A broken or cracked windshield could be unsafe and possibly illegal to drive with. If your windshield is cracked or broken to the point you don't have a clear field of vision, then you could be ticketed for driving with it. You likely won't pass a safety inspection when it comes to getting your registration renewed, either. It's good to be safe, and there is no reason to delay a windshield replacement. Here are a few things you need to do when you need a windshield replacement.
Get a Quoted Price
Not all windshield companies are going to charge the same for windshield replacement services. This is why you should call around to each of the auto glass companies in your area to get a quote for your particular vehicle. Also, get online and get a few quotes in order to get an idea of what a windshield should cost for your vehicle's particular make and model. Another thing you should get an estimate on is how long it will take to get your vehicle's windshield replaced. Most places are able to do it quickly once it's in the shop, but the wait time could be longer at some places to get it in for the repair.
Call Your Insurance Company
Another thing you should do is contact your insurance about their auto glass policy. Most of the insurance companies that provide auto insurance have policies that include free windshield coverage for different types of damage. How the damage was incurred may impact whether or not you are covered. Some policies only cover part of the cost or none of the cost. There are some policies that provide at least one free windshield replacement per year. If you aren't covered, it would be good to add that to your policy if it's something you'd like covered for the following year.
Request a Mobile Repair Service
If you are super busy, you may want to schedule a mobile repair service for your vehicle's windshield replacement. Windshield replacement companies now have mobile vans that are equipped with the tools necessary to facilitate a complete windshield replacement at a person's home, work parking lot, or on some random street where you are parked. It simply needs to be scheduled on the windshield replacement company's website or via telephone for the time and location you'd like. If they are currently busy, you may have to wait a short time if there is little notice of a needed repair. Most mobile repairs can be done on the same day, however.
A windshield replacement can be an easy process if you do all of the above-mentioned steps before getting a replacement. You'll find the best price and the best service for your circumstances. Best of all, you'll be able to get a windshield that is safe to drive with as soon as possible.
To learn more, contact a windshield replacement company.