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FREE MOBILE SERVICEWe perform the best windshield replacement Charlotte has to offer. We dispatch to your home, work or anywhere in between to repair and replace auto glass. If you are within a 30 mile radius of Charlotte our mobile service is FREE!
NO LEAK GUARANTEEEvery windshield installed by us comes with a Lifetime Warranty Against Air or Water Leaks for as long as you own your vehicle. We have spent years building up a reputation as a trusted source for Charlotte auto glass repair.
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Our Service Areas For
Auto Glass Repair
Car Window Repair
- Albemarle, NC
- Belmont, NC
- Charlotte, NC
- Concord, NC
- Cornelius, NC
- Davidson, NC
- Fort Mill, NC
- Gastonia, NC
- Harrisburg, NC
- Hickory, NC
- Huntersville, NC
- Indian Trail, NC
- Kannapolis, NC
- Kings Mountain, NC
- Lincolnton, NC
- Locust, NC
- Matthews, NC
- Mint Hill, NC
- Monroe, NC
- Mooresville, NC
- Mount Holly, NC
- Newton, NC
- Rock Hill, SC
- Salisbury, NC
- Shelby, NC
- Statesville, NC
- Waxhaw, NC
- Weddington, NC
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With Your Charlotte Windshield Replacement
If you're one of the several thousands of people in Charlotte who are currently driving around with a damaged windshield, then it is important you hire a quality replacement service as quickly as possible. Your windshield may not look all that bad, but any cracks or other damage to your glass can have a serious impact on your safety and it is important to have it replaced as soon as possible. Unlike many other small vehicle repairs, it is not easy or safe to replace a windshield on your own.
Some people may attempt the job themselves, but without proper training and know how they will more than likely not receive the finished results they were looking for. To perform the same quality job as the Charlotte windshield replacement experts offer, you'll have to buy top quality equipment which isn't cheap and source your own parts (which may be hard to find). For this reason, most people benefit more from hiring a reputable auto glass service like Auto Glass Pro Shop instead.
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Why Should You Choose a High Quality
Auto Glass Service Like Auto Glass Pro Shop?
OEM Quality Auto Glass Parts
The primary advantage of having a quality auto glass replacement service perform the work, would have to be because you will receive essentially the most durable windshields available on the market and not cheap aftermarket knock-offs. OEM quality and durability is regarded as one of the most important things that any windshield should have because it is the only thing that will prevent the windshield from easily becoming damaged again in the future. There are numerous shops who install auto glass in Charlotte, that use lower quality aftermarket Chinese brands and make no effort to inform you of the fact that they are using inferior glass products to justify their pricing and end up costing you much more in the long run.
Experienced, Knowledgeable Technicians
Another advantage that you will receive when you hire a quality windshield replacement service would have to be the technicians. The best auto glass service shops will only employ certified and experienced installers in order to ensure the quality and workmanship of the installation. Auto Glass Pro Shop only hires technicians with 5+ years of experience installing automotive glass. The technicians which will perform these replacements are highly knowledgeable concerning how to properly and safely install your glass, hence they will easily be capable of replacing your windshield or car window without an issue.
The Best Value For The Money
One last advantage to hiring a high quality service would be the fact it will actually help you save money in the long run. Many auto glass shops will send out newly trained technicians to replace the glass on your vehicle to save money on experienced installers. Without the proper experience and mentoring, a few different issues may arise from an improper installation of your glass. Air and water leaks are common problems of improper installation and are a very rare occasion for the seasoned installer. Stress cracks can also manifest themselves due to improper installation, shoddy glass or both. Auto Glass Pro Shop offers a Lifetime Warranty to protect you against any air or water leaks that happen to arise, as well as a 30 day manufacturers warranty on our glass products against stress cracks or lamination defects. Although these occurrences are rare you can rest assured we will hold up our end of the bargain and fix the problem in a prompt and professional manner.
Windshield Repair or Replacement?
