Choosing an Auto Glass Repair Professional Sometimes nicks and cracks in your windshield are too serious to fix yourself and will need to have the whole windshield replaced . Professionals advise you to get this done quickly as safety issues are a factor here. The front window of a vehicle is very important safety wise. It protects passengers and upholds the roof in case of an accident . About 12,000 people die per year due to being thrown out of their car's front window or crushed due to the windows inability to uphold the roof of the car when turned over in an accident . Many of these deaths could have been avoided if the windshields were in good repair. Millions of Windshields replaced every year Millions of windshields are damaged every year due to flying debris, collisions, and vandalism. It is estimated that up to 14 million windshields get replaced in the United States every year. How to Choose a Professional Be sure that your auto glass repair professional consents to the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard, is certified by the National Glass Association (NGA). Also, get a full and accurate quote for the replacement as well as an estimated time frame. Additionally, be sure the glass they use is O.E.M quality as this meets NGA standards. Once you decide on a professional to replace your windshield, there are various important things to make sure they do. Cleaning the glass, removing the old urethane to 1/16" depth, use new urethane adhesive, and see if your car has a passenger side airbag and use an adequate urethane accordingly. Also, be sure to get important information from them regarding how long until you can drive your car as well as what type of warranty, if any, is available. Consider Your Options for Windshield Replacement Paying a lot of money to get your windshield replaced is not necessary. There are various options out there that you should look into before making any decisions . Ways to Cut Costs If you have experience replacing windshields yourself then going to the junkyard and getting a windshield that fits your make and model is a good option . Purchasing a used windshield is affordable and you'll have zero labor costs. If you do not have experience with this, I advise you to consider other options as you would need special tools for this and could end up breaking the glass if not careful. Another option is to hire a mobile glass repair company. They will come to your residence or work and repair your windshield there. This is great for those with busy schedules but is more costly than taking your car to an auto glass repair shop. A third option is to find a reputable auto glass repair shop to take your car to. Safety First Not many people realize how driving around with a cracked windshield is dangerous . Did you know that if you have a crack in your windshield and you have an accident and flip over that your windshield may not be able to support the roof of your car? This could cause you and your family to be crushed so please be advised that taking care of your windshield is very important. Think safety first regarding your windshield. When seeking an auto glass repair shop, ask around for reputable companies. Don't be afraid to call various shops and ask questions such as: How do you bill insurance company? What are your warranties? How long will it take? Do I have to bring there or do you have a mobile plan?