How Much Does Sunroof Installation Cost?

Last Updated on March 11, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Adding a sunroof to your vehicle can transform your driving experience, letting sunshine and fresh air into the cabin while elevating your ride’s style. But before deciding to upgrade with a sunroof installation, it’s important to understand the costs involved.

This guide explores the different types of sunroofs, factors impacting installation pricing, and considerations for maintenance and warranties. With the right information, you can make an informed decision when investing in a sunroof for your car, truck, or SUV.

How Much Does Sunroof Installation Cost?

Not all sunroofs are created equal. The specific model you choose will be the primary driver of installation costs. The average sunroof costs anywhere between $500 and $4,000, depending on the model you choose. Here’s an in-depth look at popular sunroof types, leading brands, and associated price ranges.

AutoNationMobileService.com mentions that adding an aftermarket sunroof or moonroof can cost between $300 and $800 for a simple unit. The cost increases for more complex installations like motorized versions or sliding moonroofs, ranging from $750 to $2,000.

Reddit users discuss prices for aftermarket sunroof installations, with shops in Southern California charging around $800 to $1,000. Prices vary based on the type of sunroof and the complexity of the installation process.

Costs of Manual, Electric, and Panoramic Sunroofs

When reviewing sunroof installation quotes, keep these average costs in mind for different models:

  • Manual sunroof: $700
  • Electric sunroof: $1,500
  • Panoramic sunroof: $3,000

While manual options provide basic functionality for opening and closing the roof, electric and panoramic sunroofs enhance convenience and style. Consider how much these premium features are worth when budgeting for your upgrade.

Different Sunroof Models

Manual sunroofs are the most basic and affordable option. A hand-crank device controls a manual tilt or slide opening. Installation costs typically run $500-$1,000. Leading brands include:

  • Webasto: $800 -$900 average install
  • Inalfa Roof Systems: $700 – $800 typical price
  • Inteva Products: $500 – $700 budget option

Electric sunroofs offer powered controls for opening and closing the roof. Convenience features may include one-touch operation or remote controls. Expect to pay $1,000-$2,000 for electric sunroof installation. Top brands and pricing:

  • Webasto: $1,500 – $1,800 mid-range
  • AGS Automotive: $1,200 – $1,500 entry-level
  • Inteva Products: $1,800 – $2,000 premium end

Panoramic sunroofs, also called moonroofs, provide a large glass opening for an open-air feeling throughout the cabin. The expansive design commands a premium install price of $2,000-$4,000. Leading panoramic sunroof brands include:

  • Webasto: $3,500 – $4,000 typical cost
  • Inalfa Roof Systems: $2,500 – $3,500 mid-range option
  • Inteva Products: $2,000 – $2,500 budget buy

Pop-up sunroofs lift vertically to ventilate the cabin. The compact, low-profile design makes them a good choice for small cars. Installation prices align with basic manual sunroof models at $500-$1,000. Brands and pricing:

  • Inalfa Roof Systems: $700 – $900 average
  • Inteva Products: $600 – $800 value choice
  • Mitsuba Corporation: $500 – $700 economy pick

You’ll also want to explore the available brands for each sunroof type at different price points. For example, a budget-friendly Inteva manual sunroof can run you $600, while an Inalfa electric model may cost $1,800 with more features. Shopping around within each sunroof category can help find the right balance of affordability and functionality.

Factors Influencing Sunroof Installation Cost

Beyond the base sunroof model and brand, several other factors impact the total installation price. Understanding these cost drivers can help you plan your upgrade budget.

Labor and Material Costs Breakdown

The bulk of the installation price covers labor and materials:

  • Labor: $200-$500 for 2-5 hours of installation work
  • Sunroof kit: $300-$1,000 depending on model
  • Misc parts/materials: $100-$300 for seals, trim, hardware

Complex installations or premium electric sunroof models can drive up costs on both labor and materials. For example, a basic Inteva manual sunroof kit may cost $350 in parts, while a large Inalfa panoramic sunroof could run $800 just for materials. Shop around for quotes to find the best value based on your desired sunroof type and brand preferences.

Aftermarket vs. Factory Installation Prices

Opting for factory installation directly from your vehicle’s manufacturer will cost $2,000-$4,000 on average. Dealer pricing is consistently higher than independent shops.

Aftermarket sunroof installation from auto customization shops typically runs $500-$2,000 for parts and labor. While aftermarket installation is less expensive, it may impact your factory warranty coverage if not performed by a certified installer. When going the aftermarket route, ask shops if they use genuine OEM sunroof components or aftermarket replica parts to maintain compliance with your vehicle warranty.

Impact of Installer Experience and Reputation

Installer expertise also affects sunroof installation pricing. Nationwide sunroof installation chains may offer lower pricing, but local specialized shops can provide higher-quality workmanship.

Expect to pay a premium of $200-$500 for highly reviewed installers over brand-name chains. Vet installers thoroughly through online reviews and certifications. Poor sunroof installation work can lead to leaks, wind noise, or mechanical defects.

Location’s Cost of Living

Regional pricing differences impact sunroof installation costs as well. You can expect to pay 15-20% more for sunroof installation in areas like San Francisco or New York City compared to the national average.

