You Need a New Windshield
Accidents almost Always Require Windshield Replacement
When you’re in an accident, your first priority is to ensure that you’re safe. But now comes the long process of having your car fixed and restored to factory safety standards. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may look for ways to reduce your costs; and skipping out on a new windshield replacement is one such way.
Depending on the accident, your windshield will likely need to be replaced. Even when it appears to be in good condition, there is still the possibility of damage that you can’t see. That damage could sneak up on you later and cause big problems. Here’s how to know if your windshield needs replaced.
Is the Windshield Cracked?
Small cracks might be able to be repaired rather than replaced. But those cracks should only be repaired when they stem from a rock chip and not from an accident. If you’ve been in a wreck that hit hard enough to crack the windshield, the entire piece of glass may be compromised. There could be little fractures that you can’t see that have weakened the entire windshield. Don’t risk injury, have it replaced with a new windshield.
Does the Windshield Move?
The windshield is attached primarily with a type of glue. When you’re hit during an accident, the entire thing can move without breaking the glass. But now you notice that it wiggles when you go over rough spots on the road. If you notice any movement, it means the glass is no longer safe to be driving with. Flying pieces of road debris could cause serious damage.
Did the Airbags Deploy?
A crash that hits hard enough to deploy the airbags is big enough to damage the windshield. But even if it doesn’t crack or wiggle, there is damage that you can’t see. Airbags deploy at such a fast rate, with compressed gas, that they can push on the dashboard and the windshield. That pressure can weaken the windshield and cause it to fail in the event of another accident.
Were You Hit from Behind?
The location of the wreck matters. A small fender bender that hits your front bumper will cause different damage than a similar fender bender that hits the back. Being hit from the side or at an angle will have different results than other collisions. If you’re hit from the front or the sides near the front, it’s often best to do a double inspection on the windshield. When in doubt, your safety is worth replacing it with a new windshield.
Bring your Vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center
Big Sky Collision Center fixes vehicles with a standard of uncompromising integrity. This means that we will fix your car the right way every single time. If your windshield is no longer safe, it will be replaced with a new windshield because your safety is our highest priority.
If you have been in an accident, we will ensure your vehicle is restored to full safety standards; call us at 406-259-6328 to schedule an appointment.