Your windscreen offers you the comfort of being able to see everything ahead of you with no interruptions; it does more than just keep bugs and wind out of your face. Whether clean or dirty, it still gets the job done, literally serving as the most important piece of glass in your life. It is the primary structural support for the roof of your car. The windscreen is estimated to support up to 70% of the roof’s strength in a rollover! Your windscreen could actually save your life.
Taking care of your windscreen is a task that isn’t always in your control; from the bird droppings that land on it regularly to the rocks on the freeway that somehow always target your car. Ensuring that you are protected along with your car is your personal responsibility. Here are some essential things you need to know about your windscreen should something ever happen.
- Should I replace or repair?
Most chips and cracks can be repaired, but it always depends upon four factors: the size, type, depth, and location of the damage. Results will vary based on age, amount of contamination, location & severity of the damage. A qualified auto glass repair technician must evaluate a number of factors before deciding whether your windscreen is repairable. Each case is assessed on an individual basis, and a determination is made based on the technician’s own skill with equipment, the expectations of the customer, and the probability of a high quality repair.
- Finding a credible auto glass repair store
Any random Joe can claim to be good at replacing your windscreen, only for you to drive three kilometers down the road and have it end up on your lap. Therefore, it is best to always check for a credible source. Find great auto glass repair stores online and also ask around for recommendations.
- Quality assurance always!
Congratulations, once you have found a credible store to replace or fix your windscreen find out some more details. What kind of glass do they use? Are there options? Which one will be better suited for your vehicle? These are important questions to work out quickly before they begin doing the work on your car. Remember that cheap does not always mean weak, so save yourself some money wherever you can.
- Are you covered?
Ask them what their procedure for warranty is. A good shop should have at least a 1 year warranty on parts, and labour-breakage is normally not included. Usually a warranty covers any defects in the glass and leaking of any kind.
- Show gratitude
Although it goes without saying, compliment good service. These guys work very hard and really do care about your car. They are always doing their best not to damage anything to put you back on the road safe and sound, so why not thank them in the process? Show them that you recognize the great work they have done for you.