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Old 10-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Full LED head light fix $2,200 !?!?! part only

Beware new buyers. Had a branch fall out of tree in a windstorm that took out one of my Full LED headlights. just cracked the plastic, light still worked. The New Part (You have to replace the entire enclosure if the plastic cracks) is $2,200. I had insurance, but once out of warranty if this light ever failed You will be hosed. Also 6-7 years down the road they might total your car if the lights get bashed in a fender bender since 2 lights would be over $5k to replace + body work will add up fast...

I have the old one since it works, I'll get the plastic epoxied and reuse or sell to someone who can't afford $2,400 with labor to fix one of these.
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I have to ask - this is new news to anyone? I think that is not a Full-LED owner that does not know what the costs of these units are.

so....ok!

takeaway being no front-enders - do not park under trees or anything for that matter - keep car stored in a cement bunker and never use it - just in case.


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I'll bet there are plenty of people that have not thought about the repair costs of the lights. Plenty of ignorant buyers.
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Can you go through home owners insurance or some type of hazard insurance. That's nuts man. Sorry to hear that.
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Auto collision or comprehensive insurance would cover damage to the LED headlights after any deductible. Extended warranties don't cover them if they were to fail.
And it's not just the LED lights. There's plenty of other stuff that can break on the C7 that would cost $2K or more to repair. Most folks who would invest in a $55-65K car most likely would (or should) be aware that these newer luxury cars are complex and ain't cheap to repair.
The good news is all of the Audi's LEDs should last as long as the car with no "bulb" replacements necessary.
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It is not just $55K+ cars, most modern cars have plenty of very expensive parts in them. The navi and head units in most cars cost a fortune, but are not likely to need replacing. I keep a low deductible on my comprehensive since things like windshields and the mentioned tree hitting the car would be cover under comprehensive vs. collision and comprehensive is usually less expensive and it does not usually cost mush to drop the deductible. I keep $1K deductible on collision, but $0 on comprehensive.
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What about replacing/fixing damaged aluminium body parts? I hear not all collision shops are certified to fix these. Since the accident counts are so low, collision shops are not ready or willing to spend the money to re-tool their facilities.
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Why are we discussing the cost of parts in the open?
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Why are we discussing the cost of parts in the open?
Possibly because the OP's thread start post title was "Full LED head light fix $2,200 !?!?! part only" and his apparent shock at the high cost of the part?
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Possibly because the OP's thread start post title was "Full LED head light fix $2,200 !?!?! part only" and his apparent shock at the high cost of the part?
So how hard would it be to smash the driver's window, pop the hood, and be a few grand richer?
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So how hard would it be to smash the driver's window, pop the hood, and be a few grand richer?
I think headlights are a lot harder to remove now. Manufacturers have changed things since the days of the original Acura TL (the HID lights were constantly, and easily, being stolen and retro-fitted into the base model). As another safeguard, I believe that the Audi requires that LED lights have to be coded to each specific car.
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I think headlights are a lot harder to remove now. Manufacturers have changed things since the days of the original Acura TL (the HID lights were constantly, and easily, being stolen and retro-fitted into the base model). As another safeguard, I believe that the Audi requires that LED lights have to be coded to each specific car.
I'm not sure the hood pull can be used when the door is closed anyway.

In either case, don't tell the wife/gf/mistress how much each light costs, esp if she's good with a hammer.
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So how hard would it be to smash the driver's window, pop the hood, and be a few grand richer?
Probably harder than it would be for me to call my insurance agent for reimbursement for the repair under my comprehensive policy.

If someone really wants to steal something from a car or damage it, they will. That's why there's insurance. I'm not going to lose any sleep worrying about if it could happen any more than I worry about someone burglarizing my home, a delivery guy slipping on the ice in my driveway or me getting hit by lightning. You take what sensible precautions you can and life goes on.
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So how hard would it be to smash the driver's window, pop the hood, and be a few grand richer?
Pretty damn difficult. Headlight removal requires bumper removal, plus they're coded. They aren't coming off without somebody noticing, and once you get them out, its not so easy to put them into something else.

Thieves aren't going to risk prison when there's a good chance they're going to be caught, and even if they aren't, they won't be able to get much for lights that require a dealer to install. Not worth it to them. They'll steal something thats easier to remove and get rid of.
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It is not just $55K+ cars, most modern cars have plenty of very expensive parts in them. The navi and head units in most cars cost a fortune, but are not likely to need replacing. I keep a low deductible on my comprehensive since things like windshields and the mentioned tree hitting the car would be cover under comprehensive vs. collision and comprehensive is usually less expensive and it does not usually cost mush to drop the deductible. I keep $1K deductible on collision, but $0 on comprehensive.
Great point, thanks for mentioning that. Need to look into that for this car.
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