Your vehicle’s windshield is essential to your safety on the road. Not only does it help you see hazards, the windshield also represents up to 30 per cent of your vehicle’s structural integrity. Your passenger airbag and windshield work together to protect you, and a damaged windshield can lead to air bag failure.
That’s why it’s important to repair or replace damaged windshields and other auto glass — even small rock chips.
“Temperature changes are a rock chip’s worst enemy. Even the temperature change between day and night at this time of year is enough to turn a chip into a windshield crack,” says Duncan Libby from Apple AutoGlass Abbotsford.
How to choose a windshield repair company
Because of auto glass’s importance to your vehicle’s safety and its delicacy, you’ll want to hire someone you trust to conduct the repair or replacement. Here are three things to look for when making your choice:
- Longevity: The longer a windshield repair company has been serving the community, the better. It’s a good sign that the business is trusted by locals, and means it will be easier to follow up if you encounter any issues. “Apple AutoGlass has been proudly serving Abbotsford since 1986. If there are any issues with your glass repair, it’s easy to find us and follow up,” Duncan says.
- Warranty: Does your automotive glass shop stand behind their work? A comprehensive warranty gives you peace of mind, and is also a good indication that the work will last. Independent businesses may do excellent work, but remember that your vehicle moves, and issues may arise when you’re far from home. Apple AutoGlass offers a national lifetime warranty, which means you can visit any of their partner service centres across Canada for warranty claims.
- Knowledge: Wondering if insurance will cover your windshield repair, and what your deductible will be? A professional auto glass repair shop will be able to help manage your insurance claim on the spot — at Apple AutoGlass, you won’t even have to call your insurance! Their certified, trained technicians also have the knowledge to ensure your Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are recalibrated after a windshield replacement. “Almost all new vehicles include ADAS for things like collision warnings, lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control, and they rely on a windshield camera. When you have your windshield replaced, that camera must be recalibrated,” Duncan says.
Apple AutoGlass has been Abbotsford’s trusted local auto glass shop since 1986! To request a quote or book an appointment visit appleautoglass.com/windshield-repair/abbotsford, call 604-854-1232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the shop at 102-32240 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford.