What you can damage if you slid into a curb?
If your car slid into a curb, chances are you’ve caused quite a bit of damage to the steering and suspension. Mechanics call it a “curb kiss,” and it doesn’t take much of an impact to bend a strut, control arm, tie rod, wheel, or even the steering knuckle. A typical repair job can easily run between $700 and $1,200 dollars. That means you should be filing a claim with your insurance company.
Steering and suspension parts get damaged
Let’s take a moderate case where you bent the control arm, tie rod, and strut (most frequently damaged parts from a moderate curb kiss)
You’d need the following new parts for a 2005 Ford Taurus:
The parts (at retail shop prices–not if you buy them yourself) come to:
Control arm and ball joint —> $206
Inner and outer tie rod —> $130
New Strut —> $110
Total parts cost $446
Labor guide to install the above parts comes to 4.1 hours. At a shop rate of $100/hr. labor comes to $410. Plus a 4-wheel alignment at approximately $90
Total cost of a single curb kiss: $946
If you bent the steering knuckle, add $344. If you damage the wheel, add $300 for a factory allow wheel.
Keep in mind this is for a Ford Taurus. If you drive a European car like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, add about $900 to the above parts prices and jack up the labor rate to almost $150/hr.
Want to avoid this in the future? Well, you could have bought four winter tires for the cost of a single car slid into curb episode. Winter tires stop faster and corner much better than all-season tires.
If your car slid into a curb and you notice any steering pull or lean, get it to a shop IMMEDIATELY! Trust me, this isn’t going to fix itself and driving on it will only cause more damage–even kill somebody.
Here are some photos of damage caused when a car slides into a curb
©, 2015 Rick MuscoplatPosted on by Rick Muscoplat