Don’t Panic! Find the Help you need.
Tell me if this has happened to you. You park your car, have a great night out, and then come back. You get in your car, put on your seatbelt, and after you turn on the engine, you look out your front windshield. Running straight through the center of it is a large crack. Somehow, something happened while you were gone, creating a massive and potentially dangerous scratch in your front window. This becomes the windshield replacement Atlanta residents never think they will need.
If this doesn’t sound like you, then it most definitely sounds like me. As a result of this happening to my car, I began looking around to see if I could find out what I should do. Could I drive with my window like this? How would I go about finding a place to replace it? I figured out a lot of this, and as a result, you may not have to. So, if your looking to what you need to do and possible services, look no further.
Diagnosing the problem
The first thing you need to know, is what kind of damage has been done to your windshield? Is it scratched on the surface only? Is there a nick in the windshield? If either of these two are the case, then you may not even have to bring your car in. There are numerous kinds of scratch and nick removers for front windows on the market, many of which may be exactly what you are looking for.
Is the damage deeper? Does the damage go all the way through? Can you see a noticeable crack on the windshield? If so, then you will want to bring it in to get replaced. If the damage is severe enough, then you may want to have your vehicle towed, as driving could be dangerous.
What You Will Need
There are two things that you are going to need before your car is functional again. The first is a new or used undamaged windshield for your car. The second is a qualified technician to replace it. Both of these will cost you money, so lets see what we can do to reduce your cost.
Finding your windshield
If you car is still under warranty, then the total cost may be defrayed or outright covered. This is the best possible situation, as you pay next to nothing and get a brand new windshield. Most cars however, will not be covered. Regardless, it is good to check.
There is any number of part supply companies for cars online. A good idea is to check to see if they have your model of windshield. It may be that that buying it online, and shipping it to your local car repair place is cheaper then buying the piece through them.
What to know about local service
Shop around when looking for someone locally to do the work. Different places will give you price quotes, including the amount it costs per hour for them to work. This way, you can save the most amount of money and leave knowing that you researched it fully.
There is no other way to put it. Having to replace a windshield sucks. However, with some research into what the exact problem with the windshield is, as well as some shopping around, you can come out of the experience like me, more knowledge and helpful to anyone else who has to go through it. Until then, good luck!