New research from AAA claims tech is the primary culprit for increasing vehicle repair costs, as ordinary components such as bumpers, side mirrors, and windshields are now complicated by integrated electronics, making them difficult to fix after accidents. “Mess up your rear bumper? Well, if you have ultrasonic parking sensors or radar back there, it could cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 to fix. Knock off a side mirror equipped with a camera as part of a surround-view system? $500 to $1,100.” Even seemingly small damages to a vehicle's front end can incur costs nearing $3,000, according to new research from AAA. Windshields are especially tricky. People who own cars with windshields that have embedded heating elements already have to pony up hundreds of dollars to replace what you might think is just a piece of glass. Factor complex camera systems (like autobrake) into the mix, and not only do folks get hit with the windshield replacement, they possibly have to find a trained professional to recalibrate all that tech behind it.