If your windshield has a crack or chip, or if it is completely shattered, you might be concerned about the cost of having it replaced. However, a windshield replacement does not have to be as expensive as you might think. Consider these three tips for saving money on a windshield replacement.

1. Find Out if You Can Have it Repaired Instead

In some situations, such as if the windshield is shattered, it is best to look into a replacement. However, in some cases, auto glass professionals can actually repair windshields that are damaged. When done properly by a professional you can trust, you won't be able to tell a difference after your windshield has been repaired...until you take a look at the repair bill, which is sure to be cheaper than a full-on replacement. Ask your auto glass repair professional if this is an option for your windshield before you assume that you will have to have it fully replaced.

2. See If Your Insurance Will Cover It

Depending on your insurance policy, there is a chance that your insurance company will cover the cost of the replacement. You may have to pay a deductible, so make sure that you compare the cost of the replacement with your deductible; in some cases, it makes sense to have your insurance company cover the cost, while in others, you could save money by paying for it yourself rather than paying the deductible. Check your policy or contact your agent to find out if you are covered for a windshield replacement or repair.

3. Take it Straight to a Glass Repair Company

Don't take your car to your regular mechanic when you have a damaged windshield. Chances are good that he or she will simply take it to a local glass company and tack on an added charge for the service. Instead, seek out a company that specializes in auto glass repair. You may have to take your car to the shop yourself, or you may be able to find a mobile windshield repair and replacement company that will come to your work or your home and do the job for you.

As you can see, there are ways that you can save money on a windshield replacement. If you are concerned about the cost of your windshield replacement, try three three tips, and you're sure to notice a difference in the cost.

For windshield repair, contact a company such as Allstate Glass