Glass Repair Facts & Questions
Many people are confused about the benefits of windshield repair. In fact, many auto glass shops purposely confuse or distort the facts so they can get a higher priced glass replacement job. All the while, the consumer may be spending far more than necessary and getting less benefit than they realized.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to clear things up a bit:
Q. Won't I save money just getting my windshield replaced? A. No. repairing a windshield costs a fraction of replacement.
Q. Which is faster, repairing a crack or just sticking in a new windshield? A. Repair is much faster... and convenient. Unlike specific needs of replacing a windshield, a crack can be repaired in just about any environment, mobile or in-shop - with no degradation of glass quality.
Q. Seems repair or replacement is easy enough, why would one be safer for me than the other?
A. Actually, no windshield is quite as safe as the original (installed when your vehicle was built). With repair, we don't need to remove the seals and potentially reduce the effectiveness of the OEM glass in your vehicle. Filling a crack is far safer, and allows you to drive away immediately following the repair.
Q. Isn't a new (replacement) windshield more durable than a repair?
A. No. In fact, many glass shops use reduced quality (cheap) glass to replace your windshield. This increases their profits - but significantly reduces the clarity and safety of your windshield. The same holds true for the adhesives used in replacement jobs. Some adhesives are far better than others, but also more expensive.
You can actually be put in harms way if the replacement shop uses an inferior adhesive. You must also pay attention to SDAT (Safe Drive Away Time) or your windshield could launch from your vehicle if you were in an accident within a few hours of the replacement job completion.
Q. Is it true that you can see a "wave" in the glass where you repair the windshield?
A. Auto Glass Masters ™ Windshield Repair guarantees the quality of our repair work. If you feel the repair isn't to your satisfaction, or that you can see a disturbance in the repaired glass, we won't charge you for the work.