Broken VW Door Handles: to Repair or to Replace?

Do you have a malfunctioning door handle on your Volkswagen? Are you not sure how to proceed with it? Should you repair it or replace the whole door handle unit? This guide will help you reach an educated decision.

4 Factors to Consider

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On paper, repairing your door handle sounds like the best option because it's cheaper than replacing the whole unit. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. There are many different factors at play here. Ultimately, sometimes replacing the whole unit is cheaper and easier than repairing the old door handle. When you consider the following four factors, you'll be able to gain a better insight into whether to repair or replace your door handle.

1. Cost

The cost of the replacement component(s) can be significantly cheaper than the cost of a full unit replacement. For example, an OEM handle cover clip is only 75 cents on our website. However, if the broken component is difficult to replace, then you may end up not saving much money at all because your time is worth something. For example, if you value your time at $30 per hour and the component replacement job takes a few hours to complete, then the whole job would end up being worth about $90-$120. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy a whole door handle assembly and then replace it all in one go.

2. Complexity of the Job

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If the repair job is too complicated to tackle, you might end up spending more time than you'd like trying to figure it out. Even then, there's no guarantee that the job will be a success.

If it's an easy job like, say, replacing the lock cap, then it's a no-brainer to do the repair instead of replacing the entire unit. If the job seems difficult, then the safer option is often replacing the entire unit.

3. End Result

Is repairing the door handle going to completely restore it? What if there's another component that's broken and you don't realize it until you put the door handle assembly back together? If the damage is cosmetic (such as a crack or a broken off piece), will repairing it make it look brand new again?

4. Availability of the Replacement Component(s)

Some replacement components, such as springs, can be quite difficult to find. There might be some aftermarket components available, but proceed with caution. When it comes to car parts like door handles with a lot of small components that work together, you only want OEM components to ensure proper fitment and reliable performance. If the broken component is hard to find, you might be better off just getting a whole replacement unit.

Affordable Genuine OEM VW Door Handles

You might find the option of replacing your door handles more attractive once you learn that we carry genuine OEM Volkswagen door handles at steeply discounted prices. Not only that, but also we'll price match if you find the same door handle elsewhere at a better price. With our prices, it's hard to justify taking the time to try to save your old door handles. Look up your Volkswagen model in our catalog to see all we have to offer for your car!