Driving around with a cracked windshield is not a safe way to get around, and also potentially illegal. If you have a cracked windshield, you are going to want to get it taken care of right away. Before you go in to get your windshield replaced, you are going to want to know what the process is like so you can properly plan for it.
#1 Mobile Repair or Shopped Based Repair
When it comes to getting your windshield fixed, you have a few options. You can take your vehicle to a repair shop to get your windshield fixed. Or you can take your vehicle to a mobile repair shop that is designed to bring their services to you instead of you having to come to them.
If you go to a physical location, you are going to need to give yourself at least a couple of hours for the repair. Although it doesn't take that long to change out a windshield, the task can be completed in a half-hour or so, your vehicle needs to sit for at least an hour in order for the windshield and adhesive to have time to settle.
#2 OEM Windshield or Aftermarket Windshield
You need to decide what type of windshield you want to have installed in your vehicle. An aftermarket windshield generally costs less than an OEM windshield. An aftermarket windshield is also easier to get access to then an OEM windshield. You may need to wait for the shop to get an OEM windshield in stock before your windshield can be replaced.
The biggest difference between an OEM windshield and an aftermarket windshield is the appearance. OEM windshields may have special visual features that are different than an aftermarket windshield.
#3 Cleaning Your Vehicle
When getting your windshield replaced, as with many other car services, the technicians try to protect your vehicle. The glass technicians generally put down plastic or some type of coverings over your seats to keep things clean and protected.
If you have a rear view mirror attached to your windshield, the glass technicians will remove the rear view mirror and reattach it to the new windshield. Once the windshield has been put in place, the technicians will be sure to clean up and vacuum the inside of your vehicle and make sure that everything is cleaned up before giving your vehicle back to you.
If your windshield is damaged, you are going to want to get the windshield replaced right away. You can take your windshield to a shop or you can have a mobile operation van sent out to your location for the windshield exchange process. They windshield replacement company will then clean up your vehicle and make sure that everything is in order before giving you back your vehicle.