Amid the COVID-19-induced restrictions on mobility, cars have become the new lifelines – a safe interface to the outside world. Non-emergency but essential commutes to workplaces, local grocery stores, doctor appointments, and other unavoidable travel, have only been possible because of the four-wheeler messiah.
However, a severe mechanical issue like a cracked or broken car window at present can be incredibly inconvenient, even potentially hazardous, to drive around with. Impaired car windows are weak and provide less protection than they usually would. Thus, a car window replacement will be essential to remedy the situation at hand.
Yet, infection fears in public places have not subsided, which inevitably raises the question: are auto-repair centres safe to visit amid the coronavirus? Well, technically yes, but auto facility conditions can vary based on who your service provider is and how well they have responded to the coronavirus outbreak with safe business practices.
To allay the fears of service seekers, many dealerships have already overhauled usual business routines and undertaken a slew of precautionary measures to limit physical contact with the customers. These include updated pickup and drop-off maintenance services, online appointment scheduling, hourly facility sanitisation, safety plastic screens, among others.
So, before you make the trip to your local auto shop for a car window replacement, keep abreast with the following safety recommendations and tips.
Inquire for Doorstep Services
Given the seriousness of the pandemic, a mobile car window replacement service will ideally be the safest choice, where technicians from a local service centre can collect your car from home or workplace, replace the impaired window, and drop it off once fixed.
Nowadays, most auto-repair centres have already started a pickup & drop facility to carry out auto repair services for their local customers. So, ask your local service centres if they can provide a similar facility. Better yet, find a car service centre which provides one.
Explain Your Situation Beforehand
Give the shop representative a rundown on what deformed the car window and the type of damage it sustained. This will help them suggest and schedule a suitable fix for the same.
A car window replacement process typically requires a day to complete since the adhesive used to fix the window takes time to cure fully. Remember, since most auto shops are now alternating shifts to prioritise staff and customer safety, there are no quick fixes. Be realistic in your expectations when you call the shop and cooperate with the facility owners.
Ask About Safety Protocols in Place
Do proper research about the auto dealers’ safety precautions before you book the appointment. Ensure they have clearly laid out all the safety protocols about carrying out the services and minimising face-to-face interactions.
You should be well-informed about every step involved; from the moment you arrive at the facility to how they will disinfect your car once the mechanics complete the replacement. The repair shop representative should communicate the entire process from A to Z without leaving any gaps.
And if your car window is badly damaged, take notes on how you can safely drive the car to the facility while avoiding any mishaps.
Customer reviews and testimonials about the service provider will also help you better understand the coronavirus measures they have deployed to maximise customer safety. If satisfied, you can schedule service at convenience.
Wear Masks and Disposable Gloves
To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, always wear your masks when you drive down to your local car care expert. Also, wear your disposable gloves to prevent direct contact with any surface. Dispose of them cautiously as soon as you reach home and wash your hands thoroughly.
Disinfect Before You Go Inside
Even if the shop had sanitised your car, wipe it down once more. It always pays well to be cautious, especially with the infections still on the rise.
To do so, focus on key contact surfaces and wipe down any hidden surfaces with a suitable disinfectant, including car keys, door handles, dashboards, seatbelts, rear-view mirrors, etc.
Make sure you use effective cleaning products for the car surfaces since some sanitisation products may discolour or crack your precious leather or vinyl. Refer to your car’s manual for a better idea.
To Sum Up
Finally, ask your technician to provide you with a lowdown on appropriate care practices for your newly installed car window to avoid any further liabilities. Post-installation car care will be vital to ensure the replacement is successful so that you can drive your car safely.
Are you on the lookout for a safe and reliable car service provider? Drive into any of AIS Windshield Experts’ 80+ service centres, each equipped with relevant safety measures to limit physical contact.
If you prefer to book a service online, you can do so with our Quick Assistance WebApp, and we will connect you with a team of technicians skilled in car window replacement.
No matter where you are or what type of service you need, our mobile vans can reach your location to provide professional assistance at any time of the day. Learn more about our doorstep, pickup & drop facility here: www.windshieldexperts.com