A car wash annihilated my 2010 Kia Forte rear-window antenna. It disappeared somewhere on the highway, never to be seen again. Just the little knobby black part though! There is still an awkward and exposed, circuit-board-like base where the antenna originally attached to. (In fact, I still can hear the radio, it’s just fuzzy and scratchy.)
First off, my dealership quoted me 300 bucks for service and parts to have it replaced because apparently they have to pull apart the roof, etc. to get a new base in and antenna, but to me that doesn’t seem necessary since the base is still there.
Also, if they refuse to make it less, are there any options left for me to find cheaper ways to replace my antenna?
Finally, until then, is it okay to drive around with that electrical circuit board exposed on the back of my rear window? Will water getting in it ruin it? Should I try to cover it with electrical tape or something or will that make it worse?
*I have attached a photo of what my “antenna” currently looks like.