Vehicle damage of any kind is rarely inexpensive to fix. Certain components of a vehicle can often exceed the value of the vehicle in replacement and repair costs. Damages are sometimes so extensive that the vehicle is considered ‘totaled’ since the cost of repairs exceed the value of the vehicle. While this may be an extreme example, as vehicles age and succumb to wear, certain essential parts need to be repaired and replaced. Some of these car parts and systems can be expensive, even after seemingly minor damage or malfunctioning.
The nature of many of the specialized parts used to manufacture modern vehicles can mean that a seemingly simple repair or replacement can cost thousands of dollars. While the part may not be exorbitant, labor costs can run up the bill for certain work. The many electronic components in newer vehicles tend to inflate the repair costs as well. The extent of damage, in addition to the make, model, and condition of the vehicle all contribute to the cost too. When it comes to components of the vehicle, here are a few of the most expensive damages to repair.
Engine problems are expensive and serious. An engine that has experienced internal damage will need comprehensive repair or replacement. Problems like broken rods, damaged valves, or oil leaks can be expensive to address. High mileage can also be a cause for engine replacement, in addition to problems with other vital components like transmissions and radiators. In these situations, it is important to consider the value of your car in relation to the costs of this type of work. Engine replacements can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000. The ultimate cost depends on the type of vehicle, engine, and the shop.
The transmission is one of the most vital components of a vehicle and as such, costly to repair or replace. Typical problems with transmissions come down to issues with the transmission fluid and overusing the clutch in manual transmissions. Failing to have the transmission fluid changed as often as necessary can cause transmission problems. The fluid does not need to be changed as often as other fluids, so it is often easy to forget about. To replace the transmission, costs can be as high as $2,000 to $3,000. Repairs can be slightly lower but still run in the range of $1,000 to $2,000. You should, of course, weigh the cost of repairs with the value of the vehicle when considering repairing or replacing a transmission.
Head Gasket Malfunction
The head gasket is an important engine component that seals the engine cylinders and prevents oil and coolant from leaking, aiding in compression. A malfunction in the gasket can be a result of timing, cooling, or other manufacturing problems. A blown gasket can cause coolant to leak and engines to overheat. This problem is serious and costly. Repair is extensive and though the gasket itself is not an extremely expensive part, labor costs run high. The head gasket repair costs can run between $1,200 and $1,600, depending on the extent of damage and the particular shop.
Proper maintenance of your vehicle through regular services and only using quality gas and oil will help you avoid these costly repairs, which will keep your vehicle running longer. Other ways to keep repair costs low are:
- Driving slower – this will reduce the strain on your engine, plus will ensure you don’t get speeding tickets!
- Driving less – we know this one is often difficult, but if you can combine trips and avoid needless drives, you will make great strides toward protecting that engine!
- Getting your car checked regularly – this includes changing the oil, filters, general engine maintenance, and tires.
- Learning about your car – do a little research and read up on the general performance of your car. You should be aware of how long your particular car will typically last, what kind of mileage it gets, and special ticks and quirks. This can really help in preventing wear and tear.
- Having a specialist look before you buy – this one is huge. We can’t tell you how many times a customer has come in and complained that they didn’t know about a needed repair before they bought the vehicle. Before you sign that paperwork, take your potential car to a mechanic and get it checked out. It’s not terribly expensive for a general checkup, and it will save you a lot of heartache!
We all know how painful car repairs can be. No one wants to have to pay thousands of dollars just to get their car working again. So keep it updated, and take care of your vehicle! For cosmetic damages which really cannot be avoided, lucky for you, Unique Auto Body is one of the highest rated auto repair shops in Utah, and we offer free consultations. Give us a call at 801-512-0661 any time with questions, and we’ll be happy to get you back on the road in no time!