How much does it cost to replace car headlights?

We receive a lot of questions from potential customers asking how much the entire process of replacing headlights might cost, whether the reason is for repair or performance. Whilst you can see how much our headlights cost, you may not know exactly what a garage is likely to charge you, or how long the fitting might take.

As much as we would love to give you an exact figure, we can’t! But what we can do is show you what kind of pricing and service we’ve seen after 9 years in the business.

It depends on your vehicle

This might not be what you want to hear – but the cost of fitting a single or set of headlights will vary from car to car. The reason why it varies is that some cars are designed to make headlights easy to remove, and some make it a lot tougher.

The easier the design of the car makes it to remove and install headlights, the less time it takes, therefore the installation costs are lower.

As a general rule of thumb (and not an exact formula), we have often found cars made before the 2004/2005 era easier to have their headlights replaced, than those made after this time.

For example, newer BMWs can need their entire front bumper removing, plus other parts!

So, as a rough guide, the newer your vehicle, the more likely it is to cost you a little more at the garage to have new headlights fitted.

In pounds and pence?

After listening to our customers’ experiences, we would suggest an older vehicle where the replacement would take an hour or so would probably cost in the region of £50-100 to have new headlights installed.

More modern cars often run to about £150-300 – again, depending on the complexity of the vehicle design.

Is there any other costs I need to be aware of?

In total, for full replacement of both headlights you will be looking at:

  • 2 x Headlight Assemblies
  • The headlight bulbs (Halogen, LED, Xenon or Bi-Xenon)
  • Any other bulbs needed in the assembly, for example indicators
  • A mechanic to fit the headlights