A lot of people are giddy over Ford’s new F-150 aluminum body pickup truck hitting dealership showrooms.
They are being made at a plant in Michigan, and early next year, Ford’s Claycomo plant will begin production of the 2015 innovative pickups. They are 700 pounds lighter — mostly because of the aluminum body — and will get better gas mileage. The turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 Econoboost engine has a rating of 22 miles per gallon in combined city-highway driving.
But what consumers should ask about the truck is what protection they’ll have against someone seeking aluminum scraps for resale? Metal scrap scavengers have wrecked city property, statues and monuments, pulling away metal for resale.
A new pickup truck would look like a great target especially if thieves aren’t bashful about cutting catalytic converters from vehicles in broad daylight. Parts of the all-aluminum body should be marked or microchipped at regular intervals so that scrap metal dealers can check anything turned in against parts that may have been cut from vehicles illegally.
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To not do something to prevent such thefts, would give new meaning to the old 1976 Johnny Cash song, “One Piece at a Time.”