Ford’s light-weight aluminum body caused a big stir when it was introduced back in 2014.

Other manufactures ridiculed the “fragility” of aluminum, while Ford insisted that it was military grade and that the reduction in weight was going to result in huge fuel savings.

But what about repairing the aluminum body?

In a recent report by Automotive News, the answers are clear:

The study reports that The Highway Loss Data Institute found that total parts costs for the 2015-16 aluminum F-150s are 16 percent less than those for the 2014 steel pickups.

In fact, one dealer was quoted as saying, “The F-150’s modular architecture and extensive training given to […] certified technicians resulted in speedy repairs that cost as much as $2,000 less than similarly damaged steel-bodied vehicles