Rear Window Replacement

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Rear Window 



Have you noticed a crack or a chip on your rear windshield that’s starting to spread even further? Well, it’s time for a rare window replacement.

It’s not just front windshields that are more prone to damage. Even rear windshields tend to break due to debris, extreme temperature or weather changes, fluctuation in air pressure, and other unforeseen events.


Here, we have formulated a guide to help you understand the overall cost of replacing a rear window. In this guide, we will go through the factors that affect the rear window replacement cost, average cost range, cost breakdown, and tips for saving money. Let’s begin!


Factors Affecting Rear Window Replacement Cost

There are several factors that affect the costs involved in rear window replacement.


Factors that Determine the Initial Cost 


  • The vehicle’s make, model, and year of manufacture: These are the primary factors determining the rear window replacement cost. Windshields of the same car, irrespective of the model variant, differ in size and shape, thickness, fit, finish, etc. Advanced features of certain high-end and luxury vehicles will also be considered as an additional cost.
  • The extent of the damage: Another factor is the extent of the damage. The three determining aspects for the same are the size, depth, and location of the damage. It’s extremely crucial to know when to repair or replace a damaged windshield before things escalate.
  • Type of auto insurance policy chosen: Choosing the right insurance policy can also affect your overall cost. Not every policy will cover the damage, and you might have to pay the deductible in some cases. Therefore, you must consider certain factors based on your budget, car usage and car insurance requirements, car insurance company, type of coverage, premiums and deductibles, additional benefits if any, etc.

Note: Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage Liability (PDL) are two minimum requirements that car owners must possess under Florida’s car insurance requirements.


Factors that will Increase the Cost


  • Quality of the new windshield: Aftermarket or OEM Glass (Original Equipment Manufacturer): The type of windshield you choose affects your cost to a great extent. OEM windshields are more expensive than aftermarket because OEMs are manufactured based on the exact materials and specifications of the original manufacturer. Whereas, aftermarket windshields are manufactured by third parties, and hence offer competitive prices.
  • Payment Option – Insurance Coverage or Out of Pocket: Another factor that affects the cost is your preferred payment option. You can either pay via cash or insurance. If you haven’t opted for insurance coverage yet, do it soon because out-of-pocket will cost you more in comparison to insurance coverage (in most cases). That is until you find feasible financing options for cash payment.

In addition to the average cost range listed above, several other factors increase the rear window replacement costs.


  • Models with advanced features or technologies such as rain sensors, heads-up displays, advanced driver assistance systems, etc. The cost of ADAS Calibration could range from $100 – $500 additional
  • Size and shape of the windscreen
  • Type of glass (laminated or tempered) or windshield (original equipment manufactures or aftermarket)
  • Luxury or high-end vehicles, newer models that require utmost precision
  • Any additional repairs, materials, or services required


Average Cost Range of Rear Windshield Replacement

The costs associated with a rear windshield replacement vary from $200 – $1500. Certain basic factors such as the make, model, year, location of the service provider, etc. provide an estimation. Additional factors leading to cost fluctuations are models with advanced features, size, type of glass, additional repairs, etc. The additional cost can exceed the average cost by up to $1000 or more, in some cases.


Auto Glass America caters to more than 30+ car manufacturers and their varied models. Here is an overview of an average cost range and their respective car manufacturers.


Table 1: Specifying the average cost range

 Average Cost Range  Type of Windshield requirement for the car
 $300 – $600 Standard Windshields with no added features
 $600 – $1200 Additional features such as heating, rain sensors, ADAS calibrations, etc.
 $1000+ Luxury cars or high-end vehicles


Table 2: Specifying the starting range of the respective car manufacturer.

Cost Starting from  Automobile/ Car Manufacturer 
 Starting from $200 Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Genesis, GMC, Infiniti, Isuzu, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Pontiac, Porsche, Ram, Scion
 Starting from $300 Audi, Hummer, Lexus, Mercedes
 Cost Upon Request BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota.

Cost Breakdown of a Rear Window Glass Replacement

Here is a cost breakdown that makes up the components of a rear window glass replacement. These standard components remain the same. However, the variable components depend upon your needs and preferences.


Standard components 

  • Labor cost
  • Taxes
  • Local/ State Regulatory fees

Variable components

  • Type of Glass: OEM or Aftermarket
  • Mobile support or On-site support
  • Under warranty and/or Insurance cover

Note: The average range of a rear windshield wiper replacement costs between $50 and $200.


Tips for Saving Money on Rear Windshield Replacement

Imagine paying way more than what’s actually required. Not a good feeling, right? We have listed down a few practical ways to save money. These tips will not only maintain the structural integrity of your auto glass but also won’t compromise the quality and safety standards of your vehicle.


Taking Preventive Measures

First things first, safe driving practices are a definite way to prevent damage to your vehicle. Parking under a roof or covering your windscreen is another measure when it comes to preventing windshield damage due to extreme temperatures.


Check for Repair Options

Repairing a windshield is an easier, quicker, and more cost-effective solution than replacement. Hence, you must regularly check for any minor damages such as a small scratch or chip before letting it become a major blunder.


Moreover, if you have glass damage covered under your insurance policy, you can get your windshield repaired for free, thereby saving you from bearing any additional cost.


Opt for an Ideal Insurance Cover

Choosing the right insurance that best suits your needs is a must. A comprehensive coverage that not only covers collision but also covers damages caused by unforeseen events such as theft, vandalism, or natural disasters is generally recommended.


Note: Under comprehensive coverage (liability and PIP insurance are not qualified).


Enquire about Promotions or Discounts

Enquire with multiple auto glass replacement companies about whether they have any ongoing promotional campaigns or discounts. It’s also important to check whether the discount or promotion is eligible or could be clubbed along with your insurance policy.


Opt for Aftermarket Parts

In comparison to original manufactured equipment or parts, aftermarket parts are a great alternative due to affordability. However, you must ensure to check the quality, warranty, and whether they meet the necessary safety standards.


Key Takeaway

In conclusion, evaluating your budget, choosing the right auto insurance policy, implementing prevention tips to avoid any damage, etc. are some of the most important aspects that help reduce the overall cost of the rear window replacement. 


Additionally, maintaining the replaced windshield to avoid additional replacements in the future is extremely crucial too.


We at Auto Glass America strive to offer our customers services ranging from windshield repair and replacement, auto glass and side window repair as well as vehicle calibration. Additionally, we even offer premium services such as mobile support, insurance support, and 24*7 online assistance, etc.


Contact us and get a customized quote for your windshield replacement service soon.

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