Windshield Replacement and Re-Calibration on Newer Vehicles
Something to know on newer car windshield replacements.... Many of the newer cars have sensors or cameras that
look through your windshield...If you have one of these cars and you replace a broken windshield then there is a
good likelihood that the sensor or camera that looks through it will need to be re-calibrated to function properly.
Before you choose the glass company to replace your windshield you need to ask them if they can do this
re-calibration. If they can't and you have them replace the windshield then you will have to take your car to
someone who can do the re-calibration, namely the dealership.
Most insurance companies will require that you pay the dealership first for the re-calibration and will re-reimburse
you for the cost if you send them a paid receipt. This can cause you to be out your deductible and initially the
re-calibration cost. From what we have seen, this re-calibration can cost around $300-400....
Hopefully as more and more of this type of equipment comes out on cars, insurance companies and repair shops
will get a better system of payment and service working. Until then be sure to inquiry with your glass shop
first...before any work is done, if they can do the complete job...if not it might be worth finding a service shop that
Most insurance companies will waive your comprehensive or glass deductible if you have your windshield repaired
rather than replaced when you get a chip in it. If the chip is small enough the glass shop can do a quick repair by
injecting a sealant into the chip to mend it and keep it from spreading. However there are limits to what they can
repair...if you wait too long and the chip spreads fractures out over a few inches or more then the windshield may
have to be replaced and then your full deductible would apply.