Being pulled over for a cracked windshield is nerve-wracking. The ticket you will have to pay if you don’t get your windshield repaired is even more nerve-wracking. You may be anxious about an impending ticket, but your windshield is a crucial safety feature of your car. Here is what you should not do before your car window repair appointment.
What to Know About Car Window Repair
Do Not Forget to Talk to Your Insurance Company
Depending on the type of auto insurance coverage you have, you may be entitled to a free car window repair. You should be able to log onto your app, go online or call to set up an appointment to have your windshield repaired or replaced. It is important to talk to your insurance company first, because they may have a partnership with a local repair place.
Do Not Go for the Cheapest Option
Most of us do not have the level of car insurance that qualifies us for a free windshield repair. If that is true for you, do not be tempted to go to the cheapest windshield repair place. While shopping around for the company to repair or replace your windshield, ask if they use original equipment glass. This glass is of much higher quality and fits better. Then, ask how soon your car will be ready. A reputable repair shop knows a car should sit for one to 12 hours before being driven after a repair.
Do Not Go to a Dealership
You may go to your car dealership for everything wrong with your car, especially if it is still under warranty. However, the only thing your dealership will do is contract the work out to a local glass place and mark up the price by around 30%. Cut out the middle man and save money by going straight to the source.
Do Not Fall Victim for a Scam
There are several windshield repair scams that you could potentially fall victim to. These salespeople are usually found loitering around businesses with heavy vehicle traffic. They will not have business cards or clothes with a company logo on them. They may not even tell you what company they are working for. However, they may also be going from door to door.
Scammers can charge your car insurer for several windshield replacements or inflate the damages, so your insurance company is charged for a replacement when only a repair is necessary.
Do Not Schedule Your Appointment for a Rainy Day
If you go to a collision center for your windshield repair, your car will be in a garage, so you can schedule your repair for a rainy day. However, if you are getting a mobile repair, meaning repair professionals will be coming to you, make sure there is no chance of rain that day. Your windshield must remain bone dry to make sure the resin adheres properly to the chip or crack. If there is no covered place for you to park your car, then the technicians will have to come back another day.
Do Not Get a Car Wash
Before you get your window repair, you need to remember you can’t get a high powered car wash. The freshly applied resin will be unable to handle the pressure and you could damage your windshield again. Wait 24 hours before getting a professional car wash. l
Contact Bruce Chevrolet Collision Center
If you need a car window repair or replacement, take your vehicle to a reputable glass repair shop. Do not fall victim to an unmarked salesman at your door, a gas station or car wash. Remember, your windshield is responsible for keeping you safe and you cannot put a price on your safety. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.