Replace Model S headlight, suggestions?

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My right headlight went out on my 2016 Model S. The Tesla tech said a replacement is $1200. What? That seems crazy. Ebay and others have used ones for $150-250. I ask the tech to use the used part, but they only work with new OEM parts. Talking to Tesla certified body shops only will do new OEM. Any suggestions to avoid getting price gouged like this?
 

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My right headlight went out on my 2016 Model S. The Tesla tech said a replacement is $1200. What? That seems crazy. Ebay and others have used ones for $150-250. I ask the tech to use the used part, but they only work with new OEM parts. Talking to Tesla certified body shops only will do new OEM. Any suggestions to avoid getting price gouged like this?
For a 2016 model you should be close enough to warranty that you might be able to argue a bit. If not, yes, new OEM LED headlights are pricey.

Headlights are not really as difficult to replace as you'd think - I replaced ones on my previous car, a Mitsubishi, to stop bulbs from burning out (the OEM ones were designed to hold in heat and cook the bulbs to death). Watch some youtube videos on it, and see if it raises your confidence level. Keep in mind that most of the time when they say to remove the bumper entirely, it's not really necessary to do so, as the headlight bolts are exposed if you just move the bumper an inch or two.
 

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I don't think this is any different than BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc. most modern car's headlights are going to be $1000+ and the service centers will only install new OEM parts.
 

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I think my mobile tech would take this on for me as an off-hours side job. Especially during the pandemic when Tesla can't allow any overtime. How good is your relationship with your mobile tech?
 

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My right headlight went out on my 2016 Model S. The Tesla tech said a replacement is $1200. What? That seems crazy. Ebay and others have used ones for $150-250. I ask the tech to use the used part, but they only work with new OEM parts. Talking to Tesla certified body shops only will do new OEM. Any suggestions to avoid getting price gouged like this?
A replacement part driver side headlight assembly for Model 3 was estimated by Progressive Insurance at $880.00 USD. The damaged assembly had to be disconnected as it failed further to water ingress as it is controlled by a LIN-CANbus shared with the Model 3 front windshield wiper; The unit would stay on constantly and interfere with function of the windshield wiper. Actual cost of the replacement part was quite a lot more than the insurance estimate not including tax or labor.

No one is price gouging you.
 

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I would stick with OEM considering all the cheap knockoff products we see today. I would hate the seal to be bad and rain, water and fogging lenses issues arise.