Air bags, seatbelts, and windshields have a common purpose: enhance your safety. A vehicle’s condition is known by how these parts are maintained by the owners. Out of these three, the windshield is the most important because of its additional features and benefits. It is apparent in how it keeps up the structural integrity of the vehicle when dealing with the heat often seen during the summer in Goodyear.
In this article, we will see how worthy are the windshield repair and other auto glass replacement services. The components of a windshield might give some clue to how it is repaired. Two sheets of glass are laminated using a layer of polyvinyl butyrate (PVB) to make a piece. A chip or a crack is the most common problem and it tends to spread over a period. An early repair can save a lot of time and money. The manufacturers’ specification of installing a windshield is nearly impossible to duplicate as well. Therefore, in many cases, replacement is not advisable.
Goodyear Windshield Replacement – Cost Factors
People have died because their windshield was improperly replaced. Others have been crippled for life. Maybe someone you know, or knew, was a victim.
It's tragic, senseless, and utterly stupid that people have died and been seriously injured due to the negligence, ignorance, and laziness of untrained or uncaring glass technicians. And there's no shortage of those. This article will attempt to teach you how to protect yourself from unqualified repairmen.
Windshields and the other glass in your vehicle are required by federal law to help protect you in several ways. For example, if you should be involved in a roll-over accident, your roof must be partially supported by the glass, to keep it from crushing in on you and your passengers.
If you're involved in a head-on crash, the windshield must stay in place to keep you inside the car and to keep flying debris out. If the windshield flies out, so too may you or your kids. Improperly installed windshields can easily be dislodged during a crash.
Did you know that your passenger airbag is designed to explode out of its container and bounce off the glass at 300 miles per hour? If the windshield is not properly sealed, it can be blown right out of your car, resulting in catastrophic injury.
Most of us don't spend much time thinking about these kinds of things in our life, things that are not readily obvious to us but might completely change our family's future. We depend on experts to guide us to quality and value.
Here are 5 TIPS that could help you survive a disastrous auto accident. Next time you get a new windshield installed in your car, look for these things:
* Be sure the technician is trained and certified. Anybody can get into this business and it often attracts the kind of people who are looking for a quick buck at your expense. If a tech takes the time to get quality education and training, he's probably also interested in building and maintaining a good reputation through high quality work.
* Observe the process and be sure the tech doesn't scratch the metal framework of your car when he cuts out the old glass. If he does, then he must prime that area to prevent rust. Rust can break an otherwise good seal. When the tech prepares your glass for installation, he must clean it and prime it, while wearing rubber gloves to prevent oil from his hands getting on the glass.
* After installation is complete, in almost all cases you must not move your car for a specified period of time. Each urethane manufacturer provides guidelines that depend on time, temperature, and humidity factors. If you drive off in your car before the "safe drive-away time" is up, it's likely that you will compromise the seal and experience air or water leaks in the future. Of course, a faulty seal also risks your safety.
* The quality of your windshield is important. Even though regulated by federal standards, some glass is better than other glass. OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer windshields are the same ones that are installed at the factory into new cars. These are also available in the aftermarket through distributors. OEM glass is made to exacting standards and can be trusted. Some glass is imported and can be excellent or marginal, depending on the manufacturer. If OEM glass is available for your vehicle, that should be your choice.
* By law, you have the right to choose your own shop when it comes to insurance claims. There is a nefarious practice in the insurance billing industry called "steering". When you call the number on your insurance card, you are usually connected to a middle-man billing and network company that works for the insurance company, not the insurance company itself. Some of these networks have their own glass shops and they will illegally try to steer you to their own shop. One of these networks was investigated by the 20/20 TV news show a few years ago and was found to be in violation of many of the safety principles described above. On the same show, they cited statistics for how many people were killed or gravely injured because of careless windshield installation. Demand your rights when it comes to picking your own shop. Do your homework and you and your family will be safer for it.
As a final note concerning insurance companies, read some startling information about how you are being tracked by them at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/06/earlyshow/contributors/raymartin/main1779882.shtml.
Windshield Repair and Replacement
Your car's windshield is the third most important safety measure in your car after seat belts and airbags. It protects your car from harsh weather conditions such as hail storms, and allows for a safe drive through gravel roads. Windshields also provide protection in accidents by allowing the complete deployment of airbags and providing strength to the roof in the event of a rollover accident.
Your car's front windshield is made by reinforced pressure and heat procedures that ensure that even when the glass breaks it does minimum to no damage to the passengers inside. When it is a question of life and death, taking care of your windshield should be one of your car maintenance priorities.
From minor fixes of scratches to small and large breaks your windshield needs to be looked at by a professional even before it gets fixed. However, the cost of getting your windshield fixed can cause a dent in your pocket. Here are some simple steps to ensure cost efficient windshield repairs:
1. Take care of your windshield promptly. Make sure you fix minor scratches. If you are a do it yourself, you can learn to do this on your own. Small scratches can often be fixed at home. However, don't do this on your own if it is your first time. Get a professional to show you what kind of scratches can be fixed at home and what should be brought to the workshop to be fixed.
2. When scratches are deeper and come in the way of your vision you need to get it to your windshield professional immediately. While this may not be a not a grave situation, it is better to get small scratches fixed at a minimum price than let it get worse because you will end up spending a lot of more later.
3. Even before you need to get your windshield glass repaired, do some basic research on companies in your area that does windshield repair for a good price. You can take a look at your car dealer, and also other small business owners' companies and their prices for windshield repair. Often small business owners will repair your car at a reduced price and with the same quality as your car dealer.
4. Make sure that the small company professional is an expert in the area. Get price lists from companies and ask the company you like to give you a better discount than the other companies.
5. Get your car to your windshield repair professional before it gets worse. Often if you wait longer the damage can get worse and repair will become more expensive.
With these tips you can make sure you can reduce the cost of your windshield repair or replacement without lowering the quality.
Windshield Repair and Replacement - 5 Tips For Your Family's Safety