The Impact of Collision Repairs on Non-Tesla Electric Vehicles: New Study Reveals Surprising Results
In the ever-evolving world of electric vehicles (EVs), the cost of repairs has been a major concern for potential buyers. However, a recent study has shed some light on this issue, providing reassurance to those considering non-Tesla EVs. According to data from a leading repair shop software company, the average cost of collision repair for non-Tesla EVs is only $269 higher than that of traditional combustion-powered cars.
The study highlights the fact that modern cars, regardless of their power source, are equipped with advanced technologies such as lidar sensors, radar sensors, and cameras. These technologies are often integrated into major body panels, which can significantly drive up repair costs. Additionally, EVs also have battery packs and electric motors that further contribute to potential repair bills.
Previous reports have suggested that repairing an EV could be much more expensive compared to traditional cars. However, this study challenges that notion, revealing that repair costs for non-Tesla EVs are nearly identical to those of combustion-powered vehicles. On average, Mitchell’s customers reported an average repair cost of $4,474 for non-Tesla EVs, which is only $269 more than the average repair cost of $4,205 for combustion-powered cars. This marginal difference amounts to just six percent.
Interestingly, the data also shows that Tesla owners tend to face significantly higher repair bills. On average, they pay around $5,552 for collision repairs, which is approximately 27 percent more compared to non-Tesla EVs. This can be attributed to the cutting-edge technology incorporated into Tesla vehicles, which comes with a higher price tag when it comes to repairs.
Ryan Mandell, the director of claims performance for auto physical damage at Mitchell, explains that the advanced safety technology and digital connected-car features in EVs play a significant role in collision repair costs. These vehicles are at the forefront of innovation, and repairing them requires expertise and specialized equipment.
Several other factors also contribute to the overall cost of EV repairs. Firstly, as EVs are relatively new to the market, there may be limited availability of aftermarket repair options, leading to increased costs. Additionally, as the overall cost of EVs continues to decrease, some vehicles that were previously repaired are now deemed total losses, further reducing the reported repair costs.
It is important to note that the study focuses on non-Tesla EVs, as Tesla vehicles tend to have more unique and proprietary technologies, leading to higher repair costs. However, as the EV market continues to expand and mature, it is expected that repair costs for all EVs will eventually become more aligned with those of traditional cars.
In conclusion, while there have been concerns about the high cost of repairing EVs, this study brings some relief to potential buyers of non-Tesla EVs. The data indicates that the average collision repair costs for non-Tesla EVs are only slightly higher than those of combustion-powered cars. As the EV market grows and technology becomes more accessible, it is likely that repair costs will continue to normalize, making EV ownership more affordable and attractive to a wider range of consumers.