Why are headlight repairs so expensive?

My neighbour has just been quoted £800 to replace a headlight bulb on his newish Hyundai saloon. This is because it is a sealed unit that requires much work to remove it from the front wing. Are there any new cars that do not have such a ridiculous arrangement, i.e. where a single bulb can be simply replaced in a couple of minutes?

Asked on 21 July 2023 by zog

Answered by David Ross
Many modern cars are fitted with LED headlights which require a sealed headlight unit. Thankfully failures are uncommon with this type of lighting, but unfortunately it is more expensive to repair when failures happen.

If you are looking for a car that avoids this issue we would suggest choosing a car that has non-LED headlights.
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