Auto Glass Repairs: Which Auto Glass Parts Can be Repaired & What has to be Replaced?

Auto Glass Repairs: Which Auto Glass Parts Can be Repaired & What has to be Replaced?

Jan 01, 2018

It happens to all of us, somewhere down the line a piece of gravel chips the front windshield or a child's ball flies into your vehicle, cracking the side or rear window glass and repairs are necessary. Since it's a rare occasion that you need auto glass repairs, it can be tricky to decide on the right glass repair shop to meet your needs. Glass America is a great choice for all makes and models needing auto glass repairs or replacements. We offer an honest assessment of the damages and competitive pricing on your fix. Our expert technicians offer convenient mobile services and can come to your work or home to fix your vehicle and ensure you get back on the road, promptly and safely.

Types of Auto Glass we CAN Fix or Replace

In order to give detailed information to your technician, regarding the damages, it is important to understand the different types of auto glass on your vehicle. Note that the front windshield is the only piece of glass on your car that can be repaired, all other auto glass requires replacement. A windshield should be replaced instead of repaired if the chip or crack is larger than the size of a credit card.

  • Front Windshield

    The front windshield shields you from the wind and debris, and also provides support to the body of your vehicle, especially in a roll-over accident. Many windshields are tinted to enhance visibility, and newer models include sensors that help the car function. In a wreck, the passenger side airbag often deploys, hitting the windshield. Hence, proper installation with the correct adhesive and glass that fits to-size will ensure the airbag stays in the vehicle and you aren't launched through the windshield. Some windshields have rain sensors and even back-up camera displays.   To be sure you get all the features you have now, you may be asked to provide your vin number when replacing your glass.
  • Rear Windshield (also known as Back Glass or Rear Window Glass)

    The rear windshield includes sensors for different functions just as the front windshield does. Back glass can also include tinting for improved visibility and has defrosters and sometime windshield wiper components. This will almost always require replacement and can't be repaired.
  • Side Door Auto Glass

    Front and rear door auto glass can differ by the percentage of tinting, if any, depending on the laws in the state in which you reside. These windows cannot be repaired; they must be always be replaced.
  • Vent and Quarter Auto Glass

    Depending on the make and model of your car, the vent glass and quarter glass come in all different sizes and need to be measured for replacement. These windows cannot be repaired; they must be replaced.

As you can see from the descriptions above, each auto glass part includes qualities that are specific to that particular glass for each vehicle's make, model and year. The technician will be able to help you assess the damage if you are still unsure of the location of the damage.

What to Know About Your Auto Glass Repairs

Improper installation for auto glass replacement can be deadly for the driver and passengers of the vehicle. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies the windshield of a car as one of the primary components of a vehicle's safety restraint system - yet recent national statistics show nearly 8 out of 10 auto glass replacements fail to be installed properly and safely," according to Marketwire. Experienced technicians at Glass America use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) quality glass at affordable prices for most auto glass replacements to ensure perfect-fitting glass and proper adhesive on the installations. Glass America is committed to safety and high standards, backed by our active membership in the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS), deeming safe auto glass installation the primary goal. Call (877) 220-1724 today or click here for your instant online auto glass quote.


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