A recent study by AAA has determined that advanced safety systems used as standard features on many new vehicles can increase costs for a moderate vehicle repair by an average of $3,000. Technology embedded in vehicle bumpers, mirrors, and windshields, collectively known as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) include fragile sensors that are easily damaged in even minor collisions.
For example, there are more than 14.5 million windshield replacements done annually in the US. A vehicle equipped with a camera behind the glass will cost about $1500 to have the windshield replaced, which is 3x the cost of repairs without a camera.
Manufacturers are adding advanced safety systems to even the base model of cars as standard equipment. Consumers need to consider what the new technology means, should the get in an accident, what the repairs could amount to, and if their insurer refuses to pay, what are their options?
There is risk if the policy holder buys coverage that has too low of a limit to meet a state’s minimum, with new ADAS, parties at fault could see more instances of cost beyond their minimums which would need to be paid out-of-pocket.
AAA recommends that should an accident occur, and it’s determined that an ADAS item has been damaged, the vehicle owner should carefully select their repair facility to ensure the system is restored to full proper operation.
Making sure the sensor is calibrated correctly before you get your vehicle back must be done by a highly trained technician with special instrumentation.