How much to install a tow bar?
The tow bar fitting prices consist of costs for installation and material (tow bar and electric kit). If you have your tow bar fitted, you can expect labour costs from £290 to £450. The electric kit usually costs around £50 to £100, the rest depends on the type of tow bar (fixed, detachable or swivelling) and your car model.
Average cost for tow bar fitting » £550 – £1,100
Cost example: Tow bar fitting cost – VW Golf 7
Tow bar + electric kit
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What is the breakdown of the tow bar fitting cost?
The costs consist of the material costs (tow bar and electric kit) and the labour costs for the installation. Depending on the car model, type of tow bar (fixed, detachable or swivelling), quality of parts, region and car garage, these costs can vary considerably. In our cost examples our calculations are based on the assumption that a tow bar is installed in original quality.
1) Tow bar price: Fixed, detachable or swivelling?
» Fixed (permanent) tow bar
This is screwed or welded on, depending on the model.
The permanent tow bar is suitable if you transport a lot and constantly need the tow bar.
It is relatively cheap.
» Swivelling tow bar
A swivelling tow bar cannot be fitted on every car model. Furthermore, you should invest in a tow bar made by your car
manufacturer. The swivelling tow bar is very handy and you can simply turn it under the car when you don’t need it.
Go for original equipment quality with EU test mark for your tow bar!
For safety reasons, it is always advisable to use parts in OEM quality. Your car garage will know which tow bars are suitable for which car model. However, it doesn’t hurt to check with your car garage to make sure that quality parts are used.
Some well-known manufacturers of high quality tow bars are:
Brink • Westfalia • Bosal • Oris • GDW • AL-KO • Auto Hak • MVG
2) Costs for the electric kit: Universal or specific?
The electric kit is available in universal and specific. The electric kit comes either with a 7-pole or 13-pole (7-pin or 13-pin) socket. If the trailer needs permanent electricity, for example in a caravan, a 13-pole plug is required.
Also the newer cars only use a 13-pole socket. You will find what kind of electric kit your car needs in the vehicle documents. If necessary, there are also adapters that switch from 7- to 13-pole sockets.
» Universal electric kit
£50 – £90
The electric kit can be used for different vehicle models that do not have a prepared wiring harness. Here every cable connection must be connected to the rear lights and the plug.
» Specific electric kit
from £50, depends on car model
A specific eletric kit fits exactly to your vehicle. Here the installation is less complicated. Contact plug and cable length are designed for your vehicle.
3) Labour cost for the tow bar installation
» Installation cost
290 – 450 €
If you have some experience and a good knowledge of cars, you can install the tow bar yourself. However, if the fixed tow bar needs to be welded on, you should definitely let the experts do it.
On average, a car mechanic needs 2.5 hours for installation. Also look for offers in your area, sometimes tow bar fitting is offered at a fixed price, so it will be cheaper for you. Alternatively you can use the free price comparison on this page to get tow bar fitting quotes at a fixed price.
It can also get more complicated with the installation of the electronics. If your vehicle has an electric management system, it may be that the car garage has to activate it first.
The electronic stability program also has to be modified by the car garage. The software ensures that the tow bar is stabilized.
Things to know when upgrading your caravan with a tow bar
If a tow bar is installed on the caravan, the permitted total weight of the caravan and the permitted towing capacity must be taken into account. You can find this information in the vehicle documents. There is also the so-called ‘D-value’. This defines the strength of the device.
Furthermore, a swivelling tow bar is always recommended for caravans. Driving and parking are thereby considerably simplified.
In the car garage: How long to install a tow bar?
» On average 2 – 4 hours, depending on type
How fast am I allowed to drive with a trailer / caravan?
» between 30 – 60 mph, depending on the road
What maximum weight am I allowed to tow?
» between 750 kg – 8,250 kg, depending on your driving licence