The auto glass replacement and repair industry in Gardnerville has grown rapidly over the last few years and there seems to be a new auto glass shop on every corner. But how do you choose one, and how do you know they are reputable? Here are some of the basic things you need to know about your car in order to get the correct windshield replacement, and some questions to ask to know if you are dealing with a stable, reputable company who will give great service and be around for years to come.
The Gardnerville Windshield Replacement Survival Guide – Consumer Auto Glass Education
The car's windshield is usually the first to be damaged in the event of an accident or during a riot or robbery for people who live in particularly insecure neighborhoods. However, once a windshield is damaged, immediate Windshield Replacement is a must. A strong windshield ensures that flying objects do not reach you while you are in your car and in case of an accident, the windshield protects both drivers and passengers and keeps them from flying out of the car.
As a car owner, Windshield Replacement is something you have to go through at least once in the lifetime of your car. Luckily, there are thousands of Auto Glass companies that sell and replace windshields and due to the competition, they offer reasonable price quotes. Replacing a windshield is not something everyone can do and thanks to a Glass Company near you, there are professionals that will do an excellent job.
In order to get the best Price Quotes, you may have to call several companies or alternatively visit their websites. In the process, you may ask them about service charges and any deductibles. The make and model of your car will determine the price quote because not all windshields cost the same amount.
Safety is key when replacing your car glass and insurance companies know that. This is why in most circumstances, your insurance company will cover all the expenses, so see if you can get them to pay before you pay out of your own pocket. The glass company will tell you which deductibles can be waived off. Normal price quotes for windshield replacement range from $200-$300 but keep in mind the make and model of the vehicle because that is what determines the cost.
Glass companies offer enough options to make sure everyone has a windshield that will keep them safe. For instance, a glass company will tell you that complete windshield replacement is not always necessary. Some auto glass cracks can be repaired.
Auto windshields crack often, and can be expensive to repair but in some cases, the damage is minimal so car owners may decide to do the repair themselves provided the damage is not extensive. The repair process usually involves using resins, which are injected into the cracks. It is best to have a professional at least check your repair job because a faulty windshield is dangerous.
Windshields crack due to a number of reasons for instance a chip of gravel flying in the air can crack the screen when the car is in motion. Accidents are of course the most common cause, but extremely cold weather is also capable of causing damage to the windshield. Burglars often try to force their way into people's cars and they will break windows to do this, but if the glass is strong enough, it will not break but it may leave a crack.
A number of glass companies offer windshield replacement kits, which also include the repair, resin and can be used by anyone, provided they can follow some simple instructions. More and more, people are opting for self-help methods when it comes to replacing their car's windshield because of the costs. Since there are dozens of how-to videos, it is easy for people to repair minor windshield cracks on their own.
Windshield replacement should not take more than a few hours but it is an important part of upgrading your car to make sure it meets all the auto safety norms. By law, every driver must have a windshield that does not interfere with his navigation in any way. You may contact any glass company online to get their price quotes and figure out which one suits you best depending on your budget. There should be no reason to risk driving with a faulty windshield; many people have flown out of the car upon a minimum impact car collision just because the windshield was either cracked or not properly installed.
People have died because their windshield was improperly replaced. Others have been crippled for life. Maybe someone you know, or knew, was a victim.
It's tragic, senseless, and utterly stupid that people have died and been seriously injured due to the negligence, ignorance, and laziness of untrained or uncaring glass technicians. And there's no shortage of those. This article will attempt to teach you how to protect yourself from unqualified repairmen.
Windshields and the other glass in your vehicle are required by federal law to help protect you in several ways. For example, if you should be involved in a roll-over accident, your roof must be partially supported by the glass, to keep it from crushing in on you and your passengers.
If you're involved in a head-on crash, the windshield must stay in place to keep you inside the car and to keep flying debris out. If the windshield flies out, so too may you or your kids. Improperly installed windshields can easily be dislodged during a crash.
Did you know that your passenger airbag is designed to explode out of its container and bounce off the glass at 300 miles per hour? If the windshield is not properly sealed, it can be blown right out of your car, resulting in catastrophic injury.
Most of us don't spend much time thinking about these kinds of things in our life, things that are not readily obvious to us but might completely change our family's future. We depend on experts to guide us to quality and value.
Here are 5 TIPS that could help you survive a disastrous auto accident. Next time you get a new windshield installed in your car, look for these things:
* Be sure the technician is trained and certified. Anybody can get into this business and it often attracts the kind of people who are looking for a quick buck at your expense. If a tech takes the time to get quality education and training, he's probably also interested in building and maintaining a good reputation through high quality work.
* Observe the process and be sure the tech doesn't scratch the metal framework of your car when he cuts out the old glass. If he does, then he must prime that area to prevent rust. Rust can break an otherwise good seal. When the tech prepares your glass for installation, he must clean it and prime it, while wearing rubber gloves to prevent oil from his hands getting on the glass.
* After installation is complete, in almost all cases you must not move your car for a specified period of time. Each urethane manufacturer provides guidelines that depend on time, temperature, and humidity factors. If you drive off in your car before the "safe drive-away time" is up, it's likely that you will compromise the seal and experience air or water leaks in the future. Of course, a faulty seal also risks your safety.
* The quality of your windshield is important. Even though regulated by federal standards, some glass is better than other glass. OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer windshields are the same ones that are installed at the factory into new cars. These are also available in the aftermarket through distributors. OEM glass is made to exacting standards and can be trusted. Some glass is imported and can be excellent or marginal, depending on the manufacturer. If OEM glass is available for your vehicle, that should be your choice.
* By law, you have the right to choose your own shop when it comes to insurance claims. There is a nefarious practice in the insurance billing industry called "steering". When you call the number on your insurance card, you are usually connected to a middle-man billing and network company that works for the insurance company, not the insurance company itself. Some of these networks have their own glass shops and they will illegally try to steer you to their own shop. One of these networks was investigated by the 20/20 TV news show a few years ago and was found to be in violation of many of the safety principles described above. On the same show, they cited statistics for how many people were killed or gravely injured because of careless windshield installation. Demand your rights when it comes to picking your own shop. Do your homework and you and your family will be safer for it.
As a final note concerning insurance companies, read some startling information about how you are being tracked by them at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/06/earlyshow/contributors/raymartin/main1779882.shtml.