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Windshields were originally made of regular window glass, which meant they were less expensive, but more dangerous, and they often caused serious injuries during accidents.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.