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How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Windshield? Updated 2022

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How Much Does Windshield Replacement Cost?

It’s a simple question and you want a simple answer.

The easy answer is that a new windshield costs “about $300.” According to Glass.com’s data, this is the average windshield replacement cost that consumers are responsible for paying.

The long answer is that new windshield costs can vary anywhere from under $200 all the way up to more than $1200, and depends on your specific vehicle. Some buses or specialty vehicles can even cost more than $2,000. Windshield replacement costs typically include glass, installation, adhesive and other parts, and cleaning.

Windshield replacement costs will be different from one vehicle to the next, and from one area to another. Glass.com has collected data from the thousands of customers who have booked their windshield replacements through its website with hundreds of companies throughout the United States.

From this historical data, Glass.com has determined that in 2021:

  • Windshield replacements ranged anywhere from $90-$1,125.
  • Most replacements fell between $153-$337.
  • The average windshield replacement cost was $264.
  • The most common windshield price was $201.
  • According to Glass.com’s data, windshield replacement prices increase approximately 4.25% per year.
Note: These costs do not include taxes, or additional fees for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibration, if needed.

How Much Is a New Windshield in 2022?

In general, windshield replacements cost the least on older economy cars while replacement costs on new luxury vehicles will be the most. Keep this in mind either when looking to purchase a new vehicle in 2022, or considering the windshield repair costs on your vehicle that is now one year older.

Taking into account rising manufacturing costs, labor costs, and ultimately inflation, we believe windshield replacement costs in 2022 will rise faster than what we’ve seen in previous years. Vehicle part and repair supply prices have shown as much as a 15% increase already this year.

Additionally, more technology is being built into windshields by car manufacturers. This technology can include options such as lane departure warning systems, adaptable cruise control, and other driver assistance systems. More technology in windshields can mean higher prices when it comes time to replace them.

Due to these reasons above, we can reasonably predict that 2022 windshield replacement costs will grow faster than the historical 4.25% per year. It’s not unreasonable to estimate that the average windshield replacement price quote could exceed $300 in 2022.

Car Windshield Replacement Near Me

How much is it to replace a windshield near you?

Car window replacement cost varies across the country. In order to get the best idea of what it will cost in your area, use Glass.com to receive an instant quote from local shops in your area. No contact information is required.

The costs quoted through Glass.com are considered base prices, which do not factor in upgrade options such as heads-up display, rain-sensing wipers, and others that will increase the average price of a windshield replacement. We’ll explain more about how these options affect price later in this article.

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Things to Consider When Paying for Your Windshield Out of Pocket

For many, replacing a windshield will cost less than your insurance deductible, meaning you will pay cash. Or perhaps you just prefer not to make a claim on your insurance policy and pay yourself. Or you might be in a situation where you have to pay for a windshield replacement without insurance. This may leave you asking- how do you handle out-of-pocket windshield replacement?

While it may be tempting to shop around for the lowest price and go with that windshield replacement company, this may not be the wisest choice.

The Cheapest Windshield Replacement Option Isn’t Always the Best

Your windshield is an important safety component for your vehicle. As a structural part of your vehicle, it helps to support your car’s roof and can also ensure you aren’t thrown from the vehicle in the event of a crash. You need to ask yourself if the cheapest replacement option is also the safest.

The typical cost of a windshield replacement can vary. While the price of the windshield and cost of supplies are all factored into the cost of your replacement, another big thing to consider is the technician’s expertise and training. Although not always true, the cheapest windshield repair may also correlate with one of lower quality.

The Value of  Windshield Replacement Training

One way to find an experienced installer is by asking the automotive glass replacement company if they are a member of the Auto Glass Safety Council.

The AGSC provides a standard for auto glass retailers to follow to make sure all precautions are taken to ensure driver and passenger safety. Glass.com®, for example, shows this badge near registered member companies.

Rear Car Windshield Replacement Near Me?

Rear Windshield Replacement

Replacing the front windshield may be most common, sometimes the rear windshield (also called the backlite or back glass) may also be damaged. Like with the front windshield, a car’s rear windshield replacement costs vary based on factors such as the type of the vehicle, type of glass, and severity of the damage.

Why the Wide Range of Windshield Costs?

Type of Vehicle

When it comes to auto windshield replacement cost, one of the first things every shop you call will ask is, “What’s the make and model of your vehicle?” This detail will have a big impact on the cost. The main reason for cost differences is quality, features, and availability.

For example, a Honda Civic windshield replacement costs much less than a Mercedes Benz S560. Why? Because the Honda Civic is a basic, small, vehicle with few (if any) windshield-related features and parts are abundant. The Mercedes, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.

Additionally, luxury vehicles, such as Mercedes and Lexus for example, require specific windshields that are often only available through the dealer. These can sometimes cost two or three times what glass for non-luxury vehicles might cost.

