Question about windshield replacement, sorry in advance for the long post! Have a 99 Subaru Outback, went down to one of the local windshield shops for a replacement (20" crack in mid-upper portion and quarter sized ding in lower driver’s side area). They noticed some rust where the roof meets the glass at mid-width of the windshield, didn’t look that bad to me but they said they wouldn’t replace it until it was patched/fixed. Brought it over to an autobody place, the fellow said “oh, your (expletive)ed” basically would take “thousands” to fix it. He suggested I go back to the glass place and tell them to install it and put a ton of urethane/glue over the rusted area to seal it in, went back down but they wouldn’t bite. Went back up to the autobody shop, they suggested I just try a different glass place. That plan is still pending, but in the meantime . . .
What to do? I don’t think the car will pass inspection (NH) with the crack, and the car seems to have many, many more miles left in it, but it sounds like this repair would cost more than the car is worth. Don’t want to be unsafe but also don’t want to just let the car go. Are there any other options?
Thanks in advance for the help!