What to Do When You Have a Cracked Windshield to Repair

Repair-a-WindshieldYou are on your way to an important event when you pass by a road construction. There are a lot of rocks and debris scattered about, and without being able to do anything about it, a rock hits your windshield. The whole incident takes no more than half a second; it is so quick that you’re not sure what just happened. Even your brain is taking a couple of seconds more to register the new crack in your windshield. You stop your car at the nearest gas station, you throw your hands in the air, and you wonder why this had to happen to you of all the drivers. But now that it has happened, there is no other way around it. You must get it repaired. So what do you do? What are your options when it comes to windshield repair? Here is a checklist of all you need to do:

Take a Photo of Your Windshield The very first step you need to take when you find your windshield cracked is take a photo of it. This way, if your insurance asks for a detailed description of the damage, you can send them an exact picture. Plus, it is always a wise idea to have proof of the damage in case something happens that makes the insurance refuse to pay for a windshield repair.

tape-measure-_-StreetcodeGPX-stock2897Measure the Damage The next step should be measuring the damage. You are probably thinking, what would measuring a crack have to do with fixing it? Well, the fact of the matter is, a big crack that’s splitting in many directions is not the type of damaged that can be repaired (although, you can replace the windshield altogether). For that reason, measuring the crack is important. If the damage is less than six inches long, then it can certainly be repaired (and, depending on your insurance, you could be covered). However, if the damage is longer than six inches, then your windshield will simply need to be replaced.

File an Insurance Claim Once you’ve taken a photo and measured the crack, you’ll need to file an insurance claim. Many auto glass repair shops, like LP Auto Glass Orlando, deal with your insurance for you, so you don’t have to stress yourself any more. However, in the case that you can’t get an auto glass repair shop to file a claim with your insurance on your behalf, you will have to do it yourself. Usually, if you have a comprehensive coverage and your glass claim is covered, then that means you are covered for getting your windshield repair.

Go to an Auto Glass Repair Shop or Call for a Mobile Repair Service Lastly, you will need to call an auto glass repair shop and make an appointment. You will most likely be able to go the very same day and get the repair done fast. However, if the crack is extremely big, you should ask the auto glass repair shop while on the phone if you can get a mobile repair service. This service should not cost you extra, and it is much safer to rely on than it is to drive with a damaged and risky windshield. After all, you don’t want to drive your car if there is a chance of the glass shattering, right?

This windshield repair checklist should help you quickly and easily get your damaged windshield fixed without feeling any hassle of having to file complicated insurance claims and paying too much out of pocket. Thus, if a rock created a damaged in your windshield, take a deep breath and don’t stress out.