The cost of replacing a windshield can be quite high. However, there are different ways to reduce these costs.
You would be surprised how many chips and cracks can be repaired by a professional auto shop offering glass repair services. Before deciding to have the windshield completely replaced, seek the advice of a car glass specialist to see if the windshield can be repaired rather than replaced. If so, you could save a lot of money. Whether or not to repair the windshield depends on the size, location and severity of the damage. A maintenance professional can tell you what's going on.
Depending on the reason for repairing your windshield, your car insurance may cover all or part of its replacement! By taking the time to call your insurer to review your policy, you could save a lot of money at no cost. Your time will be well justified.
If your car dealership and local glass repair shop both do quality work, there can be a big price difference between the two. It can be explained in part by the type of glass used for the replacement: glass supplied by the original manufacturer, or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), or another type of glass. You might be thinking, naturally, it's best to use OEM glass on your car! But other glass must meet or even exceed the same safety standards as OEM glass. And it is offered at a much more economical price. When combined with high quality OEM recommended adhesives and sealants, another windshield can significantly reduce replacement costs.
Did you know that the make and model of your car has a huge impact on the cost of replacement and repair afterwards? If you prefer a luxury vehicle or a powerful 4x4, expect a higher replacement cost for the windshield. The cost of repairing a smaller, more economical vehicle is all the more modest. If you are planning on purchasing a vehicle in the future, consider the price of future repairs before making your decision.