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.
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.
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.
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”
Windshield cracks and chips tend to happen when you least expect them. One moment you’re driving your vehicle and the next you’re subject to windshield damage thanks to a rock or pebble or some other type of flying debris. Continue reading “Repair vs. Replacement: Which Option Is Best for Your Windshield?”
When you need a windshield replacement, you always have options—OEM or aftermarket glass. If you look just at the price tag, it may seem like an easy choice because aftermarket glass is typically less expensive. But, sometimes, cost savings come at the cost of safety. Before you choose your replacement auto glass, you need to know how to carefully evaluate your alternatives. Continue reading “What You Need to Know before You Choose OEM or Aftermarket Auto Glass”
Likely you know or have been told that if you have a chipped or cracked windshield, you need to get it repaired before it becomes a big problem. And that’s sound advice. There are a number of environmental conditions that can turn a small chip or crack in a car window into a safety threat and/or expensive repair job. Continue reading “Is a Crack in the Windshield Really Going to Turn into a Big Problem?”
Auto glass is tough stuff—it has to be to keep you protected from flying debris and other road hazards. Still, auto glass chips, cracks and shatters. When it does, you need it replaced and you need to be assured that your windshield is as safe and as good-looking at when your car rolled off the factory floor.
When you bring your car to Astro Auto Glass, our skilled professionals perform windshield replacement that restores the integrity of your auto glass and enhances the appearance of your car. And here’s a look at the process: Continue reading “How Astro Auto Glass Restores Your Windshield to Factory Specifications”
Vacation season is just around the corner, and like everyone else, you’re ready to spend your summer relaxing. Unlike travelers planning to take to the skies, you plan to save money by driving your RV. But before you hit the road, let Astro Auto Glass show your RV some love by repairing, replacing and/or tinting your windows for optimal safety and comfort.
Window Repair: It’s about More than Visibility
Maybe you’ve gotten used to driving with that crack in your windshield. After all, you can see just fine around it. But did you know it could prove Continue reading “RVs Need Love, Too!”
Modern technology has made it possible to repair a cracked windshield, and that allows you to save a windshield and a lot of money. However, even the most advanced glass repair techniques have their limits. There are times when cracks are too big or too numerous for repairs alone, so know when you need to consider windshield replacement.
Signs Your Windshield is Beyond Repair
The size, location and severity of cracks together determine if they can be repaired or if a new windshield is required. Your windshield is likely beyond glass repair if: Continue reading “How Many Small Windshield Cracks Are Too Many?”
Windshield chips and cracks can interfere with visibility and compromise the integrity of your windshield, so they need to be taken care of. But who has time?
If your windshield needs TLC, but your schedule just cannot handle one more commitment, call the mobile repair team at Astro Auto Glass!
How Mobile Auto Glass Repair Works
Getting your windshield Continue reading “Don’t Have Time to Fix Your Windshield? We Have the Solution!”
Windshield damage is something that unfortunately happens from time to time. While it’s a damage that may occur to your vehicle, you hope it’s something that never really happens. It can happen at a moment’s notice… and it can be an accident, or it can be something that is done intentionally. If you find yourself in this type of predicament you want to get it repaired if you possibly can, but if you can’t then you want to get in replaced. While you don’t want the damage to sit too long under any circumstances, you definitely want to make sure that you have your windshield repaired or replaced before Continue reading “Your insurance can help replace or repair your windshield before cold weather hits!”