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Don't Get Scammed on Windshield Repair!

Imagine you're in rush hour traffic on your morning commute, and as if that isn’t bad enough, a large dump truck is in the lane right beside you. Once the truck gets moving, a stray rock comes crashing into your windshield. Should you repair it or replace it?

Not all cracks and chips are created equal. As we tackled in our previous blog on windshield repair, there are varying levels of damage, so the same goes for repair. Windshield glass in made out of laminated glass, meaning it has two pieces of tempered glass held together by a thin sheet of rubber in the middle. So, it can be cracked on the top layer but not the bottom. Because most people think a crack is simply a crack, there are several ways one could get scammed when it comes to windshield repair.

Look out for these things the next time you’re in the market for windshield repair:

  1. Make sure the repair shop places the DOT stamp of approval on repaired glass. This ensures the glass is up to National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

  2. Make sure they are offering a repair instead of a replacement if available. The rule of thumb is that if the crack is larger than a dollar bill, the chip larger than a quarter, or the damage is directly in the driver's line of sight, you will need a full replacement.

  3. Know what type of glass you need. Windshields are made from laminated glass, while the side windows are normally tempered. Know how they plan to replace your glass and with what material.

  4. Know the signs of a bad repair. A bad repair often results in shrinkage, windshield cracking, or the repaired area yellowing. It is important to go to a professional if you are unsure of how to properly repair the area yourself. Not all resins or techniques are created equal. A good repair shop will give you instructions for settling the repair after they are finished. Urethanes that are cheaper require a longer drying time. Sometimes the windows need to be cracked for a long period of time during the drying process as well. Be sure your repair shop communicates any and all drying instructions to you and heed their instructions exactly!

  5. Be mindful of reviews and suggestions when seeking out windshield repair. You will want someone with a trusted track record.

  6. Remember that fixing the crack before it gets worse is key. If you drive in bumpy conditions or live in a climate of quick temperature changes, your crack or chip may worsen quicker.

Getting your windshield repaired might help prevent future cracks, keep your vehicle safe enough to pass safety inspection, and maintain the factory seal ensuring the integrity of the windshield. Plus, a simple repair usually takes no more than 30 minutes.

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