Windshield Repair: Just a money saver?

Most people assume that motorists repair their windshield simply to save money.

While it’s true that repair is generally about 10% of the cost of a windshield replacement, there are other compelling reasons to repair, rather than replace, stone damaged glass.

1. Safety – Today’s cars rely on the glass to provide major support to the roof in the case of a rollover accident. If the glass pops out the roof can more easily collapse. Retaining the original factory seal of the glass to the steel will ensure that performance.

2. Down Time: A windshield repair takes about 30 minutes and the car is ready to go immediately. With most replacements there is a cure time for urethane that will cause the car to sit for up to 8 hours.

3. Environment – Not only are most windshields dumped into the local landfills but, the manufacturing process is pollution heavy for the amount of product produced. For example; To manufacture one pound of glass will generate two pounds of Carbon Emissions, require six gallons of water in the process and use about 377,000 btu of energy. Repair helps avoid all that.

4. Cost: Windshield repair is about 10% of the replacement cost and insurance claims will eventually increase your policy rates. Most insurance companies will waive dedctible for repair but, many consumers elect to pay the $50 to $70 cost of repair themselves.

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