If the damage to your windscreen is too severe to warrant a repair job and you’ve been told you need the whole thing replaced, it’s entirely understandable that you may feel a little concerned about it being a major undertaking and a significant expense. The good news is that you should be pleasantly surprised on both fronts, it may take less time and cost less than you think.
Why your car’s windscreen is so crucial
Your windscreen is one of your vehicle’s most important structural elements and if it is damaged beyond repair, it will need to be replaced urgently in order to protect your safety and that of your passengers. Whilst many minor chips or cracks can be fixed easily, there are some situations when the location, depth or extent of the damage necessitates a full windscreen replacement.
However, before you go ahead and book the job, here are some handy tips which will save you time and money and ensure that you get the safest and most enduring outcome.
1. Check your insurance policy
Depending on the nature of your motor insurance policy, you may find that you are covered for a full windscreen replacement. Get in touch with your insurer to establish what they cover and what (if any) out-of-pocket expenses you are liable for. Generally, if you are covered for a full replacement, you will only need to pay a small excess and your claims history won’t be affected.
2. Do your research
If you’ve never used a windscreen repair or replacement company before, it’s advisable to investigate your options thoroughly. Do some research on different service providers in your area, read reviews on their workmanship, establish what warranties they provide for both parts and installation and if possible, get an idea of what they charge.
3. Tread carefully when you’re offered huge discounts
Doing things on the cheap when it comes to windscreen replacements is likely to mean compromising on quality, performance, and safety. Cut-rate pricing usually means you are getting inferior replacement products, so it’s important to compare apples with apples when you are doing price comparisons.
And even if your windscreen replacement is covered by insurance, make sure that the service provider you choose offers the best quality materials and excellent workmanship. It’s really not worth taking a chance or taking any shortcuts. You’ll only be putting your safety at risk and devaluing your asset.
4. Choose a fully licenced, accredited and insured service provider
Not all windscreen repair and replacement companies are the same. Check their credentials, make sure their technicians are fully trained and accredited and ensure that they are a licenced autoglass repairer. It’s also a good idea to see how long the company has been around for. Experience matters, so you want to partner with one that has an established track record.
5. Choose where is most convenient for you to have the job done
Some companies offer a mobile service and are therefore able to do your windscreen replacement at a time and place that suits you. This not only means you can minimise any downtime by having the job done at home or at work – it also means that if the damage is severe, you don’t need to risk driving an unroadworthy vehicle to their premises. The job usually only takes about an hour, with an extra hour required to allow the adhesive to set.
A last word on what you need to do before you get your windscreen replaced…
Don’t be reluctant to ask questions. Any windscreen repairer worth their salt will be more than happy to answer any queries and will be totally upfront and transparent about their costings, their materials, their processes, warranties etc.
If you choose Autoscreens for your windscreen replacement, you’re guaranteed the services of Perth’s most trusted mobile autoglass professionals. We’re a family owned business with over 30 years of motor industry experience and have a proven track record for top quality workmanship, value for money and friendly personalised service.
Contact Jason and Xavier a call now and we’ll have your windscreen replacement sorted in no time!
Jason’s extensive professional qualifications and his broad industry experience paired with his military background means he brings an extraordinary level of skill, expertise and meticulous attention to detail to every aspect of his business.
Prior to starting Autoscreens, Jason worked for several leading international windscreen companies as well as spending a number of years in the armed forces. He has accumulated numerous professional qualifications, industry accolades and leadership awards, and is a highly respected volunteer in his local community.
Under his expert stewardship, Autoscreens has grown into one of the leading windscreen companies in Perth. Despite its success, he has ensured that the family-owned and managed company remains true to its founding values of integrity, quality and unsurpassed customer service.