Vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can add on average an extra $3,000 to the repair bill after a crash due to pricey sensors and their calibration requirements, according to new research from AAA.
The report found that ADAS technology — for example, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning systems — can double the cost of repairs following a collision.
According to the study, the repair cost for a minor front or rear collision on a car with ADAS can run as high as $5,300 — that's nearly two and a half times the repair cost for a vehicle without these systems.
Replacing a windshield is a common post-crash necessity with more than 14.5 million replacements annually.
However, windshield replacement on a vehicle equipped with a camera behind the glass typically costs $1,500, which is three times the amount of money required to replace the windshield on a car without the safety system technology.
The report point outs that vehicles with ADAS may also have radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors in or behind the front or rear bumpers and bodywork, and also built into the side mirrors. These components can easily be damaged as a driver exits a garage or hits a mailbox — resulting in significant repair fees.
While variables such as vehicle make and model, the type and location of the sensors and where the repair is performed can affect ADAS repair expenses, AAA's research determined ranges above and beyond normal bodywork following a collision for typical ADAS repairs.
Here are a few specific items:
- Front radar sensors used with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems: $900 to $1,300
- Rear radar sensors used with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems: $850 to $2,050
- Front camera sensors used with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping systems (but not replacement windshield): $850 to $1,900
- Front, side mirror or rear camera sensors used with around-view systems: $500 to $1,100
- Front or rear ultrasonic sensors used with parking assist systems: $500 to $1,300