How Much Does an Auto Glass Repair Cost?
You might be in need of an auto glass repair, so how much does it cost?
The cost of an auto glass repair ranges depending on the extent of the damage, the type of vehicle, and your location. Because of this, we advise you call your local auto glass shop to find out their specific prices, but we will mention what is typical in Houston, Texas. For rock chip repairs that are the size of a quarter or smaller, you can typically expect to see charges starting at $55, and an additional $10 for each additional ding. For larger crack repairs that require more intense work, the prices go up. In many cases, it is more worth it to get a full replacement if the crack repair starts getting too expensive. Additionally, this would fix the cosmetic damage. However, if you’re looking for a simple rock chip repair, you can typically expect to see those types of prices for good quality work.
So what happens during an auto glass repair, and how does it work? Our technicians inject resin into a chip or crack, which essentially fills in the area of the missing glass from the damage. This allows the glass to become a solid piece again, instead of having one weak spot that was not reinforced. Once the resin cures, it seals the damage and prevents it from spreading further.
If left untreated, rock chips will almost certainly spread into a larger problem, ultimately causing a full replacement to be necessary. For this reason, as soon as damage appears on your windshield, you should immediately seek a repair. The longer you wait, the more you’re at risk. Oftentimes, customers who wait too long will end up needing a full replacement instead of a repair because the damage has spread.
Additionally, weather has a profound effect on whether a chip or crack spreads. In fact, sudden changes in temperature (which are all too common in Texas) will cause the damage to spread quickly, especially during temperature drops. It is not uncommon for us to receive a sudden influx of appointments when a cold front comes through, and that’s because small chips or cracks have spread into larger problems that need immediate attention.
With an auto glass repair, there’s no need to constantly worry about the damage spreading. Once the repair is completed, you can rest easy knowing you’ve done what you need to. In rare cases a repair may not take and the damage may still spread, but this is very uncommon and does not come up often. Overall, getting an auto glass repair is the right thing to do if you see damage to your glass and you want to take the best possible course of action.
Many of our customers ask us if an auto glass repair will fix the cosmetic damage to the windshield. The answer? Maybe. Keep in mind that the purpose of an auto glass repair is to prevent damage from spreading. Fixing the cosmetic damage is not the main goal. However, in many cases cosmetic damage is also fixed during a repair. Though this is not guaranteed and it does not happen with all situations, there’s a chance that the cosmetic look of your windshield will also improve. However, at the end of the day it is of the utmost importance to ensure your auto glass is able to perform at its best, protecting you and your passengers.
The answer to the original question of “how much does an auto glass repair cost” is that it ranges, and special circumstances come up that can affect the price of glass. The best option is to call your local auto glass company and see what they charge. If you’re located in Houston, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Beaumont, or any of the surrounding cities, we invite you to call us for a complimentary quote. For a full list of locations we service, visit our Locations page.
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