When I was a teenager, my dad’s jeep was in an accident. We were driving along the highway when another driver rear-ended his car. The force of the impact shattered his windshield and sent shards of glass flying everywhere. My dad wasn’t hurt, but he had to spend hours waiting for the insurance company to send someone out to replace the windshield. Since then, I’ve always been curious about how auto glass shops work and how much it costs to replace yours if it breaks or cracks. Here’s what you should know about windshield replacement:
Cracks in the windshield can be repaired, but not if you get a new one. Windshield repair kits are available at any auto parts store and are useful for smaller cracks that are less than 3 inches long. The kit consists of a brush and plastic resin; you apply the resin to the crack, then smooth it with the brush until it dries. This helps prevent further damage by keeping water out of the crack.
If your windshield has been damaged by flying rocks or other things hitting it while driving, you may want to consider getting a new one rather than attempting to fix it yourself or having someone else do so on your behalf. Any damage may cause cracks that could spread over time unless addressed immediately—and waiting means risking further damage from additional projectiles hitting your vehicle’s windshield as well as making driving more dangerous due to reduced visibility (especially during nighttime hours).
● You can get it fixed at an auto glass shop. Your insurer might offer to have it repaired for you, but if not, there are plenty of options for you to take your car into a shop and have them replace the windshield for you.
● You can get a quote online. There are plenty of websites that allow you to compare quotes from local auto glass shops, so do some research and find out which company offers the best deal on replacement glass in your area (or closest area).
● You can use a mobile service: Some companies offer mobile services where they come out to where your car is parked and replace the windshield right then and there—sometimes even within an hour! This is definitely an option worth considering if time isn’t something you’re worried about losing while waiting around at home or work while this task gets done.
● It won’t cost too much: When compared with how much money could potentially be spent on repairs later down the road, getting new windshields seems like such a small price tag!
If the damage is severe enough, your car can be totaled. In many cases like this, insurance companies will sell the vehicle for scrap metal instead of repairing it. If this happens to you, there are two things to keep in mind:
● First of all, the process of filing a claim with your insurance company and getting money back on a totaled vehicle can be complicated and time-consuming; make sure that you’re prepared for this before making any decisions about what to do with your car.
● Second of all, as soon as your vehicle has been declared beyond repair—whether by an auto body shop or by an adjuster at an insurance company—you’ll need proof that it’s no longer operable before they’ll give you any kind of settlement.
Your windshield is the most important part of your vehicle. It protects you and your passengers from injury, helps keep you safe from the elements, keeps the sun and rain out of your eyes, and keeps snow from blinding you on winter roads. Windshields also help reduce wind noise inside the cabin of your car.
One thing that many people don’t realize about a cracked or damaged windshield is that it can actually make driving more dangerous than if there was no windshield at all! In fact, according to a study conducted in 2008:
● Cracked windshields cause 89% more accidents than undamaged ones
● A completely shattered windshield increases accident risk by 181%
Knowing what to do in the event of a cracked windshield is important. Your car can be more than just an object, it’s an extension of who you are. The right auto glass shop will help you make sure that your vehicle stays safe and looks great for years to come! If you need windshield replacement, please call us right away!