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31 Aug 2015
Windshield Replacement and Repair Cost How Much Does Windshield Replacement and Repair Cost? Modern windshields are typically made of laminated safety glass -- two curved sheets of glass with a plastic layer laminated between them. A properly installed and undamaged windshield is an important part of the vehicle's safety restraint system,keeping the driver and passenger inside the car in a head-on collision and providing extra strength to prevent the roof caving in during a roll-over.CostHelper readers report paying $150-$300 for a windshield replacement,at an average cost of $214. WindshieldsToGo.com provides an online form to estimate the cost of windshield replacement with and without installation,based on zip code and the year,make,model and style of vehicle. It can cost $500-$1,500 or more to replace a vehicle's windshield,if the replacement part is rare and/or only available through a dealer. For example,in 2011 Edmunds.com reported that it paid $1,300 to replace the windshield on a 2011 Infiniti M56 long-term test car. What should be included: Not all windshield chips and cracks can be safely repaired. Repairs must be small and can't be in the driver's direct line of sight. If a crack is longer than 2',the windshield will need to be replaced rather than repaired autel. Expert Village has a series of videos explaining how to repair a bullseye break,a clamshell chip,a crack or a star break in a windshield. Windshield replacement costs typically include the glass,installation labor,adhesive and cleaning. According to Edmunds,windshield installation takes about an hour,and does not necessarily need to be done in a shop;the installation technician should wear gloves (grease from hands can prevent adhesives from bonding correctly);the tech must use all the required bonding agents,such as primer;and the vehicle must sit for one to 12 hours before being driven. An auto glass repair shop in California has a video demonstrating windshield replacement. Many auto glass shops include a free one- or two-year warranty that covers cracks,leaks or other problems caused by poor installation;check whether the warranty is valid nationwide or only at that location. Additional costs: Some vehicles require special rubber moldings that typically cost $5-$25. If the vehicle has windshield wipers attached to the windshield,these wipers will need to be replaced at an average cost of $7-$20 each. Discounts: Many auto insurance companies cover windshield repairs in full,with no deductible,to avoid costly replacements. For example,AAA in Northern California,Nevada and Utah offers its policyholders no-cost windshield repair service. Comprehensive auto insurance often covers windshield replacement,either with a $100-$300 deductible or with no deductible amount due,according to the Insurance Information Institute. Shopping for windshield replacement and repair: Windshield repair or replacement is typically done by a shop or mobile service specializing in auto glass work. (Car dealerships that do windshield replacement may sub the actual installation work out to a specialized auto glass shop.) The National Glass Association has a searchable directory of auto glass businesses. Check whether the business has any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. Be wary of offers for free windshield repair or replacement. The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns that some businesses claim that insurance will cover the cost in full Autel Maxivideo MV208,but then inflate the charges or overbill the policy for several windshield replacements.
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