How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Windshield?

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What is windshield damage?

Windshield damage is one or more knicks, chips, or cracks in the front window of your vehicle. It’s often caused by flying gravel or debris from the road or another car. Or you may be involved in a small fender bender and get a ding on your windshield.

Auto glass technicians classify windshield damage using multiple categories:

  • Chips: Also called a ding, stone break, or a pit, chips usually stem from flying rocks. The impact point causes a piece of glass to chip off, leaving a cavity where the glass is missing.
  • Edge crack: An edge crack either starts at or touches the edge of a windshield. These tend to be long cracks, classified as over six inches in length.
  • Floater crack: A floater crack happens anywhere in the middle of your windshield but at least two inches from the edge. These vary in size and may be long or short cracks.
  • Stress crack: A stress crack differs from other cracks because it results from extreme temperature changes. It usually starts near the edge of the windshield.
  • Bulls-eye: A bulls-eye may be partial or half-moon. Each designation relates to the physical appearance. A bulls-eye is a circle with a deep chip in the middle. Partial or half-moon damage isn’t symmetrical.
  • Stars: If you have a chip in your windshield with many small cracks radiating from it, then it’s called a star break or stars.
  • Combination break: Windshields with two or more types of damage or multiple damaged locations are considered a combination break. 

How to Ensure a Quality Repair

Your windshield is classified as a “safety device” because it provides structural strength to the body of your vehicle and supports inflation and performance of passenger side airbags. This being said, it is vital to ensure a grade A repair is made when having your windshield replaced. The quality and proper installation of the auto glass adhesive is equally as important as the quality of the windshield.

How much is a Windshield Replacement?

Many auto insurance companies cover windshield repairs in full with no deductible. They do this to avoid paying for a much more costly windshield replacement. But if you need windshield replacement because the crack is too large or in your line of vision, comprehensive auto insurance is available. Depending on the coverage, there may be no deductible. Or, there may be a $100-$300 deductible due for windshield replacement. To make matters easy, Auto Glass Express works will all major insurance carriers and we take care of the claim process for you.

Related Article: How Insurance Will Cover the Cost of Your New Windshield?

Do I Repair or Replace my Chipped Windshield?

Chipped windshields of all sizes and shapes can easily be repaired. Chips in the shape of horseshoes, craters, and stars can definitely be repaired if they are not too wide. The location of the chip and timespan from when the chip occurred, are important factors in deciding whether or not your chip needs to be repaired or your entire windshield replaced. Cracks that expands past three inches usually require you to replace the windshield. Windshield replacement is also advisable for windshields with chips that obscure your line of sight. It’s best to address a chipped windshield once it occurs. Over time, dirt and dust will build up in a chip, making it harder to repair.

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.

When Should I Replace My Windshield?

The moment you see any sort of damage to your windshield, such as from a recent hail storm, you should schedule an appointment with your local body shop to have the glass replaced or, at the very least, repaired. A small crack or chip may seem innocuous at first, but these can grow or, as it’s commonly called, “spider web” over time. The larger cracks that can form if the glass isn’t taken care of quickly have the potential to become not only a danger to you but your passengers as well. 

You may not realize it, but the windshield of your car is actually a very important safety feature; it is actually labeled as a “safety device.” The windshield assists your car in maintaining its structure. For example, if your car were to flip over in an accident, the windshield would keep the roof from caving in on you. 

It also supports the performance of your car’s passenger-side airbags. This is why you should never hesitate to schedule an appointment with a mechanic if you discover that you have any chips or cracks in the windshield of your car.

Glassworks Auto Glass Guarantee

At Glassworks we offer No-Leak Lifetime Warranty and Free Auto Glass Chip Repair with Windshield Replacement and Auto Glass Replacement.

Why Glass Doctor?

Since 1962, our Glass Doctor auto glass experts have been servicing the glass needs of communities throughout the U.S. Our prices match or beat the national averages, and our service is second to none. We also work with businesses whose auto fleets need multiple glass repairs. Additionally, we offer:

  • Upfront pricing—so you know what to expect
  • Working with your insurance company to give you an affordable price on windshield repairs
  • Flexible scheduling for appointments
  • Quality workmanship

Keeping Replacement Costs Low

Some insurance companies will waive your deductible and pay for windshield chip repair costs in full. If you have an auto warranty, check your specific contract to see if your provider covers windshield repairs or replacements. If it is determined that your windshield needs to be completely replaced, Glass Doctor works with your insurance company. We handle the paperwork and deal directly with your insurance company to make the process simple and easy for you.

Our glass specialists are also specially trained to evaluate whether a repair—rather than a replacement—is possible, and we always do our best to save you time and money.

How to Make Sure You Got a Quality Windshield Replacement

Well, the easiest way is to go to a trusted repair company such as Safelite Autoglass or get an OEM replacement. Let’s be honest here – most of the time, you probably won’t be able to do those things. Finding OEM glass is hard, not to mention it will cost a lot more, and there might not be a Safelite repair shop in your local area. So what can you do in that case?

Well, I realized I say this a lot, but stay educated, and learn the process of replacing a windshield. Other than that, you can ask about a warranty before you get your windshield replacement. If the auto shop is acting sketchy about that, get the hell out of there, and find a better one. You see, there is a lot of pride in quality craft, so the repair shop won’t hesitate to give you a warranty. Some even offer a lifetime warranty, and that’s because they believe in the excellent work they are doing. 

Finally, the best way to find out if you are getting quality service is to look online. Chances are, you are not the first person who has gone to that particular auto glass repair, so there are bound to be people who have shared their opinions online. See if the repair shop has any reviews. What do people in that local area think of it? This will help you determine whether or not you will receive the best possible service.

Now that we have answered that, it’s time to conclude this article. What? Do you still have more questions? Well, why not? Let’s look at some of the most frequently asked.

Can my windshield be repaired instead of replaced?

Windshields are made of two layers of glass and, if damage penetrates through to the plastic layer or the inner layer of glass, it can’t be repaired and will have to be replaced.

Is Safelite good quality? The Safelite glass quality is generally satisfactory, though. When it comes to OEM glass vs Safelite, you have better assurance of almost par Safelite windshield quality with the original glass, but not necessarily at 100%. Nonetheless, they offer a lifetime warranty for added assurance.

Can a 6 inch windshield crack be repaired?

Safelite can usually repair your windshield when:

The chip or crack is 6 inches or smaller. You have three chips or less. The damage is not in front of a camera or sensor.

How do you stop a crack in a windshield from spreading? There are a couple of methods auto owners can try to stop or slow the spread of a windshield crack.

  1. Apply Superglue or Clear Nail Polish. …
  2. Use a Windshield Repair Kit. …
  3. Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes. …
  4. Schedule Windshield Repair or Replacement.

Do-it-yourself windshield repair kits

Very cheap way to repair your windshield is to purchase a DIY kit. DIY windshield repair kits cost $10 – $15 and are available in any auto parts store, or you can order them online.

DIY glass repair kits are not used by professionals, but they can do a good job on small chips, scratches, nicks and cracks. They are easy to use and you can save money by doing windshield crack repairs yourself.

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.

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