As a new driver, you likely haven’t experienced any issues with your vehicle’s auto glass (hopefully!) But windshield chips and cracks can happen at any time, so we want to make sure you’re equipped with the knowledge you’ll need to navigate the situation, should it happen to you. Take a look at this helpful information from AAA.com and iSeecars.com:
Windshield Repair Versus Replacement
The size and location of a chip or crack determine whether it is suitable for repair. If your windshield damage is not directly in the driver's line of vision, chances are good that your auto glass can be repaired. Another easy way for you to assess the damage is to see if the crack is NOT longer than your credit card, then it can usually be repaired.
If the windshield damage is more severe than a minor chip or crack, or if the crack is in the driver's line of vision, then your windshield will likely require replacement. Cracks or holes that go all the way through the glass and cracks that are longer than a credit card usually indicate a replacement is warranted.
Costs For Windshield Repair
Costs for windshield repairs vary by location, auto glass service provider, and damage type. Typical prices range from $60 to $100 for a single chip, and discounts may apply when fixing additional chips on the same windshield. Crack repair prices are similar, although fixing a longer crack may cost $125 or more. Depending on your insurance plan, auto glass repairs may be covered.
Costs For Windshield Replacement
For drivers without insurance coverage, windshield replacement costs vary by location, vehicle make and model, and type of glass used. Auto dealers use factory replacement glass, but independent glass installers typically use aftermarket windshields that often come from the factory supplier. In one study of average repair costs in 16 U.S. cities, a replacement windshield for a Honda Accord cost $250 to $300, while one for a BMW X6 ranged from $350 to $450.
Always make sure you’re dealing with a reputable auto glass company for windshield repairs and replacements. Here at Glass America, we only use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) quality glass. We will always provide you with an honest assessment of your vehicle’s needs and offer you competitive pricing.