A chipped windshield can be very dangerous and can crack at any time—mainly when you least expect it. A broken windshield needs immediate repair—it is illegal and very unsafe to drive around with a broken windshield. If you are at a loss of what to do and are not familiar with how to go about choosing a windshield replacement provider, here are a few tips to help you with your search.
It is easy enough to look up your local windshield replacement company, but to choose the best, consider the following questions:
1. Ask if they are certified by AGRSS.AGRSS (Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard) is an important accreditation that any windshield replacement provider should have. It is accredited by the American National Institute and it is crucial that they have this.
2. Ask what insurances they accept. If you have a comprehensive insurance with/without deductible, all or most of your costs to repair a chip or replace your windshield may be covered.
3. Ask how long their adhesive takes to strengthen in order to drive away (Safe Drive Away Time). Some companies have a guaranteed one-hour Safe Drive Away Time, while some have varying adhesives that depending on the weather, may take hours or days to strengthen enough to drive away after the replacement.
4. Ask how long it would take them to get to you and take care of the repair or replacement. Since your windshield is likely to be damaged when you are not in the safety of your driveway or on a convenient day, it is important that the windshield replacement company has a swift and reliable response, and can tell you upfront how long they expect the repair to take. Most replacements can be finished in one to two hours, depending on the car and curing time of the adhesive used; while most repairs to chips can be done in less than a half hour.
Asking these questions will help you in the long run, and if you are stuck, you will want a quick emergency response and a quick repair/replacement. You want to try and get a windshield replacement company that has a quick adhesive curing time, so that you can get out of there and get home as soon as possible.