It costs $200 to $300 to replace a windshield without insurance, on average. The exact amount you will have to pay to replace your windshield depends on a number of factors including the year, make, and model of your car. Replacing the windshield of a new, luxury vehicle loaded with features could cost twice as much as replacing the glass of an older, economy car.
The type of glass used is another factor that greatly influences your final price. Aftermarket windshields cost around $100 less than OEM (original equipment manufacturer) glass. But AAA warns that using lower-quality parts might be a risk. Bargain windshields may create optical distortions that make it harder to drive.
Another safety concern with aftermarket parts is fit. Your windshield helps to support the roof and structure of your car in an accident and plays a critical role in airbag deployment. If it doesn’t fit perfectly, you’re less safe in the event of a crash.
How much does it cost to repair a windshield?
It generally costs between $50 and $150 to repair a cracked or chipped windshield, but it could cost less in some cases. Usually, the smaller the crack or chip, the cheaper it will be to repair.
Even without insurance, windshield repair or replacement should be pretty affordable. But if you do have insurance, it’s possible that you may not have to pay anything at all. Many insurers offer $0 or low deductible glass claims as part of comprehensive coverage.
When You Should Replace Your Windshield
In general, your windshield needs to be replaced if it has a crack larger than a dollar bill or a chip that’s larger than a quarter. If the damage is small and falls out of the driver’s line of sight, it can usually be repaired rather than replaced.