While you may not initially think about it, getting your car windshield replaced is a very big tasks that can become complicated and overwhelming very quickly. There are a series of questions that you must ask yourself before you choose to replace your windshield, many of which can dramatically alter the outcome of the job. By understanding what goes into the replacement process, you’ll be able to get the job done right and even save your life doing so.
Repair or replace?
The first thing to determine is whether you need to repair your windshield, or replace it completely. Repairs can be done on your windshield, but technicians are very limited in what they are able to do. Things like small chips and cracks may be repaired with the right tools, but most will not be able to fix cracks longer than three inches or chips bigger than the size of a quarter. If you are not sure, take your vehicle to a glass specialist and see what they can tell you about repairing your current windshield.
After verifying that you do indeed need a new windshield, the first thing that you are likely to do is to ask around to find out the quotes for each company. Naturally, you would like to keep your costs low, so it’s easy to just choose the people who give you the lowest quote. In reality, this is a very bad idea and could end up costing you your life. Just as you are trying to save money with your windshield replacement, local garages are trying to maintain a budget as well. This means that they might not use the right adhesives, glass, or tools when installing windshields.
Installation without the proper adhesives means that the windshield is not fitted in the frame properly. This could make the windshield break loose during an accident, and cause even more damage in the process. When an airbag is deployed, there is a tremendous amount of pressure that is released, and that can also cause a windshield to pop off or shatter inside. Using cheaper glass can crack easier or may not be able to keep your roof from caving in during a rollover.
Asking the right questions
When you are calling around and requesting quotes, be aware of other questions you need to be asking about. See if the technician will verify that they are using original equipment glass as well as urethane tape and not butyl tape. Ask them how long they let the windshield sit before letting you pick it up, as some places don’t let the adhesive stick well enough. Lastly, make sure that all replacements are handled with gloves on, since the grease from an unprotected hand can keep the bonding agents from working properly.
Fix it properly
Getting a new windshield is not something that you should cut corners on. It is an essential part of your vehicle and functions in more than just one way. Keep yourself, as well as everyone that rides with you, safe by having the right people install it in the proper way.