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Does your car need windshield repair or replacement?

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car with cracked windshieldThe pictures on Facebook told the story: our friends’ truck in the middle of the road completely covered by a tree. A tree! The good news is that our friend and her truck were okay. The tree, however had left its mark on the windshield, leaving a crack (miraculously, one crack) that spanned almost the entire length of the windshield. She was left wondering, “How much is this windshield crack going to cost me? Do I have to get the whole window replaced? Do I need to contact my insurance?”

Not all auto glass damage has to be fixed with a complete glass replacement. Small chips and cracks can often be fixed quickly and completely at a local auto shop. The damage and repair does not compromise the safety of the window, and the car is on the road quickly and inexpensively. Another advantage of fixing a windshield chip is that the chip doesn’t cause further damage, which would require a full auto glass replacement. If a car owner has comprehensive insurance coverage, the insurance company may cover the cost of the repair regardless of your deductible amount.

A car windshield is comprised of three layers. If the three layers are completely penetrated, the car windshield needs to be replaced for safety and visibility. Contact a local repair shop as soon as the damage occurs to make sure that they have the glass in stock. Some repair shops can contact the insurance company and coordinate direct payment if the repair is more than the amount of the deductible.

If you are the unfortunate victim of a windshield crack, chip or auto glass shatter, don’t panic. Contact your local repair shop and ask if they coordinate the cost and repair of your auto glass with your insurance company. A good, experienced repair shop, like Tire-rifik in Watertown, can get you back on the road quickly with a clear view and a repaired windshield that doesn’t look like it was repaired.

Oh no! My Windshield Cracked!

Oh no? My windshield cracked! That panicked moment came when we were rounding a turn in the pouring rain, and a rock flew out of a dump truck straight into our windshield. We’ve all had the occasional crack or shatter of our windshield, rear window or side windows and felt the panic, and the questions, set in. How much is this going to cost me? Do I have to get the whole window replaced? Do I need to contact my insurance?

The good news is that not all auto glass damage has to be fixed with a complete glass replacement. Small chips and cracks can often be fixed quickly and completely at a local auto shop. The damage and repair does not compromise the safety of the window, and you are on the road quickly and inexpensively. Fixing a small chip on a window is also a preventative measure, so the chip doesn’t cause further damage requiring a full auto glass replacement. If you have comprehensive coverage, your insurance company may cover the cost of the repair regardless of your deductible amount, giving you a complete auto glass repair at no cost.

Your windshield is comprised of three layers, and often, as with our rock incident, the three layers are completely penetrated. In this case, you need to replace your windshield for safety and visibility. Contact your local repair shop as soon as the damage occurs to make sure that they have the glass in stock. Some repair shops can contact your insurance company for you and coordinate direct payment if the repair is more than your deductible.

If you are the unfortunate victim of a windshield shatter or auto glass accident, don’t panic. Contact your local repair shop and ask if they coordinate the cost and repair of your auto glass with your insurance company. Then sit back and enjoy the view every day as you drive your car.