There are few things more unsafe than driving a vehicle with a damaged windshield. Of course, if you do not have car insurance, it may feel like getting it repaired or replaced is not an option for you. Thankfully, that is not the case. Without insurance, you do have to pay out-of-pocket, but it should not set you back too far. Not to mention, avoiding the repair can actually make the damage worse and it could become a life-or-death situation – one that can even result in a traffic ticket in some states.
You might think the chip is barely noticeable and you can get by without a repair. However, a small chip today can turn into a major crack tomorrow. Keep in mind that any chip or crack in your vehicle’s windshield, regardless of how small, has affected the structural integrity of the glass. This means that no matter its size, your windshield is already not protecting you at its 100% capacity. Anything less than 100% is too unsafe.
Of course, there is a chance your small chip can be filled and does not need a full-fledged replacement. This is often true when a chip is not in the driver’s line of sight or near the edge of the glass and is smaller than a quarter. We recommend, however, that a professional glass technician be the judge of that. A quick consultation will help a technician evaluate the best course of action – and the best way to keep you and your family safe while saving you money.
With or without insurance, windshield repairs and replacements are a must. Understanding this, the cost will never be something completely out of reach.
The cost of a windshield replacement can range from $100 to $1,500 – depending on your specific vehicle and the labor associated. A luxury vehicle, for example, will be on the higher end of the spectrum but the average cost for windshield replacement is actually around $250.
There are some specific factors that can affect the price, like:
It is important to understand what is included in your repair/replacement cost. For one, the make and model of your vehicle are important to determine the exact type of glass and shape needed. No two vehicles are exactly alike and Glass America utilizes glass made by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible installation. As you can imagine, the original cost of your vehicle (however low or high) may be reflected in the final cost of the windshield service.
Beyond that, some vehicles within the same brand and even model may have different features. This is where your VIN, or vehicle identification number, also comes into play as it will detail every feature your car has. There is a lot of modern technology in cars today – from collision prevention and blind-spot assistance to backup cameras, these elements are all affected by windshield repair or replacement. The cameras installed to provide these add-ons are often located in the windshield and need to be calibrated. At Glass America, this will not cost you more – all camera calibrations are part of your replacement or repair. Because a full-functioning windshield is our guarantee, we would never return a vehicle to you unless every feature is working as it should and it is safe for you and your passengers.
With or without insurance, a windshield repair/replacement is so incredibly important that it definitely matters who is providing the service. From ordering the right windshield shape and size for your vehicle to using the right adhesive, a reputable company is key. Glass America technicians are experienced and trained to follow all safety standards for repairs and replacements. We also guarantee the use of quality materials when working on your vehicle and always recommend the use of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass. Additionally, we offer convenient scheduling to meet the needs of your busy schedule and we also offer FREE mobile service – we come to you at no additional charge.
To ensure maximum safety and efficiency, it does matter who you hire. We’ve been in the business of keeping vehicles safe on the road for over 20 years. Contact your local Glass America team to schedule your consultation today!