Changes to Ford Position Statements
On February 15th, 2018 Ford updated their auto body position statements to remove misinterpretation by providing clearer language on approved practices. Ford also launched FordCrashParts.com where the revised Ford collision repair news and technical information can be found.
Some of the notable changes to the Ford Position Statements include their instructions for structural repairs, clearcoat blending, clipping, reconditioned and refinished wheels, supplemental restraint systems, aftermarket, recycled, reconditioned parts, and scanning procedures.
According to Repairer Driven News, Ford changed their wording placing stronger emphasis on how auto body repairers shouldn’t deviate from following Ford OEM Repair Procedures. The 2017 version of Ford Structural Repair Procedures stated Ford “recommends” following OEM procedures, where as the revised position statements state that deviations from following Ford OEM procedures “will” compromise the vehicle.
The changes to the type of language and wording Ford has made to their Position Statements will greatly impact the auto body repair industry. It will allow for auto body shops and repair facilities to make proven to insurance companies and adjusters, their grounds for using Original Ford Parts as designated by the manufacturer and following Ford Repair Procedures.
A major change to the the updated Ford Position Statement on Structural Repairs touches on the subject of recycled, salvaged, aftermarket and reconditioned parts stating,
“Recycled, salvaged, aftermarket and reconditioned parts (including body parts, wheels and safety restraint components) are not authorized by Ford Motor Company.”