Tips & Advice
Will car insurance cover windshield repairs and replacements?
If you have comprehensive coverage, some - if not all - of the windshield repair and replacement costs are covered by the insurance company. Check with your insurance company to inquire about what they are able to pay. It’s also important to consider the deductible. If the cost of the replacement/repair is greater than the current deductible, the insurance company can cover the difference. But if the repair costs are less than the deductible, you will have to pay the full cost out of pocket.
How long does it take to repair or replace a windshield?
Generally, most professionals can install a new windshield in around one hour and can make repairs in less than 30 minutes.
When is it safe to wash a car after replacing/repairing the windshield?
Wait 24 hours before entering a car wash with a new or repaired windshield. The high water pressures and cleaning chemicals could damage the windshield adhesive.
When is it safe to drive the car again after repairing or replacing the windshield?
Most professional installers advise waiting an hour before driving again with a new or repaired windshield.
How much does it cost to replace a windshield?
The cost of replacing a windshield can vary even more than getting it repaired, because the vehicle’s make and model, not the severity of the crack/chip, determine costs. Newer and higher-end vehicles cost more to have their windshields replaced because certain manufacturers use modified or proprietary glass types.
How much does it cost to repair a crack in a windshield?
At-home windshield repair kits can be purchased from most auto part stores and major retailers for around $20. The out-of-pocket costs of professional windshield repairs can vary depending on a variety of factors:
- Severity of the necessary repairs
- How much of the cost insurance will cover
- Whether the windshield installers come to your location or you bring the vehicle to them
- Standard service costs of the windshield installers
Should I get my windshield replaced?
If a crack or chip is too large to repair, you should immediately replace the windshield.
Can a crack in a windshield be too big to repair?
Yes, any crack larger than what can fit under a dollar bill is too large to repair. In these and similar cases, the structural integrity of the glass is compromised and the entire windshield could shatter from even a minor collision. Before choosing to repair or replace a damaged windshield, get a professional inspection to assess the overall level of damage.
If the crack in a windshield is small, does it need to be repaired?
Certain small cracks and minor chips do not need to be repaired immediately. Examples include when:
- The entire crack can fit beneath a dollar bill
- There are three or fewer chips
- The damage is in the center of the windshield and not along the edge
- The damage is outside your direct line of sight while driving
- The damage does not distort view from a camera or sensor in front of windshield
What type of glass are windshields made of?
Windshields are typically made from laminated glass. This is when a piece of poly-vinyl butyral (a type of plastic) is sandwiched between two pieces of tempered glass. Heat and pressure are applied to the three materials (in other words, they are laminated) and are fused together. The poly-vinyl butyral acts as an adhesive and keeps the tempered glass from breaking into large, dangerous pieces in the event of a major collision.