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How much does a fog lamp front replacement cost for Volkswagen cars?

A typical Volkswagen fog lamp front replacement in the UK costs around £21 - £144. Depending on your Volkswagen model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a fog lamp front replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Volkswagen cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a fog lamp front replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Polo£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Golf VII£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Golf£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Tiguan£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Golf VI£92 - £144
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Up!£85 - £133
Fog lamp front replacement for Volkswagen Golf V£21 - £33

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What does a front fog lamp do?

A front fog light is responsible for illuminating the road in front of your vehicle when driving in poor visibility. They are not mandatory in the UK, however they are useful in thick fog to illuminate the road ahead. They also alert other road users to your presence on the road which may not be immediately obvious with poor visibility.

What are the signs of a bad fog lamp?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your fog lamp bulb:

  • If one or both of your fog lights has stopped working

  • If your fog lights are dimmer than usual

  • If you have noticed your fog lights flickering or dipping in and out

What happens when we do a fog lamp replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fog lights and test to see which ones need replacing

  • They will then disconnect any power wires attached to the fog lights

  • Unscrew or unclip the old fog light bulb that needs replacing

  • Fit the new fog light bulbs, ensuring they’re the correct size and type for your car make and model

  • They’ll reconnect the power wires and test that the new bulb is working

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Hey Fixter, how often should a fog lamp be replaced?

Unfortunately no bulbs will last the lifetime of your vehicle, which means at some point you’ll need to replace your fog light bulbs. There is no set mileage at which this should be done, as it depends on how often you use them and on the type of bulb. Just be sure to check them regularly.

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Want to learn more about Volkswagen fog lamp front replacement?

What does a front fog lamp do?

A front fog light is responsible for illuminating the road in front of your vehicle when driving in poor visibility. According to UK and European law a car must have at least one (working) rear fog light, to warn traffic of your presence when they are closing in on you from behind in poor conditions.

Some more modern cars are also equipped with front fog lights, either as standard or as an optional extra, which help you to see the road ahead more clearly in thick fog.

Both these fog lights are important safety features so should be regularly checked and properly maintained.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen (often shortened to VW) is a German automobile manufacturer founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front, a Nazi labour union.

Volkswagen is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, who in turn is majority owned by Porsche. They own and operate a vast number of cars under other brand names—at the time of writing, they have 342 subsidiary companies.

Possibly its most well-known model of the current generation, the VW Golf, was the 2nd best selling car of 2018, behind the Ford Fiesta, which consistently takes the top spot year after year.

The Golf’s 64k registrations in 2018 added to the vast tally of 3.4million Volkswagen cars on the road today.

High quality, highly rated, appropriately priced cars

VW cars achieve consistently strong reviews and are highly respected by critics and drivers alike. They are renowned for investing more money into research and development than almost any other marque and distributing their wealth of motoring knowledge across the many partner brands under the VW Group umbrella.

The Volkswagen Beetle: The ‘people’s car’

A classic of its time, originally named the Volkswagen Type 1, it soon became nicknamed the Beetle due to its unique shape, and subsequently the bug. The unique looking car was designed by Ferdinand Porsche for Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap and simple mass-produced car to travel around his country’s new road network.

The new model Beetle, originally launched to celebrate the original classic in 1997, and with an updated successor in 2011, was designed around the VW Jetta platform sharing much of its build with the Jetta and Golf. VW announced in 2018 that the Beetle would finally be removed from production in July 2019.

How often should you replace a fog lamp bulb?

Unfortunately no light bulb will last the lifetime of your vehicle, which means at some point you’ll need to replace your fog light bulbs. There is no set mileage at which this should be done, as it depends on how often you use them and on the type of bulb. Just be sure to check them regularly.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

Legally a car must have at least one (working) rear fog light and more modern cars should also be equipped with front fog lights. Because these lights are important safety features they will be checked during an MOT. If they are found to be broken or faulty your car will most likely fail its MOT.

What causes a fog lamp bulb to break?

Fog lamp bulbs can break for a variety of reasons. For example, because of a blown fuse, if water has seeped into the light or over time they can simply wear out. The most important thing is that you replace the bulbs as soon as possible as it can be dangerous to drive without them.

What are the signs of a bad fog lamp bulb?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • If one or both of your fog lights has stopped working

  • If your fog lights are dimmer than usual

  • If you have noticed your fog lights flickering or dipping in and out

What happens during a fog lamp bulb replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the fog lights and test to see which ones need replacing

  • They will then disconnect any power wires attached to the fog lights

  • Unscrew or unclip the old fog light bulb that needs replacing

  • Fit the new fog light bulbs, ensuring they’re the correct size and type for your car make and model

  • They’ll reconnect the power wires and test that the new bulb is working

What is the average life of a fog lamp bulb?

There is no set lifespan of fog lamp bulbs, as it depends on how often you use them and on the type of bulb. Just be sure to check them regularly to ensure they're fully functional for when you need to use them.

Can you drive with a broken fog lamp bulb?

You shouldn't drive without functioning front fog lamps. Legally a car must have at least one (working) rear fog light, to warn traffic of your presence when they are closing in on you from behind in poor conditions.

Some more modern cars are also equipped with front fog lights, either as standard or as an optional extra, which help you to see the road ahead more clearly in thick fog.

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