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How do you find companies that replace glass in your car windows?

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Enter your zip code into the search tool at SafeWindshields.org to find repair shops that are registered with the Auto Glass Safety Council. Call at least three shops, and ask about their prices, experience and standards to find the best option.

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If your car insurance policy covers glass repairs, check the terms. Some policies cover more of the repair if you have it done at certain approved shops. Take the time to get an estimate before deciding whether to file a claim, however, since it can increase your premiums and the insurance company may not cover enough of the repair to make it worthwhile.

Don't simply choose the cheapest option, especially for windshield repair. Cheap repair shops often employ inexperienced technicians and may neglect basic procedures, such as wearing gloves so that the oils in the technician's skin don't interfere with adhesives.

There are many scammers in the automotive glass industry, especially in windshield repair. Avoid anyone who offers to replace your windshield for free or offers other incentives. Don't use companies that approach you at car washes, gas stations or other locations other than the glass repair shop. Be wary of technicians who seem to be exaggerating the damage or trying to sell you on upgrades or other unnecessary services. Don't be afraid to take your car to another shop for a second opinion if you are suspicious.

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