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 El Mirage.
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.
El Mirage 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 Replacement Safety
Auto professionals recommend that when you have a nick or crack in your windshield that you get it repaired as opposed to having the entire thing replaced. This will save you a great deal of money in comparison with getting a brand new windshield. There are times though that the imperfection in your auto glass may be too serious to repair and you must go the more extreme route of actually having it replaced.
The main cause of having to have a front window replaced is because of cracks that are less than three inches away from the edge of the glass. These cracks can be caused from a rock hitting the windshield and can start out as small as the point on the end of a needle. These cracks can also come from mechanical stress, temperature deviation, or even tension pressure from the interior of the actual vehicle. Front windows may also need to be replaced due to vandalism, weather damage, or cracks that have been ignored and have spread too close to the edge.
The most important thing to remember when realizing that your windshield may need to be replaced is to not wait too long. Your front window is a very vital and protective component of your vehicle. The front glass of a car is there to protect the driver and passengers from anything flying through the air and to hold up the roof of a car. If someone waits too long to have a faulty front window replaced it could shatter or cause some sort of major problem at the most inopportune time, such as when you are driving down the road. If you were to get into an accident at the time that you had a windscreen that needed to be replaced it would be possible for you or your passengers to go right through the front area of the car because the windshield was not in any condition to be performing its job of protecting. There are over 12,000 fatalities each year from Americans being thrown from the car or badly hurt from the vehicle rolling over. Faulty windshields play a large part in this high number of deaths.
To ensure that your replacement windshield is properly installed and that it does not detach from your vehicle while you are driving, it is best to employee the services of a highly recommended, highly skilled, professional auto glass company. There are many determining factors that can help you choose what auto glass contractor is the best choice. The company that you choose should consent to the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard, be a member of the National Glass Association (NGA) and be certified by the NGA, give you a fast and accurate quote for the cost of your replacement, and be able to tell you how much time the replacement should take. The company that you use should be able to come to your place of employment or home to complete the replacement job. The only glass that should be used to replace your windshield is O.E.M quality auto glass. This is certified to meet or exceed all NGA standards. Usually the replacement will take about an hour but as your technician will tell you, the car should not be driven for at least one hour after, but the adhesive that holds the window to the front of the vehicle will not be at their full strength for about 24 - 48 hours.
Never wait to have your windshield replaced; you want to make sure that you are driving in the safest conditions possible. Having the auto windscreen replaced promptly and using a contractor that guarantees their work will ensure that you are protecting yourself and your passengers while on the road.
Windshield Repair or Replacement, a Crucial Decision