Your windscreen was hit by a flying stone or you drove over a large pothole and you’ve got much more than just a little chip. The large crack spread across your windscreen has you worried, and you know that you need to take your car to a nearby auto glass workshop to replace the windscreen. Or do you? Here’s some tips that can help you decide whether or not your windscreen needs a replacement, and gives you all the must-know details, so there’s no nasty surprises before, during or after your car’s windscreen replacement.
You can fix cracks without replacing the windscreen
Although most people are aware that a small chip doesn’t require a whole new windscreen, a lot of consumers are under the impression that a crack automatically means they’ll need to replace to whole windscreen rather than just fix the crack. Both crack repair and chip repair are possible, depending on the location and severity of the damage.
Repair is cheaper and quicker than replacement
Obviously, repairing a windscreen takes less time and labour than replacing a windscreen. The time to repair a chip or crack is often only around thirty minutes. Because it also requires fewer materials, your overall bill will be significantly less than if you were to replace the windscreen. Often your insurance will cover the full amount, but even if they don’t, it is very affordable. However, if the windscreen will not be structurally sound, you should definitely replace it in its entirety.
If you do need to replace, do it quickly
Sometimes, chips or cracks cannot be repaired. They may be too large, or may have caused significant structural damage. PG Glass will assess your windscreen before deciding whether to repair or replace, but if they advise windscreen replacement, it is important to get it done ASAP. Driving with a windscreen that is in need of replacement is dangerous and unsafe for you and other road users.
It can take a couple of hours before you are allowed to drive your car, so while the process isn’t too long, it can be inconvenient. If you’re short on time, you can organise for PG Glass to come out to you using one of their mobile repair units – so you can get on with things while they work their magic!
Is it safe to replace a windscreen?
Yes, it is safe to have your entire windscreen replaced. They will be replaced with glass that meet pre-set standards, and will be correctly fitted to ensure that they provide the structural support and protection that windscreens are designed to offer. It is, of course, of the utmost importance that you use a reputable and approved fitment centre. Trying to save some money by getting your windscreen replaced at a repair centre that is not approved by SABS, the AA, or even your insurance company means that you there is absolutely no guarantee of a safe and effective replacement.
When done correctly, however, windscreen replacements will not have a negative impact on your car’s ability to protect you and your family in a crash as well, nor will it diminish the protection offered against flying objects.
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