Driving a vehicle with a damaged windshield is dangerous. At best, you will not have full visibility while driving the vehicle, which poses an immediate threat on the road. Additionally, you can be ticketed for driving with a damaged windshield on your vehicle. Whether the damage is on the front windshield or the rear windshield, it's best to immediately address this ensure your safety. If you have a comprehensive insurance policy, the costs will be covered in full, minus your deductible. If you are planning to pay without insurance, it's good to know the range of the potential overall repair cost and the factors that play into the pricing ahead of time.
So how does a windshield replacement without insurance cost?
Windshield Replacement Costs
Typically, the cost of a windshield replacement is between $100-$400 (including labor) with the average cost ranging between $210-$230. Collectible and luxury vehicles can cost significantly more, as much as $1,500. There are many factors to consider when looking into the cost of a windshield replacement.
The most important factor when determining the cost is the type of vehicle. Luxury vehicles require specific windshields and will increase the cost of repairs. Some models are more common than others, and repair shops often keep these high-demand windshield models on hand at competitive prices.
Rain sensors and windshield wipers for different makes and models factor into the cost of repair as well.
Another cost factor is the extent and location of the damage. Some minor damages can warrant a quick repair over a full replacement, so be sure to find out if that’s an option. Front windshield replacement generally costs more than back glass replacement; typically, back glass replacement doesn't require the added cost of wiper assembly and falls in the range of $100-$300.
The type of glass used must also be considered. You can find aftermarket windshields at a lower cost (about $100 less) that take a little less time to repair, but using a lesser grade of material can be a basis for your windshield to pop out during a collision. Although more expensive, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) quality glass is recommended to ensure a perfect glass-to-frame fit. Using the same quality of glass installed in the vehicle when it was originally built is the safest available option. Choosing a reputable company, such as Auto Glass Service, with highly-trained technicians does not necessarily mean higher costs, but does ensure a quality repair.
How to Ensure a Quality Windshield Repair
Your windshield is classified as a "safety device" because it provides structural strength to the body of your vehicle and supports the 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 serviced. The quality and proper installation of the auto glass adhesive are equally as important as the quality of the windshield.
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 the application is done incorrectly it can lead to leaks, injuries during an accident, or the need for further repairs in the future, adding to the expense. 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 with certified and insured technicians is your best bet. An expert technician from Auto Glass Service can typically perform a same-day replacement. The type of glass that is used for your installation should be OEM 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 a written warranty and a detailed record of 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. Small chips can lead to large cracks, requiring complete windshield replacement. Auto Glass Service offers free mobile service or in-shop service, OEM quality glass, a lifetime warranty on workmanship, and reasonable rates for all of your auto glass needs in your area. Contact Auto Glass Service to schedule a same-day appointment!