3 Important Questions To Ask When Your Windshield Needs Replacing

7 December 2018
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Has your car's windshield been damaged recently? Are you putting off having it repaired because you aren't sure how to handle it? However it happened, having to deal with a windshield that is cracked, chipped, or pitted is never an enjoyable task. If you've never had to deal with it before, you may be having trouble even deciding where to take your vehicle to have your windshield fixed. Instead of simply opening the phone book or looking online and picking one at random, there are questions you should ask to ensure that you get the right company or service for your needs. Some of these questions include:

How long will it take? Every windshield replacement company is different, depending on both the materials they use and the methods that they employ. In some instances, you might be expected to drop your vehicle off in the morning and come pick it up in the afternoon. Other places are able to schedule an appointment to come to you and can replace your windshield in under an hour. Neither option is objectively better or worse than the other but will instead depend upon your schedule and what is most convenient for you.

What will this cost? If your insurance company won't pay for your windshield replacement, you're going to have to pay for it yourself. Before you agree to have a particular mechanic or shop install a new windshield, you should know how much it'll cost you. Depending on a variety of factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, your new windshield could be anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand once you get the bill. Some shops might charge less for certain models, depending on popularity and what they have in stock. All of this needs to be taken into consideration before deciding to use a particular location.

Do you help with insurance paperwork? Because it's not uncommon for a windshield replacement to be covered by insurance companies, it's also not uncommon to find auto glass companies that will assist you with filing a claim with your insurance company. In some cases, you won't need to do anything at all except bring your vehicle in and sign some paperwork. In other instances, you may need to file the claim with your insurance company first and have the auto glass company sign or otherwise acknowledge that they did the work. Before you go in, you should know what is expected of you