Replace or repair?
You’ll need to decide early on whether you’re repairing the damage to your windshield or replacing it. Damage that compromises a large area of your windshield will essentially force a full replacement, since repair will be ineffective, impossible or a waste of money.
If you’re not sure which is appropriate, you should ask the body shop about your options.
Driving with a damaged windshield is a bad idea for a number of reasons. Depending on the location of the damage, you may have problems with visibility, or light reflecting off cracks and blinding you. Even worse, a damaged windshield might fail unexpectedly or due to a collision, putting you and your passengers in serious danger.
What to look for
When choosing a body shop for windshield replacement, you want:
- Experience. It’s best to work with a body shop that knows how to replace a windshield and gets plenty of practice with it; it doesn’t have to be their sole specialty, but it should be something with which they’re familiar.
- Transparency. You should know what you’re paying, what you’re getting for your money, and what you’re not paying for and not getting. Surprise charges aren’t normal nor acceptable.
- Professionalism. A good body shop can keep to a schedule, communicate clearly if delays or problems arise, and generally make your encounter as quick and hassle-free as possible.
- Confidence. Confidence isn’t measured by how people talk about their company, but how they back their work—the warranties and guarantees backing service. Bad warranties are an indicator of low confidence.
Caring for your new windshield
After you get a new windshield installed, there are a few things to note. You can’t take it immediately to the car wash, and, of course, avoid collisions. You may need to leave a window cracked and/or leave tape in place for about a day.
If you’d like to learn more about the windshield replacement process, or you need to schedule service for your vehicle, you can reach us today at https://www.mainautobody.net/contact-us/.