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  • A windshield replacement can cost around $150 to $300. If you’re going to pay a professional, expect to pay around $220.
  •  A windshield is important because it supports your ride’s roof, offers UV protection, and reduces glass-related injuries (because it’s made of laminated glass). The condition of your windshield is also important for safe air bag deployment.
  • Driving with a damaged windshield can reduce visibility. Windshield cracks or holes can also cause water to get inside your cabin, ruining your seat upholstery and damaging electrical wirings.

Your windshield is crucial to your safety while on the road. Unfortunately, like most car parts, it’s not immune to damage. Tiny cracks can form on its surface, which can get worse over time if you don’t address the issue right away. Luckily, there are a lot of aftermarket windshields available on the market, so you can easily find a great replacement for your ride.

How Much Is a Windshield Replacement?

A windshield replacement can cost around $150 to $300 on parts alone. Some can be priced higher depending on various factors, like their brand and material. Expect to spend around $220 if you want professionals to handle the replacement.

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Note that new windshield prices and labor fees can also vary based on the rates in your area and your vehicle’s specific make and model. For instance, if you’re replacing a luxury vehicle’s windshield, expect to spend around $1,500 for the replacement.

there are a lot of aftermarket windshields available on the market, so you can easily find a great replacement for your ride
There are a lot of aftermarket windshields available on the market, so you can easily find a great replacement for your ride.

It’s also important to note that you can’t install any aftermarket windshield if your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). There’s a special kind of windshield that’s used with ADAS, and it needs to be calibrated in order to work.

It’s also important to note that you can’t install any aftermarket windshield if your vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

Anthony Harlin, ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician

Does Car Insurance Cover Windshield Replacement?

In most cases, a comprehensive insurance policy covers windshield damage. But if you’re not sure if your insurance covers it, we recommend double-checking your policy to make sure that it considers car windshield glass replacement.

Why Are Windshields Important?

A windshield gives you an unobstructed view of the road and protects you from the elements that can distract you from driving. But that’s not all it does. Windshields have other functions that are important to your vehicle’s operation. Here are some of them:

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It Supports the Car Roof

Many modern cars have windshields that are bonded to the body with structural glue. The windshield provides support to your vehicle’s roof. In case of a rollover accident, it reinforces the integrity of the roof, preventing it from collapsing.

It Reduces Glass-Related Injuries

Windshields are made of laminated glass, which has two sheets and a Poly Vinyl Butyral (PVB) interlayer in between. The PVB interlayer is the reason why windshields don’t shatter as easily as regular glass. This minimizes glass-related injury during a collision.

It Contributes to Safe Airbag Deployment

The windshield serves as a barrier for the airbags so that they can bounce off and inflate when an accident occurs. To avoid airbag deployment problems, make sure your windshield is in good condition at all times.

It Offers UV Protection

Staying inside your vehicle on sunny days offers some protection from the sun’s rays. The windshield provides UV protection, which can keep you and your passengers safe from sunburn.

The Risks of Driving with a Cracked or Broken Windshield

Here are the reasons why you should never drive while your windshield is damaged:

Reduced Visibility

Cracked glass can impair your view of the road. It makes driving dangerous, especially if you’re navigating the roads at night or in low-visibility conditions. Driving with a pitted windshield is just as risky because it can cause glares or flashes of blinding light that can distract you while driving.

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Water Leaks

Cracks, chips, and holes in your windshield can cause water to get inside your cabin on a rainy day. The moisture can promote mold and mildew buildup inside your vehicle. In worst cases, it can also damage electrical wiring and seat upholstery. The control module can also fail if you don’t address the issue immediately.

Replacing the Windshield

If you’re a DIYer, you might be tempted to replace the windshield yourself. Before doing so, make sure that you have the tools to get the job done. Make sure you consult a repair manual that applies to your specific vehicle. If you’re not confident with your DIY skills, you can always ask a trusted mechanic to do the replacement for you.

About The Authors
Written By Automotive and Tech Writers

The CarParts.com Research Team is composed of experienced automotive and tech writers working with (ASE)-certified automobile technicians and automotive journalists to bring up-to-date, helpful information to car owners in the US. Guided by CarParts.com's thorough editorial process, our team strives to produce guides and resources DIYers and casual car owners can trust.

Reviewed By Technical Reviewer at CarParts.com

Tony Harlin is a Master Gas and Diesel Diagnostic Technician with over 18 years of experience. He works full-time at a large independent automotive shop as a driveability and repair technician working on all types of vehicles with a focus on diesels. ASE certifications include A1-A9, L1 and L2, as well as X1.

Any information provided on this Website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a professional mechanic. The accuracy and timeliness of the information may change from the time of publication.

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