Ford National Body Shop Network Being Built to Handle 2015 F-150s
When Ford unveiled an all-new and largely aluminum-based 2015 Ford F-150 at this past Detroit Auto Show, one of the first questions people had regarding the aluminum components of the truck’s body panels and chassis was how body shops would handle the new trucks when they are in need of repair. Fortunately, Motley Fool’s John Rosevear has the answers we’re looking for in Fool’s latest video.
According to Rosevear, in addition to extensive testing performed on the aluminum-based F-150, Ford has been preparing a large network of body shops around the nation for the new F-Series trucks before they even hit showrooms. In creating what is called the Ford National Body Shop Network, the automaker leaves little to chance to ensure that customers are completely satisfied and that shops around the United States have the training and equipment necessary to repair a 2015 F-150 that has been involved in a major accident.
Ford is sparing no expense with the Ford National Body Shop Network, as it will likely be a somewhat costly process to get dealerships and body shops ready to handle aluminum-paneled pickups. One Ford dealership in Michigan reports that it could cost upwards of $100,000 to get all of the equipment necessary to repair the new F-150, but that it will be necessary in order to stay ahead of the completion.
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Evelyn Smallwood is the General Manager at Ted Britt Ford of Fairfax. She is originally from Cleveland, OH and came out to the Washington, DC area to study at American University. Since graduating, she has been with Ted Britt Ford for 13 years. She is a loyal Wizards fan, and also enjoys volunteering for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during her free time. The motto that she and her staff at Ted Britt Ford Fairfax live by is “One Team, One Plan, One Goal! Be a Part of it!”