Car replacements are the bane of every driver’s existence. Another repair means more money spent on your car that you could have spent on something more exciting. Replacing the windshield is an important repair to make because it ensures a driver’s safety. Jeep Wranglers are made for harsh conditions and off-roading, so you may need to replace their windshields more often than other cars.
The cost of replacing a Jeep Wrangler windshield ranges from $189-$400 This range accounts for the different years of Jeep Wranglers and whether they are two-door or four-door vehicles. The cost is also dependent on what costs insurance will cover, or if the cost is an out-of-pocket expense.
In this article, we’ll discuss why the costs vary for different years and the time that it takes to replace a windshield. We’ll also provide a brief guide on knowing when you do need to replace your windshield.
It can be difficult to have an accurate price range when looking around for a good car repair shop. This is because each business runs things differently and uses different techniques. However, the biggest cause for price variations comes down to what year your Jeep Wrangler was made in.
Wranglers that were built earlier will have lower costs because there are more parts available (unless you have a 1987 model). Because of the supply, there is less demand which lowers the cost. Newer Jeep Wranglers have more expensive windshield replacements because the parts required are more expensive. Thus, a dealership will increase the price to have this fixed because they want to make a profit on what they’ve spent money on.
Whether you have a two-door or a four-door Jeep Wrangler should not be a large factor for determining the windshield cost. To replace the windshield of a two-door 2017 Jeep Wrangler, for example, a quote is $270.00. A four-door 2017 Jeep Wrangler has the same estimated cost to get the windshield entirely replaced. We can compare this to a 2000 Jeep Wrangler with four doors. The estimated cost is $199.00. This illustrates how the year affects the cost the most.
Another factor that can have a large impact on cost is whether or not you want the original glass (OEM) used for that model. A 2014 four-door Jeep Wrangler windshield replacement that does not have the original glass has an estimated cost of $230-$250. With the original cost, the price jumps up to $400 If you choose to have the OEM glass, that includes the Jeep Grill. However, because Jeeps are meant for off-roading, this doesn’t mitigate the chances of the glass getting cracked again.
The price that you have to pay will also be largely be determined by the insurance that you have. The type of coverage you have is important. If you have insurance that covers glass repairs, this will lower (or maybe eliminate) the cost that you have to pay. If you are invested in Jeeps and you drive them around frequently, having insurance that covers glass repair will be important.
You can also choose what type of deductible you want to pay for these different repairs. Choosing a plan that will suit your needs is super important.
When to Replace the Windshield
It is important to know when you need to get your windshield replaced. This is especially important to catch it early so that you can be safe. If you decide to not get your windshield repaired early on, this can increase the risk of you being ejected from your car during a collision. This obviously increases your chances of dying, which isn’t great. Another risk is that your insurance company may be less likely to cover overall damages down to the windshield. When it is left alone, the cracks in it will continue to expand until there is no choice but to replace it.
So, what are some of the best signs to catch this early on? The first is if your glass is tempered. This means that the glass in your windshield has gone through a process to make it much stronger and more durable. At first, this may seem as though this is a positive. However, what this means is that when a collision happens the glass will shatter and fall onto the floor of the car or fly into your face. This increases the chances that collisions becoming fatal.
Instead, you want to replace this with laminated glass. Thin sheets of glass are heated together with a layer of plastic and adhere the same way lamination sheets do. When collisions happen, the glass that breaks will stick to the second layer of glass. This means that the driver is much less likely to get cut by the glass that has broken. Both types of glass are used in a car, but laminated glass is a much safer option for your windshield because it keeps you safer.
Another sign that you may need to replace your windshield is if you have a crack longer than a dollar bill running across the face of it. If left alone, this crack will continue to expand across the surface of the windshield. Other cracks will begin to appear, which increases the chances of something breaking the entire thing. This can cause the amount of coverage you receive from your insurance company to decrease.
It may seem annoying to pay the money upfront when the crack is small, but you end up saving more money in the end. Other signs are other forms of chipping and pitting that can occur. Even something small like a rock chip, if left unattended, can expand into a much bigger problem.
The time it takes to get your Jeep Wrangler windshield replaced is consistent for most repair shops. The time is usually an hour to an hour and a half. This is because the process of removing the windshield is relatively simple. The mechanics remove the trim that is holding the glass in place.
Once this has been done, the mechanics remove the glass. They then clean the side frames and prep for the new glass to be put in. This is vital because if the dirt is not cleaned from the sides, the glass is in danger of not sticking.