7 Windshield Replacement Questions & Answers

Are you in need of a windshield replacement? If so, you probably have lots of questions about what to expect during the process. This guide goes over a few of the basics, so you can remain fully informed from start to finish.

  1. Can’t I just get my windshield repaired instead?

Chip repair is an option when you have a minor crack that’s not situated in your line of vision or along the edge of the windshield. In all other cases, replacement is preferred. Consider this: your windshield plays a huge role in protecting you during rollover accidents. If its stability is compromised, the windshield might fail to protect you.

  1. How long does windshield replacement take?

Times vary depending on the type of vehicle. For some cars, the replacement will take about three hours before it’s complete. With others, the job may be done in about an hour and a half.

  1. Can I drive my vehicle immediately?

Times vary according to the type of adhesive used during the replacement. In some cases, you’ll be able to drive the vehicle after one hour. In others, you may need to wait up to 24 hours before driving. Regardless of the timetable, be sure to follow instructions to preserve the stability of your replacement windshield.

  1. Should I wait before washing my car?

Give it about 24 hours before washing. That way you can rest assured that all of the bonds have properly cured, and that the windshield is sturdily attached to the frame of the vehicle.

  1. Is damage covered by my insurance?

It depends on the policy. If you have comprehensive coverage, replacement service may be covered by your insurer. Some insurance covers only repairs, while others cover repairs and replacements. Check your policy to be sure.

  1. Can I drive with a cracked window?

It’s not recommended. Cracks can grow as you drive, and one bad bump could make the crack spread across your windshield. That’s why it’s best to schedule service as soon as possible when dealing with cracks and defects in windshields.

  1. What’s an OEM windshield?

OEM refers to Original Equipment Manufacturer. That means your replacement windshield was made by the manufacturer that made your vehicle. You can also have an OEE (Original Equipment Equivalent) installed. OEE will be designed to meet the same standards as OEM, but they’re made by a different company.

If you still have questions about window replacement, Astro Auto Glass is here to provide answers. First, we’ll assess damage to determine whether repair or replacement is best. Next, we’ll work efficiently to get your vehicle back to you as soon as possible. We even back our services with warranties, so you can rest assured of a job well-done. Contact us today to learn more about our repair shop. You can also call to schedule an appointment in Albuquerque.