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What To Do About A Severely Damaged Windshield

Small chips and cracks are a common occurrence when it comes to windshields. It's not unusual for rocks, sticks, or other types of debris to cause minor cosmetic damage to your auto glass. However, sometimes auto glass damage is more severe. Collisions and accidents can cause significant windshield damage that can require a complete windshield replacement. If your windshield is severely damaged, here are four steps you should take.

1. Avoid trying to repair your windshield yourself.

You can find do-it-yourself repair kits for windshield damage, but in the hands of an amateur, these kits can do more harm than good. Cracks and chips that are larger than a dollar bill cannot be safely repaired. In order to fix the damage, you will need to have your auto glass replaced. Trying to fix a large crack on your own can leave you with a structurally unsound windshield that is prone to further damage. Instead of trying to fix your windshield, call your auto glass repair service at the first sign of trouble.

2. Drive to your auto glass repair shop.

If you've gotten your windshield fixed in the past, you know that many windshield repair services are mobile, which means they can travel to your location. Unfortunately, the procedure for changing a windshield is more complicated and time-consuming. Your auto glass repair technician will need to use the tools and space available at their repair shop. When you schedule a repair appointment, keep in mind that you will need to physically travel to the repair shop. Fortunately, most windshield replacements can be performed in a single day, so you won't be without your vehicle for long.

3. Find out if the damage is covered by your insurance.

If possible, you want to avoid paying for your auto glass replacement out of pocket. Many insurance companies cover auto glass repairs differently than other types of repairs; often, submitting a claim for an auto glass repair will not cause your premium to increase since insurance companies know that glass is notoriously fragile. If you're not sure what your policy covers, contact your insurance company to ask a representative. If you're concerned about your premiums going up, you can always choose to call anonymously.

4. Follow the repair technician's instructions.

Your new windshield will be held in place using glue that needs to harden over time. Until the glue fully cures, your windshield may be more vulnerable. Your auto glass repair technician will give you any instructions you need to know. They may advise you to avoid driving on the freeway or parking in uncovered areas for a few hours. Follow their directions to ensure your new windshield lasts.

For more information, contact a windshield replacement service in your area.