Breaks in the passenger-side windows of your car are often called surprise breaks. Unlike the broken glass in your windshield or your car's back glass, where you may have seen or heard the damage occurring, breaks in car side windows are often silent. And, while the reason for breaking your front or back windshield is rarely due to a crime, a break in your side window is often the results of an attempt to break in.
Side windows have a unique history. Some of them are large and expensive, others are small. The small side windows are called vents or "quarter vents." Many of these vents are fixed in place while others are set on hinges and can open to provide air flow.
No matter where they are or what they are called, when your car window needs repair or replacement, it's often an unwelcome hassle. There are a few things you should know about your car's side window glass. First, most side windows are not good candidates for repair and must be replaced. This is because most side windows are made of tempered glass, and tempered glass cannot be repaired. Some higher-end models, or cars that promote their soundproofing, use laminated glass in their car's side windows. Additionally, some vehicles that have been retrofitted with enhanced security measures also use laminated glass in their side windows. Depending on the type of damage, these windows can be repaired.
If your window has been broken as a result of a break-in or attempted break-in, you may want to consider adding a security film to the glass after it has been replaced. Security film is like a big piece of thick scotch tape. It makes it harder to break through to the glass, and it holds the glass together when it is broken. Many glass shops also offer window film services, and you may wish to ask about them.
Glass.com affiliates are very aware of the tragedies that are often associated with side window breakage. That's why they will do their best to get your new glass and have it installed quickly, and they will offer alternatives that will help you protect your car in the event of another attempted robbery.
Oftentimes, it isn't the glass that has broken on the side window, it's the mechanism that raises and lowers the window. Most glass shops can fix these as well, and they know what's needed to do so. Sometimes it's as easy as repositioning the glass in its track; other times it involves an electrical overhaul. Your Glass.com affiliate can assess and provide an overview of what will be needed.