How Much Does a Windscreen Repair Cost?

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How Much Does a Windscreen Repair Cost?

Not knowing how much a windscreen repair is going to cost you is not a good enough reason to put off having a trained professional assess and repair a chipped or cracked windscreen. Depending on the size and location of the damage, you could be breaking the law by driving with a damaged windscreen, your car will likely fail a Safety Check inspection, and more critically, you’re putting yourself and other road users at risk. Regardless of size, any chips or cracks in the driver’s critical vision area should be repaired urgently as they interfere with a driver’s ability to see the road clearly, but chips and cracks anywhere on the windscreen can also obscure your view in some situations.

Another reason not to put off having chips or cracks repaired as soon as possible is that the longer you ignore chips and cracks, the more time they have to get worse. Cracks and chips can only be repaired if the damage is below a certain size, don’t start or end at the edge of the windscreen, or haven’t penetrated deeper than the outer layer of glass. Once this happens, you would no longer be concerned about the cost of repairing your windscreen but of replacing the windscreen, and this obviously costs a lot more.

How Much Does a Windscreen Repair Cost?

Unlike replacing a windscreen, windscreen repair costs are not influenced by the make or model of your car. Whether you’re driving a new model luxury vehicle, or a Ute that is more than five years old, most windscreen repairs will cost you less than $100, with the added benefit of taking less than 30 minutes to complete.

In stark contrast, the cost of replacing a windscreen can vary from as little as $200 to over $2,000 and take at least 60-90 minutes to complete. The wide variance in cost is not only influenced by the size and availability of the windscreen glass for your car, but also the use of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technology. The more assistive technology your car includes, the higher the cost of a new windscreen, with the ADAS also needing to be recalibrated after the new windscreen has been installed.

Even though some windscreen cracks and chips can’t be repaired, having them assessed by professional windscreen technicians as soon as you notice them is the only way to know for sure, and to possibly save yourself thousands of dollars.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of a Windscreen Repair?

Windscreen cover is not automatically included in many car insurance policies and needs to be added. Additionally, depending on your insurer and your policy type, windscreen cover might be limited to the cost of windscreen replacement only. Check your policy wording to see what is covered, and even though the cost of windscreen repair isn’t that high, if you’re having to repair chips or cracks more than once in a year, you might want to look for a policy that includes covering the cost of windscreen repairs. However, you will still find that most policies only provide for a single windscreen repair or replacement claim in a year without any excess.

Schedule a windscreen service with Instant Windscreen 24 hours a day; you can either arrange a time to bring your car in for us to assess your windscreen damage during business hours, or arrange for a mobile technician to come to you any time of the day.

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