Prescott Valley Auto Glass – What Should I know?
Simply put, this is glass that you would find in an automobile. Not too many know that in Prescott Valley there are two major forms of auto glass. Each one is used on certain windows in the automobile. Both types of auto glass are more impact resistant and stronger than regular glass.
What Are the Different Kinds Of Windshield Replacement Prescott Valley Services that are Available?
Laminated safety glass-this glass is generally used on a car’s windshield. It is comprised of a couple of pieces of glass that has a slim layer of vinyl. The glass is then heated and pressed together in an autoclave, which is a type of oven. When this glass receives a tough impact it will shatter also but usually the shattered pieces will stick to the vinyl and not fall on the ground.
If the windshield just has a tiny vein or nick, the auto glass professional may be able to repair the tiny vein or nick to keep it from spreading further. The repair will generally take fewer than thirty minutes in Prescott Valley. The vein or nick is cleaned thoroughly and dried. Resin is injected and a material like Mylar is used to hold it in place. The professional cures the resin by using an ultraviolet light.
Should You be Fixing Windshield Cracks?
Despite what the kids might think, cars were around when their parents were young. Glass had been invented by then and was even around during their grandparent's time. Sometimes it comes as a shock that anything cool existed before video games and cell phones, but classic cars are definitely cool. When windows need to be replaced, lovers of classic vehicles cannot always turn to the regular auto body repair shop where they get their 2011 Ford windows fixed. The right pieces of glass are not typically in stock, and not all windows fit every make and model of car.
Patterns for auto glass were different forty, fifty, and sixty years ago. There are special patterns for each type of vehicle which specialist auto glass replacement and repair shops have access to. Although tools used to cut this glass are more technically advanced compared to those which cut glass 50 and more years ago, the glass is cut precisely to fit into the windshield of an old-fashioned Desoto, Hudson, Studebaker, or other pre-1960 model. A number of auto body shops specializing in repairing old automobiles possess a library of patterns. If the one a customer wants is not available on-site, they will order the pattern. These professionals appreciate the beauty of an older vehicle and the history around its creation.
If you are still uncertain about which company to give your business to, websites often post pictures of cars they have helped to restore. Use these to find out if a company seems to know what it is doing. Although there are specialist auto body outfits all over the country, finding exactly the right professional for the job is worth a road trip if you needed an excuse for one.
How to Find the Right Windshield Replacement Contractor?
But I Thought You Said This Windshield Was Original Equipment?
Here is a common story for a consumer. A person has a brand new or leased vehicle and a piece of glass becomes damaged. They call an auto glass company and the consumer is told OEE is an original equipment equivalent replacement piece for their vehicle. But when the auto glass technician shows up to complete the replacement, the piece of glass does not actually have the vehicle makers OEM manufacturer logo.
OEE - Parts produced for installation in the "aftermarket" by third party companies.
What Is OEM Auto Glass? (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
When a new vehicle is designed the vehicle maker can use an existing windshield part from an older model vehicle, or they can create a whole new windshield and part number. If the decision is made to create a whole new windshield the vehicle maker contracts a glass manufacturer to create the part. The glass manufacturer and vehicle maker create a unique mold and a unique molding/firing process to produce the OEM windshield (Original Equipment Manufacturer). The parts are installed when the vehicle is assembled at the vehicle makers factory.
6. Rear View Mirror Brackets And Sensors - Aftermarket windshields (OEE) use a different process to adhere the mirror brackets to the glass. I find that their quality of adhesion and location is not as accurate as OEM parts. In fact, aftermarket distributors repeatedly drip glue on the glass below the bracket which may stain the black ceramic band on the interior side of the glass. When it comes to sensor components such as a rain sensors, the problem it not as rampant. But on a BMW windshield, a mirror bracket not correctly aligned may hinder the re-installation of the mirror's plastic cover assembly which hides the sensor and bracket.
So Which Windshield Should I Choose, OEM or OEE?
The biggest impact on your decision will be budget. OEM parts are almost always higher priced. Most consumers simply choose OEE because they have no choice, everyone needs to save a few bucks. Don't be scared of choosing aftermarket glass though because safety is mostly impacted by the technician installing the windshield correctly, not the glass itself. But if you really love your vehicle and expect the best quality, you should choose OEM. And if you are leasing your vehicle, your dealer may have restrictions on what type of glass is acceptable upon returning the vehicle. You may get a fee added if you have an aftermarket glass installed. Call your dealer for more information.