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5 Common Car Collision Repairs and How Much They Cost

Aine Givens

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There were 5.2 million non-fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2020, down 22% from 2019, according to the most recent comprehensive data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of fatal accidents increased slightly (6.8%), while the number of injuries decreased by 17%. Most fatal crashes occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds under 40 miles per hour.

Cheapinsurance.com compiled this list of five common auto collision repairs using information from the internet. Cost estimates come from a variety of sources, including LendingTree and Chase Bank.

Owning a car can be expensive. The average annual cost of a new vehicle in 2022 is $10,728, including fuel, maintenance and insurance, according to an August 2022 AAA study. Repairs needed after a collision can drive up that price. While some damage, like a small dent or minor mark in the paint, lends itself to do-it-yourself repairs, other jobs are best left to a professional.

Keep reading to learn more about the cost of some of the most common repairs required after auto collisions.

Bumper damage

Car with a dented rear bumper after an accident

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Car bumpers are designed to absorb crash energy and protect the front and rear of the car in a low speed collision. This includes the hood and trunk, grille, fuel, exhaust and cooling systems, as well as headlights, taillights and parking lights.

Repairs to a bumper can cost between $100 and $1,000, according to Eli’s, a Southern California auto body repair company, while a replacement would cost around $800 to $2,000. Because many modern vehicles have sensors and cameras in their bumpers, they need to be replaced or repaired, which increases labor costs.

Damage to the car door

Car with damage to its left side doors

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Car door repairs can cost as little as $50 if you just need to repair a small dent. The price increases if the paint also needs to be matched to repair the scratches.

Modern car doors house complex wiring and mechanisms for locks and windows, which can be expensive to repair. If the door has more than minor dents and scratches, you may need to replace it. You could pay $800 for the door, plus several hundred dollars for labor.

scratched paint

Abrasion of scratches on the front bumper of the car

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When it comes to scratches on your car, it’s the depth of the damage that matters. This is because your car’s paint has many coats of finish. Marks in the top clear coat are the easiest to fix. Deeper scratches can be a multi-layered job, while those that reach the metal need to be repaired quickly so the car doesn’t rust.

If you have a newer car, a dealer can find the correct paint by using the vehicle identification number or VIN. If you want to do the repair yourself, you can usually purchase about 2 ounces of paint for $50-$300. Dealerships will charge between $150 and $1,000 to fix a scratch and double that for work on the hood or doors.

Cracked windshield

Broken front windshield on the right passenger side of a car

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You may be able to leave small chips in your windshield, those caused by a rock, ice, or other small road debris hitting your car. But larger cracks often spread and can obstruct your view. Before replacing the windshield, it is important to ask yourself: is it on the driver’s side, is there more than one crack, is it longer than 6 inches, and does it start at the edge ?

A new windshield could cost between $250 and $400. For a luxury car, the price can range from $1,000 to over $4,500. Repairing a chip on an older car usually costs between $60 and $100.

Dented panels

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The price of a dent repair can vary widely, from $50 to $2,500. Small dents from rocks or hail, for example, can cost around $50 to $125 to repair. Large dents resulting from a collision can cost $150 or more.

What drives the price up? A bumper, for example, may have electrical parts such as sensors. Dents can span multiple panels, which need to be replaced. More expensive jobs may include painting or sanding.

This story originally appeared on Cheapinsurance.com and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio.

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