According to Insurance Journal, 30% of all auto insurance claims are related to windshields. Obviously, having a properly installed and unblemished windshield is critical for driver safety. If you need a windshield replacement or repair, here are a few tips before you go into the shop.
Speak with Your Insurance Provider
As mentioned above, auto insurance providers see a lot of claims dealing with auto glass repair. Speak to your insurance company to make sure which windshield replacement services are covered by your policy before scheduling the repair. This will give you a better sense of what you can expect for the total cost.
Is the Repair Service Legit?
Another thing to check is if the auto glass repair shop you are looking at is properly licensed and accredited. These are things that should be readily available on the site. While you’re online, be sure to verify the shop’s insurance is up to par, too. If you cannot find it online, use your state and county resources. They may have records of which auto repair shops are covered and licensed.Types of Glass
You want either OEM or OEE grade glass when replacing your windshield. These stand for original equipment match and original equipment equivalent, respectively, and it means the windshield matches the original windshield the car left the factory with. Lower quality glass can cause a host of problems. They may not be as clear or sun protective. They certainly won’t last as long and you might find a crack in it a lot sooner than expected. Be sure to get the highest quality glass. It’s the most cost-effective solution.
Finally, make sure the company you’re working with offers a windshield replacement warranty. This is an assurance of quality workmanship and will cover you in the future if you need another repair or replacement. More than that, it offers you peace of mind.
Cracked windshields need to be repaired or replaced, and you need to be informed before making a decision about which auto glass repair service you’ll use. Do your homework online, compare reviews, and speak with loved ones to get referrals. Always check with your insurance provider because they’ll be able to point you in the right direction, too. Or you can contact the professionals at Pinnacle Auto Glass, who have over 15 years of experience servicing clients in Suffolk County, NY.