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I got a Rock Chip on my Cybertruck, and Tesla Quoted Me $2,442.71 to Replace “the Largest Windshield in any Vehicle,” What Happened to The Cybertruck’s Armored Glass?

Tesla has famously fitted the Cybertruck with the largest windshield glass in the automotive industry. This is good for visibility & creating an open-air feeling; however, if the windshield cracks, you’ll be left with a massive $2442 bill for replacement.

The Cybertruck is undoubtedly a rugged vehicle. The truck’s entire exterior is covered by an ultra-hard, cold-rolled stainless steel exoskeleton that is bulletproof to a handgun.

However, despite the truck’s rugged bonafide, believe it or not, the final version of the Cybertruck Tesla is currently shipping to customers is less capable and durable than what the EV maker first unveiled back in 2019.

We’ve already discussed some of the differences between the final version of the Cybertruck and the prototype, including lower towing capability (from 14,000 lbs to 11,000 lbs), lower hauling capability (from 4000 lbs to 2500 lbs), lower range (from 500 miles to 340 miles), and higher starting price (from $39,990 to $61,000).

However, one Cybertruck change that doesn’t get much attention is the Cybertruck’s glass. You’re probably aware of the infamous Cybertruck demo, where the truck’s supposed liquid metal glass broke during the unveiling.

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At that time, Musk said improvements would be made to the final version; however, when Tesla started Cybertruck deliveries, the EV maker walked away from the armored glass to a “shatter-resistant” glass.

We’ve seen previous videos where criminals tried to break into a parked Cybertruck through the windows using conventional means; however, the Cybertruck’s shatter-resistant glass thwarts their dubious actions.

In that respect, the Cybertruck’s windows are better than those found in conventional trucks; having said that, the production Cybertruck windows still fall short of Tesla’s aspiration for the original prototype.

This fact recently came into play when a rock hit the windshield of a Tesla Cybertruck. Anthony Schmidt shared this story. Anthony did not detail the circumstances, but he simply wrote on Facebook that he “got a bad rock chip” while he was on a road trip driving his Cybertruck and shared a picture of his cracked Cybertruck windshield.

Looking at the comments, people were disappointed to see the Cybertruck windshield easily cracking from a simple rock hit. According to Tesla, the Cybertruck’s glass is rated for class 4 hail; in other terms, Tesla said the Cybertruck’s windows are rated to withstand a baseball thrown at 70 miles per hour.

A broken windshield is no fun experience; however, given that the Cybertruck has the largest windshield glass of any production vehicle, replacing this part has the potential to be a major headache.

So, how much does it cost to replace the largest piece of glass fitted to any vehicle? Thankfully, Anthony included a quote he received from Tesla to replace the Cybertruck’s windshield in his post.

According to Tesla, the job will cost $2,442.70, and none of it will be covered under warranty. Tesla’s figure for replacing the Cybertruck windshield is twice as high as that of other modern vehicles.

Anthony did not share whether he has glass coverage with his insurance, but an unexpected $2442 bill is not fun for anyone trying to live within a budget.

It’s not every day that people experience a broken windshield. However, it’s important to get glass coverage with your insurance, especially with modern and electric vehicles.

First, if you are driving a newer vehicle, it’s much less likely that you could get replacement glass from a third-party installer. Second, many new vehicles have advanced vehicle-driving assistant instruments that might require replacement by the OEM.

Third, since Tesla blazed the trail, many new vehicles have embraced the open, all-glass cabin construction, significantly increasing the proportion of vehicles covered in glass.

All these factors added together; glass has now become a significant proportion and expense on any new modern vehicle. In Anthony’s case, there isn’t much he can do now unless he has prior insurance coverage; however, we hope you, the reader, will use his unfortunate circumstance to be better prepared.

The trend of adding more glass to modern vehicles doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon; however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we get further updates on Anthony’s case.

Until then, visit our site,, regularly for the latest updates.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised to see the Cybertruck windshield cracked by a simple rock chip? Also, what do you make of the $2442 bill to replace the Cybertruck’s windshield? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below by clicking the red “Add new comment” button.

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For more information, check out: Elon Musk Confirms Cybertruck Starting Price Will Go Down By $20K Next Quarter; Production Will be Fully Ramped to 2500 Tesla Cybertrucks per Week by the End of the Year

Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and the evolution of the EV space daily for several years. He covers everything about Tesla, from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.


Dirtstafer (not verified)    June 23, 2024 - 5:12PM

The regular model does not come with armored glass. He said it is an upgrade. He also said if you want to pay you can get armored glass in basically any car but you won’t be able to roll the windows down. It’s the side metal panels that are bulletproof.