How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Windshield?

February 25, 2023

Last updated on February 2, 2024

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Suppose you’ve just experienced an accident that damaged your windshield. The replacement expense is likely the first thing on your mind. Like many drivers, the first thing you may want to figure out is where to receive a replacement for the best price. Repairing or replacing a car’s windshield is among the most frequent maintenance requirements. For some of us, windshields often shatter, while for others, it practically never occurs. One thing’s for sure; everything seems to be growing more costly in today’s economy.

What is Windshield Damage? 

A damaged windshield occurs when it has been nicked, chipped, or cracked. Flying stones or rubbish from the roadway or perhaps another vehicle is a common culprit. You may acquire modest windshield damage in a minor car accident. Oftentimes, auto glass shops classify windshield damage into separate categories.

  • Chips – A pebble or other item of trash may cause chips in the glass. The glass “flakes off,” leading to a chip. The outermost part of the front windshield is notoriously prone to chips.
  • Cracks – Glass may break due to rapid changes in pressure or temperature, poor installation, or extreme sunshine. Chips “spreading” may also cause cracks. The front window might crack on the inside or the outside.

Your Windshield is Damaged! – What’s Next?

Unfortunately, windshield chips and cracks happen to the best of us at the worst times! However, it’s not the end of the world. If you’re driving along and something in front of you kicks up and damages your windshield, it can cause minor damage or a chip. Potentially, the chip will develop into a little fissure. And, if you’re lucky, the damage won’t spread much further from where it is. You can probably live with the flaw or get it fixed if the harm is isolated and out of sight.

The next steps will depend on where you currently reside, as certain states require that all cars undergo annual safety checks. That said, it is best to visit your local automotive shop and see what the professionals recommend you do. It’s possible that cracks ranging in size from the width of a coin to a few inches in length will spread across the windshield and are a precursor to further damage. One inch is the typical threshold in which an automobile may fail an inspection.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Windshield Replacement?

Windshield replacements can range quite a bit in price. On average, replacing a windshield usually costs between $200 and $600, including labor and materials. However, higher-end cars such as Teslas can cost up to $1000. The auto glass business you choose and the auto repair shop you take your vehicle to will also affect how much it will cost to replace your windshield. We anticipate a more significant increase in the price of a new windshield for 2023 than in prior years due to higher production costs, higher labor expenses, and inflation. The cost of automotive components and maintenance goods has risen by as much as 15%.

You should know exactly what repair or replacement elements are included in the total price. For one, it’s essential to know the make and model of your car so that your glass technician can order the correct glass and cut it. The ultimate price of the windshield service may be affected by the initial price you paid for your car, no matter how cheap or expensive it was.

Will Insurance Cover my Windshield Replacement?

Typically, auto insurance will pay for a cracked windshield that results in the need for a replacement. Auto glass damage is often covered by comprehensive insurance policies. However, if a collision caused the wreckage, your collision insurance could foot the bill. In most cases, you’ll need to pay some kind of deductible before the insurance company starts paying anything. Your auto glass insurance policy may cover the cost if you have a broken windshield or need to repair a small section. Even if you don’t have complete glass coverage, many insurance companies will not apply your deductible if the damage is minor and can be easily fixed.

Repairing a crack or chip by inserting resin into it is a fast and easy process. Although specialists may be capable of repairing your windshield in a single day, the process is more extensive than a simple window replacement.

Speak to a Professional at Kryger Glass for Your Auto Glass Needs!

When driving, our vehicles are often subjected to damage from the road, including cracks and chipping. Don’t fret! Kryger Glass has got you covered. At Kryger Glass, we value you. Our glass technicians will quote you on a windshield repair or replacement and answer any questions you might have. Contact us, and we will do the rest at one of our shops or at your home. 

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