How to save money on car windshield replacement

Posted by Ian on May-18-2011 under Save Money

Vehicle maintenance is a seemingly continual expense for the average family; indeed if there are two or more cars parked in the huge double garage, these expenses can double. Most of us budget home expenses to include gasoline, tire changes and other miscellaneous car costs. Rarely, however, do we consider windshield maintenance costs. All drivers have some type of vehicle insurance that enables him or her to drive without worrying about paying out huge amounts of money in the event of an accident. The aforementioned car windshield should also be considered when applying for vehicle insurance – there are many firms that allow you to insure your windshield. In fact, with the right insurance policy you can save money on a car windshield replacement. If you have yet to experience a broken windscreen, it is advisable that you prepare yourself for the day that it happens.

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An important point to remember, if you want to save money on windshields replacement, is to replace it or have it repaired as soon as you notice even the slightest chip or crack. There are many drivers that ignore or dismiss a cracked or chipped car windscreen as nothing to worry about. These seemingly small glass problems can become expensive replacements for the lethargic car owner. Having your windshield replaced, these days, is really quite simply. Firms like the British company, Auto-Glass, are able to repair or replace your car windshield 24 hours a day seven days a week. This particular business will repair your car’s windscreen from anywhere in any city across the UK. If, for example, your windshield is damaged at the beach, simply call Auto Glass and a service engineer will be sent to your location. As the company operates in conjunction with major automobile insurance companies, they are also able to offer savings on windshield replacements. One of these savings is the fact that vehicle insurance policy holders will not lose no claim bonuses provided they contact Auto Glass the moment windscreen damage is noticed. There are, no doubt, many other glass professionals offering similar deals and thus the savings on windscreen replacement are many.

Saving money by replacing a car windshield is not an easy job. If, you don’t have mechanical competence, do not attempt to change your vehicle’s windscreen yourself. On the other hand if you are somewhat of a skilled person with tools, there are windshield repair kits available that you can make use of to take care of small chips and other minor damage. These repair kits are handy when you have stone chips or scuffs on the glass directly in your field of vision. Often small stone chips only damage the outer layer of the glass. All windshield repair kits have a resin which seals the chip; stopping it from increasing in size and ultimately causing the screen to crack. It is important to bear in mind that these repair kits will not fix large cracks in the glass. If your windshield has a large, deep crack, it is recommended that you consult a professional. For those that are inexperienced using a repair kit, it is a good idea to practice using it on an old windshield that you are probably able to pick up from a car wrecking yard.

Spend a few days learning how to apply the resin and smooth it so that it blends with the glass. Naturally, prior to “practicing” your glass repairing skills, make sure the glass is clean (both sides); wax, dirt and various silicones must be removed. Once you have applied the resin, smoothed it and allowed it to dry. Follow this by wiping the screen with alcohol; this will remove any and all greases left over. I am told that fixing your own car windshield is best performed on a sunny day. The reason for this is that the resin will harden quicker. If the day is overcast or raining and you’re doing this job in your garage, it may take sometime – a few days – for the resin to harden. If, in the event, you find that the chip in the glass is not deep enough; drill a 1/32 bit hole in the chip and then apply the resin. If a stone chip is too shallow and you try smooth resin over it, you’ll find a small transparent lump on your car’s windshield.

You can also check out other money saving tips like how to save money on tires, how to save money on shipping or how to save money on public storage.

It goes without saying if you want to save money on car expenses, make sure you perform regular maintenance of your vehicle. Checking the tires, windshield, oil, electrics and so forth will save you money in the long run. You should remember that having your windshield repaired as soon as you notice damage, will also save you having to shell out big bucks. The old adage, ‘A stitch in time, saves nine’, comes to mind I hope it jogs your memory as well.




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