The auto glass replacement and repair industry in Dayton 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 Dayton Windshield Replacement Survival Guide – Consumer Auto Glass Education
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.
It doesn't matter how old your car is, a chipped or broken windshield can be a pain. Auto glass isn't exactly an affordable fix if you have to replace the entire thing. Unfortunately many people don't realize just how easy it is to replace it with an auto glass specialist. Most vehicle owners will get a chip or crack and - instead of getting it fixed - they let it go.
The problem with letting chips and cracks go on their own is that they will inevitably grow and spread. As they do so, growing out in spiderweb cracks and long talon-like cracks that stretch across the window, you wind up with your vision being impaired and a good chance of facing a fix-it ticket. Thankfully auto glass repair is simple and affordable when compared with complete window replacement.
When being repaired, the first step for the auto glass specialist is to evaluate the extent of the damage. If it is severe they may refer you to a shop to just have the glass swapped out for a used windshield without damage. Most chips or cracks can be fixed as long as they are less than 6 inches long. Damage of this nature can be tackled with some auto glass resin.
Keep in mind that modern glass is made of two layers with a rubber membrane between them. If only the top layer is cracked or damage then a repair is possible. If the damage breaches the membrane or goes all the way through the glass then you'll once again be referred to a shop for window replacement.
If your windshield can be repaired then the fix is relatively easy. The entire process usually only takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on the specialist and the shop. With a simple resin that is cured by sunlight, the specialist will inject the epoxy into the chip or crack with a special set of tools. This fills the damage and dries completely clear as it cures.
The repair blends into the surrounding auto glass and will almost completely hide the original damage while also reinforcing the windscreen. The resin is strong enough to keep the original crack and chip from spreading is a complete, permanent solution.
If you have a chip or a growing crack in your auto glass then the best time to get it taken care of is immediately. Every heavy gust of wind or debris that strikes your window can cause a large and sudden streak in a crack that forces it to spread. Tend to your windshield and get the crack taken care of immediately.