How much does car roof lining repair cost?
Article by Matilda Douglas-Henry
A nice, clean interior will ensure your vehicle looks, and feels, as comfortable as it can; and there’s no easier way to achieve that than having your roof interior material compact and well-maintained. Your roof lining will experience natural wear and tear, beginning to sag and detach from the ceiling—particularly so once the car is more than eight years old. Leaving it unattended will not only look unattractive, but pose a potential safety hazard as your rear view window may become partially blocked. Here is a guide to help you figure out how much your car roof lining repair should cost, including:
- What car roof lining repair entails, and how long it takes
- How much car roof lining repair should cost
- How different vehicle makes and models influence the cost of car roof lining repair
What is involved in car roof lining repair, and how long should it take?
The main reason your car roof lining starts to strip away from the ceiling is because of heat that builds up in vehicles over time; this, of course, can happen at a more rapid rate in hotter parts of the country.
A lot of car owners believe that roof lining detachment can be solved using cheap, quick DIY methods, like using a strong adhesive to re-seal it; however, heat damage causes both the lining material itself, as well as its foam backing, to crumble. This means that, more often than not, your car roof lining requires replacement, as opposed to the original material just being reattached to the ceiling. These days roof lining fabric has stitching on the back which holds the foam in place, lasting longer and causing fewer problems down the line.
Typically, car roof lining repair involves removing all the proximal plastics—lights, handles, sun visors, panels, and so on—so that the roof liner board can be taken out of your vehicle. Your roof should not need to be removed; instead, the technician will retrieve the liner board from one of the side doors, or the tailgate in the case of a wagon. Then the old foam and glue will be cleaned off, and new material will be applied. Once the glue is sticky, the material is tailored to the right shape and size, and inserted back into the vehicle*.
Car roof lining repair will not keep your vehicle off-road for very long. A typical repair job will take around 2.5 hours. If your vehicle has a sunroof, or any other features that make the standard roof setup slightly more complex, expect it to take a little longer.
How much does car roof lining repair cost?
The cost of repairing your roof lining will depend on a few different factors; particularly regarding the make and model of your vehicle, which we have outlined below.
On average, you can expect to pay anywhere between $120 and $600 to repair your roof lining . The wide range is also due to the fact that each technician will have a slightly different quote price. We recommend shopping around until you find the best fit for your situation, which our quick quotes service can help assist you with.
It's worth noting that these cost guides are just for repairing the existing lining. If the interior lining has been damaged due to exterior damage, such as damage to the roof then the costs will be much higher. For a quick guide on exterior repair costs you can find them here.
How will the make and model of my vehicle influence the cost of roof lining repair?
The make and model of your vehicle will have a significant impact on the cost of car roof lining repair. A wagon-style car, for example, would require more expensive repairs than a sedan, simply because it’s a significantly larger vehicle and therefore would need more lining material.
Here are some of the most common car makes, and the estimated cost of roof lining repairs for each :
- Ford Falcon: $150 - $330
- Hyundai i30: $150 - $500
- Toyota Corolla: $150 - $300
- Volkswagen Golf: $250 - $450
As mentioned previously, there are other features that would make the car roof lining repair more complex—like the presence of a sunroof, or a DVD player that extends out from the ceiling—and therefore more expensive.
It’s never a good thing when your vehicle’s interior is looking subpar, and it can become a danger to you and your passengers if left unattended. Use DingGo’s quick quotes service to find the best technician to fix your roof lining in just a few easy steps.