SafeWindshields.org provides a tool to help consumers find a mechanic who knows how to replace a windshield. The user enters his ZIP code, desired search radius and desired number of results, and the tool provides the names, addresses and phone numbers of reliable, registered shops that replace windshields.
When attempting to find an installer to replace a windshield, Edmunds.com recommends calling at least three shops and finding out if they use original equipment glass and how long the vehicle must sit before being driven after replacement of the windshield. Normally, the driver must wait at least an hour before driving a car with a new windshield. Taking the car to a shop that specializes in glass replacement is usually more cost-effective than having the job done at a dealership.