The Ultimate Checklist for Buying Windshield Glass

Your car’s windshield is very important for your safety. It keeps the elements and debris from hitting you in the face.  It has to deal with a lot, and sometimes it breaks. Getting the proper new windshield glass for your car is very important. You could wind up with another cracked windshield sooner than you think if you don’t. Here’s a checklist for when you’re buying new windshield glass.

 

New vs. Used

Always buy new windshield glass when replacing. There’s no telling if the used glass is in good condition.  You run the risk of the glass breaking again if you go with used glass.  New glass assures that it meets the highest safety and strength standards. 

 

It MUST Fit Well

Don’t let any installer tell you that they can make the glass work. The windshield glass must perfectly fit the make, model, and year of your car.  If it doesn’t, there’s no telling whether or not it’s safe or will work well. If it doesn’t fit correctly you run the risk of having it break easier.

 

 The Right Material 

Most windshield you use laminated safety glass. It’s two layers of curve class that has a layer of plastic laminate it in the middle.  Go with this is your choice. Don’t let someone try to sell you something that’s cheaper. It probably won’t be as effective. 

 

 A Licensed Company 

Always make sure the company that is installing the glass is licensed has a contractor. These companies must carry bond and insurance that will cover you if there is damage or injury caused by the company’s work.

 

OEM Parts

You should always try to buy OEM parts. They may cost a little more, but they’re worth it. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer which means the windshield will be exactly the same as the one that was originally on your car.  The windshield will be made according to your car manufacturers exact specifications. Aftermarket parts might be cheaper, but they won’t necessarily be made to these specifications.  This could leave you with a noisier ride, we are glass, and a wavy quality to the glass.  It’s a much safer bet to stick with OEM glass.

 

You may have to spend more to get all of these things checked off but it’s worth it. It’s hard to put a price tag on your safety.