Auto Glass Wisdom Southern MD
If windshield repair or replacement in Southern Maryland is what you need, you may be looking for a little advice and direction. Good advice from auto glass professionals isn’t tough to find, but faulty advice from non-professionals isn’t either.
Finding Reputable Auto Repairs
One example: an online forum member asks other members what they recommend she do to prevent her cracked windshield from getting worse. She got many answers, some unhelpful: self-repair methods, including using clear plastic and a carcinogenic glue, and using clear nail polish, Super and Crazy Glue, liquid porcelain, adhesives, or windshield-repair kits; tinting the windshield; etching around the crack with a glass cutter or diamond; covering the crack with duct, cello, or packaging tape; drilling a hole at the end of the crack; keeping away from bumps and potholes; keeping away from summer heat and sunlight and winter defrosting; putting in a junkyard windshield; refraining from using the car; and smashing the windshield out of the car with a baseball bat. The functional responses were about professionally repairing or replacing the windshield for minimal or zero cost.
It’s really super important to stop windshield cracking from spreading; or the windshield will surely need replacing at some point in the future. Some states have a rule that driving a vehicle with cracking that is more than six inches away from the outer edges of the windshield is illegal. Even when a person doesn’t have insurance to cover a fix, a ten or twenty dollar repair fee is so much less than the cost of replacing a windshield. A crack that is smaller than a dollar bill is usually fixable. It’s difficult to understand why a person would even spend $1 on a possibly ineffective or even destructive self-fix when it’s easy to find $10 trained-technician fixes or insurance-covered fixes.
When Do It Yourself Auto Repair doesn’t make sense.
Do-it-yourself replacing of windshields is not a good practice because it’s often done improperly and the windshields then pop out in accidents instead of functioning as they are meant to. As well as keeping wind, weather, bugs, and rocks out of the car, windshields function as safety devices during accidents, keeping people and airbags inside the car, and keeping the roof from buckling during a rollover. It’s really only possible to trust windshield installations that are done by properly trained certified technicians and that use only OEM-specified windshields and adhesives. This is why it’s a bad idea to use junkyard windshields for replacements-you just can’t be sure of what you’re getting.
Many Southern MD vehicle glass dealers offer exceptional G-12 warrantee coverage on their windshield installs-if your newly installed windshield breaks or is damaged by normal road hazards within a year of the replacement date, they’ll fix or replace it for free. Some auto glass dealerships also guarantee their installations of rear windows and windshields for as long as you own the vehicle.