Car Headliner Repair Cost

How much does it cost to repair your car headliner? Of course, it depends on the type of car that you have and the material used, but there are some rules.

The headliner of a car is one of the things that you do not notice until they start sagging or make weird noises.

The reason why a headliner turns bad is usually that the glue eventually gives up due to heat, UV rays, or age.

For some, the headliner only needs a touch-up, while others require a total replacement.

The cost of a repair or replacement depends considerably on the type of vehicle as well as the type of fabric that is used.

To put it in perspective, a car headliner replacement costs on average between $150 to $300.

The headliner is not only there for the looks, beneath the headliner lies foam that isolates the car from the outside environment, providing you a quieter ride and a better temperature-regulated cabin.

In other words, what may initially seem like a simple fix for the headliner, may end in a complete replacement if the headliner and all its components are bad.

Whatever your situation is and whatever result you are looking after, we will cover everything from small touch-ups to a total replacement.

Let’s get into it!

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Fixing Or Replacing A Headliner

sagging headliner

The first thing you should consider is if you should repair only a part of the headliner or replace it fully.

This mainly depends on the state of the headliner. For example, if your headliner is sagging in one part while the rest is in a good condition, it is more economical to fix it.

On the other hand, if there are several bad spots or the overall quality is off, a replacement is the way to go.

DIY Headliner Repair

automobile headliner

There is a great possibility that all you have to do is a quick repair.

There are different types of repairs depending on how good of a result you want and how much time and money you are ready to spend.

For example, a sagging headliner can be fixed by simply pinning or using a staple gun to fix the problem.

While this resolution is simple and cheap, the result will perhaps not be very aesthetically pleasing. If you only use your car to get from A to B and looks do not matter, this may be an option for you.

A more serious type of repair involves more work hours, but it will result in a headliner that looks much better.

The best way to repair a headliner is to start from the corner closest to the sagging point and work your way to it.

When that is done, make sure to inspect the foam. If everything looks alright, you may simply add a good quality headliner glue and put everything back together.

If it turns out that the foam or any other part of the headliner looks bad, it is much wiser to replace the headliner fully.

Professional Repair And Replacement Cost

car headliner

For the best possible results, it is best to leave it to the professionals, especially if you are replacing the whole headliner.

The complexity of a headliner replacement depends on the car model; therefore, the cost will also vary greatly.

In general, bigger cars will be more expensive as more material and work must be put into it.

Not only does the car model affect the price due to the size, but also the layout. Some car models have modules that must be covered with the headliner which complicates the process.

For example, a car with a panoramic roof may take more time to install a new headliner while the material cost is lower.

Besides the labor, the cost of the material used must be considered. An aftermarket BMW M4 Alcantara headliner package will cost you about $2500.

This is however a premium price with exclusive material, a more general price for a headliner replacement is $150 to $300 including labor.

You should also consider if the pillars should be replaced, this is mostly needed for aesthetic reasons.

Depending on the material, you can expect to pay $5 to $10 per yard and depending on the size of the headliner you will need 2 to 6 yards.

When it comes to labor rates, they depend on many factors, including in which state you are and if it is a dealership or an independent shop in question.

A headliner replacement will take on average 1 to 3 hours.


auto headliner

The headliner freshens the interior of the car but also provides sound isolation and therefore a quieter and more comfortable ride.

There are several ways to go when repairing a headliner. A quick fix will get the job done but the result will not be as good as a professional repair or a replacement.

Generally, if only a small part of the headliner is sagging and the overall condition is good, a simple repair will suffice.

A good headliner repair includes applying a high-quality headliner glue and fixing the headliner back to the roof.

On the other hand, if you hear noise from the roof or the general condition of the headliner is bad, a replacement is the better way to go.  

If your headliner is sagging and you are out for a quick and cheap fix, you may simply pin it to the roof or use a staple gun. This will not be the prettiest fix, but it is the cheapest one.

A professional job will cost $150 to $300, including labor. If you decide to do it yourself, you could save a lot of money as the material is relatively cheap – $5 to $10 per yard.

The biggest factors that affect the price of a headliner replacement and repair are the car model and the material used.

At the end, a fresh headliner will give new life to your car and improve the driving experience.

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