Dealing with a damaged windshield but can’t find the time to make it to an auto glass repair shop? Then you’ve probably looked into getting mobile windshield repairs, either at your home or workplace.
But should you really take that route? Will the repair be equal in quality to the same type of repair performed in the shop? Is it actually safe to get your windshield repaired in your driveway or a parking lot?
Below, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the safety of mobile windshield repair and whether it’s a good idea for your vehicle.
Mobile vs. In-Shop Windshield Repair: Are There Quality Discrepancies?
One of the most common questions we get at Only 1 Auto Glass is whether mobile repairs are equal in quality to in-shop auto glass repairs. The answer to that question is a resounding YES.
A mobile windshield repair is every bit as good as the same time of repair we’d perform in the shop. Of course, our technicians can’t tightly control the outside environment like they can inside our shop. However, they’ll certainly do their best to prevent any environmental conditions from negatively impacting the quality of the repair.
If it appears that weather may have a negative effect on the technicians' ability to perform the job or complete it to the highest quality standard, rescheduling may be necessary. We take quality very seriously because we understand just how crucial your auto glass is for you and your passengers’ safety.
Is Mobile Windshield Repair Safe?
Yes, mobile windshield repair is safe — just as safe as getting your windshield repaired in the shop.
At Only 1 Auto Glass, all of our employees are trained to perform repairs to the highest quality standard and fully vetted to ensure our customers’ safety. We use the same techniques to perform mobile windshield repairs as we use for in-shop repairs, so you can feel safe knowing your auto glass is properly restored.
Benefits of Mobile Windshield Repair
Driving around the Twin Cities with damaged auto glass is dangerous and puts your and your passengers’ safety at risk. Not only that, but driving with a cracked windshield is illegal in Minnesota.
So while dealing with windshield repairs might be a bit of an inconvenience, it’s both prudent and necessary. And in reality, auto glass repairs aren’t all that inconvenient — not when you schedule them with a mobile windshield repair specialist anyway.
If your damaged windshield is eligible for mobile service, you can have an auto glass repair specialist come to your home or work location and perform the repairs onsite.
If you’re short on time or can’t rearrange your schedule to make an in-shop appointment, mobile windshield repair has several advantages, including:
● No wait time. When you hire a mobile auto glass repair service, you won’t need to wait around in a crowded waiting room while your glass gets serviced.
● No interference with your normal schedule. Whether you can’t get out of work to get your windshield repaired or don’t want to haul the kids to the shop, mobile repairs allow you to continue with your day as usual.
● Quality service. When a mobile windshield repair specialist services your auto glass, you’ll get the same quality of repair as you would from an in-shop service appointment.
● Flexibility. Mobile auto glass repair specialists can travel throughout the metro area, so wherever you happen to be, they can meet you there. It’s the most flexible and convenient way to have your windshield fixed.
When Are Mobile Auto Glass Repairs Not a Good Idea?
Certain weather conditions can interfere with any auto glass repair technician’s ability to perform the work to the highest quality standard. Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to get mobile auto glass repair when:
When It’s Raining or Snowing
Any amount of moisture landing on the windshield during the repair process will interfere with the filler’s and sealant’s ability to cure properly.
When Outdoor Temperatures Are Super Low
Technically, auto glass repairs can be performed in very cold conditions (as low as zero degrees, in some cases), but those conditions aren’t ideal.
Curing may take quite a bit longer than it would in warmer weather, which can negatively impact the quality of the repair.
When It’s Windy Outside
To perform any auto glass repair, the crack or chip must remain completely clean so that the filler can settle inside the damaged area without introducing particles into the repaired glass. When it’s very windy outdoors, the repair technicians may not be able to prevent particles from blowing into the filler and settling there, which may compromise the quality of the repair.
Check out Your Mobile Windshield Repair Questions Answered for more useful info you may want to know.
When Is Mobile Repair Not an Option?
If you own a vehicle with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as parking assist, lane departure warnings, or a backup camera, mobile auto glass repair probably isn’t an option for you. Why not?
Because the cameras and sensors that feed information to your vehicle’s ADAS technology must be recalibrated after a windshield repair or replacement. And the ADAS recalibration process must be performed in a shop that has a highly controlled environment and specialized equipment.
Without recalibration, your vehicle’s safety features may not continue working properly after your windshield has been serviced. And if those features don’t work according to their design, your and your passengers’ safety could be at risk on the road.
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Schedule Mobile Windshield Repair With Only 1 Auto Glass
Looking for mobile auto glass repair experts in the Twin Cities? Look no further than our team at Only 1 Auto Glass! Our technicians are highly trained, experienced, and specialize in ADAS recalibration.
Many members of our team are also certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council. Quality workmanship and excellent customer service are the foundation of our business, and we’d love to make you our next fully satisfied client.
To learn more or get started, give us a call today at 651-789-1111 or request a free estimate.