As you can likely imagine, no potential automotive issue can sap your extra walkaround cash more quickly than a car that has broken down. It’s hard to necessarily predict these problems, but you can often assume how much they’re going to cost to repair. But what are the most expensive fixes? Here are four of the steepest bills you could face.
4 Most Expensive Car Repairs
A New Transmission
Transmission issues are relatively easy to diagnose, which makes them all the more frustrating when they happen. Many of us just start with a new vehicle when a transmission needs replacing, since even a rudimentary transmission can run up to $5,000. Of course, a complex transmission (such as is found in many of the vehicles at Prestige Imports) can cost much more than this.
To slow the wear and tear on a transmission, try to accelerate at an even rate, and be certain to keep a close eye on oil and transmission fluid levels. The better you care for your car in general, the better off your transmission will be in the long run.
The reason airbags are so expensive, of course, is that once they’ve deployed, they must be replaced. And, though you can’t put a true price on your health or safety, their replacements are always very expensive. Even if your car doesn’t take much damage, airbags might deploy all the same.
So is there a way to avoid using them? Of course there is, and it’s pretty obvious: don’t get into an accident. Drive carefully, and do your part to avoid collisions. Airbags are certainly there for a reason, but it’s still better sometimes to not need them at all.
Cylinder Head Gaskets
Many of us don’t really know what head gaskets are all about, so here’s a quick rundown: they act as a seal between the engine block and the cylinder head, and if that seal is broken, the engine oil and coolant will mix. This can be an extremely expensive fix, not just in terms of the parts for the worn/broken seal, but also for the labor involved.
To avoid ruining the seal, don’t allow your engine to overheat. Always keep your coolant levels precisely where they should be, and don’t lapse on your regularly scheduled maintenance.
The fuel pump brings gasoline from the fuel tank to the engine, maintains the pressure at a constant level, and is a vitally important vehicle component. It can be damaged by debris or detritus making its way into your fuel, or even by using lower quality fuel than your vehicle requires. The costs to replace the part may vary depending on the vehicle, but there can be a large amount of labor involved, which pushes the price upward.
To keep a fuel pump working as it should, make certain to keep using the called-for fuel, and never take fuel from dirty containers, to ensure that no debris is making its way into your fuel line.
Are you experiencing any of these problems? If so, visit us at Prestige Imports, and we’ll do our best to take care of it for you.