Many cracks and chips can be repaired for less than $100. But if the chip gets too big to repair, or if the original crack was too deep or wide, you may need a qualified professional to replace the windshield.
Although the windshield replacement process often takes less than an hour, you’ll want to find a professional who has the right tools and expertise to do the job. A technician should first replace the rubberized weather stripping that holds the windshield to the frame of the car along the edges of the glass. Typically, after removing any exterior trim and the weather stripping, a coating of adhesive is applied along the edges of the windshield frame, before lifting the glass into place.
Most late-model vehicles have windshields that are glued in place. The old windshield must first be cut out of the vehicle. Then the body and glass are cleaned and prepped. The new windshield and moldings, if required, are reinstalled in the vehicle with a urethane-type glue and are allowed to cure for a short time before the car can be driven.”
Windshield replacement cost
The average price of a new windshield installation ranges from $170 to $300, or more. Many insurance policies will cover windshield replacement, but you’ll need to check the details. If you have a $500 deductable, for example, you’ll likely end up paying for everything.
Experts say if you’re not sure whether the windshield needs repaired or replaced, take it to a professional as soon as possible.
If a ding or star chip is not repaired quickly, it could spread into a crack, requiring replacement. Extreme heat or cold could cause stress on the impact spot and cause it to grow larger. Guidelines are different industry-wide, but mine is the damage should be about the size of a quarter or less.
Your windshield is a structural component to your vehicle. It supports the roof and pillar area. With this in mind, it is very important to be sure that no corners are cut during the replacement process. If a windshield is installed improperly, it could fall out of the vehicle during a collision and allow the occupants to be ejected.