Did you recently wake up to find that your windshield had been snowed and/or had frosted over? Was there then a further mistake made and you tried to pour warmed water onto the windshield in an attempt to clear up your windshield faster? If this sounds like you, you're not alone. Every year, many people try this "shortcut" to clear up their windshield more quickly so that they can get to work. The result is usually a shattered windshield that needs to be replaced. When you've never had to deal with this before, the whole process can feel confusing. Asking a potential installation shop the right questions can help make the whole process easier. Some of the questions you should be asking before getting your windshield replaced are as follows:
What areas do you service? If your windshield is severely cracked or even shattered, driving to a shop for an auto glass replacement is going to be out of the question. Fortunately, there are many services these days that will come to you. Whether you're at home or at work, you can have your windshield replaced with relative ease without needing to actually drive your vehicle anywhere and potentially getting a ticket for doing so.
How long will the process take? Depending on the exact type of windshield that you have, the entire replacement process may only take a few minutes. On the other hand, there are some vehicles that have a more involved auto glass replacement process. For these, replacing the windshield could wind up taking an hour or more. While this is a less common possibility, you should still be aware of how long everything might take so that you're better able to plan your day and schedule around the replacement.
When can you do the replacement? Being able to do an auto glass replacement immediately is entirely dependent on having the correct type of glass in stock. If you have a popular vehicle for your area, there's a good chance that the shop does have the correct windshield in stock. On the other hand, rarer vehicles can require the shop to order in your windshield before they are able to replace it. Sometimes, this might mean that it'll be a week or more before you're going to be able to get your windshield replaced. Unfortunately, there's often not much you can do to speed up this process because other shops aren't likely to have the windshield in stock either.