A Quick Guide to Windshield Replacement & Repair in Arizona

Driving around with a cracked or chipped windshield is extremely dangerous. If the damage is left unrepaired, there is a real risk that the crack could quickly spread – or even worse, that your windshield could shatter completely.

If your vehicle has a damaged windshield, it is absolutely essential to deal with the problem as soon as possible.

Windshield Replacement & Repair in Arizona

Fortunately, getting your windshield replaced or repaired is usually an extremely simple process, and the good news is that in many cases the cost will be covered under your vehicle insurance policy. There are many auto glass repair shops located in Arizona, with trained technicians who can thoroughly assess the damage, advise on what needs to be done and carry out the work accordingly.

Can the Windshield Be Repaired – or Is a Replacement Necessary?

The first thing to consider, and the first thing the auto glass company will advise you on, is whether the windshield can be repaired, or whether a full replacement will be required.

Many smaller chips or cracks can be professionally repaired, which often works out considerably cheaper and means that you most likely won’t need to worry about paying an excess on the insurance pay-out. In addition, getting your windshield repaired is quick, convenient and leaves very little evidence of the original damage, meaning there are virtually no drawbacks. Your auto glass repair shop will thoroughly inspect your windshield and let you know whether (or not) a repair is possible.

Professional Windshield Replacement & Repair in Arizona

Although there are numerous auto glass shops located throughout Arizona, it is worth taking a moment to check that you are choosing a thoroughly professional service…

To begin with, how experienced are the technicians, and are they certified? Research has shown that a large number of car windshields have been incorrectly fitted, which is extremely dangerous and could even cost you your life in the event of an accident. A car windshield provides vital protection to the driver and passenger occupants, and it takes little imagination to see how serious the consequences could be of a windshield becoming detached and ‘popping out’ in the event of a crash.

In the event of a replacement, you should also make sure you find out what kind of windshield the company will be fitting to your vehicle. An original manufacturer-fitted windshield (OEM) will be of good quality and will be resistant to chips and cracks, however this isn’t always the case with third-party windshields fitted by some auto glass shops. A poor quality windshield will be cheaper to manufacturer but will also be much more likely to suffer serious damage when hit by a rock or other piece of road debris.

Can the Work Be Carried out Through My Insurance Policy?

If you’re looking for windshield replacement and repair in Arizona, you’re probably wondering if it is possible to carry out the work through your insurance company. In most cases your windshield will be covered, however it is worth properly checking the policy wording to see whether any excess charge is payable when you put in a claim. This can sometimes mean that it is actually cheaper to just pay for the work yourself!

If you need assistance on properly checking your policy, contact us here.