As more technology is being fitted to modern vehicles to improve safety, the price of car repair costs are rising according to a study by What Car?
With them stating that the price of an average car repair cost has risen by 32 percent in three years to £1,678 and looks likely to rise further. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which include parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, speed limit devices and blind spot warning systems are, according to the Association of British Insurers, increasingly becoming damaged and expensive to replace.
At present, ADAS technology are fitted to around six percent of vehicles on the road. But as they become standard issue on more vehicles the What Car? article predicted that this number will rise by 40 percent by 2020. One of the main reasons for these units need to be replaced is because they are usually housed in bumpers and windscreens which makes them easily prone to damage. As a dismantler, when procuring salvage vehicles, it is important to be aware that there are anomalies between manufacturers as to where they house their ADAS units. For example, at the moment Golf hatchbacks have sensors placed behind the bonnet badge which provides some protection. Other manufacturers including Subaru’s XV and Impreza models position their camera and radars in the cabin behind the windscreen making them harder to damage.
Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, said: “The advanced active safety technology available on modern cars has undoubtedly helped to reduce accidents and save lives. However, in future we need improved housings for these systems and sensors that can recalibrate themselves.
‘If manufacturers don’t address these rising repair costs, many people could simply decide not to spec the latest safety kit for fear that a small mistake could land them with a huge bill. And then that kit will be of no use to anyone.”
If manufacturers decide to take this on board and make units easier to calibrate, it will be easier for parts dismantlers to sell-on either individually or part of a full bumper unit. What is important to be aware of is because ADAS technology becomes more prevalent, make sure to check their status when placing them on your shelves and before selling them on.