March 7th, 2017
You are right - replacing a headlight assembly can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily there is something citizens can do about cloudy headlamps.
First let's talk about why the headlamps are so cloudy. Back in the day, vehicles' headlights were glass. These were heavy, could crack, and had practical limits as to their shape, so manufacturers started using plastic headlight lenses. road grime and UV light take a toll on the plastic surface. Over time the lenses get cloudy and discolored. Just look at the vehicles in any parking lot and you'll see a lot of that.
Because a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents happen at night, smart citizens make sure they have maximum visibility. Cloudy lenses reduce the amount of light that gets out on the road, which in turn can really hurt the time you have to respond to hazards in the road.
Fortunately, your service center (or Allen Tire) can restore your lenses. Using a combination of special cleaners and polishes, the cloudy and discolored layer is removed. This service costs a fraction of replacing the headlight assembly.
How costly it is will depend on the size of the lens and how badly it is clouded. The can be used on brake lights, turn signals and tail lights as well. If it's been over a year since you replaced your headlamp bulbs, they may have started to dim. You can ask your friendly and knowledgeable Allen Tire service advisor about options to replace or even upgrade your headlamp bulbs.
Give us a call.