Financial Toll of a Car Accident
A myriad of damages can result from a car wreck. These can be as minor as dings, dents and paint chips or as serious as major frame damage, smashed windows and broken wheels. Often, the most expensive damages are the ones that cannot be seen by the average driver. These include issues with wiring, transmissions, engines and fuel systems. We’ll cover some ballpark estimates and quotes on common auto body repairs in Las Vegas and Henderson as well as Scottsdale, AZ, but remember none of these prices can ever be as accurate as a custom-tailored estimate based on your car’s unique damages and specs.
Dings, Dents and Paint
Repair prices of body damage like dings and dents depend on their size. Small dents range from $60 to $110, while large dents run from $100 to $130. Exterior paint chip repair may cost between $50 to $300 depending on the type and amount of paint needed. The extent of body damage indicates how long repairs take. Few customers realize that there are many, many moving components for each repair including where the parts come from, how long shipping takes, whether there are unexpected damages beneath the hood, etc.
Frame damage occurs when a vehicle sustains an impact that compromises its core structure. On the front of the vehicle, the front cross member, front frame rail, spring pod, main cross member or torque risk damage. Parts of the rear threatened by impact include the rear cross member, rear frame rail, spring pod, rear suspension cross member and torque box. On either side, the transmission support member, frame side rails and stabilizer mounts also suffer damage upon impact.
The time and money required to fix frame damage will depend largely on the extent of the wreck. Since frame damage is a common problem, most auto body shops have frame-straightening machines that uses lasers to determine the amount of damage. With the diagnostics collected, an appropriate estimate of both labor time and cost is produced.
With the diagnostics collected, an appropriate estimate of both labor time and cost is produced.
Shattered or Cracked Windows
During an accident, window breakage occurs on the front and rear windshields, as well as the windows on the driver’s and passenger’s sides. The cost of replacing a front windshield relies heavily on the type of car in question. The front windshield of a high priced car yields an average cost of $1,000 to $2,000, while less expensive cars cost just a few hundred dollars. The time to install a new front windshield also relies on the type of car in question.
Replacing rear windshields cost a few hundred dollars less than front windshields. Price increases occur depending on the amenities of the vehicle. If equipped with defrosting or heating panels, the price and time to replace the rear windshield rises due to the necessary electrical work.
Due to their size, other car windows are generally less expensive than either windshield. They cost a few hundred dollars a piece and are easy enough to install that it can be done at home to save labor costs.
Wheel and Tire Issues
During a car wreck, damage to the vehicle’s wheels can be as simple as a flat tire or as complicated as a bent wheel. Garages easily repair most flat tires for $5 to $40, but depending on the damage, it may need to be replaced entirely. Tire replacement costs depend on the size of the vehicle, as tires for passenger cars run significantly cheaper than those for SUVs. Both issues can be resolved in about an hour.
A bent wheel often accompanies a flat, but it presents problems of its own. Straightening the wheel is imperative. It takes up to 24 hours in the event of major damage, during which time the wheel is placed on a machine that determines the bend, heats the area and bends it back into shape. The cost of this service depends on the size of the wheel. If it is too badly bent, the cheaper option is to replace the wheel entirely.
Internal damage includes problems found under the hood, like wiring, transmission, engine or fuel system problems, and while the time needed to repair each differs, they are all very expensive to fix. Wiring costs anywhere from $175 to $400. When replacing a transmission with a new transmission, the cost runs between $1,800 and $3,500. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, an engine replacement can cost up to $3,000. Fuel system replacements run between $500 to $800.
Remember, these prices are merely a ballpark. There are so many outstanding circumstances that are weighed in to the actual cost of your auto body repair including your car’s make, model, year, size, and extent of the car accident you were involved in. Even when you think you’ve ironed out a quote, there’s always a chance something unexpected will come to light through the repair process. In fact, if your auto body technician doesn’t catch an unexpected malfunction or broken part, you could be paying more than just money. You could pay with your life. This is a dangerous game when you consider a car can also be a weapon. Allow your auto body shop to take their time. That extra week in the shop could mean the difference between life and death.
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