Windshield Replacement Basics
A windshield is an important part of your vehicle’s safety system. Having a damaged or cracked windshield can affect the driver’s view and can cause serious injuries in an accident, so it is essential to have your windshield replaced as soon as possible.
Windshield Replacement Cost
The cost of a windshield replacement depends on a number of factors, including the type of glass used, the make and model of your vehicle and the garage where you have it done. For example, windshields from auto dealers cost more than ones that are sold by independent glass installers.
Insurance Coverage & Deductibles
Depending on your state and car insurance company, a cracked or broken windshield may be covered by your insurance policy. This could be through collision or comprehensive coverage. In addition, you could have a separate liability or personal injury coverage that would help with any damages caused by an accident.
Insurance companies typically require an inspection to determine if your windshield can be repaired or needs to be replaced. Once the damage is determined, your insurance company will usually waive your deductible for any windshield repairs or replacements.
How to Find a Good Glass Shop
You should look for a reputable auto glass shop that is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). They will have a certification number that you can verify. They will also be registered with the Auto Glass Safety Council and have undergone a thorough review of their procedures, equipment and technicians.
When a windshield is installed, it must be done correctly or else there is a risk of an air leak or other issues with the glass that could harm you and your passengers. Inspect the work carefully to make sure the glass is flush with the body, centering is accurate and the moldings that were attached are in place. If they aren’t, then you should ask your auto glass expert to install them again.
Repairs versus Replaces
Often times, a crack or chip in your windshield can be fixed by a mechanic using a clear resin. This can be done quickly, effectively and at a fraction of the cost of a full windshield replacement.
However, it’s important to remember that the repair won’t last forever and the damage could recur after it has been fixed. Additionally, environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity can cause the damage to spread and cause a bigger issue with your windshield.
If the repair doesn’t work or the crack or chip spreads further, a full windshield replacement will be needed. Your mechanic will need to remove all the trims, gaskets, bonding agents and other components from your windshield to install a new one.
The new windshield should be bonded to your car by urethane adhesive, which is a very strong and long-lasting material. Depending on the weather, your mechanic will recommend driving for an hour every day to ensure that the urethane is fully cured and holds the adhesive in place.