Before getting too crazy in the decision, it is important to understand why you would need to repair, or replace, your windshield. Windshield repair should be only performed when the structural integrity of the windshield has not been compromised. Basically, if the chip has reached past the surface of the windshield, it is time to think replacement. Replacements should be done when the windshield doesn’t provide the security necessary while driving. It is as simple as that, but the salesman and overload of information on the Internet has occasionally made the truth lost in translation.
Unfortunately there are pros and cons to repairing and replacing a windshield. Repairs tend to be cheap. On average, a windshield repair would only cost about a quarter of what a replacement would. However, the decision to simply repair the windshield may actually be the wrong decision because of unseen damage. The time is takes to replace a windshield is also a lot more cumbersome than the time it takes to repair the windshield, but one must take into account the peace of mind factor. Knowing that you made the proper decision is extremely freeing and relieving that sometimes spending more money to get something done correctly the first time is completely worth it. It is difficult to justify a purchase that is made frivolously, but when it comes to relieving yourself of an unnecessary stress, happiness is sure to follow.
The only right or wrong answer that can be made about deciding between repairing or replacing your windshield is determined by the depth, or intensity, of the damage. Sometimes the damage is irreparable. Sometimes the damage simply needs a quick fix. The bottom line is that the damage needs to be accurately diagnosed so that the proper steps can be taken to prevent catastrophic results with a compromised windshield.
DIY Rock Chip Repair
Luckily, there are many DIY service repair kits that can prevent you from spending a large amount of money, including this Do It Yourself Windshield Chip and Long-Crack Repair Kit. that may save you from a full replacement. The instructions are included and there is virtually no guess work. Most kits will come with a placeholder that acts to maintain steadiness when applying the resin. The resin used has a sealing quality that is meant to reinforce the windshield in the chip, the weakest point on the windshield. After the resin is applied, a protective shielding, or coating, is applied to allow the resin to set, seal, and dry. The process is not overly time consuming or costly, so it tends to be the route that many people go.
With that being said, it may be easier to use a DIY kit to repair your windshield, but realistically it can be dangerous and potentially cause major problems. The primary danger comes from the fact that the windshield has been compromised. The chip in the windshield is basically the chink in the armor of your vehicle. There is a chance that hail, high winds, other rocks, or multiple different things that could cause the windshield to shatter while driving. While some of the scenarios for danger may be unlikely, it is certainly a safer bet to go to a professional service.
Most establishments that service cars will provide some type of industrial grade resin chip repair service. The average cost of a windshield chip repair varies based on a few different factors. Firstly, the windshield that is chipped, whether the rear, or the front plays a vital role in the repair. The second variable is the type of vehicle and windshield that the vehicle has. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all type of product for windshield repair. Finally, the service shop that performs the service; many places that specialize in auto glass repair work will charge much more than a typical auto shop.
There are pros and cons of DIY and service station chip repairs for a windshield. However, the primary means to identify the medium used is whether or not the chip has breached the surface of the windshield. If the chip is slightly within the surface of the windshield, it is safe to DIY. Any time the chip has breached the surface, the cause for concern is great, and a service shop should be seen in the nearest of futures.
Professional Windshield Repair
There is the traditional auto shop service that you have to take time out of your day to travel to and drop your vehicle off so that the repair can be done. There service generally does not take an excruciating amount of time, but it is recommended to allow the resin to dry properly for a set amount of time. The services price largely depends on the type of vehicle and the type of windshield that is getting repaired.
Thankfully, in recent years there have been services that offer professional mobile windshield repair services for car owners that have little to no time. It is certainly a step up from the traditional servicing on a vehicle and has actually increased the likelihood of a repair. Mobile repairs seem to be the wave of the future and may certainly cause some shake-ups in the auto repair service industry.
Professional quality and a safety guarantee are the added benefits to paying for the repair service. Sure, you have to pay a little more than the traditional DIY work that the world has become accustomed to, but there is little substitute for professional quality. The individuals are specifically trained to perform the service and not taught via YouTube or a quick Internet search.
