Replacing Outdated Glass

How To Handle Your Windshield Replacement

When your car windshield sustains significant damage, you may need a windshield replacement. If you think that's what your car needs, you can use this guide to help you make the appropriate decisions. Here are four things you should do when your car's windshield is badly damaged.

1. Find out if you need a windshield replacement.

Many common windshield problems can be solved without a total windshield replacement. However, there are a few exceptions. When the crack or chip in your windshield is larger than a bill of money or when it's obstructing your vision, you will need to have the entire windshield changed. Your auto glass repair shop can advise you on whether a repair or replacement is indicated in your case.

2. Set aside enough time for the repair process.

Windshield replacements take longer than simple repairs, but they can often be completed quite quickly. It's not unusual for the process to take under an hour, although your total wait time may increase if the auto shop has a lot of cars to work on. If your repair technicians know that you're waiting for your car, they may prioritize your windshield replacement. However, it's best to clear your schedule if you plan to wait, so you'll be prepared for any setbacks.

3. Avoid driving on the highway.

Immediately after your windshield is replaced, the glue used to hold it in place is not fully set. It can take up to a full day for the glue to solidify and harden into its final state. You'll be able to drive your car right after the windshield repair is performed, but you should avoid driving on the highway for at least a day. Take side streets that allow you to maintain a moderate speed in order to protect your new windshield in the meantime.

4. Find out if you need new windshield inspection stickers.

Some states require that you have your windshield inspected annually. If your windshield is replaced, you may be able to use your old inspection sticker until it expires. Find out what the law says in your area. In some areas, removing an inspection sticker and replacing it on a new windshield is legal, as long as it's on the same car. If this is the case in your state, ask your windshield repair technician to save the stickers for you. If replacing the sticker is not legal in your state, find out how long you have to obtain a replacement; take care of this in a timely manner to avoid paying unnecessary fines.