Is Glass Repair A Substitute for Glass Replacement?
Glass repair is a touchy subject in the glass world and even more so in the automotive sector, where safety is key. For many years, the common wisdom has held that glass repairs resulted in a product which was not as structurally sound as the original.
Worse, the end result was often mottled and translucent, with bubbles and rivets which obscured the drivers view. If you take a look at the highest quality glass repair available ten years ago, it’s easy to see why insurance companies insisted on total glass replacement for even minor cracks, every time.
With new technology in glass repair, this is no longer the case, particularly in the automotive glass repair industry. Glass repair has finally reached a level of quality which not only guarantees the safety of structural integrity, but also provides the driver with perfect visibility, regardless of repair positioning or the size of the original crack.
But is repaired glass just as good as replacing the whole thing? If insurance is paying for it, should you just replace the whole thing anyway? There are three major reasons to get your glass repaired instead of replaced.
Glass Repair is Much Cheaper
The cost of replacing a windshield is roughly $350. This estimate is relevant for owners of common cars whose parts are readily available. Owners of imports should expect to pay more, and those with rare cars should expect to pay even more.
The cost of repairing glass, particularly car windshields is far lower than the cost of replacing them. In fact, the cost to repair a windshield rarely exceeds $100, no matter the type of car.
Glass Repair is Quick
Glass repair is an in and out procedure which rarely results in leaving your car at a shop overnight. This means that you can be in and out of the shop, and back to doing the things that matter most to you. Windshield repair can be a rapid process if your insurance company works with a company which will send an installer out to you (and if you have a car common enough for them to have the windshield on hand.) When this is not the case, the process can easily stretch into days, or even weeks if you have to wait for a part to be mailed.
Glass Repair Allows You To Bypass Insurance
Worried about your rates going up? Glass repair is definitely the route to go. Since glass repair is usually less than $100, most people wouldn’t come close to reaching their insurance deductible paying for it. The low price means you can avoid dragging your insurance company into the situation at all. No paperwork. No hassle. No rate increase.
No matter what route you go, it is essential that you get even small chips in your windshield repaired right away. Cracks can spread without notice, and even a tiny crack makes your windshield structurally unsound and prone to breakage.
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