In the first quarter of this year, more than 7,6 thousand vehicles have been imported car from the USA. It’s a slight (+3,1%) increase compared to the first quarter of the last year. In 2021, on average, we import a bit more than 2,5 thousand cars from the USA per month. According to the statistics of autoDNA, if any of these vehicles are damaged, then the affected part is most likely the body.
Damage to the bodies of imported car
What is the most common issue? Those of the vehicles that are faulty at all are most likely to have some body damage. According to the autoDNA statistics gathered in 2020 as a result of the vehicle checks performed, in more than 95% cases these vehicles come from the USA. In almost half (49,13%) of the cases in which damage is discovered, it has been dealt to the front of the vehicle (the bumper, headlights, radiator, etc.).
Why are so many vehicles with this kind of damage imported? Mostly because of the difference in the cost of repairs between the two countries. Repairs that are too expensive in the USA can be significantly cheaper in other countries. This is the main reason why such vehicles are imported to our country, repaired and sold second-hand. If the damage is not dealt to the front of the vehicle, statistics say that you may discover it at the back (14,6%) or the side (11,1%). Interestingly, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference in this regard between different car brands. Whether it’s a Ford or a Honda, if it’s imported from the US, it will most likely have damage in one of those three areas. Why does this happen?
Imported car – the cost of repairs
Body & paint works are quite expensive in the US. At the same time, it’s typical for body damage to be visible in photos. This means that based on pictures alone you can calculate an approximate cost of repairs. As a result, such vehicles are put up for auction and they are imported to other countries. There’s certain risk involved, of course, as the buyer is not there to physically inspect the car. If longerons are damaged, this may not be visible in the photos. As a result, it’s not the importer that takes the risk but the buyer.
The risk of discovering damage to parts other than the body is negligible: for mechanical damage it’s a little bit more than 1%, and for the other types of faults it’s even less than 1%. This means that while buying a car from the USA you should definitely bring a coating meter, or buy an autoDNA Vehicle History Report that will show both the type of damage and photos taken before the repairs. (Read more on the VIN number and vehicle history)