Driving a vehicle with a damaged windshield can lead to a serious collision that may cost you your life, as well as the lives of other occupants in the car. At best, you will not have full visibility while driving, which poses an immediate threat on the road. Did you know you can be ticketed for driving with a damaged windshield? Plain and simple, the risk isn't worth it. Whether the damage falls on the front windshield or the back glass (rear windshield), it's best to immediately find a fix to ensure your safety. If you have a comprehensive insurance policy, the costs will be covered in full, minus your deductible. On the other hand, 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 much will it cost for a windshield replacement without insurance?
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 cars and luxury vehicles can cost as much as $1,500. There are many factors to consider when looking into the cost of a windshield replacement. Some of these include the make, year, and model of your vehicle, sensors, and wipers, type and location of the damage, type of glass used, and preferred brand of service.
The most important factor when determining the cost is the type of vehicle. Luxury vehicles like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz require specific windshields and will increase the cost of repairs. Some vehicle models are more common than others, and repair shops often keep these high-demand windshield models on hand at competitive prices.
Rain sensors and calibration of ADAS sensors for different makes and models play into the cost of repair as well. Certain models have more sensors than others, which will add to the cost. Many of these sensors require calibration after a new glass is installed.
Another cost factor is the extent and location of the damage. Some minor damages can warrant a quick repair over a full replacement, so check to be sure which fix is right for your vehicle.
How to Ensure a Quality 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 a wreck, or the need for further repairs, 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 Glass America can typically perform a same-day replacement. Only those businesses that meet the following professional standards should be trusted with your vehicle: · Is a member of the Auto Glass Safety Council and follows the procedures as set forth in the AGRSS Safety Standard.
· 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. Glass America 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. Call Glass America today to schedule a same-day appointment!