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How much does it cost to repair a windshield?

Whether you call it a windscreen or windshield, the front glass of any vehicle is an essential part of its safe operation. Not only does it give you the fullest range of view possible, but it also shields you from the elements as you drive or use the vehicle. Unfortunately, it can take nothing more than a pebble kicked up by a passing car or several extremely hot days in the sun to cause damages and cracks to your windshield. In this pricing guide, we are going to consider how much windshield repair costs as well as replacement expenses. We’ll also discuss when is the right time to have either work done.

After all, there are times when the windshield can be safely and effectively repaired rather than a full-blown replacement. Yet, you should know what to expect in terms of options and pricing. This guide is going to help you learn more about average costs and help you choose the right provider.

Do you need to replace a windshield?

Although you may own a vehicle, or even several vehicles, and never once needed windshield repairs or a replacement, it helps to know when it is time to get a new windshield installed. To do that, however, you must understand the significance of your vehicle’s windshield.

After all, it is far more than a big window at the front of the car or truck. We already mentioned that it shields you from the high-speed air flow and the elements (weather, debris, dirt, sand, leaves, insects, and so on) passing by. Yet, it is also a key component in a vehicle’s overall structural integrity. It gives support to the upper area of the body and roof, and it is there to enhance the strength of the vehicle should it undergo an impact or even roll over. 

The typical windshield is made of extremely strong materials, usually two layers of glass with a middle layer of reinforcing plastic. This laminated construction gives shatter-resistance and strength to the glass. It is what also helps prevent the glass from blowing into thousands of pieces if something strikes it.

And it also creates an air vacuum for the car. This is why there are standards for all windshields in the US, and these standards are a part of law!

So, it is a good idea to consider windshield repairs or a full replacement whenever there is any sort of damage. You should not operate a vehicle with a windshield that obstructs your view due to damage. This means:

  • No lines or cracks that impair or distort the driver’s view

  • No damages that compromise the integrity of the glass

  • No damages that might suddenly worsen and cause further cracking or even shattering

Technically, in most states, it is illegal to drive with a cracked windshield, and even a chip can worsen into a crack. So, it is simply a wise idea to seek out a replacement straight away.

Can’t I safely drive with a chipped windshield? 

This is a “yes and no” answer. Typically, you do not want to continue to operate a vehicle if there is damage that meets the following criteria:

  • Cracks longer than 75 mm

  • Cracks that extend to the edge of the glass

  • One or more cracks that are 30 mm long in the driver’s side of the glass

  • “Stars” more than 16 mm in diameter anywhere on the glass

  • Any damage that impairs or blocks a driver’s view 

Small chips of insignificant size can often be repaired using affordable kits and similar products, or through professional repairs. However, since most chips and cracks will worsen over time, it’s often best to get windshield repairs as soon as possible after they occur. Trust us, the ease, safety, and peace of mind is worth how much you spend to repair a windshield chip.

What does windshield replacement involve? 

It is never advisable that you attempt any sort of windshield replacement on your own. In fact, as safety standards are so specific, it is essential to always work with an expert when getting repairs or windshield replacement. The steps used in a repair are straightforward and involve:

  • A technician removing all molding/trim inside and out

  • Cutting and removing any sealant on the perimeter of the windshield

  • Removing the damaged windshield (specialty tools are required)

  • Cleaning the area and replacing sealant with a new bead of sealant

  • Lowering the new windshield into position and ensuring it is fully aligned and properly seated

  • Applying a new bead of sealant

  • Restoring interior and exterior moulding/trim

  • Stabilizing the new windshield until the sealant is fully cured

  • Removing tape and stabilizers and ensuring the process was effective

  • The average amount of time for the work is about two hours, plus time for the new seal to cure. 

We advise that you check if there are other inclusions or possible add-ons that might make your engagement with a professional worth your time and buck. Ask for any windshield cleaning, windshield tinting, windshield rust repair cost, either as an added service or part of the standard package. Each professional might have different offers, so there’s no harm in asking.

What does windshield repair involve?

If your windshield is damaged, it will come in the form of a chip or crack. Depending entirely on the size, depth, type, and location of the chip or crack, you can have an expert use a glass filler and coating to make the repair. Yet, dirt and debris can aggravate chips, and any damaged windshield (even a small damage) can lose its structural integrity over time. To ensure the utmost safety, never delay in getting a chip or crack assessed by an expert and take steps to address the issue straight away.

