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).
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.
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!