said the insurance prices for the aluminum pickup are roughly in line with those of the previous model. So, all the hype was not founded upon facts and our F-150 is as tough as ever. Maybe even "Built Ford Tougher".

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