The average price for windshield replacement can be expensive if you own a luxury vehicle such as a Mercedes, Lexus, BMW or Porsche. Having performed a number of replacements on various types of automobiles over the past 10 years I’ve personally seen prices quoted as high as $1,200. I’m sure the scale goes higher but the most I’ve ever charged for an installation was $425 and the average charge for a windshield installation in my business was around $225.
Some things to consider when calling and researching different windshield replacement prices.
- Why do the prices vary so much?
- The auto glass industry is very competitive and it can be tough for glass shops using quality glass to compete with a cheap windshield price being offered from someone using lower quality glass. Higher quality glass such as dealer glass or OEM glass will be more expensive but well worth the cost.
- What type of auto glass will be used?
- If you have a price quote that seems considerably higher than other shops then it’s very possible the higher priced shop is using OEM or dealer glass. OEM glass is generally more expensive to purchase than aftermarket glass. Be sure to ask the glass shop which type of glass is being used. Click here to learn more about different glass types.
There are other factors such as acoustic inner-layers and rain sensors which could cause the price to be higher than normal. If the cost of your windshield replacement is higher than the average price of $225 then you may consider having your insurance pay for the work. If you have a low deductible then filing a claim and paying the deductible will definitely help you save some money.