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What Can Be The Most Expensive Repairs After An Accident?

Expensive Repairs After An Accident


Besides the trauma of being part of an accident, your wallet could receive quite a trauma, too. In the event that you find yourself in a car accident, you may wonder what the most expensive repairs will be for your damaged car. This article will go over the top five most expensive repairs after an auto accident.



1. Engine

The last thing you want to hear from your mechanic is that your car has Major Engine Damage. In most cases, this means that the engine cannot be salvaged or repaired. In fact, it may just be cheaper to buy a new engine than attempt to fix it. Engines can receive damage during front-end collisions. You may accidentally rear-end someone or drive into something. While the bumper is there to protect the engine, too much pressure can make the bumper cripple and result in damage being given to the engine. The engine is essential to the car. Your car won't be able to run without a properly functioning engine. It's also possible that your engine could break other vital parts like the transmission system. This might be another pricey repair. In terms of engine damage, you can expect repairs to be around $7,000-$10,000. It mostly depends on how new the engine is and how bad the damage is. Older cars, for example, may be a bit cheaper to repair if the auto shop happens to have the parts on hand. Many of those parts can sometimes be found in salvage yards for cheap as well. However, in some cases, an older car might end up being more expensive to fix if the auto shop is unable to receive the parts it needs to fix it. Depending on the age of the car, the factory may have stopped producing the engine parts for it. Unless you can earn a bit of luck and find the required part, you might be out of luck. Or it may require the auto shop to buy a more expensive part because of how rare it is. Newer cars may be a bit cheaper since the factories are still likely producing the parts. However, because it's newer, it also means there are likely more advanced parts. It may require the technician to work longer on it. This can also drive up the price of the repair.


2. Computer

Another example of expensive auto repairs is the computer system. Older cars may not have as expensive a computer because those computers were pretty basic in their function. Newer cars have far more advanced computers. They basically do almost everything in the car. Even a simple inspection of the computer can run you from $100-$500. This is because the computer isn't always to reach. It might also be due to just how advanced the computer system is. If it's determined that you need to have the computer replaced, then you're looking at spending anywhere from $1,000-$3,000. That's just for the computer. It then needs to be programmed for your car. That can run you up an additional $150-$600. If your sensors are broken, then you might also need them to repair those while they're fixing the computer since the computer relies on the sensors.


3. Suspension

The suspension of your car can break pretty easily. All it may take is one bad drive over a pothole. Unfortunately, they can sometimes be expensive, too. It largely depends on how bad the damage is. In some cases, you may only need to pay around $300. That's about the amount it costs to fix a suspension because of a pothole. For an accident and a total suspension replacement, you're looking around paying $5,000. Even attempting to perform auto collision repair yourself is going to run close to that amount.


4. Frame

If you only have a few dents and scratches in the frame of your car, then you may only need to pay around $600 to $1,000. Additional costs may be needed if you have to paint the frame or add auto detailing. For a serious accident, you could pay up to $10,000. The high price is due to how important the frame is. The frame of your car makes up the structural support. If the frame is damaged, that means the car is no longer supportable. It could cave in on itself or collapse on the road. A lot of work has to go into making it road-safe again.


5. Bumper

One last example of expensive auto repairs is the bumper. A small repair may only set you back $500 to $1,500. This includes dings and scratches. For a complete auto collision repair, you could have to spend around $5,000. This is because it may require extensive work. It may also involve repairing the frame and supports.


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