Frequently Asked Questions: Windshield Replacement

Our Windshield Replacement service at Auto Glass Direct is designed with your safety, convenience, and satisfaction at the forefront. We guarantee to deliver a seamless and reliable windshield replacement experience.

Why can’t my windshield just be repaired instead of replaced?

Whether a windshield can be repaired or needs to be replaced depends on the size, type, depth, and location of the damage. Small chips or cracks away from the driver’s line of sight might be repairable. However, larger cracks, damages that interfere with the driver’s vision, or those that compromise the structural integrity of the windshield typically require replacement to ensure safety.

How long will it take to replace my windshield?

On average, at Auto Glass Direct, a windshield replacement can take up to an hour or sometimes more, depending on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the type of adhesive used. It’s also important to consider the “safe drive-away time,” which is the time you should wait post-replacement before driving the vehicle, ensuring the adhesive has properly set.

Will my insurance cover the cost of windshield replacement?

In many cases, comprehensive auto insurance will cover the cost of windshield replacement, either in part or in full. The exact coverage varies depending on the specifics of your policy, your deductible, and local regulations. It’s always best to check with your insurance provider for details.

Do I need to recalibrate my Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) after a windshield replacement?

If your vehicle is equipped with ADAS, it often requires recalibration after a windshield replacement to ensure that safety features (like lane departure warnings or automatic braking) function correctly. Failing to do so can compromise the effectiveness of these systems. Auto Glass Direct is well-versed in ADAS so we can accurately check this for you.

How soon can I drive my car after the windshield has been replaced?

This primarily depends on the adhesive used during the replacement. Some adhesives set quickly and allow for almost immediate use, while others might require you to wait for several hours. Typically, a “safe drive-away time” will be provided, which is the recommended wait time before driving to ensure the adhesive has properly cured.