The 10 Most Expensive Car Repairs
The Most Expensive Car Repairs
Over time, your car is going to need to go to the shop, either for regular maintenance or for repairs. In all likelihood, the car you drive each day is probably the second most expensive item you own, coming in just below the cost of your home, so taking proper care of your car should be among the most important things you do. And just like people, cars require regular maintenance to stay in the best shape possible. Auto repairs, whether on a new or used car, can be expensive.
Without regular maintenance, your car is going to be much more likely to have a serious mechanical problem in the future. Even though regular maintenance takes a little time out of your busy schedule, plus a little cash from your wallet, it’s a bitter pill that only hurts temporarily, but can wind up saving you the grief of a much larger and more expensive pill later on.
Regular maintenance also improves the driving quality of your car. But many car owners fail to perform even the simplest tasks like checking the tire pressure, engine or transmission fluid levels. These are simple steps one should take about once a week or so, such as setting aside Saturday mornings for cleaning and washing the car.
Failures Will Occur
Without regular maintenance, certain mechanical failures will probably occur in the future and, unfortunately, they will be expensive. Whether you own a new car or one that’s used, these failures will not only cost you in terms of the repair bill price but also in the deterioration of some part that didn’t need to be immediately replaced but will now fail prematurely because your car wasn’t maintained properly.
Regular maintenance also needs to be done by a specialist who knows the inner workings of your car. The certified technicians at Viking Motors are specially trained and experienced to care for your car properly. They will check your car’s oil, transmission and engine coolant levels, change the oil and filter if needed, check the air filter, tire pressure, and they have the car parts necessary to keep your car running in peak operating condition.
If your car was purchased from Viking Motors and is still under the manufacturer’s warranty, they will perform ever specific maintenance required to the letter to make sure your car stays in the best mechanical condition possible.
When your car needs repair, there isn’t much that can destroy your family budget any faster. Having an item repaired or replaced on any make or model car is inherently expensive. Unless the failure is covered under warranty, replacing the car parts in your vehicle can be very expensive. Which parts are the most expensive to repair? Here’s a list of the top ten most expensive repairs you may encounter:
The Ten Most Expensive Car Repairs
Engine and Cylinders
Average cost: From $7,000 to $10,000 and more
The words, “major engine damage” are the last words you want to hear when your car is in the shop. Even if you know almost nothing about cars, you know that this is a serious situation. If the problem is the cylinders, the engine will not turn over at all, and the car will be completely undrivable. The shop’s mechanic will need to remove the entire engine so that the cylinders can be replaced. And that’s if the block isn’t damaged. Your best bet will probably be to replace the engine entirely rather than to try to fix the one you have now. Trading in the car might be an even better option, especially with larger and more powerful cars which have engines that are even more expensive to repair.
The Hybrid Car Battery
Average cost: $6,000
If you’re still operating a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle, you can skip this expense for it only applies to the newer types of cars with a hybrid car battery. Today’s hybrid batteries are hugely expensive and can run as high as $6,000 for replacement.
Any rechargeable battery will lose its capability to hold a charge over time, and this also applies to hybrid car batteries. Nearly every battery in a hybrid car today will eventually die sometime around the time the car is about ten years old. Replacing this battery also requires replacing the car’s internal computer system that handles the battery’s charging and discharging operations. Replacing both the battery and this system can easily cost you $6,000 or more.
Average cost: $4,000 to $5,000
A major transmission problem will stop your car completely in its tracks. Without the transmission functioning, the car’s wheels cannot turn, and you’ll ride with it in a wrecker to the service station.
Replacing the transmission assembly in a car today can cost between $4,000 to $5,000, and possibly more depending on the severity of the problem. Your transmission is an exceptionally complex system of mechanical gears and components that control the flow of power from your car’s engine to the driveshaft. There is more wear and tear in your car’s transmission than in most of the other parts of your car because of the friction and heat generated by the many moving parts as they interact with each other.
