Car Window Cost
A vehicle’s windshield is typically made of laminated safety glass, which is designed to keep the driver and passengers inside the vehicle in a head-on collision, and to provide extra strength to prevent the roof caving in during a roll-over. The side and back windows are usually made of tempered glass; when broken, this glass shatters into small, dull pieces. HowStuffWorks provides an overview of automotive glass .
- A front windshield typically costs $10-$150 to repair a chip or crack, and $100-$400 for a replacement, although it can cost $500-$1,500 for a rare windshield. The repair or replacement can be done in a shop or by a mobile service (mobile service typically costs slightly more). Auto insurance often covers the full cost of windshield repair or replacement, although some policies have a deductible charge of $100-$300 for replacement.
- Replacing a rear windshield can cost $100-$1,200 or more, depending on the year, make and model of vehicle, and whether the glass is from the original equipment manufacturer or aftermarket (made by another company), as well as whether it’s a simple glass window, has built-in defrost strips, has a built-in windshield wiper, is in a hatchback or has other features that affect rear window installation. For example, the instant quote tool at WindshieldsToGo.com estimates that a rear windshield for a 2008 Toyota Corolla will cost $128 uninstalled or $238 with mobile installation; a 2008 Scion xB hatchback is $277 uninstalled or $387 installed; and on a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette it’s $443 uninstalled and $553 installed.
- Expect to pay about $100-$350 to have someone replace a standard side door car window, depending on location and the year, make and model of vehicle; windows on rare, exotic or luxury vehicles can cost more. According to WindshieldsToGo.com , a front, passenger-side window for a 2008 Toyota Corolla sedan costs $102 uninstalled or $212 with mobile installation, while the same door on a Chevrolet Corvette is $220 uninstalled or $330 installed.
- Replacing a small, triangular side window (also called a quarter glass window or, if it moves, a vent glass window) can cost $100-$500 or more, depending on the year, make and model of vehicle, as well as the difficulty of installation. Because these windows are not common, they can be more expensive than standard-size door windows on the same vehicle. WindshieldsToGo.com estimates that a right rear triangular window on a 2008 Honda Civic sedan costs $139 uninstalled or $249 installed.
What should be included:
- Replacing a car door window typically involves opening up the door to access the window hardware. When handling the glass the installer should wear gloves for safety, but also because with a windshield, grease from the installer’s hands can prevent the adhesives from bonding correctly. Car and Driver magazine has a video demonstrating car window replacement .
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- Comprehensive auto insurance often covers glass replacement, either with a $100-$300 deductible or with no deductible amount due, according to the Insurance Information Institute .
- Some auto glass shops periodically offer discount coupons for $5-$25 or 5%-10% off. For example, Auto Glass Guys mobile service in the greater Denver area in Colorado has a $10 off online coupon.
- Popular Mechanics explains do-it-yourself car window replacement , noting that for a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup, replacement glass cost $18 from a junk yard or $160 from a retailer.
Shopping for a car window:
- Car window replacement is typically done at a car dealership, an auto body shop, car repair shop, or a shop or mobile service that specializes in auto glass work. The National Glass Association has a searchable directory of auto glass businesses .
- Check whether the business has any complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau .
What People Are Paying – Recent Comments
From: Akron, OH Posted On: April 29th, 2017 05:04PM Which Window: Driver front
Installed By: Need advice
I live in Akron oh need a new driver front window put in for under $200 on a 09 Saturn arua could anyone point me in right direction Thanks side window Amount: $0.00 Posted by: Big Ed
From: Bangor, MA Posted On: October 3rd, 2015 09:10AM Car Make: ford
Car Model: freestar
Which Window: passenger front
Anyone know what it will cost to replace passenger side front window on a 2004 freestar sport? thousands of little chips on windshield Amount: $0.00 Posted by: Chris Grover
From: Douglasville, GA Posted On: January 11th, 2015 10:01AM Car Make: scion
Which Window: windshield
As the years go by I have more little chips on the windshield that make it hard to see especially when the sun is hitting it. I have never had this on any other vehicle and I’ve owned about 15 or 20 Rear window replaced Amount: $150.00 Posted by: Sunny Grey
From: Chicago, IL Posted On: December 3rd, 2014 03:12PM Which Window: Rear
Installed By: Fernandez Auto Glass
I had my rear window replaced with a used one today.