Mobile Windshield Replacement

In today’s society, many people have a very hectic lifestyle between work and family that it is hard to get some things done during other people’s workday. For example, if you come out to get into your car to go to work and find that you have a broken or cracked windshield but have a full day of meetings that are going to last past the time the car window repair shop is open. In most states it is illegal to drive with a cracked or broken windshield so what are you going to do. In this case, you need to find shop that offers mobile windshield replacement. Not all shops offer this service, which is where a technician comes to your place of business or residence and replaces the windshield. In addition to replacing a broken or cracked windshield, the technician can try to fix the crack with resin and smoothed out until you can no longer see the damage.

With a cracked windshield, there is a possibility of having a serious accident if the glass collapses before you can get it fixed. In many instances, your car insurance will cover mobile windshield replacement or repair without paying a deductible. Take the time when you get to your office, call a repair shop, and make an appointment to come to your place of business to take care of the problem.

To make sure that your insurance company will pay for this service you should call them before making an appointment to have your windshield fixed. It is very easy to submit a claim for this service. Once you have found out if the service is covered or not, let the insurance company know that you have windshield damage. There are usually no forms to fill out. Once this is done, you call and schedule an appointment to have this taken care of.

When you call the repair shop they will ask for the model and make of your car so they will bring the correct windshield to your place of business or residence to fix the problem. Once the technician arrives at your place of business, they will let you know they are there. After looking at the windshield, the first thing that the technician does is remove the outer lining around the windshield. Then special suction cups are attached to the windshield to lift it up and remove it. The broken windshield is put into the repair truck and a new one is put back in the same way it was removed. Once the windshield is replaced and set in place, your car is ready to drive. The process will usually take no more than fifteen to thirty minutes to complete.

Windshield Replacement – Cost Factors

Windshield replacement can be expensive, especially if your insurance company will not pay for it. Replacing your windshield is usually covered if you have comprehensive coverage, which is other than collision, on your policy. It is best to check with your insurance company first before setting up an appointment to have it replaced. If you do have to pay for the cost of windshield replacement there are several factors involved in the final cost, which could cost over two hundred dollars. When you take your car in to have the windshield replaced, the company will first decide if it can be repaired instead of replaced. Not every cracked or chipped windshield will require replacement.

Some of the factors that are considered in the cost of windshield replacement can include:

• Size of the windshield
• Insurance coverage, because most insurance policies have a deductible that the customer has to pay before the insurance will pay, which can range from two hundred fifty dollar and more
• Additional parts that need replaced such as the rubber mounting that goes around the windshield
• The auto glass repair shop, which includes the hourly rate of doing the replacement. If you choose to go to a dealership to have the work done it will be more expansive than a regular auto glass repair ship.
• Towing to the repair shop if the windshield is so damaged it is unsafe to drive the vehicle

One of the most important factors that need to be considered is the type of glass that is used for the windshield replacement. The most expensive glass that can be used in windshield replacement is dealer glass, which is the type of glass that was used for the windshield when it was built. There are other comparable types of windshield glass such as original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This type of glass has to meet or exceed the vehicle manufacturer’s standards but is generally not as costly as dealer glass. The only real differences between the two are the maker, the fact that the OEM glass does not have the manufacturer’s name stamped on the glass, and the price.

There is another choice for windshield replacement glass that does not meet the same standards as OEM windshield glass but it is cheaper. This glass is called aftermarket glass. Other than the more expensive dealer glass, OEM tends to be most popular choice.

In today’s world, you may be able to save the cost of having your car towed to the auto glass repair shop by having a mobile unit come to your home to replace your windshield. The replacement does not take long but it needs a couple of hours to set up before you can drive the vehicle.