The auto glass replacement and repair industry in Fallon 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 Fallon Windshield Replacement Survival Guide – Consumer Auto Glass Education
Automobiles in today's modern world are equipped with many more safety features than ever before in history. Considering the high and ever-increasing number of traffic accidents that occur on the busy streets and highways of the United States, it is vitally important that vehicles have built-in mechanisms that make surviving an accident more likely. Safety features like air bags, seat belts, third brake lights, and safety glass used in windshields are essential for modern drivers and their passengers. Fortunately more and more of these safety features are being made standard equipment in new automobiles every year.
But what happens when these safety features are threatened -- perhaps damage to the windshield for example? Well, there are numerous different options, ranging from impractical and inconvenient to cost-effective and hassle-free. If your windshield gets damaged, you could either:
1) Learn to live with it (until you get pulled over for driving an unsafe vehicle with impaired visibility)
2) Get a whole new car (not exactly the most cost effective way to go)
3) Replace the windshield (Much more reasonable cost but must be done absolutely right)
4) Repair the windshield (If the damage is minor enough, a very effective and efficient way to go)
No one should have to endure a damaged windshield. Especially in today's world, with so many different replacement and repair options available. As for getting a new car, well, you might if you were planning to anyway, but what about the value of the car you'd be selling or trading in -- it now has a damaged windshield after all! And what happens when your next car's windshield gets damaged -- you won't always be able to replace a car just for a simple windshield crack. You could replace the windshield, but that may cost more than you really need to spend, depending on the extent of the damage. Or -- you could simply get the windshield repaired.
A simple windshield repair is a great way to fix the damage to the glass while preserving the safety features of the vehicle. Windshield repair [http://lasertargeted.com/glassrepair/windshield-repair.html] is performed without destroying the factory's safety seal of windshield to vehicle. This seal holds the windshield in place during collisions and ensures that the airbag will deploy properly. Windshield repair will also halt the spread of damage; restore structural integrity to damaged glass; improve clarity by 80% or more in damaged area; extend the glass's useful life; cost less than automotive glass replacement, and will enable the vehicle to pass safety inspection.
In a nutshell, windshield repair means injecting a specially formulated resin into the area of damaged auto glass. The resin is then cured and polished, which restores the structural strength and clarity to the glass. Then you have a repaired windshield with a barely noticeable scar (no larger than the size of a sharpened pencil point).
Now, doesn't that make a lot more sense than replacing the whole thing?
Not all windshields can be repaired. The damaged area should be relatively small (no longer than a dollar bill). A trained technician should be able to tell you if windshield repair is possible for you. You never know unless you ask!
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.