Driving with a cracked windshield isn’t worth the risk. Not only could you get a fine, but you risk getting into an accident as your vision is impaired. The windshield is the main structural support to the roof of your vehicle, and counts as 50% of the total support to the roof in the case of a roll over accident.
Therefore, it is essential for your well-being on the road you look to get your windshield replaced.
Here’s a look at what you can expect to pay for windshield replacement in Calgary, what affects the final cost, how insurance can help, and when you should get the service.
When You Should Get Your Windshield Replaced
There are signs that you should look out when it comes to getting your glass replaced by a professional. If your windshield is exposed to any of the following, call your professional:
- Large cracks that are bigger than a $5 note
- Any crack that goes write to the edge of the windshield has to be fixed. A crack that close to the edge compromises its support and puts the driver and passengers, in danger
- Rock chips, while despite being small can grow larger as time goes on
- Multiple scratches
- Shattering Windshield (an emergency to get it done there and then)
In many cases, drivers with cracks on their windshield won’t bother getting them replaced. Over time, however, the cracks can spread and end up shattering the whole window! Try to get it replaced as soon as possible.
What Are The Factors That Impact The Cost Of Windshield Replacement In Calgary?
- The Make & Model Of Your Vehicle
Most people think it’s a “one-size-fits-all” scenario, but depending on the model of your vehicle, your windshield has to be altered, thereby influencing the final cost. For example, luxury vehicles, such as Mercedes Benz, Audis and Lexus, use specific dimensions for their windshields and might only be available through dealers. The same applies to collectible cars, which have a very limited windshield design.
- Modern Updates Affect The Labor
Many modern windshields have an array of sensors on them (automatic windshield wipers, rain sensors and condensation sensors are just a few) and replacing them requires extra work. Re-wiring is needed, so this will drive up the price of the replacement service. At the same time, the new windshields that will have to accommodate these features, which will again impact the final fee.
- Tinted Windows
If you have tinted windows in your vehicle, then you will have to pay a little more. Tinted glass has to be altered after the installation to ensure that it matches the rest of your car.
- Labor Costs For The Company
The company that you got the window replacement service has to be compensated for the work they’ve done. Part of the fee will include the labor costs, which will vary depending on the company you go to and their rates.
How Does Auto Insurance Work For Your Windshield Replacement?
Having auto insurance will impact the process of your windshield replacement service, as well as how much you will have to pay. Firstly, you will have to speak to your insurance company to understand what coverage you have for cracked windshields and replacements.
If you have comprehensive coverage that will cover windshield 100% without any deductible, you won’t have to pay anything. All you have to do is get the replacement and claim it through your insurance.
If you don’t have comprehensive coverage, you will have to pay out of pocket. In the cases where you have to pay a deductible, it might not be advisable to go through your insurance. For example, if the window replacement costs you $300, but your insurance deductible is $500, that is $200 out of pocket that you will have to pay extra, affecting your rating down the line. In most cases, though, if the cost of repair is lower than your deductible, the insurance company will not pay.
The Cost Of Windshield Replacement In Calgary
On average the cost of a windshield replacement in Calgary ranges between $150 to $700, including the cost of labor. However, as mentioned, it will vary on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as any special features you have on your windshield. Some replacements can go up to over $1500, while some can go as low as $100. All that matters is that your windshield gets replaced.
Cal-Alta Autoglass is the leading expert in windshield replacement, windshield repair, and rock chip repairs in Calgary. We have been recognized for our high-quality workmanship and consumer service with 17 consecutive years of Consumer Choice Awards. Our team members are experts in all automobiles, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and RVs. We offer a 100% lifetime guarantee against any leakage or workmanship issues on our auto glass installations. For the best in windshield replacement, windshield repairs and cracks in Calgary, contact Cal-Alta Autoglass today. North Location: 403-291-7020 | South Location: 403-252-5050 | [email protected]