‘The safety tech tted to modern cars is push­ing up re­pair costs’

What Car? - - Welcome - Steve Hunt­ing­ford, ed­i­tor Steve.hunt­ing­ford@hay­mar­ket.com @swhunt­ing­ford

How much? When I lent my car to a col­league re­cently, they man­aged to re­verse it into a post.the dam­age looked to be mi­nor, so it was quite a shock when I was told that it would cost more than £1400 to put right.

It turns out the car’s blindspot warn­ing radar, lo­cated be­hind the rear bumper, makes any re­pair in that area tricky. And a What Car? in­ves­ti­ga­tion (from page 40) shows this sort of prob­lem is becoming wide­spread; the safety tech­nol­ogy tted to modern cars has helped to re­duce ac­ci­dents, but it’s also push­ing up re­pair costs.

If man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t ad­dress this, I can’t help thinking that in fu­ture many peo­ple will 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.

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