Not many people know how to deal with a major accident once it happens and replacing and repairing a windshield can leave most people frazzled. What should you know when you begin to look for windshields replacement? If you need auto glass treatment and do not know where to look, there are several steps you can take to finding the best glass company for your needs.
Your insurance policy may have certain stipulations about a replacement. Nearly any insurance will require that the glass must be repaired by an accredited service that has met the auto glass replacement safety standard guidelines. This is the only auto glass replacement standards for North American companies and any glass companies that do not have the standard will not provide the best service, even if they have a lower cost on parts and service.
When you buy windshields replacement, you need to ask whether or not the new part has the ability to protect you. The windshield needs to be the brace for the airbag on the passenger side as well as keep the roof from collapsing if the car rolls over. Auto glass that is not installed by a certified technician runs the risk of compromising your safety in a serious accident.
Many auto owners ask themselves when it is truly necessary to purchase a brand-new windshield or when simple repair is capable of removing any damage. A single rock kicked up by a truck can create a small crack the size of a quarter that can ruin some visibility, but has much greater risks over the long run. A minor crack grows into a larger crack if additional strain or weather damage (especially water that melts and freezes), but repairing a small crack will only cost a small amount in comparison to a full replacement. It will likely take less than an hour.
When the crack is larger than the size of a palm, however, repair might not be enough to keep damage from spreading and full replacement may be necessary. Check around for companies that will work on your schedule and ask whether or not your insurance policy may be able to provide for most or all of the repair. Sometimes, the damage is minor enough that the cost of repair may completely be covered by your insurance’s deductible, so that it ends up costing you nothing. In other cases, a direct bill to the insurance provider may be needed.