When you drive a vehicle for personal or for work, the chances are high you will eventually experience a broken windshield. Whether the windshield is cracked from a rock chip that spreads, a fierce hail storm, or a freak accident on the freeway that sends a bucket into your windshield, for example, it will need replacement as soon as possible to restore your view for driving. Here are some tips to help you handle your vehicle's windshield damage and get it replaced.
Check Your Auto Insurance
After your windshield has been damaged, your first thought will be of the cost for its replacement. Contact your auto insurance agent to see what type of windshield coverage you have on your policy. Some auto insurance policies have specific coverage just for a windshield, so be sure to find out if you have a deductible or how much you will be paying out of pocket.
Look For a Mobile Replacement
Once you have determined your auto insurance coverage, they may recommend some local auto glass companies for you to use. Look at the different local companies and find one that has reliable service and good customer satisfaction.
If you find that your schedule is quite busy all the time, it may be difficult for you to find time to take your vehicle into the windshield company for its replacement. Instead, you can look for a windshield replacement service that offers mobile services. They will come to you to replace the windshield, whether it is at your place of work or while you are at home resting.
Handle Its After-Care
After your windshield has been replaced into your vehicle by your professional windshield mobile replacement team, you will want to make sure you prevent any damage to the installation work. The windshield has been set into your vehicle's window and secured with an adhesive that needs to dry and cure properly to keep your windshield from popping out. And because you want the seal around your windshield to be watertight, there are some steps you should take to prevent any area of the glass from lifting from the seal.
Don't remove the tape along the top outside of the new windshield, as it keeps the windshield securely in place. And don't place anything on the inside of your windshield glass or on the dashboard that could push up against the glass, such as a sunshade or paperwork.
Also do not place a window cover on the outside of the glass for the same reason. Keep your windows cracked an inch to relieve any pressure inside your vehicle when you shut your doors, and never slam your vehicle doors for the first few days after installation.
For more information on auto glass replacement, reach out to an auto glass company.