Windshield Replacement Made Easy

by Don Elliott on August 16, 2011

Your windshield is an integral part of maintaining your used car value. It provide a clear view of the road ahead and is a structural part of the car’s body. In a rollover, the windshield provides strength to keep the roof from crushing. In a head on crash, the windshield is designed to keep passengers from flying out and other objects from coming inside the car.

When the windshield breaks, it is weakened and a distraction to the driver. Some chips and cracks can be repaired, but cracks over 6” require a replacement windshield.

Replacing the windshield is not a difficult job. If you don’t have the proper tools, it becomes much more than a do-it-yourself project.  Professional windshield replacement takes about an hour plus set-up time. For most current vehicles, the old glass has to be cut out and all surfaced metal cleaned and primed. The new windshield is “glued” on the car with a flexible urethane adhesive. The adhesive must be the correct type for the weather condition at the time of installation. Make sure that the auto repair technician uses the correct type. The auto industry has an efficient distribution network that can deliver the specific windshield to the repair technician in just a day or two. This makes the wait for the new windshield a non-issue.

When making an appointment for auto repair service, be sure to tell the company about any original tinting on your current windshield. You should also alert them if your car has a rain sensor or a mirror that dims when a following vehicle has bright lights.

Mobile auto glass services provide the majority of windshield replacement. Weather permitting; the windshield replacement can be done in your driveway, where you work, or at an auto glass service shop. The auto glass business is very competitive, keeping prices low and service levels high. You can also have your windshield replaced at an auto repair shop or auto auction that provides windshield replacements.

The cost to replace a car windshield is surprisingly inexpensive. Replacement costs range from $175 to $350 for most cars. Your automobile insurance might provide coverage. If someone else causes the windshield to break, their policy should cover the cost. In either case, your reputable windshield replacement company can provide good coverage advice. They deal with insurers every day and know most of the coverage issues.

You will have two choices for glass. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass or Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) glass is available to replace windshields. The federal government regulates glass standards, but there are price and quality differences with each type.

The auto repair technician should vacuum any broken glass, leaving your car clean. Rear view mirrors that are adhered to the glass surface should be reapplied as part of the service. The windshield wipers should also be properly aligned and working properly. This would be a good time to put on some new wiper blades to prevent scratching the new glass surface. Some windshield stickers can be removed from the old glass and applied to the new windshield. Other stickers require a trip to a local or state agency for replacement. Most quality glass services will provide a written warranty assuring the quality of their work. Make sure to get a warranty, if they provide them. Windshields are an integral part of your used car, so make sure they get the proper repairs they deserve!

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