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How Much Does a Headlight Assembly Cost?

Driving with a headlight out is dangerous, and illegal. The exact laws differ depending on your state, but the general rule is the same. You have to have fully working headlights to be able to safely navigate the road at night. There might be an electrical problem or damage from a collision, but either way a faulty headlight needs to be fixed as soon as possible. A non-functional car headlight assembly is a serious liability for yourself and other drivers. This isn’t the kind of repair you can wait around to fix.


How Much Does a Headlight Assembly Cost

Headlight Assembly Labor and Part Costs

The type of headlight assembly you will need depends on the year, make and model your car. The two main types are a sealed beam headlights and composite headlights. If you aren’t sure what you need you can enter your year, make and model in the Shop By Vehicle on the top left of this page and see what kind of headlight your car requires.

The chart we created below shows the part costs for five of the top selling headlight assemblies on the market. The headlight assembly replacement cost really varies on which vehicle you have and what kind of lighting system you have (Halogen, HID or LED). For those vehicles with HID or LED lights the headlight assembly repair cost is much higher than vehicles with simple halogen lights. A common misdiagnosis for the replacement of a headlight assembly is a shot headlight bulb. You do not have to replace the full headlight assembly to replace the bulb. A bulb is a cheap and simple DIY repair that should not take more than 20 mins and $10-$75.

VehicleDealership Repair CostDIY With BAP
Year, Make & ModelList PriceLabor Cost ($130/HR)Total CostOur PriceSavings
VehicleOEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) NumberList PriceOur PriceLabor Time (hrs)Independent Shops Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($100/HR)Dealerships Estimate National Avg Labor Cost ($130/HR)
2005 Honda Accord (Right)33101-SDA-A01$263.31$85.001.6$208.00 (1.6hrs)$471.31$85.00$386.31
2005 Honda Accord (Left)33151-SDA-A01$263.31$85.001.6$208.00 (1.6hrs)$471.31$85.00$386.31
2007 Toyota Tacoma (Right)81110-04163$271.81$85.001.5$195.00 (1.5hrs)$466.81$85.00$381.81
2006 GMC Envoy (Right) (Right)15866070$195.12$64.001.2$156.00 (1.2hrs)$351.12$64.00$287.12
2006 GMC Envoy (Left)15866070$195.12$64.001.2$156.00 (1.2hrs)$351.12$64.00$287.12



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Estimating Labor In Headlight Assembly Replacement Cost

The full cost of repairing or replacing a headlight assembly cannot be accurately estimated without knowing the make and model of the car. Some things to take into account when calculating labor time for your vehicle are whether you need one headlight assembly or both replaced, the type of lighting your headlight assembly uses, and how easily removable your headlight assembly is. These are things that drive the labor time up and therefore the cost of a headlight assembly repair.

The table we created below has a range of vehicles and their labor time for ONE headlight assembly. Depending on your vehicle the cost of replacing both headlight assemblies goes up but for some vehicles it does not. At the most you can just double the labor time estimate below if you need both headlight assemblies repaired.

Vehicle ClassificationModel 1Model 2Model 3
Hatchbacks2007 Ford Focus ~ 0.9 labor hrs2007 Honda Fit ~1.2 labor hrs2007 VW Rabbit ~ 1.7 labor hrs
Sedans2007 VW Passat ~ 1.7 labor hrs2007 Honda Accord ~ 1.6 labor hrs2007 BMW 328 ~ 1.8 - 2.0 labor hrs
Wagons2007 VW Jetta Wagon ~ 1.4 labor hrs2007 Subaru Outback ~ 1.6 - 1.8 labor hrs2007 Audi A6 ~ 1.3 - 2.0 labor hrs
Sport Cars2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata ~ 1.0 labor hrs2007 VW GTI ~ 1.7 labor hrs2007 Chevrolet Corvette ~ 3.4 labor hrs
SUVs/Crossovers2007 Honda CRV ~ 1.7 labor hrs2007 Hyundai Santa Fe ~ 0.3 labor hrs2007 BMW X5 ~ 3.0-3.4 labor hrs
Pickup Trucks2007 Nissan Frontier Pickup ~ 1.8 labor hrs2007 Dodge Ram 1500 ~ 0.5 labor hrs2007 Ford F-150 (non-turbo) ~ 0.4 labor hrs
Range = 0.3 labor hrs to 3.4 labor hrs

How to Save Money on a Headlight Assembly

Use our car part search to easily compare prices for headlight assembly kits. We carry a large range of reliable original manufacturer headlights at a much cheaper price than your local dealer. Just order the headlights from us and we will ship them out to you. Then you can take your car into the shop to have them installed and only pay for labor.  Or, if you are mechanically inclined you can install them yourself and save even more money!

Find Your Headlight Assembly

To find the headlight assembly that is guaranteed to fit your car at an unbeatable price, use the Year, Make, and Model search at the top left of this page.  If you find the headlight assembly cheaper somewhere else, give one of our US based auto part specialists a call and we will match that price. 1-888-907-7225. All of our headlight assemblies come with Free Shipping and an industry leading warranty.

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