How Much Does Rear End Damage Cost To Repair?

Rear-end damage after a collision can cost you anywhere from $50 to $10,000.

The severity of the damage and the complexity of the repairs weigh heavily on the overall cost, along with the type of vehicle you have.  

What Can Be Damaged In A Rear End Collision?

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The impact from a rear-end collision can highly damage your car, up to the point of it being either unsafe or impossible to drive.

Even a “love-tap” in traffic could cause hidden damage within your vehicle. Without taking your car in for inspection, you might be subject to performance-hampering problems.

These can ultimately result in danger for you and anyone on the road with you.

Transmission Damage - Unfortunately, rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are particularly susceptible to transmission damage due to rear-end collision.

Vehicles with a damaged transmission will experience difficulty accelerating and/or the inability to shift gears.

Alignment Damage - Your vehicle’s suspension system is vulnerable to damage during a rear-end collision.

Your suspension system connects your wheels to the rest of your vehicle, so damage to it can cause your wheels to be knocked off of their alignment with one another.

You may experience drifting to one side or a wobble while driving, as well as your tires being stripped faster than usual.

Frame Damage - Depending on the severity of the impact, a rear-end collision can bend your car’s frame.

A bent frame can result in defunct sensors and cameras, impairing the information you use to make driving decisions. Furthermore, bent frames provide less safety in a subsequent accident.

Tail Light Damage - It goes without saying that a rear-end collision will likely damage your tail lights and the electrical system connected to them.

Even a light impact could loosen or break wires or cause components to malfunction. Your car could even catch fire if the wiring is damaged enough! Components of your car that can be damaged by a rear-end collision include:

  • Catalytic Converter
  • Exhaust Manifold
  • Muffler
  • Engine Mount & “Y-Pipe”
  • Bumper
  • Lights
  • Proximity Sensors
  • Rearview Cameras

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Do I Have To Pay For Rear End Collision Damage?

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When you’re involved in a rear-end collision, the last driver to hit a car in the rear is usually held responsible and ends up paying.

You, as the victim in this incident, will typically seek payment for any injuries suffered or damage done to your property because of the collision.

While the driver who causes the rear-end crash is typically held responsible, there are laws in many states for “comparative negligence.”

Comparative negligence allows you to claim some form of compensation for the damages incurred, even if you’re partially responsible for the accident. The size of your payout will decrease depending on your amount of responsibility.Exceptions in the case of rear-end collision liability may include:

  • The driver in front was driving irresponsibly and the rear driver could not reasonably avoid hitting the front car. The rear driver must have been driving at a safe distance away from the front driver.
  • Front driver stops abruptly without setting up flares or providing some form of notice to the traffic behind them.
  • The middle car is driving at a safe distance away, but is rear-ended by another driver into a driver in front of them. The driver that pushed the middle car into the front car is at fault.
  • Inclement weather conditions (fog, rain, etc.) that cause the collision to happen even though there was reasonably safe distance between the two vehicles.

What Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

Uninsured Motorist Coverage is vehicle coverage built to provide protection if you’re ever in a car accident with a driver who doesn’t have the insurance to pay for your injuries.Each state defines “uninsured” differently, but it typically means a driver who doesn’t have enough insurance to cover the cost of someone else’s damages that they’re responsible for.

The driver may have auto liability insurance, but they either:

  • Possess insufficient liability limits to handle the other person’s bills after an accident.
  • Have liability limits that are equal to or less than the person’s underinsured motorist coverage threshold.

Sell A Car With Rear End Collision Damage

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If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision and find yourself without any reprieve due to the at-fault party lacking auto coverage, then DamagedCars is here for you.

We specialize in purchasing vehicles that have seen better days and make things quick and easy for sellers through our online platform.

  1. Submit your vehicle’s information and be given a quote within 90 seconds.
  2. Let our representatives walk you through the process and connect you with one of our local tow partners.
  3. Get your vehicle towed FOR FREE and get the entire quoted amount in your hand.

The DamagedCars process for taking a damaged car off your hands is quick, easy, and haggle-free. Contact us today and let us help you come out ahead of a rear-end collision.


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How much does it cost to repair the rear end of a car?

Repairing rear-end vehicle damage could range from less than $100 to all the way up to $10,000. The costs can vary depending on the severity of the damage, extent of the repairs, and the type of car you drive.

What gets damaged when you get rear ended?

There are several components likely to get damaged when you get rear-ended: your exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, engine mounts, and even the Y pipe that runs to your engine.