Damage to your car's windshield can occur anytime while you're driving. A rock or piece of gravel could be kicked up by a truck in front of you and strike your auto glass, for example--resulting in a crack or chip in your windshield. If this occurs, it's important to take the necessary measures to have the glass repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, even a small chip could spread to a major crack within a matter of days.
Contact Your Insurance Company Immediately
If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, the first thing you'll want to do is to contact your insurance company to file a claim. Your comprehensive coverage should include auto glass, so whether your glass needs repaired or replaced, you should be covered (less any applicable deductible). Just be sure to file your claim immediately, however, so that you can move onto finding a repair shop that accepts your insurance.
Protect the Glass From Further Damage
From there, you'll need to take extra care to avoid further damage until you're able to have your necessary repairs done. If possible, avoid driving your car in the meantime, as driving even over a couple of bumps or pot holes could result in the glass damage spreading significantly. You should also try to keep your car from being exposed to major fluctuations in temperature, as this can cause the glass to expand and contract (thus causing damage to spread).
Schedule Repairs With a Reputable Company
Finding the right company to perform your repair is a must. If your insurance is covering the repair, there's a good chance they'll have a "preferred" repair shop, but you can have your repairs done anywhere that accepts your insurance coverage. Ideally, you'll want to find a repair shop, like Solarteck Auto Glass Auto Tinting, that specializes in auto glass repairs and replacements.
Follow Aftercare Instructions
If you're having a chip or crack filled rather than having your entire windshield replaced, there are some specific aftercare steps you'll need to follow to ensure a long-lasting repair. For starters, most shops will advise that you avoid washing your car for at least a day while the bonding resin dries and cures. Furthermore, you may be advised to keep your car parked in the shade (or have your windshield covered with a towel) for a certain period of time in order to ensure the longevity of your auto glass repair.Share
6 May 2016
Hi, my name is Julie, and I have always loved projects. As I have gotten older, I have expanded from the visual arts to interior design, architecture and restoration. I'm particularly interested in saving the artistic value of old homes or finding new ways to integrate art into these spaces. If the idea of finding an old mosaic under the paint on your wall excites you, if you get a thrill from old fireplaces or if you just like art in general, this blog is for you. It looks at restoration with a focus on art. I also plan to include general repair tips and more. Enjoy!