Top 5 Myths about Windshield Damage and Replacement


5 Myths about Windshield Damage and Replacement

Whether you’re an experienced driver or new to the road, chances are, when something goes wrong with your car, you may use a little something called Google to figure out what to do. As amazing as the internet is, the information it provides can sometimes be misleading and full of myths, with one website telling you something and the very next one, the complete opposite. How frustrating!! Some misinformation may not be very significant, but incorrect information on whether or not to fix your chipped or cracked windshield can have safety implications.

If you get one takeaway from this, please remember that any damage to your windshield, whether it is a teeny tiny chip or a long crack extending the full diameter of the windshield, needs to be assessed. Ultimately,  the recommendation for either windshield repair or windshield replacement depends on a multitude of factors.

Okay, now that you know how important it is to fix your windshield, let’s debunk 5 of the most common myths of windshield repair and windshield replacement that you may have Googled last weekend after that darn rock came out of nowhere on the freeway and nicked your windshield.

Top 5 Dangerous Myths about Windshield Damage and Replacement.

1) A Chipped Windshield is Nothing to Worry About as Long as It’s Small.

It’s just a chip! No big deal, right?! Wrong. A chipped windshield is the first sign that the integrity of your windshield may be in jeopardy. It’s easy to assume something so small shouldn’t be a cause for concern, but sometimes small things left unchecked can cause problems down the road. So, save yourself some trouble, take care of that chipped windshield sooner rather than later.

2) Modern Windshields Don’t Get Damaged.

We live in an exciting time with new technology being developed every day. This holds true for the auto glass industry as well – modern technology has produced more robust and multifaceted glass. As exciting as these innovations are, most developments such as smart car glass, embedded silver glass and panoramic windshields are not yet mass-market. The auto glass on most vehicles is either laminated or tempered, and although this does decrease the chance of your window shattering in the event of a collision, it is still subject to damage. So, whether your car has the standard laminated auto glass or something still in development, a chip is a chip and a crack is a crack – and both of these should be repaired as quickly as possible.

3) Using a Home Windshield Repair Kit is Good Enough.

DIY (“Do It Yourself” for those not familiar with this acronym J) is all the rage now! Windshield Repair kits are now widely available and many view these as a quick and inexpensive way to avoid professional window repair. It may be cheaper, but in the case of windshield repair, cheaper is not better. Windshield repair and windshield replacement is a job you want to leave to the experts to avoid causing more harm than good. And Auto Glass 2020 has THE BEST EXPERTS in the auto glass industry and will get you and your ride back on the road as quickly and safely (and cheaply J) as possible!

Also, and this is important – you might find that performing DIY repair on your chipped or cracked windshield voids your warranting. So, what started out as something to save some dollars, could end up costing you more to replace.

4) Your Windshield Replacement Won’t Be Covered by Insurance

It’s a widely held belief that auto insurance doesn’t cover windshield repair or windshield replacement. Luckily, Arizona is one of six states with a free windshield replacement law. This means that auto glass coverage is included with all Arizona comprehensive auto insurance policies. So, count yourself lucky to live in Arizona with auto glass coverage like this, because Arizona drivers experience more chipped and cracked windshields than anywhere else in the country!

5) Windshield Replacement Will ALWAYS Be Recommended Over Repair

So, you noticed a chipped windshield on a Friday. And being the responsible adult that we know you are – you take your car in to your local auto glass company the next day to get the damage assessed. Ten minutes later you find yourself being talked into completely replacing your windshield when a repair would have been sufficient. Instances like this are why the auto industry gets a bad rap and why a lot of people are wary when it comes to their car. There are many stereotypes in the auto industry, and sometimes, for good reason (ahem, the classic sneaky car salesman or the sketchy car mechanic, ahem).

Here at Auto Glass 2020, we pride ourselves on our expertise and honesty. We are family owned and operated and are honored to serve our neighbors with the best, most competitive incentives in town! We treat every client like family and our recommendations reflect that. So, if we can avoid windshield replacement and can safely repair your chipped or cracked windshield instead, that is what we will do. Guaranteed.

We know it’s not something you want to do, but if you have a chipped or cracked windshield, call Auto Glass 2020 today at (480) 283-7751 or get a quote here and let us get you and your ride back on the road as quickly and painlessly as possible!