Auto glass repair is something you hopefully don’t need on a regular basis. But when you do, whether you’ve been in a collision, suffered vandalism or experienced a chipped windshield, auto glass repair is something you’ll need sooner rather than later, both for aesthetic and safety reasons. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make much sense to do research into auto glass repair in Alaska until you actually need it, so many people wind up handing their vehicles—and their checkbooks—over to repair shops they know little to nothing about.
Even in an emergency, it’s still important to put some energy into finding a quality auto glass repair shop. Here are some steps you can take to make the process easier and find more satisfaction with the results:
- Ask for personal recommendations: The Internet and phone book are full of listings for auto glass repair shops. The best way to narrow those lists down into something manageable is by seeking recommendations from friends, family and neighbors who may have needed auto glass services in the past. (This is also a good way to learn about companies you want to avoid!)
- Look for certifications and qualifications: When considering any type of repair shop for your vehicle, it’s best to find out whether they’re qualified to do the type of work you need them to do. Ask a repair shop about their certifications, or look for window decals or certificates hanging on their walls. Check with those organizations to make sure the business is still certified.
- Look for stable repair shops: A repair shop that’s been around for a long time and has a stable business address is likely to have an established reputation for quality service. Oftentimes, locally owned and operated businesses that have been around for several generations have the experience that a larger chain just can’t match.
- Consider your insurance: Will your insurance cover the cost of replacing or repairing auto glass? They might, depending on the circumstances. This is a good thing to find out before you start shopping around. Your insurance company may also be able to recommend a good repair shop.
- Get several estimates: The cost of auto glass repair may vary greatly from shop to shop. Try to get at least a few detailed estimates. This can help you recognize when a company is trying to rip you off with high prices… or offer you a “great deal” on less-than-great services.
- Trust your gut instinct: When all else fails, trust your gut. Visiting a shop and getting a bad feeling from their representative means you probably shouldn’t trust them with your vehicle, particularly if there are other options available.
These are just a few of the ways you might go about finding good auto glass repair in Alaska. Hopefully your search will lead you to Replacement Glass Co., Inc. We’ve been serving customers since 1970 and have more than 150 years of combined experience in the industry, so we know a thing or two about auto glass replacement and repair. Come check us out today, so you’ll know where to find us when you really need to!