Windshield replacement cost

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  1. 1970Camaro

    1970Camaro Veteran Member

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    I called a glass shop and they wanted $450 to replace the windshield. Seems high, What are you guys paying? I know classic sells the glass for about $150.
     
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    350 labor... do yourself
     
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    Cost me $330 including labor

    Doing it yourself it would cost $380 from NPD (that includes shipping)

    Shop around and see if you can get a better deal

    (I should note this was before covid and I suspect shipping costs is what is making this job more expensive right now)
     
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    Because you are in California lol, I personally would pay the $$...guaranteed not to leak and they can set the glass at the proper depth. I'm looking for someone who will install supplied glass, but places wont.
     
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    Too bad your not in Florida. I have one front from a 78 and two rear from the same.
     
  6. 1970Camaro

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    classic industires is about an hour away from me, its no prob to pick up the glass, id save the shipping cost. The last windshield I installed, I cracked. I am very good at MANY things but installing glass is not one of them. But I cant justify spending $300 labor for 1/2 hours worth of work.
     
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    ya, $300 labor is not worth it, plenty of people install glass, I'm sure you can find something cheaper (it being California doesn't matter if you already have the glass)
     
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    Cracked my new windshield with wiper arm .

    I Called my insurance company .
    I have free glass coverage for all my vehicles . Didn’t cost me a dime .
    I’m in MA and that’s pretty common
    Around here . Most insurance companies have free glass coverage .
     
  9. badazz81z28

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    You do have to consider it’s going to be more expensive for what these companies consider “classic cars”. They need a technician who knows how to remove the trim, set the glass in the proper height and install a window they likely don’t carry in stock. $300-$350 for a modern car windshield replacement is average. Glass, materials and labor does add up the cost. It does take longer than 30min to do the job. Cutting the old only out, prep, clean set etc.... I bet these companies are charging you $200 for the glass too.
    Did you get a quote from Safelite?
     
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    I already have the Molding and Old glass out and surfaces prepped. I think they just see an older guy with a classic car and see $$$. Im sure ill find a reliable installer who wont be greedy, im in no hurry
     
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