The drive to work was going along smoothly enough and nothing seemed unusual, the traffic was just as heavy as it usually is. The next thing you see is the huge crack in your windshield courtesy of whatever it was the truck in front of you kicked up. Now you need a new windshield and are going to have to find the right place to do the job. Rather than pulling into the first place that installs windshields, you need to take the time to find the best possible windshield replacement quote you can before you end up wasting a lot of money.
There are several steps you need to take if you want to get the lowest possible price without sacrificing the quality of either the windshield itself or the installation. If you are interested in keeping the costs down, you need to throw away the phone book and put the power of the web to work for you. While many windshield replacement companies will come to wherever you are to install your replacement, you may find that it costs more to have them come to you.
When you start calling the different companies for a windshield replacement quote, you are going to need certain information in order to get an accurate quote. You will need the year, make and model of your car so that they can look up the price of the glass, and the labor to install your new windshield. This will also let them see if there are any special tools or techniques that can make the task more difficult and costly.
There are a few questions you need to ask each installer before you make your final choice, such as will they work with your insurance company or are you going to have to pay it out of pocket and turn the receipt in later. You will find that choosing a company that either has their own stock of windshields or has a dealer they usually buy from can help to keep the costs down as well. One problem you may run into is that some of the companies will ask to see your car so that they can give you a quote, most can give you a quote sight unseen.
You should have a description of the damage as you are going to be asked by any competent installer. The extent of the damage can actually cause your windshield replacement quote to go up. For example if the trim around your windshield is damaged, it can cause the price to go up or if the rubber gasket or trim clips have been damaged, this too can increase the cost.
The more time you invest in searching for the right windshield replacement company, the more likely it is that you are going to get a top quality installation with the best possible glass. By following these simple steps, you should have no problem getting a new windshield at the lowest possible price. But keep in mind, there is a certain point where your search for a low price can result in a low quality windshield that will not last.
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