The 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.