Basic information about auto glass installations or repair
Replace or repair?
The first question that the majority of car owners face when dealing with a cracked or chipped windshield is whether they should have it replaced or repaired. There are pros and cons to both, but sometimes replacement is the only viable option. For example:
If your windshield has suffered a serious chip or crack (more than a couple inches wide), it should probably be replaced.
Replacement is mandatory in cases where the damage is on the driver’s side of the windshield. That’s because most repair jobs leave the glass looking a little distorted, which can be very distracting when driving.
Most skilled repair/replacement technicians won’t repair cracks that run along the sides of the glass. That’s because this type of damage tends to spread quickly and is extra difficult to contain.
A properly installed windshield protects you and your passengers from being thrown out of the vehicle during an accident.
It prevents the roof of your vehicle from collapsing during an accident.
If your windshield pops out or breaks down completely during an accident, any airbags that deploy may not be effective.
The exact price of a replacement job is very difficult to tell without knowing all the details. With that said, there are a few major factors that you should focus on.
Cost Of Windshield :
The size of the windshield that needs to be replaced will be one of the main factors that determine the price. The bigger your windshield is and the newer year model the more it is going to cost you to get a new one.
Complexity and fittings – this means things like mirror attachments, special coatings, heat/rain sensors and so on. All of these add significantly to the cost of windshield replacement, whether you get an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or an aftermarket windshield.
OEM: an OEM replacement windshield is going to be identical to the windshield that your car came with when it was brand new. Due to the fact that car manufacturers switch between different auto glass makers all the time, your new windshield might have to be manufactured by a different auto glass company (but it will be made to the exact same specification as the original).
Aftermarket: an aftermarket windshield is a windshield that has been produced by a third-party auto glass manufacturer not related to the auto maker who built your car. These third-party manufacturers do not follow the same specifications and guidelines as OEM auto glass makers, which makes buying/using their products a bit of a gamble, so to speak. (Many are made from Chinese glass.)
Car manufacturers don’t typically make their own windshields. This work is subcontracted to companies that specialize in auto glass. The auto glass company creates windshields and windows according to the car maker’s strict specifications. Then the glass is shipped to the central facility where the cars are actually assembled, and they are installed in new cars as they are built. Since this work is subcontracted, the auto manufacturers continually accepts bids from different glass makers. Often they will switch glass manufacturers when a lower bid is received, resulting in identical vehicles having glass that is technically manufactured by different companies. By the time you need to have your windshield replaced, your car’s manufacturer may have switched glass companies, so you will receive an OEM windshield that might have been made by a different company than your original.
As you can see, car windscreen replacement is a pretty complex subject, which is not something that most people expect when dealing with a damaged windshield! Now, to top all of this off, some states have additional laws and regulations that govern how, when and by whom a vehicle’s windshield should be replaced. Other states, such as Arizona, have no such laws but that doesn’t mean that you are allowed to drive around in a car with a cracked windscreen!
AUTO GLASS WARRANTY
We warranty the installation of your windshield or rear window for as long as you own the vehicle (Lifetime Warranty). This means that your new windshield or rear window will be properly installed and sealed by an experienced technician. It will not leak unless it is broken or the car rusts around it, in which case there is no coverage under the warranty. Should you ever have a problem with leakage of your windshield or rear window, or are dissatisfied for any reason, just contact any Aguila De Coatza Auto Glass location and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to determine if the work is covered by warranty.
If our original work needs adjustment, we will do it at no cost to you. At Aguila De Coatza Auto Glass, we are ready to stand behind our work and to stand behind you, our customer. We work for your complete satisfaction !
This warranty covers only the replacement mentioned above, and does not cover any incidental or consequential damages. There are no warranties that extend beyond those expressed. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages and/or do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above statements in this paragraph may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific, legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
Lifetime Warranty: We warranty your automobile glass in normal use against any future leaks or damage due to improper installation as long as you own your vehicle. We will restore the auto glass (including labor and materials) to proper condition at no cost to you as long as you own your car.
In some cases, we may notify you about pre-existing conditions on your vehicle or damages to your vehicle from previous repairs. We will try to correct these conditions if possible, but we can't warranty any previous damages. Please be aware UV light, sun and rain can damage previous plastics and delicate materials in your vehicle. These components may sometimes be damaged during removal. In most cases, we replace clips, wiper hoses and fasteners at little or no charge in order to perform the best job possible .
"Our warranty does not cover leaks or damage due to pre-existing conditions, such as damage or rust on the window
frame, or future damage caused by impact with foreign objects, vandalism, theft, accidents or reckless conduct."
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Aguila De Coatza Auto Glass & Tinting
602 S tremont St Oceanside ca 92056
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