Vehicle technology is both our best friend and our worst enemy, it seems. While many of us enjoy new tech like LED headlights and taillights, backup and around-view cameras, and other features like rear cross-traffic alert, they ballon vehicle costs and skyrocket repairs.
But it’s not just camera systems that are bleeding us dry. A lot of the time it’s the fact that we add LEDs and other tech into basic vehicle functions like headlights and taillights. For example, let’s say you bust the the LED-peppered headlight on a 2015 Cadillac Escalade (pictured).
That’s no $300-and-done housing– you’ll pay $1,650 for the entire unit, according to Automotive News. If that was 2000 Escalade, though, you’d only shell out a measly $200 to repair the headlight.
If you happen to crack the taillight lens your 2000 ‘Slade, you’ll be out-of-pocket a mere $56.08, and the entire assembly will cost you $220.49. Smash a lamp on a ’15 Escalade and you’re forced to repair the entire housing, as they are no longer separate parts. You’ll also have to dig deep, to the tune of $795.
Of course, many of these tech-bits are built into the price of the vehicle, with the average price of a car now more than $33,000. In other words, what millennials make in a lifetime, probably.
The takeaway? While vehicle technology is no-doubt impressive and allows car manufacturers to offer customers loads of extra options, it makes our vehicles and the repairs we face that much more expensive.
GM Authority top tip: Don’t crash.