Jul
06

What to Expect From Windshield Repairs and Replacement

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Auto body shop huntington wv, Auto repair shop, Storage units

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Windshields are built tough, and they have to be, to survive the rough treatment they get out there on the roads. We’ve all had that experience: you’re driving along on the highway admiring the scenery and then suddenly you hear a sharp crack and think, ?Noooooo!? Luckily for us, most of the time our hardy autos just shrug off the impact. But once in a blue moon you will see cracks or chips in the windshield. If you do see damage, it’s best to schedule a visit to the auto repair shop as soon as possible.

Windshield replacement or repair?
Once upon a time, the only thing to do with a cracked or chipped windshield was to replace the whole thing. Nowadays, depending on the location and size of the damage, windshields can be repaired. In general, auto repair shops can fix chips the size of a quarter and cracks that are up to three inches in length.
If the damage is at the edges of the windshield, it can compromise its structural integrity. And chips that directly obstruct the driver’s view are generally not repairable. No matter which option you choose, the damage should be fixed quickly, before it spreads and begins to obstruct the driver?s view.

Windshield replacement: what to expect
As many as 14 million windshields are replaced each year at auto glass repair shops. Most insurance policies cover windshield repair and replacement, though the amount of coverage varies.
The auto glass center can replace a windshield with a 1-hour driveaway time. This means that you cab safely drive the car just one hour after the replacement, with the guarantee that the the windshield will stay in place. The adhesive will take another eight to 24 hours to dry completely.

OEM or not?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and an OEM windshield would be exactly like the original one that was fitted on the car. Typically dealers use OEM parts, while independent auto body shops use windshields from non-OEM suppliers.
Windshields and other parts from non-OEM suppliers are similar to OEM parts in quality, safety and clarity.
Non-OEM parts cost less, which is why repairs at an independent car repair facility typically cost less than they would at a dealership. For most people, going to the neighborhood auto repair shop where they know the staff and the techs and where their auto is known, is a good choice.

If your windshield is in need of repairs or replacement, the best thing to do is to get to the auto repair shop for an assessment of the damage. Once you have an estimate and the insurance sorted out, they can go ahead and fix the damage or outfit your car with new windshield. And you and your faithful auto can head back to the road and further adventures.

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