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”

4 Easy Steps to Fixing a Squeaky or Slow Car Window

There is no reason to put up with a slow-moving or squeaky car window. Fixing it is easy. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Clean

Wipe the body—door frame and area around the window seal—to remove any contaminants that could be causing friction and/or impeding the movement of your car window. Continue reading “4 Easy Steps to Fixing a Squeaky or Slow Car Window”