Modern cars come equipped with a plethora of safety and driver assistance systems, technologies that not only increase the purchase cost but also the repair expenses in case a vehicle is involved in a traffic accident.
According to a study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) Traffic Safety Foundation, 37.6% of the repair costs for a car are allocated to fixing and calibrating the sensors and cameras used in advanced driving systems, such as active cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. These systems rely on radar, cameras, and sensors to function properly.
Cars equipped with more advanced safety systems are much more common now. Consumers should be aware of the repair costs associated with these technologies. But they also need to understand the importance of maintaining them, as malfunctioning systems could lead to fatal accidents,
says Greg Brannon, Director of Automotive Engineering at AAA, who evaluated three MY2023 cars equipped with advanced driver assistance equipment.
On average, the repair and proper calibration of sensors and radar added $500 to $1,300 to the repair bill. Ultrasonic sensors often used in parking assistance added an additional $300 to $1,000, and windshield camera systems cost between $900 and $1,200.
Another noteworthy statistic in the report comes from the side mirrors equipped with surround-view and blind-spot warning systems.
These include sensors and/or cameras, and if they break, the cost ranges from $740 to $1,600. According to AAA, this can represent 70.8% of the cost for a simple mirror replacement.