Windshield Repair — at Home?


Did you know you don't even need to leave your driveway to get that cracked windshield repaired?

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It’s a sight no car owner wants to see: the slow-spreading spider web of a growing windshield crack. Or worse, the sudden damage from a kicked-up rock or other hard object. But no matter how your windshield becomes damaged, it’s a repair you can’t put off. Quoted understands you don’t need any more items on your to-do list, and taking your car in for repairs can throw a wrench into even the best-organized lives. So we’ve got three exciting words: Mobile Windshield Repair. As in, leave your car, with its damaged windshield, in your driveway (or even in the parking lot at work) and one of the many Mobile Windshield Repair shops across the nation will come to you.

More on mobile repairs and how to get them in a moment, but first, Quoted’s pitch for the necessity of swift repairs:

How important are windshield repairs, really?

Not only will you get ticketed in most states for driving with a cracked windshield, it’s incredibly dangerous. The most obvious reason a cracked windshield presents dangerous conditions is the visual impairment the driver faces. But there’s even more danger:

  • Though they’re only (shatter-proof) glass, windshields offer a variety of protections in the event of a crash. If your car rolls over, the windshield provides structural integrity to the vehicle and helps prevent the roof from caving in. Structural integrity is lost with even a small windshield crack or chip.
  • Shatter-proof glass is only shatterproof if its original state is maintained. Cracks and other damage expose the glass to the elements, which can nullify the shatterproof qualities. We don’t have to tell you how dangerous flying shards of glass can be.
  • Windshields actually hold airbags in place, and if they’re damaged, the airbags might not deploy correctly (or at all).

So, we’ve scared you enough with the very real dangers of a damaged windshield, now on to the solutions.

Fix ‘er up:

A little chip or crack can often be repaired without replacing the entire windshield, so if you notice even a small amount of damage, it’s in your best interest to take care of it as soon as you can. Left alone, a crack will spread for several reasons—extreme temperatures, moisture, bumps in the road, and even the sun—and eventually you’ll need an entirely new windshield (at a much greater cost).

Glass damage is the most common insurance claim, with 7.5 million made each year.

Will insurance cover your repairs?

As always, each car insurance carrier is different, as is each policy and the laws in each state, so you’ll need to look into the details yourself (we would do it for you, if we could). Start with your insurance carrier and work from there. From Esurance: “Generally, comprehensive coverage can kick in to help repair glass damage. Some states have a specific glass coverage option that might allow you to skip the deductible altogether. These coverages vary by state, so check the specifics of your glass coverage to find out what you can expect to pay out of pocket (if anything) on a windshield claim.”

If you have comprehensive coverage, you likely won’t have to pay much (or anything) out of pocket. Many windshield repair shops will even deal with your insurance company for you.

And now for the best part:

Once you’ve sorted out your insurance, it’s time to make the repair appointment. You can certainly bring your car into the mechanic, or take it to a glass repair shop, but we love the idea of staying put and letting the repairs come to you. That’s right: mobile windshield repair is real and it is spectacular.

Many local and national glass repair shops have mobile services, as a simple Google search will tell you. You can also check out this “mobile repair finder” and search by your zip code.

The Insurance Journal reports that glass damage is the most common insurance claim—7.5 million claims are made each year, and 80 percent involve the windshield. We hope you never have to deal with a cracked or damaged windshield, but if you do, at least now you have a plan and a convenient solution.

Have you tried mobile windshield repair? Did you love it? Tell us in the comments—and if you had a good experience with the repair company you used, include their info!

  • Jeff Bridges

    Julia, I have a small chip in my windshield and would like to get it repaired. I didn’t know that you could do it yourself. I think I’ll have to go get a glass repair kit and try it out. It doesn’t seem too difficult.

    http://www.action-glassrepair.com

  • Lauren Adams

    I really like that you said it will differ with each insurer as to whether or not they will cover your glass repairs. Because of that, I think that it is wise to try and do what you can on your own. Of course, it shouldn’t too expensive to get a windshield replaced. You may be able to replace it out of your pocket. http://www.sarniaglass.ca/glass_installations.html

  • Caleb Hart

    I think it would be awesome to repair my windshield at my house. I was driving on the freeway yesterday, and a truck threw a big rock into my windshield. It left a pretty bad spiderweb crack in it. It was pretty inconvenient and now I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do. http://www.action-glassrepair.com

  • McKayla Strauss

    I had no idea that windshields are so important to the overall safety of a car! The fact that they provide structural integrity, as well as help in the correct deployment of airbags, isn’t something that I was really aware of. It makes a lot more sense to me know why it’s always stressed to repair or replace your windshield when there are any chips or cracks in it.
    http://www.onecutglass.net

  • Brandon Roberts

    My windshield has a few cracks in it, and I am worried it is not going to pass inspection. I didn’t want to have to replace the whole thing if I could just repair it. So I really appreciate the tips you posted on how to repair a cracked windshield. I will make sure I try these out for sure! Thanks a ton for the help.

  • DeloresLyon

    Thanks for sharing all of this advice on getting your windshield repaired. It is really cool that you are able to provide a mobile service as well– that definitely helps ensure that the customer doesn’t put him or herself ind anger by driving with a big crack in their glass. I mean, if the person happened to get into a car accident with a cracked windshield, they could get fatally injured by the shattering glass!

  • tomshrill

    You can get tickets for a cracked windshield? I guess I really need to go get mine fixed as soon as possible. Both for the safety of myself and my passengers, as well as for the not getting pulled over thing.

  • Some states have strict laws against driving with cracked windshields, while other states are more relaxed. You definitely want to spend some time researching it before taking a road trip…or just spend the money and get the windshield replaced. It’s really not that expensive with most insurance companies.

  • Rose Simmons

    When I was driving to work the other day a huge rock was flung into my windshield and completely cracked the whole thing. I was never more scared in my life when that happened and my initial thought was, “This is going to be really expensive.” I haven’t contacted my insurance about it yet, I really hope they can cover it. Thanks for your information, I wouldn’t have considered calling my insurance otherwise.