Warning signs you should be aware of that your transmission may have problems include the gears slipping, a clutch that seems to drag, a burning smell coming from the engine or a humming sound when the car is stopped. Pay attention to these warning signs and take your car to a service center as soon as possible to find the source of any problem.
Average cost: $2,500 to $4,000
We’ve always heard that airbags save lives for they’re probably one of the most important safety inventions in car history. But when they deploy, they aren’t any good anymore and should be replaced. Unfortunately, doing that can be very costly. Also, the area where the bags had been secured in the car may have been damaged as well, resulting in needing to replace a glove box or steering wheel at the same time.
All in all, the cost of replacing an air bag can be as high as from $2,500 to $4,000 or more to get your car back into the proper working condition it was in before when the airbag deployed.
Average cost: $2,500 to $3,500
The suspension of your car is something you probably never think very much about, but it is an integral part of the car that keeps you comfortable while the car bounces over dips and bumps in the road. Your suspension system is composed of shock absorbers, struts, springs, tie rods and control arms. When any one of these parts breaks, the expense to repair or replace it is usually not very much.
But, in most cases, because all of the parts have been wearing out at about the same rate, replacing one with a new part can upset the balance of many of the other parts resulting in the suspension not performing properly. So most mechanics will advise that you replace the entire suspension system, and this can be a costly operation.
Engine Control Module
Average cost: $3,000
The engine control unit is the “brain” of your car’s engine. It controls the fuel, sparks plugs, and air mixture to keep your car running properly in every driving situation you encounter on the road. When there’s a problem with the car, the ECM unit turns on a warning light that lights up on your dashboard to tell you there’s a problem. It also generates a trouble code that a mechanic can read with the proper scanning device to diagnose and fix the problem quickly. But when the ECM unit itself fails, in almost all cases it must be replaced, and unfortunately, the cost to replace this unit is rather high.
Average cost: $1,500 to $3,000
Your camshaft controls how much air goes into your car’s combustion chambers to mix with the fuel and provide force to get your engine running. Over time, dirt and debris can build up on the camshaft and impair its operation. Normally, oil changes and regular valve operation keep the camshaft relatively clean, but eventually, it will break, and your engine will completely stop.
Replacing the camshaft can run anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 due to the fact that it resides deep inside the engine and a considerable amount of labor is needed to replace it. With regular oil changes and engine tune-ups, the camshaft will operate normally for most of the life of your car. However, if a check engine light on your dashboard comes on, have the car serviced as quickly as possible.
Average cost: $2,000
When your engine’s head gasket “blows,” it means that the main gasket seal between your engine block and the cylinder head has been blown away. When this happens, coolant and oil will start mixing together while the engine continues to turn, and it needs to be shut off immediately.
Head gaskets are not very expensive. However, the damage caused by a blown head gasket can be extensive and the labor involved will typically cost around $2,000 or more depending on how much additional damage has been done to the rest of the engine.
Average cost: $1,500
Your catalytic converter is a necessary evil that’s an integral part of the emissions control system on your car. It uses a catalyst to convert hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides in your engine’s exhaust fumes and renders them harmless to the environment.
Located between your car’s engine and muffler, the catalytic converter is easy for a mechanic to find and replace, but the cost of replacing it can run up to $1,500.
Average cost $1,000
There isn’t much that regularly operates in your car that is not more important to your safety than the brake lines. While brake pads are relatively inexpensive, replacing the brake line when it’s damaged can cost upwards of $1,000. Most mechanics will advise replacing the entire system as patching a broken line is risky and no one should attempt to drive their car with a damaged or non-functioning brake line.
There are many other parts of your car that can go wrong and break, from the air conditioning compressor and fuel injectors to a broken timing belt, but we’ve only covered the main items that generally will cost you over $1,000 to repair.
Considering these ten potentially costly repairs, many car owners take advantage of an extended vehicle warranty which covers most of these repairs for the length of the warranty period. Check with the sales professionals at Viking Motors to see if your car qualifies for this valuable extended service coverage.