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"Repairing a new car a decade ago, for example, cost an average of $2,578 per claim, while in 2003, the cost had ballooned to $3,681, a 43 percent increase that has outpaced inflation"

I have read about this "report" in another forum. The above claim is mis-leading. The statement appears to indicate that there has been a huge increase in repair costs, however, adjusted for inflation, the difference was only a few percent - not bad considering all the "high tech" stuff in the cars. In has outpaced inflation, but not by much.

Anything from the "Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI)" needs to be taken with a grain of salt (actually the whole shaker), as they are simply a front for the insurance industry. They are very good at conducting studies to justify reasons that the insurance industry has to raise their rates...

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zvezdah1 said:
I'm sure chassis repair will either be contracted (by LCU) out to a special center(s) who'll have the appropriate tools, not realistic to expect a dealer to have the capability to do chassis bonding and repair.
I suspect that no one will be able to repair the chassis. The chassis is bonded together with high temperature - kind of hard to do with a complete car.

The more likely option will be to replace the chassis with a new one - it's not as difficult or expensive as you might expect. You can still get Lotus Factory made chassis to repair '60s & '70s vintage Elans and Europas - Esprits too. Last time I checked the prices, it was only a couple of thousand for the chassis...

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