What You Need To Know When It Comes To Fixing or Replacing Your Windshield
Cracked and broken windshields are a common occurrence. Whether you were driving behind a big commercial truck and a rock was thrown from its tire which put a small scratch or crack in the glass, or you were caught in a hail storm, there are many ways in which damage is done to the windshields of cars, trucks, or work vehicles. The question is, when is the damage enough to need repair or replacement? We will take a look at the dangers of leaving a damaged windshield and the warning signs that it may be time to call Epic Auto Glass to schedule a repair or replacement is necessary.
The first thing that should be noted is that your windshield is not just something that stops the wind from rushing across your face when you drive. It is one of your key safety components right alongside your seat-belt and airbag. If it is cracked or damaged it is no different than having a seat-belt that is half broken. In an emergency, it might fail to effectively protect you.
How Do I Know If I Should Repair Or Replace?
A general rule in the industry is if the crack is smaller than a quarter you may be able to repair it. If it is larger, then replacement is most likely. Obviously repair is less costly. Other advantages is that it can be done faster, is often covered by insurance and still meets safety requirements. If however the damage is bigger than 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, then it is likely too big to repair and would therefore require replacement.
As a safety feature, the windshield gives the frame support and offers significant protection in an accident. Delaying a repair is a mistake. If you live in colder regions the damage can quickly spread in the cold of winter. If you are pulled over for any traffic violations it is possible you could be ticketed for driving a damaged and unsafe vehicle if the damage to the windshield is significant.
How Much Do Our Services Cost?
The cost is dependent on a number of factors, and Epic Auto Glass is always happy to offer a free estimate for your vehicle. These are things like the year, model and make of the car. The availability of the type windshield you need, molding and insulation that might be required and if you schedule a mobile unite or bring the car in to the shop. The thing to remember is that putting off the repair can lead to further cost.
If a windshield needs to be replaced, out of pocket cost can range from a small deductible required by your insurance company, up to around $350. Some additional charges may be applicable depending on your specific situation.
Getting The Right Installation
When you use Epic Auto Glass you can expect to get a quality replacement that will meet all safety and quality requirements. We make sure your job is done efficiently and accurately, so you can get back on the road with confidence!
The important thing to consider when it comes to something as important as the windshield of the car is that you don’t want to cut corners, as you could be asking for trouble. If the adhesive used is of poor quality or if the job is rushed and done less than ideally, even if you have high quality glass, the glass is likely to become damaged quickly and you will be right back to where you started.
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Joe Eppich, Owner/Operator
- More than 25 years in the business
- Fully Mobile – we come to you!
- Serve broad area around Missoula
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