Well, the first thing about car replacements is that they aren’t fun. Another repair means spending money, and a replacement means spending more money. But hey, it’s better to be well prepared. I mean, there are some vital parts of a car, or in this case, a Jeep Wrangler, that you need without a shred of doubt.
Among that vital replacement part list, the windshield makes its place quite nicely. Imagine yourself driving under harsh conditions or driving off-road without the windshield. It’s hard, isn’t it? Well, at least you’ll be replacing your windshield more than your vehicle.
Jokes apart, this write-up is about the replacement costs of your Jeep Wrangler. We’ll be going through the thick of it in this one. So, just buckle up and enjoy the ride.
How Much Does It Cost?
Well, the harsh truth about you reading this is that you probably have a crack on your windshield. Knowing about how or why it got the way it is, comes later. You must be wondering about what to do next. The very first thing that might itch your noodle is, “How much will it cost me?”
Now, to be exact, the repair or replacement cost of your Jeep Wrangler’s windshield will depend on a few things, as stated below.
- The exact year your Jeep was manufactured in.
- Do you have any particular advanced driver assistance system behind the windshield?
- The type of glass that’s going to be used for replacement. (OEE, OEM, or aftermarket glass).
For starters, if your Jeep is of an older version, at least you won’t have to struggle too much to get the proper supplies. Replacement parts for older models are commonly available when compared to newer models.
There’s another thing you should keep in mind. There’s a higher probability of newer vehicles having advanced technology behind the windshield. Yes, I’m talking about features like FCW (Forward collision warning) and AAC (Active Cruise Control).
To be honest, these features are great to have. But when you opt for replacing the windshield, they need to be recalibrated. And yes, they’re pretty darn expensive.
Now, let’s give you a general idea of the price you can expect to pay. To replace the windshield of a 2015 model wrangler, you can expect a cost ratio of 500 to 600 bucks. It simply becomes double if you consider the 2021 model. It goes on about a thousand dollars. I can see you gulping down your throat.
But please do keep in mind that the costs I stated can vary from area to area. To get accurate numbers, it’s best to go out to local shops and ask around.
Then of course, comes the choice factor. Let’s talk about it in the next segment.
The Windshield Variants You Can Get
When it comes to the replacement glass, you actually have a few options at hand. Let’s discuss the three different options you can choose from. It might get a bit confusing. But have no worries. We’re here to make things easier.
OEE: Original Equipment Equivalent
These windshields are pretty much the same as OEM glasses. Just set apart the logos and the fancy decals you might get to see on the original glass. These have the exact specifications and the exact standards too.
Some specialists say that there might be a slight difference in thickness and the overall clarity when compared directly with the OEM variants. However, many choose to have OEE glasses as they are considerably cheaper than the OEM ones. And hey, the quality is pretty acceptable too.
This variant is the perfect balance between cost efficiency and quality. But still, the choice depends entirely on you.
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer
This is probably the closest you can get to an exact copy of the original windshield. It’ll also have the same quality and features the vehicle had ever since it was on the assembly line. With the advancements of modern technology, manufacturers recommend OEM replacement parts above the rest.
The logos and the decals still remain the same as the original ones on the OEM replacement. Many consumers actually appreciate this feature. But keep in mind that OEM replacements will be far more expensive than the aftermarket ones that are available.
Knowing this, it’ll all depend on how consistently you are in need of changing your windshield.
These variants are pretty much cut out to fit your Jeep Wrangler. However, these are produced by a manufacturer that’s not the OEM.
It’s really hard to pinpoint the quality factors of these windshields. They can be pretty close to the original ones, or they can be really bad in terms of fit, clarity, and thickness. In some cases, they can be more prone to damage than the original ones.
Now, you probably want to ask if getting an aftermarket windshield for your Jeep Wrangler is a good idea or not. Well, it’s a bit risky, to say the least, as there’s no guarantee on any aspects of quality. You also have to consider the technology compatibility behind the windshield.
If you want to be successful in getting a proper aftermarket windshield, you’ll have to do some serious research, to be honest.
That’s pretty much all the basic stuff you need to know about the expenses of your Jeep Wrangler’s windshield. It’s hard to speak of a precise price as it varies on different factors like location and type. But I really do hope I could help you out with the information I laid out above.
Knowing all the facts, I believe you won’t be disappointed in the purchase you choose to make. So, let’s wrap this up for now.