How A Chipped Windshield Can Affect Your Car’s Value

Selling a used vehicle certainly has its challenges. Most people sell to car dealers because it’s the easiest and fastest route. You do have to settle for a price offer that is lower than expected. Others will try selling to direct buyers for a higher offer. However, this can be time-consuming. And it’s difficult to find someone who’s willing to buy a used car. But what if you have a chipped windshield? Will that affect the sale value of your car?

The answer: It depends on who you’re selling to.


Selling A Car With Chipped Windshield To Direct Buyers

Opting for a private buyer may or may not affect a vehicle’s sale value based on two factors:

  • The person buying
  • The extent of damage to your windshield

Majority of direct buyers are prepared to buy used cars with minor issues. As such, they’re usually willing to shoulder any repair costs. You might be able to sell your vehicle for a fair price to these buyers if the windshield chipping is minimal.

Some private buyers may try to lowball you. They will haggle for a much lower price, even though the chips are barely noticeable. In these cases, you might want to look for other buyers, especially when their price offer no longer seems fair.

If your windshield has too many visible cracks and widespread chipping, then you will need to have it replaced. Otherwise, you won’t get a decent offer.


Selling A Car With Chipped Windshield To Car Dealers

Selling your vehicle to an auto dealer will reduce its sale value, no matter the extent of damage to the windshield. The good news is that even if there is severe chipping, their price offer will be no different than if there were minor chips.

Alternatively, you can trade in your vehicle at a car dealership. Again, this will lower the trade value of your vehicle. If you trade it in with a higher-priced car, you’re going to have to pay for the excess out of pocket.


Tips For Selling A Car With Chipped Windshield

When selling a car that has a chipped windshield, it’s generally advised to have a new one installed. But you do need to consider a few things before opting for windshield replacement:

  • An old vehicle is unlikely to sell high. Replacing the chipped windshield may not be worth it.
  • A fairly new vehicle can be sold off for a decent rate. If you want to preserve its sale value, replace the chipped windshield.
  • If your vehicle has other issues besides windshield chipping, calculate the cost of repairs and compare it with the estimated sale value. It will give you an idea of whether or not you should have it replaced.
  • You can reduce costs by having your windshield replaced with used glass. As long as it’s in pristine condition and made specifically for your car model, there won’t be any problem.

Keep in mind that windshield replacement should only be done by a professional and certified auto glass repair shop – or you may end up spending more than you bargained for.