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If you are looking for a cheap auto glass alternative and have some do-it-yourself skills, the nearest
junkyard with used auto glass will be your cheapest option. Remember, to finish the installation job,
will need windshield tools and molding strips. Keep in
mind vehicle safety concerns
when servicing the installation yourself.
Want white glove auto glass service, consider buying online from a local shop. Almost every auto glass
shop offers mobile service so you can
stay home or even have the installation completed at your workplace. You can always take your car to a
shop if that fits your style better.
Many people only look for the lowest price when they shop for auto glass. But there are varying
of glass, and levels of installation quality. An improperly installed windshield is virtually useless at
protecting you during an accident.
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Ask your auto glass company if the installer who will be working on your vehicle is certified. Here are
some windshield replacement certifications to ask about.
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Many people shop for a new windshield or other auto glass as if it's an in-dash stereo–treating it
as a standard part and all they need to do is find the lowest price.
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You may not realize that if you have comprehensive auto insurance, there's a component of your policy
can help you pay for a new windshield. In some states, it can even pay for it completely.
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There are many new features in today's windshields. Below is a glossary of terms that can be useful in
understanding some of these features.
Glass having a thicker than normal vinyl laminate for noise reduction.
Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards. Safety standards widely accepted by the auto glass
industry. Visit the AGRSS website.
Vehicle glass that is made of laminated glass and tempered glass sandwiched together to help prevent
smash & grab theft.
An adhesive/sealant that was the primary material used to bond car windshields in the 60's and 70's.
achieves lap shear strengths of only about 13 psi.
Combines the reception from two or more antennas on the vehicle. They work together to archive
radio reception. They usually appear as a thin brown or orange line inside the glass.
The traditional gradient shade band in the laminate is replaced by a dot matrix frit across the top of
the windshield. These little black dots are painted onto one of the glass surfaces.
Also known as an auto-dim mirror. A rear view mirror that senses light and automatically dims.
A glass part that has a molding attached. Sometimes at the top only, or around three or four sides of
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: ie FMVSS #212 the barrier crash test, and #216 the roof crush
test. Visit the FMVSS website.
The black painted border around the perimeter of the auto glass. This painted area serves two
First, is aesthetics, it just looks better. Second, it blocks the sun's rays from deteriorating the
adhesive that structurally bonds the auto glass to the vehicle.
A windshield contains heater grids across the lower part of the glass where the wipers rest. Usually
visible as a brown or grey lines running horizontally at the base of the windshield.
High modulus is a rigidity requirement of cured adhesive. It measures the ability of the adhesive to
withstand a variety of stresses and still return to its original form. High modulus adhesives are
stiffer than normal adhesives.
Heads up display. Some of your vehicle's key instrumentation is flashed up onto the bottom of the
windshield. This allows a driver to check speed, etc. without having to take their eyes off the road.
A term used in the auto glass industry to describe solar coated glass.
A sandwich of two pieces of glass with a PVB layer between them. All front windshields are made of
laminated glass. Properly installed windshields cushion an occupant's head during impact, act as a
backboard for the airbags, and provide structural roof support in an accident.
A sensor usually located on the windshield that senses the absence of light and turns the headlights
An infrared camera mounted on the vehicle which detects objects further ahead than the headlights
and displays the images on a section of the windshield.
Standard auto glass adhesives are inherently conductive due to the presence of carbon. Nonconductive
adhesives are low in carbon and change high frequency antenna impedance. Sensitive electronic signals
some luxury cars require specialized nonconductive adhesives to maintain optimal operating levels.
Manufacturer. Learn more about OEM auto glass.
Polyvinyl Butyral. The vinyl layer between two pieces of glass that make up the front windshield.
A sensor usually located near the windshield's rear view mirror that senses rain and activates the
The elapsed time after a front windshield installation that a vehicle would safely pass all the
appropriate rollover and roof crush requirements. One hour minimum.
Auto glass that blocks out harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays thereby reducing the sun's damage and
keeping the inside of the vehicle cooler.
During the manufacturing process, the inner layer of non-solar glass is coated with UV reflective film
before being attached to the PVB and second layer of glass to form the windshield.
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