Windshield Services FAQs
Get All of the Answers to Your Windshield Service Questions
Payless Glass Ltd. is the windshield and auto glass repair experts in the lower mainland area. We offer a full suite of scheduled and emergency services, all designed to keep you safer and more comfortable while behind the wheel. As part of our superior service promise to you, we have compiled answers to our clients’ most common windshield repair FAQs. Feel free to take some time to review them. If you still have questions of your own, please contact us for answers or schedule your next appointment.
How Long Should You Wait To Drive After Getting A New Windshield?
In most cases, windshield repairs can be performed in less than 30-60 minutes after repair no wait times just driveaway immediately. Windshield replacements will often take 60 minutes; however, we recommend that you not drive your vehicle for at least 1-2 hours after service is completed. Allowing adhesive cure time for best results.
Does Windshield Chip Repair Work?
Yes. A small amount of clear resin is injected into the chip, crack, or star when a windshield repair is done. This simply fills up the crack or chip with a material to help prevent it from further cracking.
Does Insurance Cover broken Windshields?
In most cases, as long as you have comprehensive coverage, your insurance will pay to repair and or replacement of your windshield. As we as your windshield it usually covers or other parts broke such as, back glass and or door glass etc. Noting windshield, door, back glass replacement the deductible will be your cost. (some restrictions apply)
Is It Illegal To Drive With A Cracked Windshield?
Keep in mind that it is illegal to drive with a cracked or broken windshield, especially if the crack is anywhere near the driver’s direct line of sight. If it appears too dangerous to drive, then don’t. We also urge you to research the laws in your area concerning driving a vehicle with a damaged windshield. Please be aware that a broken windshield compromises the strength of your vehicle.
How Much Does Windshield Repair Cost?
Call Payless Glass to receive a free quote. You can also go to the Request A Quote page to submit a form with your request. In most cases your insurance coverage will cover the cost no charges to you.
Is There A Deductible For Windshield Repair?
If both of the following conditions apply, you will likely pay no deductible to have your windshield repaired: (1) You have comprehensive coverage and have windshield damage that your policy covers. (2) Your windshield can be repaired safely rather than replaced.
Should I Repair a Windshield Chip?
Yes! Our professionals can usually repair smaller chips and cracks for a reasonable fee or in most cases the repair is covered by you insurance saving the insurance and you monies. Keep in mind If a dollar Loonie can cover the chip or crack, it is typically safe to repair.
What Sets Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) Apart?
OEM windshields were assembled then incorporated into your vehicle’s structure by the vehicle’s original manufacturer. OEE windshields are aftermarket parts of equal or almost equal quality that are sold by third-party vendors.
Why Is It Important To Repair Or Replace A Windshield?
There are many reasons to repair your windshield, including safety, savings, and environmental preservation. When your windshield is smooth and seamless, it can perform its role as one of many safety measures throughout your vehicle. When repaired instead of replaced, you save more time and more money on the process. When you repair your existing windshield, it does not end up in a local landfill for approximately 1 million years.
When Is It Time To Repair Auto Glass Damage And Replace A Windshield?
You should always speak to a certified windshield service technician before deciding between repairs and replacements. Generally, if your windshield has minor damage, including cracks, chips, or hairline fractures, you should get it repaired. You should have your windshield replaced if the chip, crack or bullseye is larger than three inches, the inner layer of glass has also been broken, or the damage is near or reaches a corner or edge of the windshield.
Can My Windshield Break Into Pieces?
Your windshield can shatter into pieces with enough force from a collision. However, most windshields are designed to crack into many different sections but not break off entirely from their layers.
What Is Involved In A Windshield Repair?
During every windshield repair with Payless Glass Ltd., your windshield is prepped, cleaned, and glass resin is applied to fill the cracks and fractures. From there, the resin cures, and any excess is removed.
When Can I Schedule An Appointment To Have My Windshield Repaired?
When you sustain damage to your windshield, contact Payless Glass Ltd. With our full complement of mobile windshield services, we can be on-site at your home or business to repair the damage or replace the glass in no time at all. We have a vehicle pick up and vehicle drop-off services if the repair or replacement has needed to be inside due to weather conditions. Please note, A service fee will be charged for pick up and drop off of $75 per vehicle, on top of a charge for repair or replacement, plus taxes, a $150 fee for mobile services on top of the charge for repair and replacement, plus taxes.
My Vehicle Was Smashed Into And Now I Have A Broken Side Window. What Do I Need To Do?
First, document the scene and note any missing property. Next, gather all of your pertinent auto information – car insurance, registration, and driver’s license – and file a police report. Finally, file an insurance claim, depending on your coverage, and call us at Payless Glass Ltd. in Langley, BC.
Drop by once you have finished reporting to the police etc. We can help you with this process of filing an ICBC claim, clean up the debris and cover with a sealed wrap till repair can be done at your convenience.
Since the Rearview Mirror Is Attached To the Windshield, Will It Be Re-Affixed To the New Windshield Afterwards?
Yes. Your rearview mirror will be removed for service and then reattached to your new windshield by our skilled technicians.
Can I Be Assured That The Chip Will Not Show After The Repair Of My Windshield?
Our windshield repairs make your auto glass as good as new structurally. Using innovative repair technology and advanced multi-compound, glass-filling resin, we make damage disappear and give your windshield a smooth, even look that lasts. 98% of the chips will be clear. The older the chip the less clear the chip will be. Get in right away, place a clear sticker or clear tape on to chip to keep clean, helps the success out come of the chip repair.
Why Does It Matter Where The Impact Occurred?
If the damage is too close to the vehicle’s body, the repair will not be possible, and you will have to opt for windshield replacement. If the damage occurred in the driver’s line of sight, replacement is preferable, as vision is involved. (Insurance rules and regulations apply)
Is It Possible To Have More Than One Impact Repaired?
Most insurance policies coverage up to 3 repairs on one windshield. If you have multiple problematic cracks, repairs may not be possible. Generally, if a dollar loonie can cover the chip or crack, it can be easily fixed. Whenever you sustain damage to your vehicle, you should consult one of our technicians to see if any repairs are possible.