2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Getting Estimates for a New Windshield: Part 1
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 13, 2015
A couple months ago, we were reminded that grit and cars don't play nice with each other. Mark drove the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata through a sandstorm, which dulled the paint, dirtied the air filter and damaged the headlight assemblies and windshield. Dan and Mark split the repairs and nearly restored the Miata to its former glory. Since I took on the task of getting the 2016 Honda Pilot's windshield replaced, I volunteered to do the same for the Miata.
I started by getting a price from Safelite's online quote generator, just like I did for the Pilot. Our Miata doesn't have automatic wipers or lane departure warning, options that would have necessitated a more expensive windshield. Even so, the cost of the "OEM-equivalent" glass was $794.95 without tax and disposal fee. Woof!
For kicks and giggles, I also called Safelite to get pricing for a genuine Mazda windshield. After giving me the spiel about how OEM-equivalent glass performs just fine, they promised to call back the next day with a price.
I also called Kevin Gaines, who handled the Pilot's windshield replacement. Kevin does windshield work for several car dealerships, including Browning Mazda in Cerritos, one of the closest dealerships to my house. He said he would call the Mazda warehouse to get a price.
Lastly, I called Santa Monica Mazda, which is located just a few blocks away from the office. We went there to get our 2014 Mazda 3 and 2014 Mazda CX-5 serviced, and they typically did a pretty good job. They perform windshield replacements in-house rather than using an outside contractor like Kevin.
The pieces were all in place. All I had to do was wait for my phone to ring.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 9,100 miles