Auto Glass Replacement

APR your car with
affordable auto glass replacement

Windshield Replacement
doesn’t have to break the bank

Before we talk about a new windshield, are you sure you need one? You may be a candidate for auto glass repair vs replacement. If you’re set, then let’s cover some Q & A about new windshields, what to expect from us, and the overall process of auto glass replacement at APR.

APR your car with affordable windshield replacement

Affordable Auto Glass Replacement FAQ

  • Q: How soon should I replace my windshield after it’s damaged?
  • A: Even with relatively light windshield damage, it’s very important to replace it immediately, for your own safety. The windshield is a critical part of your car’s structural safety system, and any damage whatsoever could put you at greater risk in the case of an accident.

  • Q: Will my insurance cover windshield damage?
  • A: Many policies cover this, and you may have as low as a $50 deductible on yours, so it can help definitely help cover the cost. But at APR, we try to price everything so that even people without the right kind of insurance can afford automotive glass work.

  • Q: How long does it take to replace my windshield?
  • A: It usually takes an hour or less for the actual replacement, but we recommend waiting another hour before you drive you vehicle.

  • Q: How much does a replacement windshield cost?
  • A: $125 – $500 for common vehicles, including labor. Usually under $200.

  • Q: Will you move my rear view mirror to the new windshield?
  • A: Sure thing.

  • Q: How fast can I have my windshield replaced?
  • A: We can usually schedule you in within a day or two of calling.

  • Q: How soon after the installation can I drive my vehicle?
  • A: Usually an hour. Our technician will let you know if additional time is necessary.

  • Q: Will you replace the stickers on my windshield?
  • A: Yes, if possible. We will remove inspection stickers and other items affixed to your windshield and, if permitted by law, re-apply to the new windshield.

    Some states don’t allow the inspection sticker to be re-applied to the new windshield and require that you purchase a new sticker within 3-5 days after a windshield replacement. Check with your state licensing agency for additional information on required inspections and stickers.

  • Q: Are APR’s technicians certified for windshield replacement?
  • A: Yes, our technicians are trained and certified on installation methods that give you a solid, well-sealed installation.
Affordable windshield replacement

Did you know?

  • A windshield accounts for 60% of roof crush resistance in a vehicle roll-over.
  • The passenger side of a windshield guides the passenger-side airbag for proper deployment and placement.
  • In a front-end collision, the windshield provides nearly half the vehicle’s protective, structural strength.
  • The first windshields were produced in 1904. They were rectangular sheets of plate glass that did very little to protect passengers from anything but the wind. Before this, drivers commonly wore goggles to keep dust and flying debris out of their eyes.
  • In 1918, Henry Ford introduced a stronger type of automotive glass, and in 1919, laminated glass was invented. This technical innovation was partially fueled by lawsuits over windshield-related injuries in auto accidents.
  • A windshield has four purposes: 1) to keep things out of the vehicle, 2) to keep you inside the vehicle, 3) to provide significant mechanical support for the front and upper parts of the car body, and 4) to guide deployment of the passenger side air bag for proper functioning.

Why is auto glass more expensive than other glass?

Auto Glass does not shatter like normal glass

Windshields were originally made of regular window glass, which meant they were less expensive, but more dangerous, and they often caused serious injuries during accidents. Today, windshields are made from laminated safety glass (layers of treated glass alternated with one or more layers ofplastic), which helps prevent shards from flying and causing injury. Windshields also now provide some protection from UV radiation, even when they’re not specially tinted or UV coated.

A windshield is a carefully engineered part of your car’s safety system

Your windshield is designed and built for your specific vehicle model in a way that not only keeps your hair from blowing when you drive, but also contributes to the structural integrity of the car or truck. Windshields are mounted into their frames with an automotive grade urethane sealant that creates a molecular bond between the glass and the vehicle, so it’s very much a part of the vehicle’s structural support system. Everything about the materials, the manufacturing and the installation process contributes to windshield cost, but the result is a very high level of driver and passenger safety.

Windshield cost is subject to quantities manufactured

If everyone had exactly the same vehicle, manufacturers would be able to mass produce windshields for it, never having to reset equipment, and the cost would go down. But with new vehicle models coming out every year in all shapes and sizes, there are so many types of car and truck windshields that manufacturers have to reset their tooling systems for every different kind. The more rare your vehicle’s body design, the more expensive the windshield, in many cases. A 2011 Infiniti M56 Edmunds windshield costs $1,300 because the manufacturer doesn’t produce many of that model!

At APR we try to give you the best possible pricing the market will allow, without sacrificing quality in materials or installation.