Whether your windshield is scuffed up from gravel or you’ve taken a hard rock hit, you may be debating repair versus replacement. This is an all-too-common insurance claim for construction company vehicles.
Here are some tips you can follow to ensure both safety and cost-efficiency.
Size and Placement
Consider both the size and placement of any damages to your windshield. Most windshield repair companies recommend that, “If the chip is directly in the drivers line of sight, there are more than three cracks or chips on the glass, the damage is at the edge of the windshield, or the windshield is old and covered with tiny divots, it should be replaced rather than repaired.”
While damage can range in severity, minor repairs should always be performed promptly to avoid having to replace the windshield on your pickup rental or personal vehicle. A primary safety concern with windshield replacements is that your factory seal is compromised when a new windshield is installed.
The National Glass Association states that these replacements are done incorrectly nearly 70 percent of the time. The association states, “Proper windshield installation is as important to your safety as seat belts, airbags and anti-lock brakes.”
The solution to windshield safety is knowing that your mechanic has been factory certified. He or she may even offer a warranty or guarantee for replacement work.
Both repairs and replacements are often covered under comprehensive insurance plans. Repairs are preventative and replacements are often a result of negligence. Repairs usually run from 40 to 70 dollars, while windshield replacement can be anywhere from 100 to 800 dollars depending on the size and make of your vehicle.
Regular vehicle maintenance will best prevent damages that could put you at risk. If you do need to replace your windshield, be sure that the person installing it is a credible professional.