While learning new skills is a fantastic thing, the problem lies in the overconfidence of the ability of the DIY tools available to the populations. There is no replacement for the training that these auto glass repair service professionals receive to repair your vehicle. The inclusion of mobile repair to the already existing windshield repair services has only increased the need for workers to perform such tasks.
Chips and cracks can be a potentially dangerous situation for an individual if not taken care of immediately. That is why it is extremely important to make sure that the job is done correctly and with the proper tools. DIY tools do not provide the same support that a trained professional will when such a situation occurs.
Average Cost of a Windshield Replacement
People will do one of two things when they determine that they need to spend money on a replacement, they will both throw the money at a service and maintain their ignorance towards to replacement, or they will research how they can save money by doing it themselves. Both, typically, have the same result, but at vastly different costs. To give you a better idea of how much you should be paying, let’s take a look at the factors that go into cost and services.
Windshield replacement is, first and foremost, based on what type of window that is required to be replaced. With vehicles, an older, run down car will cost a lot less than a brand new luxury car. Also, each vehicle has a specific type of windshield that is required to fit and seal properly. Sure, this is a bit of common sense, but is often overlooked when a price is given. Most vehicle service shops have a warehouse, or dealer, that specifically supplies windshields to that business, and sometimes an order for a windshield may cost more because of rarity or express shipping. The base price is considered based on the windshield that is needed, so typically a windshield replacement will cost between $175.00 and $500.00.
The next step is determining where the work may be getting done. Service shops can be expensive dependent on many things: how cheap it is for the windshield, how many staffers to perform the work, and whether or not the business is a national chain or local shop. Many times, you can try to find a local, mom and pop shop that will accommodate you for relatively cheap, after the cost of the windshield. However, you will not necessarily get the same type of warranty, or guarantee, that some of the bigger service shops will offer. The average cost for the labor can be anywhere from $60-$200 based on both the windshield and the service shop that you go to.
The final thing to weigh in on, before getting your car’s windshield replaced, is how much of the service will your insurance cover. Sometimes insurance will cover a large portion of the cost, which makes things easier on you. However, there cannot be a definitive amount specified because different car insurance companies will have different requirements for filing a claim, or getting work done. With the above being considered, you are probably looking at a $0-$1000 investment when you are attempting to replace a windshield. Please note, however, that the $1000 may not even be the max. Many service shops have the ability to set their own prices per job, so you could still be looking at much more from certain places on certain years, makes, and models.
Car Window Repair Services
- Can this be done today?
- Can this be done at a relatively cheap price?
- What goes into the cost?
- Will I have to drive somewhere with all of the broken auto glass in the car?
The first thing that needs to be determined is the window type that you need replaced. Some vehicles have the small triangular glass window towards the rear of the car and the traditional window. Unfortunately, the cost differs on both depending on how you go about purchasing. Generally from a retailer, you are looking at more for the vent glass (triangular-window) than for a regular side window. There are, however, ways around the large cost. A junkyard or used car parts store could be your savior when finding windows. After all, saving money is never a bad thing!
Doors can be ordered online and sent directly to your home if you wish. It isn’t necessarily the most recommended route for multiple reasons. First, the window tint will not be the same as the rest of the car, more than likely. The job requires a bit of knowledge with tools and a friend that has a steady hand to hold the door. Okay, that doesn’t sound like a make or break reason, but sometimes it is just better to get a professional to help you out. It is simple to search for “car window repair Charlotte NC”, and get this job done quickly and correctly.
If getting the service done at a body repair shop, dealership, or anywhere else, there are a few different variables that play into the price you may have to pay. Did you have power windows? Did you have power locks? Did you have window tint? Each of those has the ability to raise the service cost substantially simply based on the M.S.R.P. of the door glass, or if it had factory tint or attachments that are required to match the car. Because the technician has to physically open the door to replace the window, the more things that they have to look out for gives them reason enough to increase the price.
