Just like water is wet and the sky is blue, car windshields need replacement every now and then. This is just a consequence of driving. While auto glass, especially rear and front windshields, are built to be strong, they can and do break. They can totally shatter, or they could merely suffer minor damage like a crack or chip.
Of course, minor damage can quickly turn into a major issue that requires a total windshield replacement. At any rate, this is something that is going to cost you money. Windshield replacement costs can vary depending on a few factors. Let’s discuss the issue.
The Average Cost of Windshield Replacement
There are quite a few factors that will determine just how expensive it is to replace a windshield. When it comes down to it, it can cost as little as $200 or as much as $800, $900, or more. It depends on a few different things.
First off, it depends on the brand of car you have. Generally speaking, more expensive vehicles will cost you more to replace the windshield. This can be because the materials used are better (or simply more expensive) or it could just be because of the brand name. For instance, if you have a Porsche, the company will recommend going to a Porsche-authorized repair shop.
These guys are obviously going to charge you more than a local windshield replacement shop because you have a highly designed and specialized car. A replacement for a Porsche windshield is not as commonly found as a replacement for your Ford 150. The type of materials and the size of the windshield are going to make a difference as well. On a side note, repairing a windshield is going to be much less expensive that replacing one.
Windshield Replacement Cost – The Front
Generally speaking, the front windshield is going to cost more to repair than the rear one due to a number of factors. First off, the front windshield is usually made to be a little more durable to withstand collisions.
Newer vehicles feature rear windshields that are just as good and structurally sound as the front, but generally speaking, the front is a little sturdier. The front windshield tends to be larger than the rear one too, thus also adding to the increased cost.
It should cost you around $200-$300 to replace a front windshield. However, as mentioned, this depends on the few things. If you go to a cheap local shop, have an older vehicle, and don’t require very high-end materials, you could pay as little as $300.
Now, let’s do the opposite. If you go to a specialized dealer’s shop, have a new and expensive car, and need a really high-quality windshield, you can pay double or triple the $300 or more.
Windshield Replacement Cost – The Rear
Of course, the rear windshield is also fairly important. It also stops rain and wind from getting in, plus it does add some structural integrity to the roof. Most people don’t take the rear windshield as seriously as the front, but major damage requires repair or replacement nonetheless.
When it comes to the rear windshield, the cost is usually quite similar to that of the front. It might be a few bucks cheaper, but that is about it. Usually the biggest difference is the fact that replacing the front windshield also requires windshield wiper replacement (usually).
At any rate, the cost might be a little less for the rear, but the difference will not be huge. Add to the cost if your rear window has heating or defrosting elements embedded.
The bottom line is that you can expect to spend anywhere from $200 to $1,000 or more, depending on your car. Yes, $1,000 is a lot, but that price is not one you will often see unless you have a high-end car, go to a high-end shop, and require very expensive materials.