If your vehicle’s windshield has been chipped, cracked or damaged and you have been told by an auto glass repair shop that it needs to be replaced, you may be wondering if you can trust this assessment. This is an area (like many car repairs) in which the shop performing the service knows much more than the consumer and there is always the potential to be taken advantage of.
We have compiled a list of questions that might be helpful as you gather information, become an informed consumer and consider whether to move forward and replace your windshield.
1. Is the shop performing the repair AGRSS certified?
Your windshield is one of the most important structural elements of your entire vehicle, is connected to your passenger side airbag system and accounts for approximately 60% of the vehicle’s strength. The Auto Glass Safety Council was formed to maintain safety standards and responsible practices involving auto glass repairs. Technicians certified by this council must go through special training that ensures the safest possible auto glass repair and replacement.
2. What kind of glass will be used?
While cheaper options may be available, it is always best to replace a windshield with the exact same type of glass originally installed by the manufacturer. Because the windshield is so important to the structure of your vehicle, you want to be sure your new windshield is just as strong if not stronger than the original.
3. Will the replacement be done in-shop or on-site?
In-shop replacement is the preferred method of repair. Your windshield is connected to many parts of your vehicle and all connected parts must be removed from your car to ensure a safe and proper fit. While many companies offer an on-site option that may work well for a windshield repair, a full replacement is much more involved and should be done in their repair shop.
4. What kind of windshield adhesive will be used?
Using high quality urethane is key to a safe and successful windshield replacement. Chemical cure urethanes can bond to the windshield of your vehicle in only one hour. Lower quality products can take days to dry and put you at risk while driving. When it comes to windshield replacement, cutting corners – even if it saves you a few dollars – is never worth it.
5. What local shop can I trust this job to?
You have many options when it comes to your vehicle’s windshield replacement. If you live in the Las Vegas area, the answer is simple. Team Acme, conveniently located in Henderson, NV, is an AGRSS certified shop that puts customer safety first and has been providing the safest and best windshield replacements for our customers for over a decade. We use highest quality materials (matching glass type and using high quality urethane) and we replace vehicle windshields at our state of the art facility to ensure that you can drive away knowing that you and your passengers are safe. We are always happy to go over any of this information or answer any questions that you might have before moving forward with this important decision. Call us for more information at (702) 566-8326 or get a free quote today!