This post is the sixth in a series on the basics of auto glass, auto glass repair, and mobile windshield replacement. If you haven’t read parts 1-5 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.
What makes a good windshield repair or mobile windshield replacement? (continued)
The right way to do windshield replacement
Your vehicle’s windshield is critical to your safety in an accident. It keeps you inside the vehicle, and keeps debris from getting into the passenger compartment. According to a study by the National Institute for Health, crash victims who are ejected from their vehicles are 1.5-8 times more likely to be killed. (1) When vehicle windshields are installed in the factory, manufacturers use a specific and extensively tested methodology to ensure they have the strength to stay in place. Unfortunately, either by carelessness or intentional cost cutting, many mobile windshield replacement companies do not follow this same rigorous process.
What makes a good windshield replacement?
At its most basic level, there are two things you need for a good windshield replacement – top quality materials and top quality techniques and practices.
Top quality materials
Whenever possible, factory equivalent replacement parts are the way to go for a windshield replacement. At Chapman Auto Glass, we use products from top quality auto glass manufacturers like PPG, Pilkington, Carlite, Mopar, Safeguard, Guardian, Sekurit and others – the same top brand manufacturers use. In cases of very new or exotic cars, sometimes the only place that will stock OEM auto glass is the dealership, but for the vast majority of cars out there, factory-equivalent auto glass can be sourced.
Check back soon for Welcome to the Chapman Auto Glass Blog, Part 7! In the meantime, check out our page on mobile windshield replacement.
1 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2619855