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Frequently Asked Questions: Replacing Your Windshield

Owning a car can be great, but no one appreciates those surprise expenses. Although windshields can last for the life of the car, it only takes one rock or other flying object to cause a crack that necessitates replacement. If you’ve never had to replace your windshield before, check out some frequently asked questions so you know what to expect.

When Does a Windshield Need to Be Replaced?
Whether or not your windshield needs replacement is usually determined by the size, depth and location of the crack. Signs that it’s time for a replacement include: a crack longer than your hand or a dollar bill, a crack that’s deep enough to go more than halfway into the windshield, and a crack that extends to the outer edge of the windshield, as this can compromise the integrity of the glass. If you determine replacement is needed, get it done as soon as possible to prevent it from getting worse.

How Much Will Windshield Replacement Cost?
A replacement windshield may be fully covered under your insurance, so check with them before scheduling an appointment. Small repairs are typically less than $100, but a full replacement can run up to $1000 depending on the make and model of your car.

How Long Will Glass Repair or Replacement Take?
If you’re dealing with a small crack that can be repaired, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Replacements are relatively quick as well, often complete in an hour or less. Keep in mind that you should wait 1-2 hours after installation to allow for drying before driving your car.

Can I Wash My Car with a New Windshield?
After repair or installation, you should wait at least 24 hours before getting your car washed, as the water and high pressure can cause the windshield to come loose if it hasn’t finished setting. However, you don’t need to worry about driving in the rain.

Where Can I Get My Windshield Replaced?
Luckily, there are a variety of options for repairing or replacing your windshield on your schedule. When you contact your insurance, they will likely have suggestions for autobody and glass shops in your area. If looking for a store yourself, make sure the store you pick can provide you with a quote and written warranty, along with a detailed receipt of the work that was done. If you’re busy and would prefer to have a repair or replacement done on your own time, there are companies like Safelight that can come directly to you.


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