Auto glass windshields do not always have to be replaced because of a large chip or a crack. When a chip or crack appears the owners wonder if replacement is necessary. Many believe replacement is better than repairing.
Insurance companies help this notion and often times send their clients to auto glass shops that recommend replacement. Why? Because replacement is a bigger profit than repairing. However, there are times when replacement is necessary. This decision also is dependent on other factors and problems that can be attributed to the vehicle being driven. Auto glass windshield repair is usually the better option and has come a long way in recent years.
It is less costly and can fix large chips and fairly long cracks in most cases. The repair is completed with a clear resin that when completed correctly retains the auto windshields strength and clarity. Also by repairing rather than replacing an auto glass the factory seal around the windshield is not breached, which can sometimes lead to other problems.
When it is necessary to replace the auto glass windshield of the vehicle make sure to find a preferably factory trained, qualified installer. There are many companies out there that do windshield installation, but they are not trained, they cut corners, and the results are that the driver and passengers could be in danger due to this neglect. If you discover you need a new auto glass windshield or the insurance company recommends one after an accident. Research several before making a decision, because the integrity of the vehicle is at stake.
Repairing an auto glass takes only a short time and can be completed and the vehicle ready for use the same day. Replacement of auto glass usually takes several days for the vehicle to be ready for regular and daily use. Therefore, many believe that unless it is absolutely necessary, repairing the auto glass is a much better idea. In recent years the auto glass windshield has gone from being a windshield to being an integral part of the safety of the vehicle.
This means that the auto glass windshield should not be compromised, nor should the repair or replacement of this piece of vehicle safety equipment. Be informed and know what is needed before deciding on repairing or replacing. Get several quotes and make an informed decision. The vehicle's safety and the safety of the passengers insist on it.
Terry Baeseman is a freelance writer, contributor, and editor of Good Auto Glass and can be reached at http://www.goodautoglass .com
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