When the windows in your vehicle incur damage, it can be tempting to attempt a do-it-yourself repair. After all, those infomercials online videos make it seem like a piece of cake, right? And if you’re living on a tight budget, DIY glass repair might sound particularly attractive. However, when it comes to automotive work (auto glass repair included), it’s safe to say you get what you pay for. DIY chip and crack repair might sound simple, but the procedure is much more delicate than most people realize. The experts at Only Auto Glass explain why you should leave those DIY kits on the shelf and opt for a professional auto glass repair.
Low-Cost Kit Equals Low-Quality Repair
You can get your hands on cheap, do-it-yourself auto glass repair kits at almost any major retailer these days, so they must hold some merit, right? Perhaps, but if these kits worked so gosh-darned well, auto glass repair companies would all be out of business. Repairing a windshield is a delicate process, requiring extensive training and experience. Not only that, but the materials involved in a professional windshield repair are regulated by industry standards—not something a DIY kit can boast. And if inadvertently mess something up? You’ll most likely be heading to your local shop for a full auto glass replacement. Sometimes, opting for the cheaper route ends up costing you more when all is said and done.
You Can Cause Further Damage
You wouldn’t try to fill a cavity in your own mouth, would you? Why not? Because you aren’t trained to do the job correctly and could easily hurt yourself! The same idea holds true for an auto glass repair. Without the knowledge and skills to perform the job correctly, you could fail to clean the glass thoroughly, apply too much pressure, or apply the resin incorrectly, all of which result in a continually growing chip or crack. And, once you’ve attempted to fill in the damage with your own resin products, you won’t be able to have the windshield professionally repaired in the future. Next up? A full windshield replacement.
You Might Void Your Insurance Coverage
Many insurance policies contain provisions designed to discourage vehicle owners from performing their own repairs, primarily because a failed DIY repair ends up costing more money in the end. If your windshield has a minor chip or crack, many times, your insurance policy will cover the repair. However, if you attempt your own fix and it fails, your insurance company will end up forking over much more money for a full replacement than they would have for a professional repair. In most cases, coverage for auto glass repair becomes null and void the moment you attempt to mend the damage yourself. At the end of it all, you’ll likely end up shelling out much more cash than you bargained for.
Professional Auto Glass Repair and Replacement
At Only One Auto Glass, we pride ourselves on our prompt, professional service, industry-leading technicians, and fair and honest pricing. Our team boasts over 200 years of combined professional experience, making us the go-to auto glass repair shop in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Whether you need just a simple rock chip repair, or your glass damage necessitates a full car window replacement, we’ll get the job done quickly and have you back on the road in no time. To schedule your service appointment, give us a call at 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page. Get started right away by requesting your free estimate!