Front Windshield Replacement

How Much Will My Windshield Replacement Cost?

On average, a windshield replacement will cost anywhere from $200 to $400. The cost for your windshield replacement is determined not only by the type of auto glass company you hire for the job but also where your car is fixed. If, for example, you schedule a mobile appointment while you’re at work, that may cost you more money out of pocket. 

An insurance company will only cover your expenses if you drop your car off at a shop. The rates for an in-shop fix at an auto body shop are typically lower than having a mechanic come out to you.

Let’s take a look at other considerations at play that determine the dollar amount of a windshield replacement.

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How Much Does a New Windshield Cost?

I touched on this a bit, but generally, an aftermarket windshield would average around $200 to $500, with the most expensive ones going for about $1000. However, unless you have some luxury vehicle or a collectors’ car, you should expect it to be around the average. Of course, if you have windshield insurance, you will only have to pay the deductible, which generally stands around the $250 to $500 range. In some rare cases, however, it can go as high as $1000. 

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Now, let’s talk a little about the different types you can get. Most of the time, you, the auto repair shop, and your insurance company will be dealing with aftermarket windshields. They are windshields produced by third-party manufacturers – in other words, those that don’t supply to the big car manufacturers. Then, there are the OEM manufacturers – in other words, the ones who provide to the big guys. Generally, they don’t work with individuals unless your windshield has specifications that can’t be manufactured by a third party, such as a HUD display. Of course, OEM windshields are much more expensive than the aftermarket ones. 

While those are the main factors that will affect your price, many other specifications will either increase or decrease the cost of a new windshield.

When Should I Replace My Front Windshield?

A cracked or damaged windshield warrants an immediate response.

Cracked front windshields and auto glass cracks can easily be repaired if the crack isn’t too wide and is identified early. While repairing your windshield is more cost effective and saves time, knowing when to replace your windshield could save you a headache in the long run and place you in a safer situation sooner.

Location of cracks and how long they have been present are also important factors in determining whether or not your windshield needs to be repaired or replaced.

How Can I Ensure a High Quality Repair?

Since your windshield plays a large role in driver and passenger safety, it is incredibly important to make sure that you are getting a top-quality job done when you have your windshield replaced. 

In order to do so, you’ll need to keep an eye out for a few things. You should only bring your car into a body shop that can adhere to all adhesive-manufacturer’s instructions. They must use products that are approved by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). 

A reputable body shop will carry adequate insurance for their business and provide you with a written warranty. This includes a detailed record of the work that has been completed for you. Ascertain that the quality of the auto glass adhesive is topnotch; verify the quality of the replacement windshield glass as well.

A reliable body shop has certified technicians standing by to assist you. You shouldn’t have to wait too long to get back out on the road again either. An expert technician can typically execute a replacement the same day you drop your car off.

Car Windshield Replacement Near Me

How much is it to replace a windshield near you?

Car window replacement cost varies across the country. In order to get the best idea of what it will cost in your area, use Glass.com to receive an instant quote from local shops in your area. No contact information is required.

The costs quoted through Glass.com are considered base prices, which do not factor in upgrade options such as heads-up display, rain-sensing wipers, and others that will increase the average price of a windshield replacement. We’ll explain more about how these options affect price later in this article.

Why Is Windshield Replacement So Expensive?

Nowadays, a new windshield can cost as much as a new gaming console, but why is that exactly? After all, isn’t the windshield just a large piece of glass? Well, that’s not entirely true. Most modern cars come with at least one driver assistance feature built-in. Those features are known as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), and while they are a marvel of technology that helps keep everyone on the road safe, they are also the reason why your windshield repair bill is so damn expensive.

You see, a lot of the sensors that help ADAS function are located directly behind the windshield. So your big piece of glass stops bugs from getting into your car and is now responsible for your safety. The good news is that your windshield protects those sensors from whatever may come their way. The bad news is that if you need to get a replacement, the ADAS system might get misaligned in the process. Even a one-degree change in the orientation could cost your life, so the technician must do a recalibration every time you need new glass, thus causing the cost of replacing a windshield to go up. However, not just any mechanic can do the recalibration as the auto shop must call a particular technician to ensure that the sensors are working as they should be.

With all of this, plus the cost of a brand new windshield, new wiper blades, and whatever else needs to be replaced, you can see how prices have jumped in recent years. As cars are becoming more and more integrated with technology, the cost of repairing or replacing will continue to go up, not just for the windshield but for everything else as well. That’s why there is insurance to help you pay for any unfortunate circumstance.

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Tow Providers Never Give Up

Roland, of Arrowhead Services, received a call for a vehicle stranded in very remote area. He was determined to find him no matter how long it took. He is someone’s father, husband and he wanted to be sure he made it home okay.

So how can you be sure the repair is up to par?

Home adhesive kits can be enticing when you’re working within a budget but if this adhesive application is done incorrectly it can lead to leaks, wrecks or the need for further repairs, adding to the expense. It is also important to note that there are several brands and types of adhesive from which to choose, and the type of adhesive used will determine how long you will need to wait before driving your vehicle again, safely. Similarly, a poor or improper installation done by any old repair shop can cause the windshield to separate from the vehicle during an accident, rendering your airbag useless. Choosing a reputable company like Glass America with certified and insured technicians is your best bet. An expert technician from Glass America can typically perform a same day replacement. The type of glass that is used for your installation should be OEM in order to achieve the best results. Only those businesses that meet the following professional standards should be trusted with your vehicle:

  • Follow all adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use only products that meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
  • Provide written warranty and a detailed record for the work completed.
  • Use trained and certified technicians.
  • Carry adequate insurance.

Windshield replacement, if done by the right company, can be a breeze, even without insurance. Even small chips can lead to large cracks, requiring complete windshield replacement. Glass America offers free mobile service, OEM quality glass, lifetime warranty on workmanship and reasonable rates for all of your auto glass needs in your area. Call (877) 220-1724 today to schedule a same day appointment!

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