DIY Rock Chip Repair and Some Extra Savings

Cracked windshieldWe all know that DIY car repairs can save tons of money. I would love to have pocketed the money we’ve spent on car repairs and maintenance over the years, but who am I kidding? Everything under the hood looks like a thingamajigger to me and watching a million YouTube videos isn’t going to help. However, I have finally found one car repair that anyone can do at home.

Windshield Rock Chip Repair

We have a 1999 Civic named Yertle that I drive almost exclusively in the summer. Yertle is old and slow but runs great and gets good gas mileage. We are all for keeping him running but don’t want to spend more than necessary.

I set out for town one Saturday a few weeks ago and noticed a rock chip in Yertle’s windshield. If you’ve ever had a chip in your windshield you probably know what happens if you let it go. The whole windshield has to be replaced, which can cost a few hundred dollars.

We seem to get a couple of rock chips a year, and they usually cost around $30 to replace. I called the glass shop we use only to find them closed, along with every other glass repair shop in town. It’s the weekend in a small town.

Have I Ever Been to the Auto Parts Store?

I stopped in at an express lube place on the off chance that they might do windshield repair, but no luck. The mechanic did say that he thought they sold kits at the auto repair store to fix chips. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the auto parts store, but I always love a new experience. What a lovely place! For $14.99, I bought the kit, thinking it was probably throwing money away, but that we’d give it a try.

To my surprise, the kit worked perfectly and was easy to use. It only took a few minutes to do the repair, and then the windshield had to dry for a couple of hours. It has been fine ever since , and you can barely see where the original damage was.

Fifteen dollars saved might not seem like a ton of money, and if this had taken hours to do, it would have been a waste of time. Small savings add up over the course of time, and maybe this will encourage me to look into other easy repairs in the future.

Earmark Helps You Save Money

I used this savings to put toward a mini-trip we are taking this weekend. I’ve been testing a new smartphone app that Erin at Broke Millennial hooked me up with. I’m into techie things about like I’m in to car repairs, but this one is really easy. It’s called Earmark*.

Earmark tries to recreate the psychological rush of impulse buying by allowing you to see what you can buy if you forgo unnecessary spending. For example, I set a earmark of saving $200 for this upcoming weekend trip. Whenever I passed on spending, I entered the amount and it automatically showed me how close I was toward reaching my goal.

Some of the things I’ve saved on recently were skipping the movies to go to the park, packing a picnic lunch instead of eating out, and eating the food we already had in the freezer and pantry instead of grocery shopping. Each thing by itself might not seem like a big deal, but it’s nice to have something that tracks your progress so you can see how it does add up. Maybe I didn’t save enough to retire this month, but I did save enough to pay for our weekend getaway.

*Update: Earmark has been removed from the app store until further notice.

How much did you save this month? Do you do your own car repairs? 

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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Snipon.com.

26 Comments

  1. With the invention of home repair kits, I feel like I am a bit lazy for needing to go to an auto repair shop for repairing the chip. I just like the feeling of knowing an expert was able to help me. These things may seem a bit costly to others, but I think it is money well spent.

    1. I can’t remember the name, but if you go to Auto Zone or whatever store you have, just ask the clerk for a windshield rock chip repair kit. Actually, I bet you can order them online as well. I didn’t want to wait.

  2. Way to go, Kim! We are lucky that our auto insurance includes glass coverage for pretty cheap. I read about that Earmark app – it sounds super cool! You’ll have to let us know how it works out for you.

  3. Thanks for trying out Earmark. I hope you love it! Send feedback @earmarkit! Especially the stuff you don’t like.

    Our car just got smoked with hail damage…wish there was a DIY kit for that. $1k deductible too…Laaaaame.

  4. That sounds like an awesome app. I need to see if I can download it on my semismart phone. I like to think of the little savings too. All the little savings add up fast. I need to make me a mini goal to work on.

    1. Mini goals keep me going. If I was waiting for the big goal of paying off my house to celebrate, I’d probably get discouraged.

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