Repair if the damage is small: It’s not all the time that you have to replace the damaged glass. If you have a small crack or chip you don’t have to replace the entire glass. You should visit a repair store and have the glass inspected. The decision on whether to repair or replace the glass depends on the size, location, and severity of the damage. The service professional will advise you on what to do after inspection.
If replacing the glass, install a new one
If the damage to the windshield is too big or in an area that can’t be fixed, you have to replace it. When replacing the glass don’t be tempted to install an old one. While you will save some money by installing an old unit, you will end up spending a lot of money in the long run. As you know, it’s only a matter of time before the old glass gets damaged. To be on the safe side, install a new glass. It will be expensive but it will be worth it.
Opt for local repair shops
There are many people offering glass repair and replacement services but all aren’t ideal for you. As rule of thumb avoid repair companies that travel in trucks. In addition to them not having a specific location where you can find them in the event of problems, they are known to offer shoddy services. To be on the safe side, always go with a local, reputable repair shop.
There are two types of windshields that you can go with: original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and non-OEM. While OEM windshields are long lasting and give you peace of mind as you know that you are installing a unit that comes from the car maker, they are usually expensive. Studies show that they aren’t better than non-OEM; therefore, you shouldn’t struggle to spend a lot of money on them. Go for high-quality non-OEM windshields that are usually cheaper and durable when properly installed.
Lower the repair costs by taking advantage of auto insurance
If you have an insurance policy, you should check with your insurance company and confirm if the company can cover some of the costs. There are some companies that will do it and others that won’t.
These are tips to consider when repairing or replacing your windshield. To avoid constant repairs take good care of your windshield. Avoid slamming doors when closing, avoid parking your car in an area where it’s directly hit by sunlight and regularly replace the wipers.