What to Do Before a Windshield Replacement?

It’s important take the right actions in April, 2024 before replacing a windshield.

Regardless of why or how, you have decided that it’s time to get your windshield repaired. You have grown tired of the obscured vision. The spreading lines sprayed across your auto glass like that splattering of expensive paint. You have decided to increase your vehicle’s safety and appearance, helping bolster your exterior integrity and the safe deployment of your airbags in the unfortunate case of a collision. By grabbing the bull by the horns, you are facing the future and getting your auto glass restored. But what about before the windshield replacement?

You may find yourself in a bit of fright. What paperwork do you need to ensure the insurance claim goes through? What precautions must you take to make sure the auto glass is repaired correctly? How can I make the mechanic’s life easier?

Firstly, thank you for your concern for us (the auto glass repair company). It certainly helps smooth the process to have incredible customers that are willing to make everything efficient, especially our neighbors in Denver and Lakewood.

Secondly, there are only a few things you need to do before getting your windshield repaired or replaced. Let’s break them down:

Choose the Right Shop

Before jumping into any auto-related work, you want to make sure that you are working with certified technicians. Unfortunately, auto glass is an entirely different beast than mechanical repairs, so your normal automotive mechanic may not fit the bill.

Like any pricey decision, weigh your options. Look around for company reviews and opinions from friends. See what others are saying about the auto glass company. Then, call around and look for the best prices.

Ensure you get a specialist who is qualified and certified to get the type of results you want with the auto glass repair service. A good auto glass repair expert will walk you through every step of the repair process and assist you in making the right decision on the glass to use.

Feel free to ask for proof of certification or proper licensing. Your auto glass shop needs to be certified and licensed by the auto glass replacement safety standard body relevant to your location. As a competitive and fair industry, we have developed standards that must be met when doing repairs or replacements. Certified organizations will offer you that kind of reassurance for your industry requirements.

Before getting your windshield replaced, pick the best option.

Is Cleaning Necessary?

The main question to ask before getting your windshield replacement or overall repair is the necessary work you have to put in as a customer. The good news: not much at all!

At the end of the day, auto glass specialists have seen everything. We do not care about the interior of your car or the cleanliness of your exterior. All that matters is a clean space to work. Make sure that the mechanic can get to your damaged glass safely and easily. Regarding a windshield replacement, make sure there is nothing blocking the windshield from the outside or inside (dashboard).

If you need a window worked on, make sure the area around it is cleared. All that matters is accessibility for the technician.

What About Mobile Repairs

Windshield repair companies like SLP Auto Glass offer mobile repairs. We will come to your location to repair or fully replace your windshield. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your couch.

The question remains: what do you need to do to prepare for mobile technicians? What must be done before we show up for a windshield replacement?

Much like the previous tip, not much is required except safe access. Just make sure your vehicle is in a place in which the technician can work on it safely (i.e. a garage, driveway, or space out in front of your home). Make sure the technician will not be forced to work in the way of oncoming traffic or other potential dangers.

As long as the vehicle is in an accessible and safe place, the auto glass company shouldn’t have any issues.

What Paperwork Do I Need?

Here comes the most frequently asked question: what paperwork or identification do you need to bring or provide at your repair?

Firstly, glass companies do not need any information about your vehicle. You can leave your registration or car manual in your glovebox. Secondly, we don’t need any insurance information if you plan on paying out of pocket. At the end of the day, insurance claims are often filed by the vehicle owner. Then, direct contact is given between the auto glass company and the already-contacted insurance company.

Fortunately, companies like SLP Auto Glass offer insurance claim help. As long-term experts, we will actually file your insurance claim for you. Therefore, while it’s not necessary to have your insurance information on hand, you will need it for us to make a claim. This can be your insurance card or your policy number and provider information.

Henceforth, you don’t need to bring any paperwork to us unless you plan on going through your insurance company (or want us to do it for you).

So… What Do You Need to Do?

Not much, actually.

As a full-service auto glass company, we will handle the entire problem for you (as will most other repair companies). All we need is safe access to your vehicle and damaged glass.

You do not need to do anything with the windshield before replacement. You do not need to remove wipers, clean the undamaged areas, or take apart any components. Whether you go to an auto glass shop or have mobile services come to you, the company should take care of everything.

Need Auto Glass Replacement?

At SLP Auto Glass, our experienced auto glass technicians can handle any form of windshield. We can fix or replace anything from pitting to spider cracks. Furthermore, we only use the highest-grade materials available.

Ultimately, we strive to make the windshield-replacement process simple and efficient. We understand how stressful it can be and how important your auto glass is. We will answer any questions and handle any problems you have, including contacting your insurance company.

Need mobile services? We offer those, too!