Have you fallen for common auto glass myths? If you’re not getting your advice from NGA-certified glass installers, you can bet you’re operating under incorrect assumptions. And unfortunately, those assumptions could cost you dearly when it comes to repairing or replacing your windshield. To help you make the smartest auto glass repair decisions for your vehicle, the NGA-certified repair specialists at Centennial Glass debunk 4 of the most common auto glass myths below.
1. Minor Chips and Cracks Don’t Necessitate Repair
This myth is flat-out false! Minor chips or cracks in your windshield always necessitate repair because they’ll eventually get worse. And depending on how long you let them go and how much larger they grow, you may end up having to pay for a complete windshield replacement rather than a few simple (and cheaper!) repairs.
Bottom line: Whenever you notice windshield damage, no matter how minor it is, you should seek the advice of a professional auto glass repair specialist at your earliest convenience.
2. DIY Windshield Repair is “Good Enough”
If you’re attempting to save on repair costs, opting for a do-it-yourself windshield repair kit can be pretty tempting — after all, who wouldn’t appreciate repairs for $10-$15? But there’s one glaring problem with DIY repair kits: they’re low quality.
Furthermore, without training and experience, not only are you likely to make mistakes with the repair, but you could also do more harm than good. And unfortunately, if you damage your windshield further, you may need to have a full windshield replacement, which is considerably more expensive than professional repairs.
Bottom line: Avoid DIY auto glass repair kits if you want your windshield repairs to last.
3. Your Insurance Premiums Will Increase
Another common worry with all forms of auto glass repair is insurance costs. Many vehicle owners believe their insurance premiums are bound to increase if they file a claim for windshield replacement or repair. But that worry is only true some of the time, and it really depends on your insurance company’s policy.
Bottom line: While there’s certainly a chance that your premiums might see a slight increase after you file a windshield claim, the extra cost won’t be anywhere near what it would be for a collision claim.
5. All Auto Glass Services Are Expensive
This myth is totally false, too. Though paying out of pocket for a windshield replacement isn’t exactly cheap, it’s not outrageously expensive either. In fact, many shops (like Centennial Glass, for example) offer discounts for cash payment. And, though the cost of windshield repair varies depending on the shop and the severity of the glass damage, in most cases, you can expect to pay less than $100.
Bottom line: Before you assume professional auto glass repair is too expensive, call around. Ask for repair quotes and inquire about cash discounts — but please, for the sake of your windshield, don’t opt for a DIY repair.
Centennial Auto Glass: Your Twin Cities Source for Auto Glass Repair and Replacement
If you have a damaged windshield, bring your vehicle to our experienced repair team at Centennial Auto Glass. We’ve proudly served Twin Cities residents for over 25 years, we’re approved by all major insurance companies, and we offer discounts for cash customers. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give our Blaine, MN office a call today at 651-653-1777 or contact us online, and we’ll be in touch promptly.