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Old 05-16-2019, 07:44 AM   #1
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Windsheild Replacement

My '95 Suburban needs a windshield. I've always had this done by an auto glass shop on my old trucks. Even today the cost installed is not much more than for me to buy and install. And if I break it I buy another. They break, not my problem. I just checked Safelite and they want $325 installed. That seems high. Is that the best I can do? Do most people do their own now that they are glue-in? I'm considering doing it. I guess removing the old one, and seal is the hardest part. I started to watch a video, but it skipped over the removal so I stopped watching. I'll look for removal ones later. So how did it goe for those who did theirs? Also, maybe we have a glass guy here?
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

I'm in the same boat, got a small crack and called Safelight and got the same quote on a 91 GMC pickup. Seemed excessive but been a long time since I bought one.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:00 AM   #3
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One vote for D I Y

A few years after I had a well known glass shop do mine, the roof started rusting from under the glass. The body shop explained it was a common occurrence when cutting out the old gasket.

The replacement was done by the body shop when they fixed the botched up paint.

My rec is to either do it yourself or have a body shop do it. Obviously one is way more than the other. Good luck not causing rust. Maybe something you google.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:26 AM   #4
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Call a local glass guy that isn’t affiliated with a big name. Their prices are good.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:49 AM   #5
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

We just got back from a little vacation in Colorado and a truck kicked up a rock and put a reall nasty spot on our RAV 4 windshield. We are getting it done at the local glass place for about $110.00 less than Safelite quoted.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:42 PM   #6
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

friend replaced mine for my old Tahoe. Think it cost me $200 installed....Id shop around...
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:45 PM   #7
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I had my 1989 done at a "local" place a couple years back for $175 / 2 hrs.

But Billings MT is probably a bit of a drive for you
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

I know I can get the glas for a bit over $100. I'd rather just 'have' it done. I have plenty to do and they make quick work of it. I used Safelite as an example because I looked them up online. But they used to be at the cheaper end. I have an independent shop who advises on rust, not create it. The one video I started to watch went on about the marks and scratches from a prior replacement and how they cause rust. He took care of it. Seems to be a common problem. So it's just a matter of using a good shopm and making sure you discuss that issur 'prior' to having one.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:03 PM   #9
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

I just had my 95 GMC windshield replaced a while back .The neighbors tree fell on it ,No damage but the windshield , I just called around and they came out and replaced it for $190.00 cash ,best deal I could find .
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:56 PM   #10
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

That is fair. I had a chip that I never even noticed, and I clean my windshield every fill-up. Then we had a nice and frigid night. Ah, a nice 6" crack on the passenger side. Then it got real cold again and whoa Nellie she's all the way across!
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Re: Windsheild Replacement

Had a similar situation. Kept finding water in my floorboards, windshield was partially to blame, was leaking in both corners. Windshield itself was fine, albeit aged, it was original to the truck.

Called Safelite. They quoted me the exact same price as you, $325, they must have a set hour/part cost thing on it.

There's a family that does glass on my street, I see their trucks drive by all the time. Looked up their Yelp reviews and they were really high. So I bit the bullet and called them. He told me straight up over the phone, he'd remove and reinstall for $125 or change out the glass totally for $175 since it was literally two blocks away, as long as I was cool with him doing it at the end of his day.

Justification on pricing was if I went new he didn't need to worry about the hassle of not breaking the glass on removal and he could get it done faster.

He also found a couple of rusted spots along the top even on my truck which has never seen much salt at all, which is where I was leaking. He took time to sand and seal it properly during install. Tipped him nicely on top of it all for going above and beyond.

tl;dr - Look into local shops.
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