What is the Average Windshield Replacement Cost?
When getting ready to replace a windshield, it is important to shop around for the best price on a good windshield.
• The average cost of windshield replacement will vary according to the vehicle specifications including the make, model, and year of the vehicle.
• Other factors needed to compute an exact price include the popularity of the vehicle (a sports car windshield would be more expensive than a family sedan) because even though all vehicle are subject to damage from rocks or other debris, some vehicles are more likely to be driven at high speeds which can increase the chances of damage.
Here are some crucial facts that can help you lower your windshield replacement expenses.
• The average cost of replacing a windshield starts around $150 and goes up to over $1000 depending on several factors including the type of vehicle needing repair, the type and location of the repair shop doing the work, and the type of windshield used for replacement.
• The replacement windshield can be more expensive in higher end vehicles, for example a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350 windshield averages $477 to $548.
Replacement windshields can be either an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) windshield, an aftermarket windshield, or a used windshield removed from another similar vehicle such as one purchased from an auto savage yard. The windshield replacement costs are usually covered by most comprehensive automotive insurance policies minus any deductible.
What is The Best Way to Get a Good Price?
Are you worried about getting a fair price on a good windshield?
• Try shopping around for windshield replacement deals just like you would when looking for the best price on a car.
• Some auto glass services, such as Safelite offer online quotes but others require a phone call.
• The area you live in, or need the windshield replaced in, makes a difference the price of the windshield as well.
• The windshield for a 2010 Chevy Impala is quoted at $218.95 plus tax and service fee in Los Angeles, California. The same windshield for a 2010 Chevy Impala is quoted at $238.95 plus tax and service fee in Paris, Tennessee. In Morgantown, Indiana, it will cost $268.95 plus tax and service fee to install a windshield into the 2010 Chevy Impala.
•So you see location makes a difference in the price and so does the current market value on glass.
Choose the Right Facility
The cost of a car windshield replacements vary according to the type of facility used. There are basically four types of glass replacement facilities.
• Auto glass specialists handle only glass replacement and repair, they can replace any damaged or missing glass in the vehicle not just damaged or missing windshields.
• Some automotive dealerships specializing in new cars may be able to replace the windshield with OEM equipment designed specifically for the make and model of the vehicle. The OEM equipment is usually more expensive then aftermarket glass.
• A mobile glass repair and replacement service will perform the job wherever the vehicle is located which could be more convenient then missing a day of work or safer than driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield.
• When the crack or chip impairs the driver’s clear vision, it is not recommended to drive the vehicle even to a repair center.
• A general glass service handles all kinds of glass including automotive, residential, and commercial windows.
The cost associated with replacing a windshield depends on several factors including the type of replacement windshield used, the type of vehicle involved, and the type of facility used to complete the job. The replacement windshield used will be an OEM (duplicate of the original windshield), an aftermarket windshield made like the original windshield, or a used windshield removed from a similar vehicle.
• The cost of replacing a windshield averages $150 to $1000 but can be more depending on the type of vehicle.
• The price varied by about $50 on pricing a windshield for a 2010 Chevy Impala in California, Tennessee, and Indiana.
Choosing a qualified repair center is just as important as price shopping with options between automotive glass specialist, automotive dealerships, mobile glass repair and replacement service, and general glass service. Your windshield replacement cost is usually covered by comprehensive insurance policies so make sure to get one and you have nothing to worry.
DISCLAIMER: This article is for guidance only. Always consult with a Specialist on everything.
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