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2014 BMW i3: Cheaper To Repair, Insure Than You’d Expect

Carbon fiber is not a cheap material. If it was, we’d all be driving around in cars made from it–rather than it being limited to a few supercars and high-end sports cars.

And the BMW i3, of course. The expense of its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) chassis might lead you to assume repairing it would be a wallet-draining nightmare–but apparently, that isn’t the case.

As Autoblog Green reports, BMW’s clever construction methods mean minor and even major repairs may be cheaper than that of a standard steel vehicle.

And because repairs are cheaper, insurance rates should be cheaper too–a car that doesn’t cost much to repair means less risk for your insurer if you have a bump.

This ease of repair and lower cost of construction is important for BMW, which says that everything BMW has learned from the i3 will eventually find its way onto the maker’s regular vehicles. “There is a plan to bring CFRP to the rest of our fleet,” communications manager Manuel Sattig told Autoblog Green.

As you’d imagine, expanding the material to the rest of the range means repair costs can’t simply spiral out of control on every CFRP vehicle.

That’s where the clever engineering starts.
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