Cracked Car Windshields Don't Have To Be Replaced

Cracked car windshields can be repaired and don't have to be replaced with a newly bought one. This article is going to tell you how.

We've all been there. You're driving along the highway, minding your own business, when suddenly a huge truck in front of you kicks up a rock and hits you right smack in the middle of your windshield. After you've cursed and wailed, you wonder, how the heck am I going to afford to replace this windshield? Or maybe you're thinking, my deductible for my comprehensive insurance is five hundred dollars and a windshield costs less than that!

Working for several years at an automobile insurance company, I learned one thing. Insurance companies are cheap. Well, o.k, I learned two things, windshields don't have to be replaced, they can be repaired. The reason I learned these things is because, when a customer would call in a claim to our company of a cracked windshield that they wanted replaced, the cheap insurance company would refer them to a company that repaired windshields at a fraction of the price, therefore saving the insurance company a lot of money and saving the customer a bit of time.

You can find one of these windshield repairing companies in the yellow pages of your local phone book. Most of these companies work with insurance companies and are equipped to come to your vehicle and repair it wherever it is. You can have your windshield repaired from the parking lot of your office or in the driveway of your home. These mobile windshield repairing wizards will go anywhere.

Through a magical process, your windshield repairman will make your chip or crack disappear and you won't even be able to tell it was ever broken. If your windshield is only chipped it is a good idea to get it repaired anyway before your chip turns into a crack that stretches across your whole window. The whole process doesn't take very long and you'll be glad you didn't have to take your car to a garage to replace the whole thing and your wallet will be happy too.

The windshield repair process involves the drilling of tiny holes into the glass and using special glazing techniques, the cracks are filled in with a substance that hardens and stops cracks from spreading. The substance used is a kind of liquid resin, which is then hardened with ultraviolet light, much the same as your dentist uses. Making sure that the repair has the same refractive qualities as the rest of the windshield to minimize distortion, the windshield repairman can cause your windshield's crack to disappear. Sometimes, you will be able to notice a slight blur at the sight of the crack, but it should be fairly minimal.

The price for a windshield repair is on average about sixty dollars, depending on the size of the crack. Compare this to the cost of a replaced windshield at around three hundred dollars, and you can really be saving some money. Most services also warrantee their work so you can be sure that your windshield will be fixed right. Some companies even sell windshield repair kits, you can start your own business!

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