Special Features

Your car’s windshield replacement cost will also factor additional expenses depending on the type of vehicle. Some vehicles have special moldings that are a part of the windshield. This means the glass will also need those to match the structural design.

Also, newer vehicles sometimes come with features such as rain sensors and condensation sensors that involve more work to replace. In fact, some cars can have as many as five different sensors and cost several hundreds of dollars to replace. Windshield replacement on an older car without those details will be considerably less.

Today’s vehicle add-on options that are actually tied to the windshield can include:

  • Heated wiper park
    A heated wiper park can increase windshield replacement costs due to more expensive parts.
  • Rain sensing wipers
    Rain sensing wipers can increase windshield replacement costs due to more expensive parts.
  • Lane departure warning
    Lane departure warning systems can increase windshield replacement costs due to recalibration costs.
  • Automatic braking
    Automatic braking sensors can increase windshield replacement costs due to recalibration costs.
  • Special solar coatings
    Special solar coatings can increase windshield replacement costs due to more expensive parts.
  • Auto-dimming headlamps
    Auto-dimming headlamps can increase windshield replacement costs due to recalibration costs.
  • Specialized logos
    Windshields with OEM  car manufacturer logos are often more expensive than windshield replacements using aftermarket glass without OEM car brand logos.
  • Frit/shade screen
    These are typically standard on both OE and aftermarket windshields and should not have a major effect on windshield replacement costs.
  • Bullet resistance
    Replacing auto glass with bullet-resistant glass is a costly endeavor. The glass is much more expensive and a lot of labor is needed to properly fit the larger, heavier glass. Expect to pay $1,000+ for a single piece of glass. Retrofitting an entire vehicle with bullet-resistant glass can cost more than $50,000.
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    Electrochromic rearview mirrors can increase windshield replacement costs depending on the labor needed to re-mount and re-program the mirror. If the mirror needs to be replaced, it will be more expensive than a standard rearview mirror.
  • Acoustical interlayer
    Acoustical interlayers  can increase windshield replacement costs due to more expensive parts. Acoustical interlayers are specifically designed to provide a quieter ride for passengers.
  • And more…

All of these additional features add additional manufacturing processes, which ultimately add an additional cost.

Despite the common belief that “glass is just glass”, (although this may have held some truth in the past) it’s just no longer the case with today’s technologically advanced vehicles.

Windshield Quality

There are 2 quality options to choose from when having your windshield replaced:

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Quality:

OEM products meet or exceed the quality requirements set forth by vehicle manufacturers. This means that the replacement windshield being installed in your car will be just as good, if not better than the one that your car originally came with from the factory. With OEM parts you can rest assured that it should be a safe windshield that integrates smoothly with your car’s current options and provides all the same features.

Aftermarket Quality:

Aftermarket windshields may or may not meet the quality considerations set forth by OE manufacturers. This is not to say that there is no quality control in place- all legal windshields installed in the USA must meet minimum Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. Windshields must receive a rating of AS1 by the DOT which approves them safe for use. So although they might not be the same quality, they technically meet these standards.

Because of the possible quality discrepancy, however, some vehicle owners have reported incompatibility issues when it comes to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)- features like lane departure warning, automatic braking, and other autonomous features. Aftermarket windshields are generally cheaper than OE windshields, so it can be a way to save money if purse strings are tight when an unexpected windshield replacement is needed. Just realize that an aftermarket windshield may come with its own cost.

Windshield Manufacturing Costs

Pricing fluctuations affect all major industries and auto glass is not excluded. So it’s good to keep in mind that other than vehicle options, there are other factors that determine the cost you’ll pay when it comes time to replace your vehicle’s windshield, sidelites, backlite, quarter, or vent glass.

Let’s start with the glass itself- glass prices can fluctuate for numerous reasons. Starting with the manufacturing process, this can be caused by:

  1. Labor prices (many trade industries are facing labor shortages)
  2. Machinery costs (for the actual manufacturing of the glass itself)
  3. Real estate costs (buildings and warehouses)
  4. Transportation costs – gas, oil, etc.

Windshield Installation Costs

When asking the question “how much does a windshield cost?” you now know, these factors will ultimately change what the manufacturer charges to the glass shop and the glass shop’s profit margin on parts. From here, the glass shop can actually be affected by all the same factors, which can lead to a second layer of price adjustments on their end to compensate for operating and labor costs. The end result is price adjustments to you, the customer.

Where to Begin

If your vehicle is in need of a windshield replacement, Glass.com can help. You can easily search by zip code for companies near you. These local companies will provide you with an instant price quote, so you know up front what the windshield replacement for your vehicle will cost.

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Windshield Calibration Costs

If your car has Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS for short, you’ll want to know how much it costs to recalibrate your ADAS system after a windshield replacement. 

