DETROIT -- It's early, but Ford says it's so far so good on repairing damaged 2015 F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies.
Ford has not heard of any dealers or independent body shops having problems obtaining parts, installing parts or dealing with insurance companies about the time it takes to repair the new pickup, said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt.
Ford estimates that 80 percent of body repairs will be routine fixes involving steel bumpers, grilles, mirrors and surface panels.
"Ford has been planning for this vehicle since 2009," Weigandt said. "At this time, everything is going according to plan, and we have not noted any issues requiring a change. We will continue to monitor and will respond accordingly if needed."
Since production of the 2015 F-150 pickup began last fall, more than 100,000 have been built, according to the Automotive News Data Center.