How Much Does Fog Light Installation Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Fog lights are part of the car’s auxiliary light system and are meant to provide illumination that is aimed at the road rather than straight ahead.  These lights are housed inside the fog lamp assemblies and will provide visibility during foggy conditions.

These lights usually emit a yellow tinted light and will not only provide additional light for you to see the road, but the can also serve as a warning to other drivers since other they will be able to see your car coming with the yellow beams before they can even see the car.

I had just waxed my car and I took a few... by rmisko, on Flickr
I had just waxed my car and I took a few…” (CC BY 2.0) by  rmisko

How much does fog light installation cost?

On average, installing new fog lights with a professional mechanic will cost anywhere from $150 to as much as $450. 

On a forum thread at PILOTEERS.org, forum members indicated that fog light installation could cost around $180 to $255.

On this 8thcivic.com forum thread, members say it could cost anywhere from $200 to $300 to have fog lights installed at a Honda dealer.

Another forum thread on Element Owners Club, members talked about what they were quoted, with prices ranging anywhere from $149 to close to $500.

Now, if you’re just talking about replacing the fog lights, then costs could be much lower.  Most of the time, the costs will be $100 to $150.

The estimates above will include the fog light kit and professional installation.  The labor for the job may take anywhere from one to three hours.

Factors that affect the price

Make/model of the car

The electrical system of each car can vary greatly.  For example, you may be charged more for a luxury car when compared to a basic sedan.  Like most auto parts, the brand you choose will affect the price since every car will have its own unique setup.

Location

Suburbs tend to charge a lower installation fee since the cost of living is lower, but the same can be said about a location with very little competition.

Mechanic

The specific mechanic you choose can also make a difference.  If they are in demand or have higher reviews, then the costs could be much more than someone just starting out.  All experts, regardless of who you choose, will vary.  From our research, a local dealer is often 30 to 50 percent more than a local mechanic garage.

Tips to know:

Check the warranty on your car.  Installing third-party items can often void your warranty.

Make sure you have the right color tint for your fog lights.  Fog lights come in various colors like yellow, blue, white and orange.

Most newer cars come standard with fog lights.  On many models, the fog lights are automatic and turn on as soon as the car is started and may even stay on when your headlights are off.  This also provides extra safety during the day since the fog lights are dim but provide enough light to make other drivers aware of you while on the road.

Questions to ask your mechanic

Do you have a certification on your training as a mechanic?

How many hours does it take for you to finish the installation?

How much is your labor fee?

Do the fog lights come with free installation?

How many years have you been installing fog lights?

How can I save money?

Consider installing these lights by yourself if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.  If you can manage to work your way in the installation, it could take a few hours.  There are many guides online such as this YouTube video that can help you with the process.

It is best to get a flat rate quote rather than an hourly rate if the mechanic offers it.

Always compare at least three to five shops over the phone.  Most will be more than happy to explain what they can do for you over the phone.


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How much did you spend?

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  1. Mike (Fairfield,  Ohio) paid $525 and said:

    This is the quote I received from the local Nissan dealer. What a rip off. I will do it myself.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Skip (Nashville,  Illinois) paid $248 and said:

    I bought toyota brand fog lights and installed them myself. The install wasn’t hard but You must pay close attention to the toyota install sheets.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. Nick C. (Woodside,  New York) paid $150 and said:

    I got a really quote and got it done it’s pretty nice

    Was it worth it? Yes

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