ADAS features can include lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, pedestrian sensing, and more. 

What does ADAS have to do with windshield replacement costs?

Much of the technology used for ADAS features, such as LIDAR, RADAR, and laser sensors, are mounted just behind the top of the windshield inside the cabin of a vehicle. This means the sensors must be removed when replacing a windshield, and reinstalled when the replacement is complete. 

During the removal and re-installation of these sensors, it’s extremely likely that they won’t end up back in the exact same place they were removed from, or mounted at the exact same angle. These sensors are highly sensitive and it’s imperative that they function properly in order to avoid accidents.

Therefore, the sensors should be recalibrated to ensure proper functionality. Calibration is different from vehicle to vehicle. However, there are generally two types of calibration:

Static ADAS Calibration 
and 
Dynamic ADAS Calibration

Static ADAS calibration is completed in a controlled environment while the vehicle is parked. Targets and lasers are used to measure and make adjustments to ADAS features. 

Dynamic ADAS calibration is completed while driving the vehicle. The vehicle will calibrate by “relearning.”

How does windshield replacement with ADAS calibration cost?

Both static and dynamic recalibration are labor-intensive and require specialized knowledge of the particular vehicle that needs calibrating.

Sometimes calibration is completed by the windshield replacement company that replaced the windshield. Other times the calibration is done by a calibration specialist, or by a dealership.

Generally, ADAS calibration prices range from about $300-$800, but can be higher depending on the complexity of the vehicle. 

This means that if your vehicle is equipped with ADAS technology, your total windshield replacement cost could be $300+ more than a car without ADAS features. 

When Does Insurance Cover Windshield Repair?

If you drive a car, sooner or later, it’s bound to happen – your windshield is going to get chipped or cracked by a rock flung from the semi on the highway, maybe a foul ball at a Little League game, or a hail storm, or any number of ways. Or, you may be unlucky enough to have the entire windshield smashed and need to have it replaced.

Knowing when to repair or replace the windshield is not always so obvious. Knowing if – and when – your insurance pays for windshield repair and replacement could save you hundreds of dollars.

Am I covered?

First of all, many insurance companies cover windshield repair at 100 percent with no deductible, especially if you have comprehensive coverage. Insurers all have different rules for how long a crack can be to be covered for repair. Some insurers, though, such as State Farm, generally do not cover repairs.

Just remember, comprehensive coverage is optional, so make sure you have it before making any decisions.

Comprehensive coverage usually covers damage incurred from storms, fires, vandalism, animal collisions, etc. Repair (rather than replacement) is more common when it comes to auto glass. That’s because the majority of damage is in the form of chips or cracks.

So, if your glass is chipped or cracked, check to see if the damage is less than 6 inches. You can use the “dollar bill rule” for this – if the crack is completely covered by a dollar bill, then it’s less than 6 inches. If so, your next step is to call your insurance company and file a claim. You may also do file a claim online.

Check Your Deductible

Before filing a claim, be sure to compare the cost of the repair to your deductible. If the repair cost is lower than your deductible (if you have one for windshield repair), then your insurance carrier likely will not pay for the repair. But if the cost is higher than your deductible, and you decide to file the claim, now is the time to do so. Your insurance company will tell you whether the repair is covered.

Get Your Windshield Fixed

Once you’ve taken these steps, it’s time to get the windshield repaired. Most times, the insurance company will put you in contact with a repair shop. In either case, once the work is complete, submit your receipts to your insurance company for reimbursement. Be sure to include your name and policy number at a minimum.

Glass.com can provide you with instant quotes from auto glass companies in your area. You choose the company that’s right for you and they’ll contact you quickly to get your replacement started.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ellen Rogers

Ellen Rogers has been involved with the glass industry for nearly 20 years and is the editor of USGlass Magazine and Architects’ Guide to Glass magazine. Ellen received a degree from Peace College where she studied journalism.

Ellen enjoys running and competes regularly in races including half and full marathons. When not on the go, Ellen enjoys reading, wine tasting, true crime shows, and family game nights with her husband and son. Their favorite game is Clue. Ellen also bakes what is known locally as “World Famous Oatmeal Cookies.”

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  • My windshield needs to be replaced and it is a rain detecting windshield. I do not use the auto wiper function, literally turned it off. Do I truly need a rain detecting windshield? I looked into my owners manual and only the auto “lights-on” and wipers are affected, both have been disabled. I bought the car for transposition, surprise . It just happened to have features I did not care about.

    • Hi Jason,

      Excellent question. If you purchase a windshield without these add-on options, they simply will not work, but the windshield should still have the same fit and finish. Since you disable these features anyway, this could be an easy way to save some money when replacing your windshield. However, you may want to consider the resale value when it comes time to trade in or sell the vehicle in the future. Also be sure to consult with your local windshield repair shop to obtain their professional opinion.

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