Below are key auto glass repair, replacement and window tinting terms that may be helpful for understanding auto window glass services:
Bonding or gluing together of dissimilar materials such as glass and metal in the process of auto window glass replacement.
Also known as: gluing
A material used for adhesion in window glass replacement, a sort of glue.
Also known as: car window glass replacement glue
Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards, created by the corresponding nonprofit council. These standards are designed to promote safety in the auto glass replacement process, addressing technician training and product quality.
aftermarket auto parts
Auto window glass and car windshields not obtained from the original vehicle maker. These parts generally cost less.
Also known as: functionally-equivalent auto parts, off-brand auto parts, aftermarket parts
auto glass shop
An automotive shop that specializes in auto glass and windshield repair and replacement, and auto window glass tinting.
Also known as: auto glass garage, auto window glass shop, car window glass shop, auto windshield repair shop, auto
windshield replacement shop, auto window glass tint shop
The precise cutting and extraction of a windshield that has been damaged.
Department of Transportation, the government organization in charge of traffic safety.
A tool used in the cutout stage of auto windshield replacement for safely releasing the windscreen.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which specify manufacturer safety criteria for the auto window glass industry.
high penetration resistance (HPR)
designation for injury-reducing high-strength windshields manufactured from laminated car window glass
Also known as: car window glass, auto window glass, windshield glass, laminated auto glass
laminated automotive glass
This is the currently manufactured, improved type of auto window glass, which is composed of glass layers.
Also known as: auto window glass, car window glass, laminated windshield glass, laminated car glass
OEM auto window glass
Original equipment manufacturer car window glass. New automotive glass and windshield glass bought directly from the manufacturer for use after original vehicle purchase. OEM glass tends to be higher priced, but has a high quality and is warranted.
Also known as: Original equipment manufacturer auto window glass, stock car window glass, original auto window glass, original car window glass
National Glass Association (NGA)
The primary trade group associated with the auto window glass industry in North America, committed to auto window glass and windshield safety through the promotion of quality, training, and car window glass information.
Also known as: auto window glass association
Designation for car window glass specialists meeting NGA standards in two distinct categories: Installation specialists who have met the certification requirements of the National Glass Association. The two levels of certification are:
auto glass technician (AGT)
A specialist who has performed auto window glass and windshield installations for at least 6 months
master auto glass technician
A car window glass specialist who has installed auto window glass for at least 5 years and has achieved the additional certification Senior Auto Glass Technician.
Also known as: NGA-certified auto window glass technician. NGA-certified car window glass specialist
The external margin of the windshield, to where the urethane adhesive bonds the windshield to the opening in the auto body
The 1-inch ledge inside the windshield opening of the frame, where the adhesive attaches the car window glass to the vehicle.
Chemicals put on the pinchweld surface to maximize adhesion between the auto window glass and the vehicle.
Clear liquid that seals windshield fractures and cracks to prevent extension of the windshield damage.
systematic auto window glass professionalism
A quality system for ensuring value in auto glass repair and windshield replacement services. This includes a philosophy of reproducing the window seal of the original manufacturer, and emphasizes safety standards, training and certifying of auto window glass specialists, and attention to original manufacturer information.
Also known as: auto glass quality system, car window glass quality system
The ability of a vehicle with a properly manufactured and installed auto windshield to maintain roof stability in a rollover incident.
Also known as: windshield integrity, windscreen integrity, auto window glass integrity
The adhesive for bonding the auto windshield to metal at the vehicle windshield opening, that area of the pinchweld known as the urethane bed.
Also known as: auto window glass adhesive, car window glass adhesive, windshield adhesive
vehicle identification number (VIN)
The 17-character identity of an automobile on the dashboard near the bottom left part of the car windshield, used to identify the vehicle for auto window glass repair and replacement purposes.
window glass safety
refers to various protective features of auto window glass. The windshield maintains roof stability in rollover incidents and allows the passenger-side air bag to deploy properly. Auto glass tinting can prevent window glass from forming flying shards in a collision, and can keep valuables safe from view.
window glass tinting
The process of tinting auto window glass to enhance vehicle appearance, reduce UV radiation and glare, protect upholstery, and increase vehicle security.
Also known as: auto window glass tint, car window glass tint, auto window glass tinting
Distinguished from auto windshield replacement, this is a process of fortifying limited defects in auto window glass to restore clarity, appearance, and glass integrity without the need for the more costly procedure of auto windshield replacement.
Also known as: auto window glass repair, car window glass repair, auto window repair
windshield repair insurance deductible waiver
refers to the lower cost of auto window glass repair compared to car window glass replacement. An insurance company may be willing to waive the insurance deductible and sustain the full cost of auto glass repair as an instance of preventive maintenance, in order to avoid the more costly process of full windshield replacement.
Distinguished from auto windshield repair, this is the more costly and time-consuming process of replacing the entire windshield. Windshield replacement is applicable in cases where the initial damage is too great for car window glass repair, or where the initial glass damage has extended over time beyond that amount acceptable for repair.
Also known as: auto window glass replacement, car window glass replacement, auto window replacement
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