The auto glass replacement and repair industry in Sparks 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 Sparks Windshield Replacement Survival Guide – Consumer Auto Glass Education
The auto glass replacement and repair industry 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, 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.
Windshield repair questions: What is their installation warranty?
Most reputable glass shops have some sort of guarantee on the quality of their work. This applies to the actual installation and is not a guarantee against breakage of the glass due to an impact from a rock or other object, or against manufacturer's defects. It should cover any problems such as water or air leaks in the windshield seal, and peeling or detachment of the moldings. Some companies offer a lifetime warranty guaranteeing the quality of our windshield repairs. If you ever have air or water leaks coming from the seal of your windshield or if your moldings peel back or become detached, we will repair the problem free of charge as long as the glass we installed is in your vehicle.
Windshield repair questions: What is their glass warranty?
Most shops will also offer a limited time manufacturer's warranty against pits, chips, air bubbles, lamination defects and other problems with your auto glass that originated with the manufacturer. Ask what is covered and what amount of time you have to report a problem. Most manufacturers' defect will show up during installation or very shortly thereafter. Most companies allow a full 60 days from the date of installation for customers to report manufacturer's defects, and offers a full, no-charge replacement when such defects are found.
Windshield repair questions: Is there a warranty against other forms of breakage?
Some, but not all glass shops will also offer some form of warranty against other forms of breakage that were not due to a manufacturer's defect. This may include glass breakage due to rocks from the road, vandalism, theft, etc. For windshields repairs most companies offer an unlimited warranty against all forms of breakage other than manufacturer's defects, and will replace your glass for the cost of labor, which is $69.95, plus any applicable mobile service fees. This helps to eliminate much of the anxiety of wondering if your windshield will get broken shortly after installation, particularly if you live in an area where there is a great deal of road construction or other hazards.
Windshield replacement can be expensive, especially if your insurance company will not pay for it. Replacing your windshield is usually covered if you have comprehensive coverage, which is other than collision, on your policy. It is best to check with your insurance company first before setting up an appointment to have it replaced. If you do have to pay for the cost of windshield replacement there are several factors involved in the final cost, which could cost over two hundred dollars. When you take your car in to have the windshield replaced, the company will first decide if it can be repaired instead of replaced. Not every cracked or chipped windshield will require replacement.
Some of the factors that are considered in the cost of windshield replacement can include:
• Size of the windshield
• Insurance coverage, because most insurance policies have a deductible that the customer has to pay before the insurance will pay, which can range from two hundred fifty dollar and more
• Additional parts that need replaced such as the rubber mounting that goes around the windshield
• The auto glass repair shop, which includes the hourly rate of doing the replacement. If you choose to go to a dealership to have the work done it will be more expansive than a regular auto glass repair ship.
• Towing to the repair shop if the windshield is so damaged it is unsafe to drive the vehicle
One of the most important factors that need to be considered is the type of glass that is used for the windshield replacement. The most expensive glass that can be used in windshield replacement is dealer glass, which is the type of glass that was used for the windshield when it was built. There are other comparable types of windshield glass such as original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This type of glass has to meet or exceed the vehicle manufacturer's standards but is generally not as costly as dealer glass. The only real differences between the two are the maker, the fact that the OEM glass does not have the manufacturer's name stamped on the glass, and the price.
There is another choice for windshield replacement glass that does not meet the same standards as OEM windshield glass but it is cheaper. This glass is called aftermarket glass. Other than the more expensive dealer glass, OEM tends to be most popular choice.
In today's world, you may be able to save the cost of having your car towed to the auto glass repair shop by having a mobile unit come to your home to replace your windshield. The replacement does not take long but it needs a couple of hours to set up before you can drive the vehicle.