No matter how careful you are with your leased vehicle, accidents can happen. Driving on the highways or even a residential road can lead to a crack or windshield chip, especially in Pittsburgh traffic. With a leased vehicle, you may be wondering what you need to do to repair your windshield.
Try to Avoid Windshield Damage
Flying debris can hit your car on the road any time, but there are a few ways you can reduce your chances of your windshield getting damaged. We all know it’s not possible to avoid gravel trucks, semis, and construction equipment when driving on the road, but it is essential to obey the signs on the back of each of these vehicles, such as “follow at a distance of 200ft” to help keep yourself at a safe distance.
Have the Right Car Insurance Policy in Place
Every car owner needs to have a comprehensive car insurance policy in place to protect them in the event of accident or damage. It is also crucial that you understand what your policy covers, to avoid surprises if an accident occurs. Your lease agreement generally should indicate what type of car insurance you are required to have.
With a comprehensive insurance policy, you will typically have coverage windshield repairs or replacement. Depending on what state you live in, they may also offer you glass repair benefits.
Am I Responsible for the Repairs?
When you lease a car, it usually still under warranty. This means that the dealership will be financially responsible for any of the mechanical malfunctions that you experience. Although they are responsible for the mechanical repairs, you are responsible for the regular maintenance costs for oil changes, tire rotation, etc.
You will also be responsible for any wear and tear for your vehicle, so be sure to take care of the car and drive it with care. You are also responsible for repairing or replacing any windshield damage, repairing dings and scratches, and replacing tires if needed.
Your Windshield is Chipped. What Now?
A small chip or crack can grow due to extreme temperature changes, creating an even bigger issue. When your windshield becomes damaged, it is essential to contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage. The next step would be to schedule repairs as soon as you can to keep the damage from getting worse. The bigger the repair, the more expensive, and if you wait until you need a replacement, you can expect a higher cost than a windshield repair.
Contact Three Rivers Auto Glass in Pittsburgh today to learn more about our windshield repair and replacement services.