Conversely, sunroof installations in small towns and rural areas often run 10-15% below average pricing. Consider your geographic area when budgeting and comparing quotes.

Preparing for Sunroof Installation

Once you’ve explored sunroof options and budgeted for the project, you can start planning for the installation process.

Selecting the Right Sunroof for Your Vehicle

Consider your driving habits and weather conditions when choosing a sunroof model. Larger panoramic sunroofs maximize views and airflow but may be noisier at high speeds. Pop-up venting sunroofs provide ventilation without a large opening. Manual options are simpler and more affordable than powered electronic sunroof models.

You’ll also need to match the sunroof dimensions to your vehicle roof’s measurements. Webasto, Inalfa, Inteva, and other leading sunroof brands all produce application-specific models fitted for popular makes and models. Provide your year, make, and model when requesting quotes to ensure proper sunroof sizing.

Where You Can Get Sunroof Installation Done

You have several options for where to get your new sunroof installed:

  • Vehicle Dealership: $2,000-$4,000 for factory installation
  • Local Auto Shop: $1,000-$2,000 for experienced installers
  • National Chains: $500-$1,500 for high-volume shops
  • Mobile Installers: $1,000-$2,000 for convenience

Dealerships provide factory integration but have the highest pricing. Local specialized shops may cost a bit more but deliver top-notch quality. National chains offer discount pricing with potential reliability concerns. Mobile installers provide convenience but tend to be mid-range pricing.

What to Expect During the Installation Process

Installation is intensive, taking 2-5 hours in most cases. Headliner and roof panels will need to be removed to cut the opening for the sunroof frame. After wiring any electronics, the glass and seals are mounted in place and interior trim panels are reinstalled. Testing for proper operation completes the sunroof installation.

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Larger panoramic sunroof installations take the longest, up to 5 hours for complete installation. Electric sunroofs require 1-2 hours of additional labor for wiring the motors and controls. Basic manual pop-up sunroof installations can potentially be completed within 2 hours.

Maintenance and Warranty Considerations

Just like your vehicle itself, maintaining your sunroof is essential for longevity and performance. Be aware of warranty coverage as you factor in long-term ownership costs.

Maintaining Your New Sunroof

Sunroof ViewProper sunroof maintenance includes:

  • Inspecting sunroof drains regularly to prevent leaks
  • Cleaning track and lubricating seals twice yearly
  • Avoiding opening during high-speed driving or in heavy rain/snow
  • Closing sunroof tightly when parking for extended periods

Expect to budget $100-$200 per year for preventive maintenance and cleaning. Catching minor repairs early prevents major issues like water damage or electrical shorts down the road.

Warranty and Repair Options

Factory sunroof installations typically include a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. Aftermarket sunroofs may only receive a 1-year parts warranty. Extended sunroof warranties are available for up to 7 years for added peace of mind, usually around $200-$300.

Sunroof repair costs will depend on the required parts and labor time:

  • Minor repairs like drain cleanings: $100-$200
  • Motor or switch repairs: $300-$500
  • Glass panel replacement: $800-$1,200

Review warranty coverage details closely before installation to avoid unexpected repair costs in the future.


Installing a sunroof brings style, sunshine, and airflow to your daily drive. But boosting your ride with a sunroof requires careful planning and budgeting. The sunroof’s type, size, features, and installation method significantly impact costs from $500 up to $4,000.

Leading brands like Webasto, Inalfa, and Inteva offer manual, electric, panoramic, and pop-up sunroof models across the pricing spectrum. Factory installations are premium priced while aftermarket providers can offer savings.

No matter your budget, a sunroof can deliver years of driving enjoyment when properly installed and maintained. Consult with providers to explore the best sunroof options for your needs, vehicle, and location.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I install a sunroof in my car?

While do-it-yourself sunroof installation is technically possible, it is not recommended. Sunroof installation requires cutting into your vehicle’s roof, specialized tools, and knowledge of electrical systems.

Using an experienced professional sunroof installer ensures proper installation and operation while protecting your safety and your car’s structure. Leave sunroof installations to the experts, or you could end up with leaks, shorts, or incomplete installations costing $500+ to repair.

Is a sunroof worth the extra money?

Adding a sunroof costs anywhere from $500 for basic pop-up models to $4,000 for large panoramic sunroofs. While not inexpensive, a sunroof can greatly enhance your driving experience. Sunroofs add style, views, ventilation, and brightness to your vehicle’s cabin.

If you’ll use the sunroof regularly for enjoyment, the added comfort and customization can be worth the investment. Prioritize higher-end electric and panoramic options if you want maximum impact for the money.

Does a sunroof increase insurance?

Most insurers classify sunroofs as a vehicle customization rather than a safety or performance upgrade. This means adding a sunroof typically won’t impact your insurance rates. In rare cases, a very large panoramic sunroof may add a small premium of $50-$100 per year.

But for most standard-sized sunroof installations, insurance costs remain unchanged. Just be sure to notify your insurer once the sunroof is installed to update your policy.

5 replies
  1. Paul Raber
    Paul Raber says:

    trying to repair moon roof on A 2014 chevy 2500 hd truck and have A problem that the two sides that travel back and forth do not line up one side is farther back then the other how can I get them to line up


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