16th Feb, 2019
We all love the freedom that having a car brings, but if you have a car that’s less than reliable, then the disadvantages can quickly outweigh the benefits. Cars are becoming ever more sophisticated, but sometimes the flip side of that is that there are more electrical and mechanical components that can go wrong, and having them repaired can leave you with a hefty bill to pay. If too many things go wrong, it might be time to take a long hard look at it and say ‘I need to scrap my car’.
You might not be the only one. If you need examples of repair bills that really strain the bank account, take a look at the three biggest bills that were paid in 2018!
The engine and other mechanical components of a car have to run at very high temperatures, which is why the cooling fan motor is so important. In 2018, the owner of a Lamborghini Aventador had to pay £8928 for repairs to this component on their vehicle, making it the largest single repair bill paid in 2018. If the motor fails to run, then the fan blades won’t turn, and this can rapidly lead to dangerous levels of overheating which will prevent the car from running at all. The cause of the problem could be as simple as a blown fuse or it could be a burnt out or overworked motor, but as we’ve seen, the costs can be huge.
The engine is the powerhouse of your motor vehicle, and as it does so much work, it’s also put under an enormous strain. If your engine fails, then your car will be completely unusable and the costs can be vast. Just ask the owner of one particular Porsche 911, who was faced with a repair bill of £8709, or the owner of an Audi A1 whose engine repairs added up to £6254. As the engine is so complex and has so many components, it can sometimes be difficult to spot developing problems, but the more miles it has on the clock, the more likely it is to fail.
The third most expensive component to repair in 2018 was the gearbox, as a McLaren MP4 owner faced a bill for £6084 to have theirs repaired. Of course, the costs will be lower for vehicles outside of the luxury car bracket, but gearbox repairs can still easily head into four figures. There are many factors which can lead to gearbox problems, with inadequate lubrication and failed bearings being among the most common. Listen out for unusual noises when changing gears, or difficulty when moving up or down.
Other particularly expensive parts of a car to repair include the fuel system, clutch and differential and with these, and the three components mentioned above, the most common cause is wear and tear. Put simply, an old car can cost you much more than it’s worth, and year by year the chances of having to pay a hefty repair bill increases.
Once one component fails, another can follow swiftly behind, resulting in a succession of bills, so it can make much more sense to scrap your car and invest in a newer model. Scrapping your old car can leave you safer on the roads without being lighter in the wallet. In fact, here at Scrap Car Network, we’ve modelled our entire business on making sure that we do as much of the heavy lifting for you as possible! All you need to do is enter in your car reg and postcode into the fields on our homepage, and before you know it you’ll be looking at your very own instant online quote. You can click here to find out more about how it works, or alternatively you can go to our homepage to get started now!