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Understanding Glass Coverage in Auto Insurance: A Simple Guide

Updated: Jun 29


Welcome to Eagle Insurance, your favorite independent insurance agency serving the entire New England region. We understand that navigating the complexities of auto insurance can be challenging, so we're here to help you understand the various coverages available. In this post, we'll break down glass coverage in auto insurance—what it is, what it covers, and why it's essential for your vehicle.

What is Glass Coverage?

Glass coverage is an optional component of your auto insurance policy that specifically protects your vehicle's glass components. This typically includes your windshield, side windows, and rear window. It's designed to help cover the cost of repairing or replacing these parts if they are damaged.

What Does Glass Coverage Include?

Glass coverage generally includes:

  • Cracks and Chips: Minor damages like cracks or chips, which are often repairable without replacing the entire window.

  • Full Replacements: If the damage is extensive, your coverage will typically cover the full replacement of the damaged glass.

  • Common Scenarios: This coverage can apply in various situations, such as damage from accidents, weather events like hail, or vandalism.

How Does Glass Coverage Work?

When you need to use your glass coverage, the process is straightforward:

  1. Filing a Claim: Contact your insurance provider to report the damage.

  2. Assessment: A technician will assess whether the glass can be repaired or needs to be replaced.

  3. Repair or Replacement: The repair or replacement will be carried out, often by a partner service that can come to your location.

Glass coverage is typically an add-on to comprehensive coverage, meaning it works alongside other aspects of your policy.

Typical Costs for Glass Coverage

Adding glass coverage to your auto insurance policy usually incurs an additional cost. The price can vary depending on several factors:

  • Deductible Amount: Policies with lower or no deductibles for glass claims tend to cost more.

  • Type of Vehicle: The make and model of your vehicle can affect the premium.

  • Driving History: A clean driving record may result in lower costs.

On average, you might expect to pay an extra $5 to $10 per month for this coverage.

Key Points to Remember

  • Optional but Recommended: While glass coverage is not mandatory, it provides peace of mind.

  • No Deductible Options: Many policies offer no deductible for glass repairs.

  • OEM vs. Aftermarket Glass: Confirm whether your policy covers OEM or aftermarket glass.

  • Convenience: Mobile glass repair services can come to you, making repairs quick and easy.

Important Caveats and Considerations

  • Exclusions and Limitations: Always read your policy details to understand any exclusions or limitations.

  • Policy Details: Ensure you understand what your policy covers, including any specific conditions or requirements.


Glass coverage can be a valuable addition to your auto insurance policy, offering protection and convenience when you may need it most. For help exploring your coverage options, contact an Eagle Agent today.


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