Repair or Replace Cracked Windshield?

by Michael on September 21, 2011 · 1 comment

While on our end-of-summer vacation, we noticed a crack in our windshield. When we spotted it, we were about halfway into a six hour drive to the beach, so there wasn’t much we could do other than watch it grow – and grow!

It was actually coming down from the very top of the windshield, such that the start of it was hidden from view by the window gasket. As the miles rolled by, the crack slowly but surely grew longer.

Upon arrival at our destination, it was beyond a simple repair, so we decided to wait until we got home to have it fixed. That way, if we later had trouble with it, we’d have someone local to complain to.

Fast forward to our return home… Despite Safelite’s extensive “Safelite repair, Safelite replace…” advertising campaigns – or perhaps because of them – we ended up calling Glass America, who dispatched a technician to our house the next morning.

Repair or replace?

Upon arrival, the technician confirmed that our windshield was beyond repair, and that we needed a replacement. That was the bad news. The good news was that the replacement only cost about $265.

Sure, that’s a good bit more than a repair, which would have likely cost $100 or less but, having never had a windshield replaced before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the bill had topped $500.

What about do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs?

If you find yourself needing a windshield repair, another option is a DIY solution. I’ve never done this myself, but you don’t have much to lose. You can find repair kits like these:

for $10-$15 online or in your local auto parts store. The reviews are generally quite good so, for simple repairs, they may be worth a shot. Worst case scenario, you botch the repair and have to call in a pro. But you might wind up saving yourself a nice chunk of change.

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Funny about Money October 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Doesn’t your car insurance cover windshields? Mine does. Twice, trucks throwing up gravel have split windshields on BRAND-NEW VEHICLES (!!!), and my insurance fully covered the cost of replacement.


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