Lifetime Warranties On Auto Glass Repair: Is It Worth It?

When you have your car windows or your windshields repaired or replaced, some auto glass repair shops provide you with a lifetime warranty. This is a very tempting promise, especially considering the fact that you could very well encounter more damage to your windows or windshields in the future. Yet, is the warranty really worth it? The following information will help you judge for yourself.

Your Car Is Fairly New, and You Plan to Drive It for a Long Time

When glass damage occurs on a fairly new car or truck, it can be really frustrating. However, if you have the damaged glass repaired or replaced by a shop that provides a lifetime warranty, that is a real treat. This is because you plan to drive this vehicle at least five or more years, and the odds of your vehicle having additional windshield/window repair and/or replacements is likely. Just be aware that the warranty only covers previously repaired or replaced glass, and not glass that has never been broken or damaged before.

Your Car Is Old, or You Plan to Get Rid of It Soon

When your car is old, and it is not going to be restored as a "vintage" vehicle, a glass warranty does not matter much. Additionally, if you plan to scrap the vehicle or sell it to someone else, the warranty becomes null and void because these glass warranties are typically limited to the owner of the vehicle at the time of the glass service. Of course, if you change your mind, keep the vehicle, and continue to drive it until it completely dies, then the warranty will be in effect until the vehicle's final moments.

What You Get from the Warranty

What you get from the lifetime warranty is a guarantee on each piece of glass that you have repaired or replaced. For example, if you have the driver's side window and the front windshield repaired or replaced, the lifetime warranty covers these until the car is no longer in your possession. If anyone or anything smashes, cracks, or shatters these two pieces of glass in the future, and the auto glass repair shop that replaced these items is still in business, then you get a new, free windshield and/or driver's side window. (In some cases the labor charges may still apply, but at least you will not have to pay for the new glass.)