A windshield is among the most essential parts of a vehicle as it provides clear visibility while protecting those inside the car. However, there comes a time in every car owner’s life when they need to repair or replace the windshield. This could be due to an accident, or a small crack caused by gravel.
Finding the right replacement for your windshield is never an easy task. You can’t just walk into any car repair center to get a windshield replacement for your vehicle. You have to do your due diligence and understand the whole process of windshield replacement. You also need the right person to do the job well.
Below, is a list of the frequently asked questions about windshield replacement.
1. Do I need a windshield repair or replacement?
For safety reasons, any windshield damage should be fixed as soon as possible. But how do you know if you need a repair or replacement?
There are two major types of windshield damages – cracks and chips. A chip can easily be repaired if it’s small enough. However, if it’s big, you’ll be looking at a replacement.
A crack is a single line where the glass begins to fully separate. Cracks begin small and often grow over time, if not repaired sooner. A cracked windshield can be temporarily repaired using a small piece of tape.
If you have three or more cracks on your windshield, even if they are small, you should replace it since the damaged one loses the ability to withstand further impact. If the crack is over 14 inches, a replacement is vital.
Finally, any windshield cracks or damage to the driver’s side usually requires replacement. This is because repairs usually leave some spots and markings behind which can block the visibility of the driver.
2. What is the cost of a windshield replacement?
The cost of a windshield replacement varies depending on different factors like the make of your car. If you own a high-end vehicle, you should be ready to dig deeper into your pocket.
The type of materials/glass used during the replacement also determines the cost of the whole process.
You should visit the company and get a quote for the whole service. The quote should cover all the costs and there should be no other hidden costs. However, it’s best to focus more on the quality than the cost.
3. How long do I wait before using my vehicle after a windshield replacement?
You don’t just get into your car and drive off after the replacement is complete.
Experts advise waiting for at least an hour or more before using your car to allow the windshield adhesives to cure. If you use your car immediately after the replacement, the windshield might detach and could cause serious damage to the driver and passengers on board.
Other factors that determine the drive-away time are the type of temperature, precipitation, and the type of adhesive used.
4. Is it illegal to drive with a broken or damaged windshield?
A windshield is an important part of any vehicle and you could be arrested for driving with a cracked or damaged one.
First, a defective windshield will obscure your vision and increase the chances of you causing an accident. If the crack is too big, find another means of taking the car for the windshield replacement or repair.
Alternatively, you may call the technicians to come to your garage and do the replacement at your home.
5. Can I use my insurance to pay for the windshield replacement?
There is no doubt that windshield replacement is costly, but at times, your auto insurance can help you to settle the bill.
However, you must inform the insurance company before the windshield replacement. Go through the terms of the policy to find out if it covers a windshield replacement. Furthermore, you must find a technician or company that accepts your insurance payment. We hope that this has been helpful for you – if you have more questions give us a call today at Chapman Auto Repair.