Your windshield is one of the toughest parts of your vehicle’s body that allows you to see what’s in front of you while also protecting you. But even this tough laminated safety glass can still crack or break if large objects hit it or your vehicle suffers vandalism. You should always keep an eye out for any small cracks or lines in your windshield because even very small ones can grow into big problems if you don’t deal with them very soon. When it’s time to have repair work done on your windshield, you should only have it done by certified technicians from windshield repair services Sarasota FL.
Knowing When To Have Your Cracked Windshield Repaired Or Replaced
Usually the first question that auto owners ask when they see a crack in the windshield is if it can be patched or if the whole windshield must be replaced. While you probably hope to save money by having your windshield patched instead of replaced, sometimes safety require windshields to be replaced. As AutoGuide.com explains, usually that depends on where on the windshield the crack occurred and how big it’s gotten. Typically, small cracks that are less than 14 inches in length can be patched as long as the crack has not penetrated into the interior part of the windshield according to the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard’s rule on the matter. Sometimes it’s helpful to have more than one repair technician’s opinion on the matter.
Filing A Claim With Your Insurance Company For Windshield Repairs
When you have to deal with significant windshield repairs or replace it, you may choose to file a damage claim with your insurance company if it makes sense to do so. As DMV.org points out, the main factors that determine whether you should file a claim depend on whether it falls under a collision claim or is part of comprehensive coverage. Comprehensive coverage accounts for damage not caused by collisions, but as the article explains sometimes the policies do not cover full windshield replacement in them, so you’ll need to check with your company’s agent before attempting to file a repair claim. A general rule too is that if your deductible is larger than the repair costs or as much as 75℅ of the repair costs, it may not be worth it to file a claim. And filing more claims with your insurance company can make you a greater risk.
In conclusion, once you know whether your windshield can be repaired or replaced and you’re able to cover the costs, make sure you’ve done your homework on the repair garage. If convenient and you can afford it, some repair companies even send their technicians to where your vehicle is at, so you don’t have to spend your time in the garage waiting room. Just make sure you have carefully reviewed the garage to make sure they are certified by a reputable glass repair organization, and to see what other customers are saying about them.