When you’re looking to repair or replace your auto glass, you want to be sure you’re choosing a service provider who meets or exceeds industry standards, just like you would with any other good or service you might buy. So who regulates auto glass?
While there are many regulations concerning the auto glass installed in cars at the factory, there are few regulations surrounding installing windshield and other glass once a car has been purchased from the dealer.
When it comes to actual installers, regulation is spotty at best. Some states and localities require licensing, but many do not. That’s why it’s important to choose a quality company like those on glass.com.
But what kind of standards do those registered shops have to meet? Let’s take a look.
With replacement, the glass is removed from the vehicle and new glass is installed. The Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (also known as the the AGRSS Standard ™) is a voluntary standard that describes in detail the step-by-step process for replacing auto glass. The Standard is developed and maintained by the not-for-profit Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).
The current Standard is ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS 003-2015. You can buy a copy for $29 through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
When a break in a windshield is fixed and the glass is treated, but not replaced, the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass (also known as the ROLAGS Standard™) defines when auto glass can be repaired and when it must be replaced. The Standard is ANSI/NWRA/ROLAGS 001-2014. It was developed by the not-for-profit National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA).
The Auto Glass Safety Council accredits companies that follow the AGRSS Standard and agree to undergo robust periodic independent audits of their company. AGSC accredited member companies are designated with this logo on Glass.com.
Finally, if you’re unsure who to hire to replace auto glass, remember that you can always trust an installer who’s registered with the AGSC. Search a list of certified companies at the Safewindshields.org™ website.
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