How to Handle a Crack in Your Windshield

Tips on Dealing with a Cracked Windshield

Broken Windshield

Broken windshield in need of replacement

Sometimes mishaps happen with your vehicle that often leave drivers unsure about what to do next. Whether it’s a dent in the bumper, a crack in the windshield, or a broken mirror, it’s good to know how to handle these situations. When it comes to rare occurrences like a cracked or broken windshield, many people often wonder what the next step should be and whether or not their insurance will cover the repair. When it comes to dealing with a cracked windshield, it’s important to speak with your insurance agency first. Depending on the size of the crack, it could get costly.

When talking with your insurance company it’s important to find out the best course of action for you and your vehicle. In this case you have two options: repair the crack in your windshield or replace your entire windshield. Many people are hoping for the first option since it’s cheaper, faster, and easier to take care of. This is the first option for many insurance companies because it’s much cheaper than having to replace the entire glass. Some insurance companies will even waive your deductible if you just fix the glass. Normally fixing the glass with a specially formulated resin will do the trick. Sometimes, however, the crack is still visible after the repair, and in that situation, you’re going to need to replace the entire glass.

If this repair is something that your insurance company does not cover, there are many highly qualified glass repair/replacement shops that can fix your windshield for you. Bring in your vehicle and get a diagnosis. Even if your insurance does cover it, you can see if it’s cheaper to pay your deductible to go through your insurance or go on your own. It’s good to try and choose that option that’s going to not only be easier for you, but also cheaper.

Check back here for more information and tips for taking care of your vehicle. Your car is a huge investment and it’s important to make sure your vehicle gets its routine vehicle maintenance and service repairs when something goes wrong, while saving money.

April 17, 2012 by Jamie Rettig