The windshield has nothing to do with the engine of the car, but a chip or crack in it puts the passengers of the vehicle at risk. In any collision, the windshield can come off its perimeter or simply break and injure you badly. Hence, even a minor damage to the windshield should be treated immediately to prevent any long-term consequences.
This article briefly looks at the process of auto glass replacement.
Before moving on, it is important to note that not all chips and cracks warrant an auto glass replacement. There are several tools and techniques out there that repair damaged windshields in a cost effective manner. In fact, auto insurance terms are more relaxed when it comes to windshield repairs as compared to replacements. You can get cracks up to 12 inches repaired, so you should consider it before opting for a complete replacement.
Why Auto Glass Replacement Becomes Necessary
Auto glass repairs, although convenient, have their limitations. For instance, if the windshield is damaged towards its edges, then the whole piece can become disintegrated easily. If you still go for repairs, do so immediately, otherwise the crack can become dangerous.
Moreover, any repairs will leave their mark on the windshield. So if the auto glass was damaged near the driver’s field of vision, the repair would fix it but the vision will still be obscure. This may be more risky than driving with a chipped windshield!
Most importantly, what was the impact of the collision that damaged the windshield? Sometimes, an accident doesn’t destroy the windshield but merely leaves a crack or two, which, as we just discussed, can be repaired. Although one should always remain optimistic, accidents are inevitable unless you are driving on empty roads or not driving at all. So, what about the next hit, i.e., can the repair withstand the next collision?
If the accident was serious, consider replacing the glass even if the structure of the windshield seems stable. Another thing that you need to keep in mind is the force of the airbags. Airbags burst out at tremendous speeds (up to 200 miles per hour), which means they will put intense pressure on the windshield during an accident.
For all these reasons, auto glass replacement is the right of course of action.
For the most part, auto glass replacement is costlier than repairs. That is because auto glass replacement comprises of:
- The cost of the windshield
- The windshield molding kit
- The labor involved
However, there will be fair difference in auto glass replacement prices depending on who you are dealing with. The original windshield of the vehicle brand purchased from a dealer will obviously be expensive than buying from an independent glass shop. For the most part, non-branded windshields offer quality, safety, and a clear vision field, at lower price of course. However, be sure to check what you are purchasing against safety standards.
In the end, the type of auto glass replacement you chose will depend on your budget and more importantly the nature of the damage.