Driving with a cracked or chipped windshield can be a terribly dangerous venture. Moreover, it can even net you a hefty fine in the Phoenix Metro Area. That’s because the condition of your auto glass is no joke to the authorities either. First of all, damage impairs your field of vision, and it can take only a split second of not paying attention for something tragic to happen. If you happen to get into a collision, windshield damage can also prevent it from shattering in a safe manner. It can even burst inwards, placing you in additional peril. So, what’s the average windshield replacement cost?
The short answer: it depends. The long answer: it really does depend on many factors. For example, if the chip isn’t deeper than ⅛ of inch, or if the windshield has a crack that’s not wider than 3 inches, then a windshield repair is a completely viable option. Expert technicians handle this process by injecting resin into troubled spots, and assuring that the crack isn’t going to resurface. If, however, the glass irregularity is already covering a sizable portion of your auto glass, then a replacement is the only way to go about it.
Otherwise, it gradually “spider-webs” to the corners of your windshield (even if repairs are attempted), weakening its structural integrity and placing you at risk.
Getting Into The Nitty-Gritty
The first thing you should keep in mind is that a full-scale windshield replacement can actually cost $0 Out-of-Pocket. That’s right, if you work with a shop like ours, and you have full coverage insurance, there’s not going to be any deductible, and your insurance rates won’t be raised either, as these are “no fault” claims.
If you’ll pay out of your own pocket though, costs can vary from $175 to $2000. A relative windshield replacement quote average is around $500, but windshield replacement cost for luxury vehicles for example will be higher. Some factors taken into account are:
- The make and model of the car;
- The year in which it was manufactured;
- If the wipers have to be replaced;
- The extent of the damage;
- The type of used glass;
- The size of the needed glass;
- If it has any modern technology like ADAS sensors, which then need to be recalibrated (we can also handle this).
How Much Of An Effect Does The Damage Play?
After reading the above, you’d think that the actual damage is the least of your worries, but that’s not precisely true. A windshield replacement quote can depend on the severity of the impacted area as well. Another aspect is whether the front or the back windshield is the one that needs replacement. Simply put, front windshields are larger, and will thus be more expensive.
If there’s a special molding to the glass, this also raises cost, and even if it’s also more expensive, we wholeheartedly recommend OEM approved glass, and it’s the only type with which we personally work. Aftermarket variants can be way cheaper, but there’s no guarantee that it’ll be a perfect fit for your vehicle, which windshields need to be. Otherwise, you can experience wind gusts, rain can get into your car, and all sorts of other unpleasantries.
At ProLite, we’ve been handling auto glass repair & replacements for over 10 years, and we’ll readily assist you for a windshield replacement cost of $0 Out-of-Pocket, with free mobile service anywhere within The Phoenix Metro Area! Lifetime warranty included for all replacements! Give us a call at (480) 525-6554.