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That buck could cost you lots of dough

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 05:55
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Both parties lose when car and deer collide, and high-speed contact with a doe will cost the car owner a lot of dough.
A recent survey of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts shop owners finds that the frequency and severity of deer-related accidents are growing as quickly as the deer population in some markets. And, with the cold-weather months providing peak season for deer-vehicle crashes, this risk is on the rise.
The “CARSTAR Bucks and Dough Deer Damage Survey” found that:
  • More than 40 percent of CARSTAR store owners report a 25 percent increase in deer-related accidents, while some nearly 12 percent report a 50 percent increase and five percent have seen a whopping 75 percent increase in their areas.
  • The cost of hitting a deer is on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of CARSTAR store owners estimate that the average cost of a deer-related collision repair is between $2,500 and $4,999, while some five percent of repairs are between $5,000 and $10,000.

The most common damage to be repaired was:

  • Replace or repair front bumper – nearly 30 percent
  • Replace or repair hood – more than 22 percent
  • Replace or repair fender – some 12 percent
  • Replace headlight – nearly 10 percent
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