A cracked windshield is a major inconvenience. Cracks can block visibility, render the car less structurally sound, and cost money to replace. Fortunately, there are ways to save some cash so that you don't have to postpone a necessary repair.
1. Repair Damage Promptly
One way to increase the cost of windshield damage is to put off the repair instead of getting to it right away. Small damages can often be repaired, which will save you the cost of a full replacement. If you take the car in when a chip is still smaller than a half dollar or a crack is under 3 inches, there is a chance it can be filled with resin for a nearly invisible repair.
2. Consider Aftermarket Options
The most expensive new windshield option is often the one from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). When shopping for a new windshield, ask about aftermarket options as there are often non-OEM options that are less expensive. Just verify that opting for aftermarket won't compromise any warranties on the car, as that could end up being more expensive in the long run.
3. Check For Any Warranties
Your car or it's windshield may have a warranty that will cover or at least offset the cost of replacement. This is especially likely if the windshield has been replaced in the last couple of years. Read any warranty paperwork you have carefully to find out if there is glass coverage or contact the last shop that replaced the windshield to see if they offer a warranty or free chip repair.
4. Try a Mobile Service
Although a mobile service may sometimes cost more than a brick and mortar shop, it may save you money in other ways. For example, you won't have to take time off from work to take the car to the windshield replacement shop if you hire a mobile service. When shopping around for replacement, check with a variety of different services to find the best value.
5. Call Your Insurance Company
For those with full coverage policies, windshield replacement may be fully covered although you may need to pay a deductible. If you don't have full coverage, it's still worth it to call your insurance company. Some insurance providers have brokered deals with local glass shops so that you can get a discount if you are paying out of pocket. Other insurance companies may offer free chip repair for all clients, which is helpful if you don't need a full replacement.
Contact an auto glass replacement service if you need a new windshield.