Surely we’ve all been driving down the road, come to hear a large “thump” on the windshield that scares you to pieces. And then, you go to check for damage and sure enough, there’s a crack on the windshield! How frustrating.
… Not necessarily. There are some good companies who know how to help you with any windshield issues.
Of course, people always ask, “Well, with small cracks, can’t I just fix it myself? There are ton of DIY repair kits that look easy and will save me money.”
To answer honestly, yes you can. However, it’s not necessarily easier or cheaper. I’ve gone both routes and so let me explain by comparing what it’s like using a DIY kit with an experience I had with a shop who repairs auto glass in Greenville, SC.
When you’re using a DIY kit, you really never know what you’re gong to get. And that’s because you’re not the expert. The entire process can be sticky and messy and come out looking even worse than you started. Of course, if you’re careful, you should be able to avoid some of this mess. However, even if you don’t wind up with a big mess, you still have to worry about the quality of the job.
If you don’t seal a crack well enough or you find yourself in extreme and sudden changes in weather condition, your windshield could crack even further. In this case you’ll definitely need to seek help from a professional. In which case, you could have just gone to one in the first place.
The company I dealt with in Greenville, 20/20 Auto Glass, was able to not only do a great job but they also have a satisfaction policy where if any of the windshields they have worked on leak, you not only get a re-service for free but they will also give you $100 extra dollars. (This should tell you something about how confident they are in their work).
On top of this, most windshields should be able to be replaced for free! 20/20 Auto Glass, did a wonderful job of making sure I didn’t pay anything out of pocket. They did all the work as far as handling my insurance which is usually my least favorite part.
A DIY kit isn’t even necessarily easier than finding an expert to help either. For example, 20/20 came to me to fix my windshield! It really doesn’t get any easier than that. So next time you’re in the market, look for a company who can compare and get the job done right.