How are you at your knowledge of cars these days? Things have probably changed a lot since you’ve poked your head under the hood. Want to find out? Take this little quiz. The answers are at the end, Five points for each correct answer; four points for each second-best answer. Beyond that, well … our moms taught us if you cannot say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
How much actual steel is put into an average car today?
- a) Twenty-five percent
- b) Fifty percent
- c) 60 percent
- d) 65 percent
Airbags are set to go off when the car hits an object dead on going:
- a) The rate of deceleration
- b) 5-8 mph
- c) 5-10 mph
- d) 10-15 mph
How many coats of paint are put on a car today, particularly one that’s being fixed?
- a) one
- b) two
- c) five
- d) 10
Cars today are made to:
- a) Crumble up and absorb impact around the driver’s cage
- b) Absorb impact with the front, steel grill
- c) Have a front, steel grill, which absorbs impact
A new bumper on a Toyota Echo, the smallest car Toyota makes, will cost this much to replace.
- a) $75
- b) $150
- c) $250
- d) $300
What percentage of used parts, to hold costs down, is a bump shop likely to use to fix a car in what most people would agree is a medium-type accident?
- a) Depends on the bump shop
- b) All of them, but some will charge you for all new parts. And how will you know, anyway?
- c) They try to use as many as they can find to help recycle
- d) Not many – the mark-up on brand-new dealership parts is just too much for any one man to resist
At what point will your insurance company total your car?
- a) Ha ha ha , oh, this is good, ha ha, total the car, get a load of this
- b) When the damage approaches or exceeds 50 percent of the car’s value
- c) When the damage and value equal the value of the car
- d) When the damage simply exceeds the value of reassembling the car?
Long ago, when a man was a man, he carried a tool box in his car to fix problems on the fly. Today, that toolbox:
- a) Is as good as it ever was at fixing the same problems
- b) Due to computers, ballast
- c) Unless you have a particular computer, the right software and carry it around in your back seat, nice to pull out and have a good cry over
Means the dealerships have a hammerlock on your you-know-what’s
a – 25 percent of steel goes into today’s cars
a – The rate of deceleration determines when the airbags fire
c – Five coats of paint – three base coats and two clear coats
a – cars are made to crumble like bad hors d’oeuvres to absorb the impact and keep the driver safe
d – and that’s strictly for the bumper. No paint job, no labor cost
c – some places like B&B Collision believe in recycling to help the environment
b – when the damage approaches 50 percent of the car’s value
d – stings a little, but you get used to it.