What Does Windshield Replacement Cost In 2022 & Beyond?

By Shawn L. •  Updated: 05/12/22 •  13 min read
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Windshield Replacement Cost

We’re all seeing significant increases in the money required to buy food and fill up the car with gas in the past year. If you’ve purchased a windshield lately, you’ve probably noticed the windshield replacement cost on your vehicle is a lot more now than in previous years.

By the end of this article, you’ll better understand what a windshield replacement cost with and without insurance, plus know what additional factors caused the auto glass prices to be so much higher on vehicles produced after 2007. In addition, we’ll cover a unique product designed to help prevent windshield damage from occurring so you can save money on auto glass services!

Average Cost Without Insurance

The price of replacing an automobile’s windshield has been going through the roof for several years. The average windshield replacement cost without insurance was $179 for OEE (Original Equipment Equivalent) in the 1990s and early 2000s. That number jumped to more than $400 after 2007 and has continued to skyrocket in recent years. However, basing the windshield price on standard vehicles sold in the U.S. today puts the average cost without insurance around $375.

Average Cost With Insurance

The average cost of a windshield replacement with insurance depends on your coverage type and deductible. Auto glass replacements fall under your policy’s comprehensive portion, covering everything except collision damage. In most cases, deductibles can range from as low as $100 to as high as $1000. Your deductible will determine how much of the total bill you pay out-of-pocket.

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Auto Glass Cost Factors

There are many factors contributing to the ever-increasing price of auto glass replacements. For example, the type of glass installed, advanced driver assistance systems, and other safety features have contributed to the increased cost of windshield replacements. Let’s look at these additional factors to understand better why prices have skyrocketed.

Type of Auto Glass

The type of glass used on your vehicle can affect its replacement cost by 40 and 60 percent, so glass selection is essential. There are three types of windshields to consider when requesting a glass replacement for your vehicle. You can choose from “Dealer,” “OEM,” or “OEE / Aftermarket” glass.

So which glass type is best for your car? Most auto glass retailers will typically install OEM glass since it is rated the same as manufactured. However, we’ve provided more information below to help you make the best decision when having your windshield replaced.

Dealer

You’ll need to contact a dealership authorized by the vehicle manufacturer to service your car and purchase dealer glass. This auto glass is from the same distributor that manufactured your original auto glass and will generally have the make of the vehicle stamped on it.

OEM

Original Equipment Manufacturer glass has the exact specifications as dealer glass. For example, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Chrysler products are the same color, durability, thickness, size, and shape as the original windshields installed by the manufacturer. Likewise, windows labeled “OEM” are identical to dealer glass, but each is from a different manufacturing plant.

As a result, OEM glass can save you money over Dealership glass and offers the same safety and specs needed to maintain your car’s structural integrity.

OEE or Aftermarket

Aftermarket auto glass is significantly cheaper than original equipment manufacturer or dealer parts. However, it’s usually a different thickness than other glass. As a result, most dealers will not accept aftermarket glass when you return a leased vehicle because it’s not equivalent or may differ too much from the original design.

ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System)

ADAS systems include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert, which have become increasingly common in new cars. In addition, some of these systems require cameras or laser sensors to function correctly, which can fail if bumped or moved during a windshield replacement. For this reason, you’ll most likely need to have them recalibrated after the windshield replacement, which is an additional cost of $300 or more. Below are further details to help you better understand how some of these features work.

LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System)

The LDWS system uses cameras to monitor traffic ahead and alerts drivers when their vehicle begins drifting into another lane. It also warns them when they drift too close to the car in front of them.

FCA (Forward Collision Alert)

Special radar sensors or cameras on the front of the car help this feature trigger the automatic emergency braking when it detects objects that may contact the vehicle.

Adaptive Cruise Control

This technology automatically adjusts the speed and distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it. It also monitors the surrounding environment and implements automatic emergency braking if necessary.

Cost of Living

The salary level of a qualified technician has continued to go up as the cost of living increases. Due to salary increases, auto glass companies charge more to make a profit on each job.

New Moldings

Adding new moldings can increase the price, but it doesn’t typically raise that much.

Amount of Adhesive (Urethane) Required

There needs to be a specific amount of urethane applied for a proper seal during the installation process. More glue means more money.

Acoustic Inner Layer

Some windshields have an additional layer of glass used for noise reduction and thermal insulation. It will typically cost more for a replacement if your car requires this type of glass.

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Prevent Auto Glass Damage

Believe it or not, there is a way to help stop damage to your windshield when it’s hit by flying rocks or other small debris from the road while driving. We’ve found a technology that uses nano-ceramic film, also known as a windshield protection film. Let’s look at how windshield protection film works and its application.

Windshield Protection Film

This film is a thin plastic material covering the entire windshield surface and helps prevent chips and cracks caused by flying stones and other debris. Protection films are optically clear and have been tested and proven to help reduce the likelihood of chips and cracks by up to 95%, which means fewer repairs and lower insurance premiums.

How the film is made

The windshield protection film uses nano-ceramic materials, which are ceramic particles less than 1/10th the width of a human hair. They’re applied to the surface of the windshield and then cured with heat. The resulting film is exceptionally durable and flexible, ideal for protecting the windshield against impacts.

There are three layers used to make nano-ceramic protection film:

How the film works

When a rock or other flying debris hits the windshield protection film, it causes the nano-ceramic particles to fracture and shatter, creating microscopic holes in the film, and preventing the stone or debris from penetrating the windshield and causing damage. 

How long the film last

Depending on the quality and brand of the windshield replacement film, the life expectancy from natural wear and tear can range from three months to more than three years. Cleaning the film gently and avoiding harsh chemicals or ammonia-based cleaners can help extend its lifespan.

DIY or Professional Installation?

Many places online offer a do-it-yourself (DIY) version with instructions, but you might not have the necessary tools to apply the film correctly. Below is a list of tools required to install the protection film correctly on your windshield. In addition, check out this video Windshield Armor put together for their product.

Installation Services We Provide

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Let’s Talk

Making choices for auto glass on your vehicle doesn’t have to be a hassle, and we hope this page was helpful in your decision process! If you have any questions about your windshield, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (877)-781-6961. Our customer service representatives are available and ready to help with your auto glass installation or repair needs.

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Shawn L.

Shawn is the founder of Auto Glass Locator and enjoys providing articles related to automotive parts and services. His mission is to make it easy for everyone to find all the information they need in one spot. Each year he continues to help more people find great deals on auto glass and other automotive services.

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