Getting a windshield replacement seems pretty straightforward, right? All you need to do is find an auto glass replacement company, make an appointment, and from there, the pros handle the rest, right? While that sequence of events indeed describes a windshield replacement on its most basic level, there are plenty of smaller details involved in the process that you should know about.


Check out the answers below to some of our most common questions about new windshield installation, so you know what to expect when you need new auto glass.


1. Is Mobile Auto Glass Repair Service Safe?

Absolutely, provided you hire a reputable auto glass repair company that offers mobile service. There’s no major difference between mobile and in-shop auto glass repair and replacement, save for the fact that we cannot tightly control the surrounding environment during a mobile repair.


In the shop, we can control temperature, humidity, and airborne debris levels (all things that can influence the repair/replacement process) very tightly. Outdoors, however, that’s simply not possible. As such, if the weather is questionable, you may end up getting a call to reschedule your mobile repair/replacement.


2. How Do I Know I’m Hiring a Legitimate Auto Glass Replacement Company?

Look for trust signals and do your research before you decide on an auto glass replacement service. If you’re ever approached by an “auto glass repair representative” in a parking lot, be wary because legitimate companies don’t really make a practice of cold prospecting. Auto glass scams are fairly common these days, but you can easily avoid them by relying on customer reviews and BBB ratings.


3. Can I Use Insurance to Pay for My Windshield Replacement?

That depends on whether you have comprehensive coverage, which may help pay for auto glass repair or replacement, depending on the policy. If your windshield damage was caused by another driver, that driver’s liability insurance should cover the damage, but you’ll need to verify that with the shop you plan to go to, as well as with the insurance company involved.


4. How Long Does a Windshield Replacement Take?

The amount of time required to perform a windshield replacement can vary based on the vehicle and whether it has advanced driver safety systems (ADAS). Generally, the replacement itself requires about an hour, but if the vehicle has ADAS, that system must be recalibrated after the replacement is complete. The recalibration process typically requires another 30 minutes to an hour.


5. Are There Any Precautions I Should Take After a Windshield Replacement?

Yes. To ensure your new windshield cures properly (adheres securely to the frame of your vehicle), you shouldn’t drive your car or truck for at least one hour after the replacement. After that hour passes, you can drive your vehicle, but there are other precautions you’ll want to take to keep your windshield in great shape long term.


For valuable tips, check out these 8 things you must do to ensure your windshield replacement lasts.


Get a Quality Windshield Replacement at Centennial Glass

When you need auto glass repair or replacement in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro, look no further than Centennial Glass. We serve the entire Twin Cities area and specialize in both mobile and in-shop auto glass service. Our installers are certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council and our highly skilled team has over 25 years of industry experience. Give us a call today at 651-653-1777 or contact us online to get started!