Take the Car to the Shop or Have Mobile Windshield Replacement?

Take the Car to the Shop or Have Mobile Windshield Replacement?

This is a common question that our customers ask themselves before requesting windshield replacement. Driving with a cracked windshield isn’t safe and you will want to get the glass repaired or replaced as soon as possible. But is it better to have the windshield fixed by technicians in the shop or a mobile service?

Mobile car glass services are a new idea, but it’s not a car owner’s only option. When it comes to windshield replacement and auto glass repair, car owners have two main concerns: the safety of the car and the inconvenience of getting it fixed. Here are some factors to consider when deciding which car glass replacement option is best for you.


For most of our customers, it is difficult to find the time to bring in your car for repairs. They know that it’s important to have a damaged windshield repaired or replaced quickly, but between work and other responsibilities, it can still be a challenge. If this is the case for you, mobile windshield replacement offers a great deal of convenience.

Car owners can schedule an appointment to have a windshield repaired or replaced. Plus, with the mobile service, you can have the technicians come to you. They bring any tools and replacement glass that will be needed in the truck and the work can be done wherever it is most convenient. Most customers choose to have us meet them at home or at their workplace.


Both mobile and in-shop windshield replacement take about an hour to complete. The vehicle is not immediately safe to drive, however. The urethane used in the process requires extra time to set and cure. Drive-away times for a full windshield replacement range from 2 to 4 hours depending on the environmental conditions. When you call to schedule car glass services – either mobile or in the shop – the company should provide you with a more accurate estimate of the drive-away time.

Weather & Driving Conditions

If you are considering asking for mobile glass services, be sure to factor in the weather and driving conditions. For the best result, car glass technicians may recommend that you bring your car in for repair or replacement. This depends on the temperature, humidity, precipitation and wind activity.

If outdoor temperatures are either extremely hot or cold, it can decrease the effectiveness of adhesives used to hold the car glass in place. This is a concern for mobile windshield replacement. Although, some newer urethane products can be used just as effectively even at zero degrees Fahrenheit. If you are unsure what’s best, ask your car glass technician.

For more obvious reasons, snow and rain can make mobile glass replacement or repair an extra challenge. Windshields must be installed on a clean, dry car frame. High winds can also pose a problem for the technicians by depositing leaves, dust and debris in the adhesive and compromising the seal.


The windshield actually functions as part of a vehicle’s structural support. Extensive damage to the glass is a safety concern. It can decrease visibility while driving or decrease the car’s ability to protect the driver and passengers in case of an accident. This is why you should choose the windshield replacement option that is quickest for you. Whether you have the windshield replaced by mobile car glass technicians or you take it to the shop, they should restore your car to its pre-damage safety conditions.

Dedicated Car Glass Repair – Here, There…Anywhere!

Don’t be afraid to ask advice from Anthony Volk Glass technicians about the best way to have your windshield fixed or changed out. Customers in West Chester, Pennsylvania have relied on our company for every type of car glass repair for over 20 years. Our professional staff can assess the glass damage on any type of vehicle.

Contact Anthony Volk Glass with all your questions regarding car glass repair and replacement. We want to get you – and your car – back on the road as soon as possible. Call us at (610) 436-9727 or complete the quick online contact form.

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Anthony Volk

Anthony Volk is a third generation auto glass installer born and raised in West Chester, PA. With over 20 years of personal auto glass experience he and his team will bring that experience to you.