Experiencing a crack in your windshield can be a frustrating experience. Whether your windshield has been shattered, or you have a minor cosmetic crack, windshield damage is something you need to address right away. Follow these five tips to make sure that your windshield is fixed in a cost effective and safe manner.
- Don’t Ignore A Small Chip
You may find resources online that say a small chip in your windshield is no cause for concern, but the problem with even a small chip is that it makes your windshield weaker, and more vulnerable to further cracking. A small chip can easily be fixed at your local mechanic, and if you address it quickly you won’t have to replace your entire windshield. This is especially true when the temperature drops, because cold weather can affect your windshield.
- Get A Professional Assessment
When it comes to your windshield, you don’t want to do the replacement yourself. A professional can tell you whether your crack is superficial enough for a quick repair, or if the crack requires the entire windshield to be replaced. Many auto body shops have special solutions to fill in windshield cracks that make your vehicle look good as new.
- Your Insurance May Cover It
Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover windshield damage even when it isn’t the result of a collision. If your insurance provider does not cover this kind of repair, and you regularly drive on roads that have a lot of debris, you may want to rethink your policy. Compare your auto insurance policy with other insurance providers on the market to make sure that you’re covered for your driving needs.
- Ask About Brands of Auto Glass
When you’re in the market for a windshield replacement, you want a quality piece of glass put in your vehicle. Reputable glass shops will explain the difference between different kinds of glass. You should ask for an OEE (original equipment equivalent) piece of glass for your vehicle, so that it most closely matches the glass you had before. Make note of any tinting you’ve had done to your vehicle so that your technician can match that as well.
- Make Sure Your Technician Is Reputable
If you cut corners or DIY your glass repair and it results in an accident or a secondary repair, your insurance may not cover it. Make sure that you check with your insurance provider for auto body shops that they work with and regularly use, so that you won’t have any trouble with your insurance company, or any issues getting faulty glass replaced.
Having a windshield crack due to accident or debris can be scary. But as long as you have the right coverage for your automobile, you’ll be able to get back on the road in no time with the right glass for your car. Be diligent about getting small cracks fixed, and don’t try and fix the windshield yourself. Your windshield is an important part of your car, so it’s of the utmost importance that you act quickly when it is damaged.