Who should drivers contact to repair or replace a windshield?
Many companies, both local and nationwide, specialize in automotive glass repair and replacements. Drivers should contact their insurance companies to find glass or auto repair shops in their network.
Will car insurance cover windshield repairs and replacements?
Windshield damage from anything other than a vehicle collision (including vandalism, storms, fires, and animals) is often covered by optional comprehensive coverage. Drivers should keep in mind that some plans only cover the side and back windows but not the front windshield. Without coverage, drivers must pay the entire cost of repairs or replacements.
How long does it take to repair or replace a windshield?
Small windshield repairs can be finished in 30 minutes, while windshield replacements take about an hour.
When is it safe to drive the car again after repairing or replacing the windshield? When is it safe to wash the car?
The adhesives used in windshields need at least one hour to cure, so drivers must wait before getting back on the road. Similarly, drivers should wait at least 24 hours after a windshield repair or replacement before washing their cars. The water and chemicals in the soap can weaken the adhesive. Because of the additional pressure involved, drivers should wait three days after repairs or replacements before going through an automated car wash.
How much does it cost to replace a windshield?
Replacing a windshield costs between $150 and $300 on average.