Whether a repair or replacement, it’s never fun to have had a break in your glass . . . unless you’re prepared! Once you have breakage in your auto glass, use this list to start preparing for the work to come, so you’re back on the road as soon as possible!
Auto Glass Repair/Replacement Shop
The first thing to do is, after calling your insurance, start looking for an glass shop.
When searching for an auto glass shop, be sure to look for one with certifications from the National Glass Association (NGA), as well as that they follow Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) procedures. They should also carry Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass, which is made by the same manufacturer as your original glass. When you do bring your vehicle in to have the windshield repaired or replaced, be sure the glass shop uses OEM quality glass and sealant for the installation. OEM quality glass and sealants ensure a proper fit, as the glass is from the same manufacturer as your original glass.
Also be sure your auto glass shop accepts payment from your particular insurance company!
Be sure to make an appointment ahead of time. Repairs at a skilled glass shop like GlassWerks take about half an hour, while replacements take about an hour. Once your auto glass is repaired, you shouldn’t drive it for about an hour to allow the products to set.
Whatever you do, do not clean your damaged auto glass, either at home or in a car wash. If water gets in the cracks it can worsen the damage. Try not to drive it, especially if it is undriveable, as it is extremely unsafe and if water and dirt get in the crack or chip it also makes it harder to repair.
And remember, if you choose GlassWerks, our mobile repair and replacement crew can come to your vehicle, whether it’s at work, home or at the mall!