Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Glass Repair

Before you get auto glass repair, get all of the information you need to make the best decision. Here are some commonly asked questions about auto glass repair.

Does the Glass Always Have to Be Replaced?

When possible, your auto glass shop should try to fix the glass before replacing it. That's not possible in the case that a large chunk is already missing, but when there are minor to moderate cracks, a sealant can sometimes be used to restore visibility and hold the piece together.

What Source of Glass Is Used?

Each auto glass repair shop will have its own preferred glass sources, and you'll want to know which ones they use. Some glass panels will have a watermark that lists the manufacturer, and if you would prefer not to have this, check on the brand of glass being used to see if it's clean. In other cases, you might want to get your glass directly from the car's manufacturer, but be aware that this will probably cost more than the standard, aftermarket parts that glass repair stores use.

How Long Does it Take?

Thankfully, auto glass repair is usually a job that can be done while you wait at a nearby restaurant or coffee shop. The job itself should take about 30 minutes, which includes replacing glass and vacuuming the car to clear away glass pieces.

What Happens to the Rear View Mirror and Other Attachments?

Your auto glass shop should do their best to remove the adhesive on stickers carefully and adhere them to your new windshield. The same goes for a rear view mirror; you shouldn't have to purchase a new mirror on top of a new piece of glass.

Is There Any Time When Glass Repair Won't Work?

For most cases where only the window itself is damaged, your glass shop should be able to find a piece of glass to match your vehicle. The only time when glass replacement wouldn't be recommended is when the door is damaged as well (if you are doing a side window replacement). If the door is damaged so that the panel interferes with the window track, the glass could shatter again at a later date if the window isn't repaired as a part of a full door repair. In that case, it is recommended that you seek out an auto body shop who can handle both items for you.