Replacing a windshield can be expensive, but the amount you pay depends on several factors. Ellen Rogers, an editor of USGlass and Architects' Guide to Glass, has worked in the glass industry for nearly 20 years and knows that the type of vehicle you drive, the windshield shop you choose, and whether you book a mobile or in-person appointment all affect the cost. Unless you have experience repairing car glass, it's best to leave this job to the professionals. We found that Safelite is more expensive than other providers, but it's also one of the most convenient options for auto glass services, since it's available in 50 states.
While you can replace your windshield at a local dealership or mechanic, auto glass companies can offer a superior service at a cheaper price. Depending on the damage, you may be able to repair your car's windows, usually at a much lower cost. Same-day service may or may not add an additional cost to the replacement, depending on the availability and policy of the glass shop you choose. While damage to car glass can be repaired in some cases, replacement is often the safest and most durable solution. Some auto glass specialists, such as Safelite, will work directly with your insurance provider to facilitate the process. Performing the services at an auto glass repair shop often reduces the cost of replacing the windshield.
Glass Doctor has an extensive automotive glass repair network, with workshops and services available in 45 states and Canada. Most experienced glass repair technicians can replace a windshield in about an hour and a half to two. When it comes time to replace your auto glass, it's important to consider all of these factors to ensure that you get the best service at the best price. Be sure to research your options and compare prices before making a decision.