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What’s Crazier Than Smashing An Aluminum Ford F-150 With A Sledgehammer? The Repair Bill – Forbes

What’s Crazier Than Smashing An Aluminum Ford F-150 With A Sledgehammer? The Repair Bill – Forbes.

Ever since Ford Motor launched the industry’s first aluminum-bodied pickup truck, skeptics have wondered what it would cost to repair damage to the F-150′s “military grade aluminum” panels after a crash.

Now, thanks to a clever stunt by the folks at Edmunds.com, we have a good idea. And it’s not pretty.

Editors at the consumer advice website bought a $52,000 F-150 4X4 Super Crew for their long-term test fleet, then promptly took a sledgehammer to the rear quarter panel — twice — intentionally denting it so they could investigate the repair costs. (My first thought was, “Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?!”)

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