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When to Get a Car Window Replacement

Woman in need of a car window replacementIt has happened to every driver at one time or another. Driving along, minding their own business and grooving along to the radio and the all of a sudden, DING! Just like that a pebble or rock comes out of nowhere and causes a chip or a crack and you cringe because you know the result will be the need for car window replacement. Luckily, Complete Auto Glass can help you get a car window replacement. Before getting your windshield replaced, it’s best to know you actually need a new one, since some cracks and chips can be safely repaired without replacing the full window. 

You Should Get a Car Window Replacement If:

The chip is in the drivers line of sight, there are more than three cracks or chips, the damage is at the edge of the windshield, the windshield is old and has tiny dents.

Repairing Chips and Cracks

If the windshield is repairable, then have it done as soon as possible. Otherwise, the chip or crack will spread and you will end up having to replace it. Be forewarned that repairs will make your windshield less than perfect as you will only get back 75 to 95 percent of the optical clarity.

Under most circumstances, car window replacement is covered by the comprehensive part of your auto insurance. However, it may not pay to go through your insurance company as the cost of replacement is often less than your deductible. In any case, it does not hurt to look through your policy or call and ask if it is covered. If you do choose to go through your insurance, you need to get it done sooner rather than later because the longer you put off replacing your windshield, the more likely it is that your insurance company is going to deny you the right to get it fixed. They generally like to get repairs done as soon as possible.

Furthermore, when you call to have your insurance company cover the cost of car window replacement, they will send an adjuster to your home. He or she will place a piece of paper on the crack. Then, if the crack grows to be longer than the paper, the insurance company will not cover it.

If your insurance company does not cover car window replacement, you may want to consider asking your current provider to add it to your policy. You can also find another policy where it is already included.

If you find yourself in need of a car window replacement and are in the Denver, Colorado, area, call Complete Auto Glass. They will bring their 15 years of experience to help you. 

How Bad Does My Auto Glass Have to be to Require Replacing?

interior of a car with man driving on an empty freeway as the sun sets on the horizon If you are in the Denver with a cracked windshield, you may be wondering if you need an auto glass replacement. While many cracks and chips are great candidates for windshield repair, some are not. For these situations, you will have to replace your entire windshield. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we can repair most glass damage in your vehicle. Since it may be difficult to understand when you need repairs or replacement, it’s best to learn about the most common damage signs. Here are some circumstances where we recommend an auto glass replacement.

Cracks that are Too Long

If road debris has cracked your windshield or car window recently, it is recommended to fix it soon. If you leave a crack unattended to, it can continue to grow across the surface. This is especially true of windshields where there is constant stress on the glass. Not repairing a crack could put your windshield at risk. The vibration of the road while driving affects the cracked windshield and could make the crack grow. If, for example, you hit a pothole while driving, the impact could turn a small chip into a large crack that spans your entire windshield. Once the crack surpasses 18” in length, then you will need an auto glass replacement.

Spiderweb Cracks on Glass

A vehicles glass is made to withstand natural wear and tear such as weather and small debris. If something large enough strikes your glass, you will have to replace it entirely. That is because even though the glass has not broken through, it can leave a web of cracks. It is impossible to repair this kind of damage because the cracks are too extensive and intertwined. This damage will look like spiderwebs on the windshield. This is because the glass is specially formulated to not shatter when an object hits it. This safety precaution is to keep drivers and passengers safe during a collision but, after the glass is damaged, the safe aspects are null and void. It’s time for a replacement.

Repairing Auto Glass Replacement Jobsa severely broken car's windshield in need of auto glass replacement

One of the last and most frustrating reasons for an auto glass replacement is when a previous glass replacement job was done incorrectly. A common sign of an incorrect job is a whistling sound that comes from closed windows. This means air is entering from an area that wasnt properly sealed. Not only can this be extremely annoying, but it is also dangerous. You will need to have the glass replaced again either by the same company or by another.

Auto glass replacement can be expensive in the Denver area if you do not choose a company carefully. You will want a company that wont try to repair a glass that has been compromised by damage. At Complete Auto Glass, we provide both competitive prices and convenience. If you think you need an auto glass replacement, give us a call. We will go to your home or office and have it replaced within the hour. Contact Complete Auto Glass today!