Approaching your vehicle only to find out there is a crack in the windshield can be a dangerous and frustrating experience – especially if you don't know how the crack got there in the first place. Here are a few important things that should be done now that you're dealing with a mysterious crack:
Schedule an Inspection
The first thing you should do after finding a mysterious crack in your windshield is to take the vehicle in to have it inspected as soon as possible. Not only will a professional inspection help you determine how the crack developed in the first place, but it will help you determine whether or not it's even safe to drive your vehicle while the crack is present.
You can count on your service provider to inspect your entire windshield to make sure that there are no other problems that need to be addressed so you know exactly what you're dealing with and can ensure that no important issues are overlooked.
Ask About Alternative Options
Once you know the extent of your windshield damage, you can expect your service provider to make repair or replacement recommendations. But they may not think to provide you with all of the possible options that are available to you for whatever reason. So it's up to you to ask your service provider about all of the possible repair and replacement options that will meet your needs.
Ask your technician to provide you with a complete list of auto glass repair options and their prices so you can compare the options side-by-side. Get a price list for new windshields so you can go home and use all the information you have to determine whether replacing the windshield or repairing it would be in your best interest. Then you can decide which windshield or repair options to choose based on price and quality.
Get Some Financial Protection
After having your windshield repaired or replaced, it's a good idea to get yourself some financial protection so you don't end up having to pay for the entire costs of repairs or replacements out-of-pocket if something happens to your windshield again in the future. If you are having your windshield repaired, make sure that the workmanship and materials used in the repair come with some kind of guarantee.
If you are having your windshield replaced, find out about the manufacturer and extended warranty options so you can be sure to purchase a warranty policy before driving your vehicle away from the repair shop.