Typically, single chips cost from $130 to $150, with an additional $30 for every other chip fixed during a repair. A crack less than 3 inches long is cheaper to repair, while those over that length require a windshield replacement. Repairs carried out by experts typically require little more than 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

How much will it cost to replace my windshield?

There are “average” front or back windshield replacement costs in the US, with most ranging from a few hundred to several thousand. The repairs are not often based on hourly rates, but instead per the job. These different windshield replacement costs depend on the:

  • Make

  • Model

  • Year

  • Intensity of damage

  • Where/who does the repair

What factors affect the cost of windshield repair or replacement? 

Many insurance policies cover the cost of windshield replacement, yet there are issues that affect the total cost for any replacement job. The age, make and model are key factors, but any customization also affects total cost. The type of glass selected and parts available exclusively through a dealer may also boost fees. Luxury brands, like Mercedes, for example, often end up with window replacement costs at two to three times those of other vehicles.

If your windshield has special features, such as automatic wipers, tinting, digital displays and other elements, it will be costlier. The windshield wiper repair cost may be an additional expense to your total bill. Whether your insurance covers the entire repair will not have an effect on price, but the insurance itself may be more.

The need to replace more glass, such as side windows or the rear windshield also substantially increase the total cost of the work.

How to create your windshield repair or replacement task 

Are you ready to hire an expert to do windshield repairs or a full replacement? If so, it takes only a few minutes to itemize your needs and then post it as a listing on Airtasker. You just wait for your offers to arrive, compare them (considering everything from feedback to pricing), and make your choice. Your expert then comes to whatever location your vehicle is located and does the repair or new windshield installation.

Here’s a list of issues we recommend you include in any listing:

  • Time frame required (emergency, longer amount of time available, etc.) 

  • Budget (the amount you have for the project)

  • Your location and if you anticipate any issues or challenges posed by the location

  • The make, model and age of the vehicle along with notes on the severity of the damage and if there are other windows in need of service

  • Any thoughts you have on issues or challenges

  • The materials and parts you will provide (and ask for a quote on them if you want to compare your options)

  • If you require a warranty on labour (and materials if you don’t supply them)

The more details you offer, the easier it is for a provider to give an accurate and competitive offer. Keep in mind that most will also use your listing as a guideline for when they arrive to do the work — so accuracy and honesty is key!

Price guide

$135 - $400

low

$135

median

$200

high

$400

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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Windshield repair and/or replacement may not be a standard feature in your car insurance coverage. Whether it is added on or part of the premium, pricing varies widely. The average cost for a replacement in the US is around $100 to $400, and so even a small insurance premium may pay off if you do need a costly replacement. Putting in a claim should not affect the cost of the policy.
It is incredibly important to repair or replace a windshield with damage. It ensures a clear line of sight, structural support and safety. Some damages worsen quickly, so windshield repairs must be taken seriously.
In almost all parts of the US, it is illegal to operate a vehicle of any kind with a cracked vehicle. It is unsafe and impairs the driver’s view, while also making the windshield vulnerable in the event of an accident. You also wouldn’t want to risk your safety as well as your family’s, if you can afford the average cost.
Side windows and rear windows (also referred to as rear windshields) are entirely different components and come with specific sets of costs for repair or replacement. Most glass repairs are based on the full repair and not an hourly rate, so average pricing will usually apply.
Windshield repair and/or replacement may not be a standard feature in your car insurance coverage. Whether it is added on or part of the premium, pricing varies widely. The average cost for a replacement in the US is around $100 to $400, and so even a small insurance premium may pay off if you do need a costly replacement. Putting in a claim should not affect the cost of the policy.
In almost all parts of the US, it is illegal to operate a vehicle of any kind with a cracked vehicle. It is unsafe and impairs the driver’s view, while also making the windshield vulnerable in the event of an accident. You also wouldn’t want to risk your safety as well as your family’s, if you can afford the average cost.
It is incredibly important to repair or replace a windshield with damage. It ensures a clear line of sight, structural support and safety. Some damages worsen quickly, so windshield repairs must be taken seriously.
Side windows and rear windows (also referred to as rear windshields) are entirely different components and come with specific sets of costs for repair or replacement. Most glass repairs are based on the full repair and not an hourly rate, so average pricing will usually apply.

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