Smack. As you’re driving down the highway all of sudden a large truck kicks a not so small rock right into your windshield. Once you’re over the shock of a cracked windshield, reality sets in: you’re going to need to find a reliable auto repair shop asap. Having a cracked windshield doesn’t have to cause a big headache, especially if you have a certified auto repair mechanic on your side. In our series, Auto Repair, we’re going to take a closer look at when and where you should have your windshield replaced.
Windshield Repair: Small Crack= Big Problem
So maybe it’s just a ding in the windshield, but trust us it’s going to cause big problems down the road. Any fracture in a windshield can and will compromise the integrity of your entire car and driving experience. Even the slightest of cracks will grow over time, especially if you live in a region with extreme temperatures. High temperatures and frigid winters add fuel to the growing windshield crack. You can pick up windshield glue at your local auto repair shop, but that is only a temporary fix. If you’re windshield crack reaches the entire length of your car and is more than three inches in diameter, it’s time to call a certified auto mechanic.
We’re all busy and we all have somewhere to be. Getting you’re windshield repairs doesn’t have to be one more line on your extensive to-do list. When it comes to getting your car repaired, you often have the option to have a certified auto tech come to you. Yep, that’s right…have your windshield repaired right in your own driveway. Over the past couple years, auto repair shops noticed several of their customers canceling their windshield appointments because they couldn’t see out their windows. Often it can be simply downright dangerous to drive anywhere with a cracked windshield. If you were in a crash, your windshield would not protect you from impact. So, to cut down on unnecessary risks, most certified auto repair companies will offer mobile windshield replacement services.
To schedule a mobile windshield replacement appointment call your local certified mechanic as soon as possible. But, before you call you must have several key pieces of information available: the make and model of your car, VIN number and your address. Once a certified auto repair mechanic has this vital information, the auto shop and order a custom windshield for your specific vehicle. You do not need to be home for the repairs to take place, although it is highly recommended you be available by cell phone to answer any necessary questions or address concerns. A local auto shop will also travel to your work, if it’s more convenient for you.
In House Auto Glass Repair
If you’ve been in an accident and you need more than just a windshield replaced, your certified auto mechanic may recommend you bring your vehicle to the auto repair shop. An on -site repairs allow your certified mechanic access to all his tools and necessary lifts to fix everything that’s wrong with your car. Sometimes, if the accident is serious enough your vehicle will also be sent to a body shop that specializes in major damage. Every situation is unique. But, if you find a professional and certified auto mechanic they will be able to come up with a plan to fit your needs.
A windshield crack or ding should not be ignored. As we mentioned earlier, a small crack will quickly turn into a very big problem. Once your view is obstructed, you have no choice but to have the entire windshield replaced. As certified mechanics, we know all too well how an unexpected expense can impact a families budget. This is why we advise you to call your insurance company and add a windshield replacement policy. This add on policy will typically cost you between $3-$7 a month. And in the event you need a windshield replacement, the labor and parts will be 100% covered. Even with a few dollars out of pocket, a windshield policy will save you hundreds of dollars down the road. Without insurance, a new windshield will cost you between $300-$400. Before you make an appointment for repairs, call your insurance company to make sure they work with your auto repair mechanic of choice.