You may not know a lot about windshield replacement, but you have a vehicle that needs it. So, what should you do? For starters, the best thing to do is to contact a reputable auto glass company and let them give you some advice. You can also go online and check out sites like Yahoo or Google, which offer lists of reputable windshield repair companies. But, before you do any of this, you need to first know why windshield replacement is necessary.
When your windshields become damaged or broken, you are often faced with the unpleasant reality of having to take your vehicle to a mechanic, who will then “fix” the problem. While this may seem like the cheaper option, keep in mind that a real windshield replacement will be covered by at least some type of warranty. Furthermore, the price may vary depending on the location of where you need the replacement; thus, you may have to drive a few miles before you find the same price that you would pay at your local mechanic’s shop. If you were to fix the problem yourself, you would not only risk hurting yourself trying to do so, but you could end up paying a higher bill from having to carry the car to a shop for repairs. In addition, some people are leery of taking their cars to mechanics without knowing the costs and potential problems that could arise.
Not only is windshield replacement expensive, but it could also be very dangerous. Many drivers are likely to forget that they have been driving while talking on their cell phone, so they may accidentally hit something. Additionally, wind is often a problem during the winter months. Think of how cold it can get when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere, or traveling at top speed on an highway. While windshield replacement is not always a guaranteed process, most insurance companies will at least cover the cost of a new windshield if it is caused by accident or a malfunction of the vehicle itself. If your insurance covers the cost of a new windshield, then you may be able to eliminate any deductible you have.
When you are looking into windshield replacement, be sure to bring your auto insurance policy with you when you visit the mechanic. You may be surprised to learn that many windshields are not covered by auto insurance. If this is the case, you will need to purchase a windshield replacement policy or find a way to pay the deductible yourself. This may end up costing you more money, however.
If you are covered by auto insurance and have a windshield replacement job scheduled, there are several things you can do to make sure the job is completed properly. When you visit the mechanic, he or she should explain the importance of the windshield to the safety of the vehicle. Some companies will offer a discount if the windshield replacement is completed by a certified installer. For companies that do not offer a discount, you may still be able to save money by using a quality company that provides quality workmanship and guarantees the windshield will be replaced in a timely manner.
Many drivers will skip windshield replacement because they believe the auto insurance premiums will be too high. While it is true that your premiums may increase after a windshield replacement, most people will save money by choosing to have the job done instead. If you currently have a windshield, you may choose to wait to replace it until you receive your new policy. If you currently do not have one, you can look for an affordable policy that includes windshield replacement coverage.