What do an errant golf ball, an unscrupulous burglar, and a rowdy teen all have in common? Not much, unless you consider the fact that they all have the potential to damage your vehicle’s windows. If you find yourself the victim of accidental or purposeful auto glass damage, you may be asking yourself whether or not you should have the damage repaired. Certainly, a spare tarp or garbage bag offers comparable protection, right? Well, no. If your side windows are damaged, it’s imperative that you have them repaired immediately. Continuing to drive with damaged auto glass puts you and your passengers at risk. Only One Auto Glass explains how:
Makeshift Covers Don’t Offer Protection
If your side windows incur damage, your first thought may be to cover the window with an old tarp or black trash bag. While covering the window may prevent insects and other small pieces of debris from entering, it doesn’t offer any protection for you and your passengers. If you routinely drive on roads with higher speed limits, your makeshift window covering can easily detach from your vehicle, potentially leaving you and your passengers at risk for injuries from flying objects.
As well, if you’re the unfortunate victim of a collision with your window covering still intact, a millimeter or two of plastic won’t prevent shattered glass or flying metal from entering the interior of your vehicle. Pass on the plastic, and opt for auto glass repair or a side window replacement for safety’s sake.
Water and Electrical Work Don’t Mix
A damaged side window puts your vehicle at a greater risk of electrical failure as a result of water damage. If you park outside, there’s no avoiding the rain, and when it comes, the interior of your vehicle will certainly get doused—and no, we don’t just mean the upholstery.
Even if you’ve covered your window with a tarp or old sheet of plastic, water can still enter because the window is not sealed. When water makes its way inside the cabin, it can enter your center console, drip onto your electronic window controls, and even make its way behind the dash. And what happens when water accumulates around electrical wires? Those wires short out—and you’re left with substantially higher repair costs than if you’d elected a side window replacement.
You’re a Theft Magnet
We hate to say it, but if you’re driving around with a damaged side window, you’re basically sending an open invitation to burglars. Even if your window is only cracked or chipped, the damage compromises the strength of the glass, making it much easier for unscrupulous individuals to enter your vehicle and rob you of your belongings. And, if you’ve opted for the glaring invitation that a tarp or sheet of plastic extends, avoiding public parking altogether is probably your best bet. Instead of putting your vehicle and valuables at risk, take the time to schedule an auto glass repair or replacement. While such a repair may seem like an unattractive expense, a stolen vehicle or other irreplaceable valuables will make a substantially larger dent in your bank account.
Side Window Repair and Replacement from Only One Auto Glass
To help ensure the safety and security of you, your passengers, and your vehicle, call Only One Auto Glass if you ever experience side window damage. We’ll explain the pros and cons of each service we offer and allow you to select the option that best fits your needs. Whether it’s just a rock chip repair or a full side window replacement, our expert technicians will have your vehicle safely back on the road in no time at all. To schedule your service appointment, give us a call at 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page. To get started right away, feel free to request your free estimate!