How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Windscreen?
In an ideal world, bacon doesn’t have calories, pets live forever, and our windscreens don’t chip or crack. Alas, glass–despite decades of manufacturing improvements and technological innovations–does still chip and crack. A windscreen is a typical grudge purchase, so naturally, our first concern when we notice a crack or chip is, how much is it going to cost to replace? First off, the good news is that there’s a chance you may not have to replace your windscreen, secondly, a complete replacement may not cost too much. Before you start to worry about the cost, let’s talk about that damage.
You Might Not Need to Replace Your Windscreen
It’s normal to get that sinking feeling when you kick up a stone on a dirt road and have to deal with a new chip or crack. For the most part, however, you can get away with merely repairing your windscreen. A windscreen repair will be cheaper, and you may even get it for free through your insurance. Of course, a professional windscreen repairperson will be able to gauge more accurately if your windscreen needs to be replaced, but you can still get a feel for what you can expect.
How to tell if your windscreen needs to be replaced:
- The chip or crack is larger than 7cm
- The damage is in your critical field of view
- The damage is close to or on the edge of your windscreen
- The damage is deep into the glass
If You Do Need to Replace Your Windscreen
Your first step is finding a reputable, credible windscreen repair shop. Once you’re there, your windscreen replacement will likely take between 30 and 90 minutes from the time your windscreen has been assessed. The time will vary depending on the make and model of your car, and whether there are sensors which need to be calibrated. Once they have installed a new windscreen, you will have to wait about another hour for the sealant to dry before you can get on your way.
The Cost of a Windscreen Replacement
More than the time taken to replace your windscreen, your biggest worry is the cost. The cost will vary greatly depending on the make and model of your car. It isn’t easy to give an accurate price range because of all the variables, but you could pay anything between $200 and $2000. You can expect to pay less to replace a windscreen on a car with little or no technology, but as the number of features increases, so does the cost of your windscreen replacement. Features such as rain sensors, speed zone recognition, and radars or lasers in the windscreen will drive up the price of a windscreen repair.
Some Instant Windscreen branches offer a mobile windscreen repair and replacement service. You’ll be able to have your windscreen repaired or replaced at home or work, at your convenience. For a quote on the replacement cost of a windscreen, give Instant Windscreens a call today.