How much to change a lightbulb?
A blown headlight bulb can cost up to £846 to replace on some of Britain's best-selling small cars, new research reveals.
Greg Whitaker, editor of What Car?'s sister title Car and Accessory Trader expects replacement costs of headlight units will fall in the future as the aftermarket sector catches up to the technology: "It's happened in the past with a number of car parts. The floating speedometer needle in the Mercedes C-Class was prone to breaking and AC Tronics created a fix for this. And the ECU in the Vauxhall Meriva had some fragile components that frequently broke, so a fix for this was also created."
The full report is available in the December issue of What Car? which is on sale now.
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Cost comparison: New headlight bulbs for small cars
Make and model Trim level Headlight type Headlight bulb / headlight unit
Audi A1 SE Halogen £18
S line Nav HID £211 (bulb and control unit)
Citroen C3 All trim levels Halogen £20
Dacia Sandero All trim levels Halogen £11
Honda Jazz ES, SE Halogen £8
EX, Sport LED £714 (sealed headlight unit)
Kia Rio All trim levels Halogen £9 to £11
Mini All trim levels HID £11
Renault Clio All trim levels Halogen £9
Seat Ibiza SE, SE Technology Halogen £17
FR, FR Sport, Xcellence, Xcellence Lux LED £827 (sealed headlight unit)
Skoda Fabia All trim levels Halogen £9
Suzuki Swift SZ3, SZT Halogen £4
SZ5 HID £684 (sealed headlight unit)
Toyota Yaris All trim levels Halogen £26
Vauxhall Corsa Sting, Energy, Limited Edition, White, Black, Red Edition, Design, Sri,
Sri VX-Line, SE Halogen £17
Elite HID £317
Volkswagen Polo All except GTI Halogen £18
GTI LED £846 (sealed headlight unit)