There are also mobile auto glass repair services that are available to make the unfortunate situation a bit more bearable. The mobility of services now has become extremely beneficial and is largely a go-to to individuals with busy schedules.
At the end of the day, there are a couple different routes and things to be taken into consideration when replacing the car door windows, so hopefully you have insurance to cover the window! Many places will accept your car insurance as payment, depending on your coverage. Hopefully this helps, and auto glass replacement has become less of a burden on your mind.
Best Way to Clean a Windshield
When determining how to clean your windshields, you need to figure out what the best type of cleaner will be. Ammonia is used in a lot of cleaners, household and windshield specific, which could be extremely detrimental to your vehicle. Ammonia acts as a drying agent for materials like plastic, vinyl, rubber, and leather. That drying effect could damage window tinting and dry out the sealing on your windshield. It is best to avoid any cleaner with ammonia as an ingredient. Focus on ammonia-free cleaners like Rain-X Deep Cleaning Windshield Kit.
Once you have determined what cleaner will be used, it is time to get a microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth is much more effective when cleaning a car windshield because they have a lot more fibers to pick up dirt and remnants that have been left on the windshield. Also, you don’t have to worry about any fibers being left behind that you would have to worry about with cotton or synthetic cloth.
Many people still want to believe that water and a good bit of elbow grease is sufficient enough to clean their windshields. Unfortunately, that is just not true. Your windshields are exposed to many different kinds of elements that leave behind protein build up, mineral deposits, and bug carcasses that water is just not meant to cut through. Water does not have any chemical element to efficiently cut through these elements and make the window spotless. Also, the water that would be used is probably not purified, meaning hard water spots and mineral build up will still be prevalent, and may even multiply when finished!
At the end of the day, the best way to clean your car windshield is to find a shaded spot, use ammonia free cleaner and a microfiber clothe. Very simple concept and seems like, somewhat, common knowledge, but is often overlooked because of the automated car washes present on almost every other corner in most cities. Your car needs a little TLC just as much as you do, why not give it your best shot?
Replacing Windshield Wipers
Car maintenance is extremely important, especially for those who commute heavily. One of the more overlooked repairs is replacing windshield wipers. It is an extremely easy and quick task, but people tend to hold off on the repair until it is desperately needed. The first clue to needing a replacement is the squeegee section, the section pressed on the windshield, is slowly coming off. You’d be amazed how many people miss this clue! The second clue is the fact that you can no longer see clearly out of your car windshield while you are driving. If either of these things are happening to you, it is time to go to the auto parts store and get some new windshield wipers!
When first thinking about purchasing new windshield wipers, you need to figure out what size is necessary for your vehicle. Thankfully, many shops will include a resource in store that will tell you exactly what length you need to purchase for optimal results. You can put the incorrect size on your vehicle, but you run the risk of lost visibility or the windshield wipers rubbing together because you got them too big. Not all windshield wipers are the same; the length varies and should be taken into account when purchasing new windshield wipers.
Once the wipers have been purchased, it is time to get the work done!
- First, it is time to remove the old wipers. By lifting the entire wiper assembly off of your windshield, you will be able to see the tab towards the middle of the wiper. Press this tab and pull the wiper off. DO NOT LET GO OF THE ASSEMBLY. That is in all caps because the assembly is spring-loaded to keep the wiper pressed against the glass. You let that go and you will damage your windshield.
- The next step is to line up the new windshield wiper with the hook on the assembly. That hook is where you will lock in the new wiper. They will lineup perfectly, so make sure you are aware of where the wiper locks in and how it goes in to make this job easier.
- The final step is to hook the wiper to the assembly. That is where the lineup step came into play. Pull the wiper until you hear a click. Voila! You are finished. Now, gently replace the wiper onto the windshield and repeat for the other side.
The task is easy and not time consuming at all, but something that should be done with some regularity. Many accidents can be avoided by replacing your windshield wipers to improve visibility. Get those wipers replaced!