Never had a windshield replacement before? If you’re getting ready to make an appointment for a new windshield at your local auto glass repair shop, you’ve probably got a few questions. How much will it cost you? Will your insurance cover the job? How long does the appointment take? Do you have to wait to drive your vehicle after the new windshield is in place?


These are all excellent questions, and to help you out, our team at Centennial Auto Glass has the answers below. Read on to find out what you can expect before, during, and after your upcoming windshield replacement appointment.


What You Need to Do Before Your Windshield Replacement

Before you head into an auto glass repair shop for a windshield replacement, you need to file a claim with your auto insurance if you’re planning to have your insurer foot the bill. But before you file that claim, you’ll need to get a few replacement estimates and send them to your insurance company.


To ensure you choose a quality shop, check out what you need to look for in an auto glass repair company.


If you’re planning to pay out of pocket for your windshield replacement, be prepared to spend between $200-$400 on average. Keep in mind, however, that that figure may not be accurate for your vehicle. If you own a newer automobile that has special glass or that requires ADAS calibration, the cost of your windshield replacement may exceed the average price range.


What to Expect During Your Windshield Replacement Appointment

If you’re scheduling an in-shop windshield replacement, the process will take at least an hour, so if you can’t wait around, be sure to arrange alternate transportation from the shop. If you’re planning to have a mobile team perform your windshield replacement, they’ll give you a call to let you know an approximate ETA and the length of time it will take to perform the job.


Keep in mind, though, that if you’re opting for a mobile windshield replacement and the weather is poor on the day of your appointment, you may need to reschedule. Rain and high winds can interfere with the replacement process as they can impede the sealant’s and adhesive’s ability to dry and cure.


How to Care for Your Auto Glass After a Windshield Replacement

After your new windshield is in place, you’ll need to wait at least an hour to drive. You’ll also need to be careful with your vehicle for at least a day or two to allow the sealant and adhesive to cure fully. Here are few things you need to know to ensure the glass settles in place properly:


●        Avoid slamming your doors.

●        Don’t take your vehicle through a car wash for at least 48 hours.

●        Leave the retention tape on the windshield for at least a day.

●        Try to keep your vehicle in a covered area for at least 48 hours.


Want your new windshield to last as long as possible? Check out these other tips on how to care for your windshield immediately after a replacement.


Schedule Your Windshield Replacement With Centennial Auto Glass Today

Need a new windshield? Bring your vehicle to our team at Centennial Auto Glass! Our Auto Glass Safety Council certified installers specialize in comprehensive windshield replacement and repair, as well as ADAS calibration for vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems. We’re approved by all major insurance companies and we offer cash-pay discounts too. Check out our reviews to see what people are saying!


To make an appointment or learn more about our services, feel free to call our Blaine, MN office today at 651-653-1777 or request a free quote online, and we’ll be in touch promptly.