How much does it cost to replace a car windshield? The good news is that it may cost you nothing at all.
Check Your Insurance
If you have full-coverage insurance on your vehicle, windshield and window replacement is usually free. Simply call your insurance company and ask about their policies regarding window breakage. If it's covered, all you need to do is call a glass replacement company. They'll often travel to your location to fix the windshield. Most will even take care of the paperwork for you.
Many different companies offer this service, but if you cannot find one local to your area, contact your insurance company. They should have a list of glass companies in your location. If you do not have full coverage for free replacement glass, you should still contact your insurance company to make sure you do not have partial windshield insurance coverage that will reduce the cost of the replacement. Most states require some level of windshield insurance.
Paying on Your Own
For those without full coverage, the average price of replacing a windshield depends on the area where you live. In 2008, on the mid-west coast of Florida, the average price to replace a windshield on any car was $250.00. The price includes travel to where the car is located, removing the broken or cracked windshield and installing a new windshield.
If you want a different windshield, other than what's in stock, you may be charged extra. For example, if the stock windshield for your vehicle does not have a tint stripe across the top and you want one, you may have to pay extra for the tint stripe. You will have to pay extra for fully tinted windshields.
If you do have to pay for windshield replacement, be sure to contact more than one glass company to check for prices in your area. The glass company should be insured and bonded, and should offer a warranty on the new windshield.