If you have a cracked or chipped windshield but it's on the passenger side, you still need to get it repaired. There are many ways that you can save on getting the work completed. Where you live and the type of damage that's done to the windshield will affect what type of repairs are needed. Here are some costs you want to consider when you're debating to fix or repair the windshield, and what you want to pay.
Cost for Total Replacement
The cost for total replacement may be the same cost as you would have to pay to have a chip removed, and there can be benefits to getting a new windshield. If you window has some shadowing or tinting around the edges that causes blind spots, or if the window is years old, there may be newer and stronger windshield option available for the entire length of the window. The replacement shouldn't take longer than an hour if they can get you in right away.
Chip Repair Fees
Get a free estimate to repair the chips or small cracks. If this is less than half the cost to replace the windshield, and you don't want to invest the money into getting a new windshield, this is the most ideal option. There are services that come to your location, but for a free consult you may have to take your vehicle to a shop.
If the location of your home or the commute you have daily puts you at the risk of getting a damaged windshield, and this isn't the first time you've had to repair the windshield and you fear it may not be your last, there are some things you can do to prevent damages. Tinting the windows can help make the window more impact resistant.
If you fear that your vehicle is getting window damage while it's in a parking lot, because people fling gravel or other items, it may be best to get an exterior protective cover for when you have the vehicle parked. There are a lot of different things that could cause the windows to crack or chip, and often it's from airborne debris while driving. If the temperatures are low the damage will spread quickly, so make an appointment and find out if you need to repair or replace the windshield so it isn't a driving or safety hazard any longer.
For more information, talk to a professional like Cambridge Collision & Auto Center.
As the son and grandson of mechanics, I spent much of my child hood under the hood of many cars. I have listened and learned about so many different problems and how to repair them effectively. I created this blog to cover as many car problems as possible without overwhelming readers. You will find tips for troubleshooting, advice for when to take it to a professional and suggestions for when to stop driving the car or truck immediately to prevent further and more costly damage. We hope that you find all of this information helpful and useful, allowing you to have a great running car.