Cheap Auto Glass Replacement

When you need a cheap auto glass replacement, there are a number of ways you can save money. The cheapest way to replace car glass is to do it yourself (but there are other ways too). Replacing car windows does not require any special skills, just some common sense, instructions, and a few hand tools.

A truly cheap auto glass repair will require that you not pay a lot for the glass itself. Auto glass prices vary based on the source, so shopping around for cheap auto glass is the first thing to do. Used auto glass in most cases is of course the least expensive, so contact local salvage yards, look on Ebay, and search craigslist before you go out and buy new auto glass.


Most salvage yards these days offer a locator service to help you find the right part. If you can’t find used auto glass that is suitable, or if you need an automotive window replacement done in a hurry, then of course you need to call a few new auto glass dealers.  Get prices from several of them before you purchase anything.

Once you have obtained either new or used glass for your cheap auto glass replacement, now comes the fun part!  There is a basic procedure for replacing fixed car glass on my Auto Window Replacement page, but what if you have a moving door window that is broken?  Basically it is a matter of removing the door panel to be able to get to the glass attachment points, and then just unbolting the broken car window from the window regulator and pulling it out.  (If you are unsure how to remove the door panel, I recommend taking a look at a factory service manual or getting a Haynes repair manual for information that is specific to your car.)

The broken window usually comes out easily enough. Wear protective gloves when removing the broken car window. You will want to use a vacuum to get all the broken pieces out of the inside of the door, or else it will be rattling around whenever you hit a bump. Once you have all of the broken glass removed, you will need to determine the best way to insert the new car glass inside the door.

Getting the new auto glass into the inside of the door cavity and inserted in the weatherstripping channels can sometimes be challenging.  This is where the information in a factory service manual or ALLDATAdiy can really be helpful. Once you have the window bolted in place, getting it adjusted correctly so that the window raises and lowers correctly and seals up on all sides is usually a matter of trial and error, although there is a specific procedure for some vehicles.  Here again, factory service information or a Haynes manual will really come in handy and can save you some time.

Of course, if you don’t want to mess with doing your cheap auto glass replacement or truck glass replacement yourself, you can always shop around for a discount auto glass repair shop.  Glass.Net will get you three free instant quotes from local auto glass shops. Many companies will come to your home or place of business to install the new car window, but you may be able to save some money by taking the vehicle to them.

For information on cheap auto glass repair instead of replacement, take a look at my page on Car Window Repair.   If you are interested in cheap windshield repair, you will want to view my pages on Cheap Windshield Replacement and Windshield Replacement Cost.


*** What is the best source for auto service and repair information – a factory service manual, ALLDATAdiy, a Haynes or Chiltons book, or ???  Check out my page on Auto Repair Information to find out the pros and cons of each.

Though very few people will say that car window replacements are fun, if you enjoy working with your hands and messing with cars, it really isn’t that bad of a job in most cases. If you take your time, have access to some instructions, and pay a reasonable price for a good used auto glass, you can succeed in doing your own cheap auto glass replacement.


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