Why We Always Try to Repair Your Existing Windshield Before Replacing It With A New One
It happens to the best of us. Whether it’s because you had a minor accident, or if you got a chip on your windshield from a small pebble that flew onto it from the road, you suddenly find yourself with a broken, chipped, cracked, or scratched windshield. Now that you’ve got the damage, it’s time to get the damage fixed. Some people may be inclined to always and invariably just replace the whole windshield with a new one, but we at Avenue Auto Glass know that it’s always better to try and repair your existing one first. We can assess the situation and repair your windshield quickly and conveniently, which will save you time, money, and stress both now and in the long run.
Why it’s important to fix it sooner rather than later
The most important factor in whether or not we can repair your windshield is how bad the damage is. A small scratch, chip, or even a small crack (usually less than 10 inches) can still be repaired. But once the damage spreads beyond a certain point, it becomes substantially more difficult (and therefore more time-consuming and expensive) to fix it properly. It’s also very dangerous to drive with any damage that could obstruct your line of sight; dirt and debris that collect inside of a scratch or crack’s grooves just add to this problem. That’s why it’s so important to bring in your car as soon as you notice something has happened, no matter how small it looks, because that small nick can turn into a huge deal with a single bump, vibration, or even a significant temperature change.
Repairs save materials and costs
So you brought in your vehicle early enough to get that small chip, scratch, or crack fixed – great! We’re happy to save you time and money by repairing it rather than replacing it. Instead of giving you all new materials in a brand new windshield, we simply take out our windshield repair kits and inject liquid resin into the damaged area, thereby salvaging what’s still good about the rest of the windshield. After applying some UV and cleaning up any excess resin, the liquid hardens and your windshield is as good as new. Repairing and not replacing your windshield saves us labor and the cost of parts, which we then pass on to you. Many insurance companies will also favor repairs rather than replacements, and pass those savings your way. Finally, let’s not forget that avoiding a windshield replacement also in turn saves the environment some damage because it’s one less broken windshield thrown into a landfill.
Keep the original factory seal
The original factory seal of your windshield ensures an airtight fit; although having the work done by a qualified professional like the ones at Avenue Auto Glass gives you the best chance for a flawless finish, it is always optimal to keep the original factory seal. Your original factory seal keeps fog and condensation from creeping in and hindering your ability to see the road, so it’s important to try to maintain it. This also, again, saves you labor costs, and guarantees that your repaired windshield is in good working order.
The bottom line
Don’t take chances with your safety in the car, and that includes not taking chances with your car’s windshield damage. Bring it in for a repair as soon as you need it, and let us make sure that your windshield keeps you safe and secure inside your car for years to come. Contact the windshield and auto glass experts here at Avenue Auto Glass by phone at 604-765-1790, or visit us at 636 Clark Drive, Vancouver BC V5L 3H8.