Folks like to believe all sorts of things, even when it comes to windshields. But, if you’re not talking to a certified auto glass technician, it’s important to take everything you hear with a grain of salt. The technicians at Glassy affiliate locations are certified professionals who have the necessary training, knowledge, and work experience to solve your auto glass problems and provide answers to any questions you may have. It’s not hard to come across incorrect information, so trust Glassy to shine some light on the auto glass truth. Check out some common myths below, read on!
1.) Replacing Your Auto Glass Means Your Insurance Rates Go Up
While your insurance company will increase your rate if you make a claim, in almost all cases that won’t happen with windshield replacement. Most windshield damage is considered “no-fault”, meaning it was not possible to prevent the damage, such as hail or stray rock.
In most cases, you will be required to pay a deductible, however, depending on where you live you may qualify for a Free Windshield Replacement. Additionally, some insurance companies offer to pay for windshield repair services to reduce costs on full replacements.
Keep in mind, however, that auto glass falls under the comprehensive portion of an insurance policy. While state law at a minimum requires liability insurance, that alone will not cover windshield repairs or replacements.
2.) If Your Windshield Is Cracked but You Can Still See, You Don’t Have to Fix It
This is entirely wrong. Driving with a cracked windshield not only makes it hard to fully focus on the road, but it also makes the vehicle much less safe for you and your passengers. Windshields are not only important for seeing the road clearly, but they are a structurally significant safety feature (you can read more about this here).
It’s okay to leave the damage there for a brief amount of time until you can get your appointment set up, but we don’t advise leaving the damage unattended for long. If you get into an accident with compromised auto glass, the situation can be much more dangerous.
3.) You Can Repair Your Windshield Yourself
While you can perform auto glass repairs yourself, we don’t recommend it. A professional auto glass technician will run through every necessary step and ensure your auto glass replacement or repair is done to industry standards and specifications.
Oftentimes, DIY repair jobs serve as a band-aid solution for a short period of time but can lead to a required replacement down the road as damage spreads. Going to an auto glass professional from the get-go drastically reduces your chances of the damage continuing to spread.