Answers About Car Window Replacement in Wichita, KS
When can I get away with a repair and when do I need a replacement?
If a ding or chip is not in the driver’s line of vision and is smaller than a two-inch diameter (including cracks), it can usually be repaired, saving you a lot of money. If, however, the chip is larger than about two inches, there are spider cracks coming off of it, and it is in the driver’s line of vision, we (and your insurance company) recommend that you have the entire windshield replaced for your safety. Sunlight and street lamps shining through these dings can temporarily affect your ability to see clearly, raising your risk of having an accident. Also, police officers are likely to fine you for such chips and cracks, making the repair job more costly.
How does my windshield protect me?
The obvious answers are that it protects you from wind, rain, snow, dust and debris, and bugs, all of which would make it extremely difficult to see clearly when you’re traveling in a car with nothing between you and the great outdoors. But what you may not realize is that your windshield contributes to the strength of the vehicle’s frame and can protect you in the event of a collision or rollover. It also provides the backstop for your passenger-side airbag in a front-end collision. When the windshield is not there, you are far more likely to be thrown or ejected out of the car. Cracked windshield glass increases the chances that it will break entirely, and you’ll lose any protection it could have given you during an accident.
Why is some auto glass labeled as OEM? What does that mean?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. The manner in which OEM auto glass is made guarantees that it meets the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications for safety and quality. OEM glass is the only type you should allow anyone to install in your vehicle. More than one brand of OEM glass might fit the specifications for your vehicle, so you can do some price shopping, but you should never settle for less than OEM. We carry only OEM auto glass.
How long does a windshield replacement take?
Replacements generally take from one to three hours, depending on the complexity of the job.
Can I drive my vehicle immediately after a replacement?
It is extremely important to allow enough time for the adhesive to cure before you begin driving. Cure times can range anywhere from one hour (quick-cure adhesives) to 24 hours. We rely on Essex Urethane, a brand that meets all OEM requirements and cures fairly quickly, but you should be aware that your safety depends greatly on allowing the new windshield adhesive time to properly cure.
What if I find another auto glass company that charges a lot less? Shouldn’t I save money?
In this case, you definitely get what you pay for. If you want OEM glass and quality installation that will ensure the longevity of the new windshield and your own safety while driving your vehicle, don’t go anywhere else but American Auto Glass. If you don’t care about your safety possibly being compromised with sub-standard products and improper installation – often resulting in cracking and rusting soon after the job is done – by all means, save a few bucks and go with the cheapest guys. Impossibly low prices either hide plenty of fees and labor charges to be tacked on later or cover up poor quality and untrained technicians. As a family owned and operated business, we have always been committed to providing only the best for our customers, even if it costs a bit more to do so.