The Benefits of Windshield Replacement vs. Windshield Repair

A minor crack or chip in your windshield might not seem like a major issue, but it can negatively impact the stability of the glass. When damage is significant, the windshield’s stability may continue to be compromised even after repairs take place.

In this case, replacement is the better option. While a repair specialist can help you make the right decision, here are a few reasons to consider having your windshield replaced.

Improved Safety

In a rollover accident, your vehicle’s windshield absorbs the majority of the impact. Even a minor imperfection could cause the whole windshield to collapse and potentially harm the inhabitants. With a replacement, you can rest assured that your windshield will offer the proper protection in the event of a crash.

Cracks can also compromise safety in other ways. If a crack is located directly in the driver’s line of vision, repair may result in distortions that reduce visibility on the road. That’s why repair specialists consider the location of the defect when making recommendations.

Reduced Expense

Some people choose repair over replacement because it’s the less expensive option. While this can help you save money initially, in the long run you might end up paying more to replace the windshield. Bad cracks can sometimes spread, even after repairs have been made.

You may also be subject to fines and tickets for traffic violations. There is no specific law that prohibits vehicles from having cracked windshields in New Mexico. However, you can be cited for driving a vehicle that is in an unsafe condition, which is up to the discretion of law enforcement.

Peace of Mind

Taking a chance on repair when replacement is the better option will leave you wondering whether your vehicle can actually withstand a car accident. Even safe and conscientious drivers get involved in accidents, so it’s imperative that your vehicle is properly maintained. Safety is especially important if you frequently have children in your vehicle, and windshield stability plays a huge role in vehicle safety.

How to Choose Between Repair & Replacement

Is your windshield cracked and you’re not sure whether repair or replacement is best? The skilled specialists at Astro Auto Glass can help you decide. Call 505-766-5176 to get started on your quote or contact us for more information.

Top 4 Window Tint Trends for 2020

With a new year comes many new and exciting automotive window tinting trends. Having your vehicle’s windows tinted serves a practical purpose, in that it prevents damage to the interior due to extended sun exposure. While that’s a real bonus to vehicle owners in Albuquerque, window tinting also has an impact on the look and comfort of your vehicle. Here are a few exciting tinting developments to watch out for.

1. Ceramic Window Tinting

While it might seem unlikely, ceramic is a great option for tinting windows. Made up of tiny particles imperceptible to the human eye, ceramic tints offer an increased level of visibility while also providing shade from the sun. In fact, ceramic blocks approximately 90% of infrared light rays, which makes the insider of your vehicle far cooler on hot days. It also blocks up to 99% of damaging UV rays. Additionally, ceramic tint is less likely to fade over time, resistant to shattering, and reduces glare and reflection to make for a safer driving experience. Continue reading “Top 4 Window Tint Trends for 2020”

The History of Window Film

For residents of Albuquerque and all of New Mexico, a life without window tint seems unbearable. Window tint — otherwise known as “window film” — protects you and your complexion from the often-unbearable sunshine and heat that penetrates the state. However, window didn’t wasn’t always around. When was it developed, and by whom? Continue reading “The History of Window Film”

Dangers of Winter Driving, and How To Stay Safe

 

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, 22% of automobile accidents are weather-related. Though Albuquerque roads remain free of the most dangerous winter hazards, such as snow and black ice, we do get some rain every once in a while. As a licensed driver in the state of New Mexico, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the dangers of driving in the rain and what you can do to avoid accidents.

Continue reading “Dangers of Winter Driving, and How To Stay Safe”

3 Dangers of Driving with a Cracked Windshield


Cracks and chips
in your vehicle’s windshield can happen for all sorts of reasons. Volatile storms involving hail can easily cause defects in auto glass, as can pebbles and rocks kicked up by other vehicles’ tires while driving. Even when damage is relatively minor, scheduling expedient auto glass repair is of the utmost importance. The longer you wait, the bigger the risk Continue reading “3 Dangers of Driving with a Cracked Windshield”

Before You Tint Your Windows, Ask These Questions First

The sun in Albuquerque can be unforgiving, a fact that is particularly noticeable when you climb into your vehicle after letting it sit for any length of time. Though window tint can’t protect you from the sun’s rays when you’re walking around, it can help to keep your car cool while it’s parked. That said, before you move forward with window tinting, ask yourself and the company with which you plan to work five important questions. Continue reading “Before You Tint Your Windows, Ask These Questions First”

Did You Know We Offer Commercial Services, Too?

Astro Auto Glass is known throughout the greater Albuquerque area for our exceptional auto glass services and window tinting. But auto glass is only part of what we do.

Albuquerque businesses can also rely on us for commercial fleet glass services and commercial building window tinting.

Our Commercial Services

Our technicians are certified by the National Glass Association to provide:

  • Commercial Vehicle Auto Glass Repair and Replacement
    Astro Auto Glass provides the same range of services available for personal vehicles to commercial vehicles. We offer both on-site and mobile commercial auto glass repair for chip fills, crack stops and complete windshield or other auto window replacements.
    Our certified and friendly technicians will take care of your auto glass repair quickly and professionally.; we’ll even process insurance claims for you.
  • Commercial Fleet Window Tinting
    Astro Auto Glass has provided high-quality auto window tinting services since 1997, and that includes service to commercial fleet vehicles.
    Tinting the windows of your commercial fleet provides a cooler interior and glare reduction for a safer and more comfortable to drive.
    We offer window tints in a variety of shades and colors to meet your company’s needs. Our certified professionals install the industry-preferred tint films that are scratch-resistant and UV resistant.
  • Commercial Building Window Tinting
    Window tinting isn’t just for fleet or company vehicles. Window tinting for your commercial building can make your facility more comfortable, secure and energy efficient.
    Astro Auto Glass provides reliable commercial building window tinting in Albuquerque along with a hassle-free experience.

Contact Astro Auto Glass today for a free estimate for commercial window services.