Whether you’re driving alone or with passengers, your car is always carrying precious cargo – and you should always feel safe in your vehicle.
The windshield may not be the flashiest or most fun component of anyone’s car, but it’s certainly the most important piece of glass you’ll ever own. In many ways, the windshield is the unsung hero of a car – and it does way more than just keep the bugs out of your teeth and the wind out of your hair.
Most people probably never think about their windshield until it gets damaged and they need to get it replaced. When it’s time to replace your windshield, there are several important things to keep in mind to make sure the glass standing between you and the road is of the highest quality and safety standards.
4 Key Things to Know Before Replacing Your Windshield
1. In a car accident, the windshield plays a vital role in ensuring passenger safety. According to the National Auto Glass Safety Council, the windshield provides 45 percent of the structural integrity of a vehicle’s cabin in a front-end collision. In a rollover collision, that number is even higher – as much as 60 percent.
The windshield is also an integral part of the safety restraint system in any vehicle. In a car accident that’s significant enough to trigger the car’s airbags, proper support from the windshield helps them deploy in the correct position to cushion drivers and passengers, eliminating serious airbag-related injuries.
2. Ask whether you can expect to get an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) windshield. An OEM windshield will be the same as the original, factory-installed windshield that was on the vehicle the day it rolled off the assembly line. This glass is manufactured according to each car maker’s strict regulations, and should match the original in quality, thickness, durability and dimensions. Another important note is that OEM windshields are certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation, so you can rest assured they are safe and reliable.
3. Look for an auto glass company that will work with your auto insurance. Several factors affect the price of a new windshield, including the age, make and model of a vehicle. If your car insurance policy covers windshield replacement, ask the installer if they can work with your insurance company. At Diamond Auto Glass, we are happy to accept all auto insurance for a smoother customer experience.
4. The installer’s reputation is extremely important. Look for a community-oriented, local business with physical locations. A company’s number of years in business is also a good indication of their status and commitment to quality service.
Diamond Auto Glass has been in business under the same ownership for more than 30 years, and we are very proud of our hard-earned reputation for being a company that cares about its customers and provides the best repairs in a timely fashion. We provide windshield and auto glass repair, replacement and tinting for the cities of Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Winslow, Sedona, Goodyear, Surprise, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria and Paradise Valley. When it’s time to replace or repair your vehicle’s windshield, contact Diamond Auto Glass for a free quote.