Drivers always find a reason to push themselves into inclement weather unnecessarily. This is often a mistake and can lead to several problems arising in the vehicle itself as well as the insurance policy. Driving in stormy weather presents several distinct dangers to the driver, the vehicle and the insurance policy. If there is any way a driver can avoid driving through inclement weather like snowstorms, ice storms or heavy rain, they should absolutely avoid doing so.

Wet, icy and slick road conditions present a very real danger to drivers. Heavy weather can obscure visibility and keep drivers from noticing roadside objects or debris. Cars can slip on ice and snow and face several dangers. Careening into roadside objects, other vehicles and simply running off the road are all commonplace in major storms.

Storms also tend to mean heavy wind and extensive debris in the air. This can lead to both driving hazards and significant damage to the exterior of a vehicle. Hail, flying rocks and other particles that pick up during a windstorm can abrade vehicles exterior or damage the auto glass. Extreme winds, like those in major windstorms and tornadoes, can outright shatter auto glass.

All of this storm related damage almost always negatively affects an insurance companies view of a driver’s record. Drivers can end up paying higher premiums and getting less value from an insurance policy due to storm related damage. We know emergencies happen, but if you can help it, avoid driving through storms whenever possible.

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Auto Glass Tip: Only Use Nonabrasive Cleaners for Auto Glass.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Jun 11, 2013 Under Auto Glass

We always advise drivers to be careful when they go to wash their vehicles. It’s all too common for a driver to damage the aesthetically pleasing portions of a vehicle when trying to clean away day to day dirt and debris. Vehicles of all types represent a source of pride for owners. Big rigs, cars, trucks, vans, jeeps and even recreational vehicles like RV’s, ATV’s and boats are regularly cleaned, buffed and polished by owners, especially in the summer months. Drivers should be careful, however, to avoid doing damage to the vehicle when washing it. This can be particularly true of auto glass. Auto glass is typically stronger than a standard glass, but abrasive cleaners can still do a fair share of damage.

When choosing a soap or cleaner, drivers should be careful to ensure that it won’t damage the surfaces they intend to clean, or strip color from the auto body itself. Non-abrasive cleaners are almost always the best choice for vehicles and the are plenty of non-abrasive cleaners for all types of vehicles. Oil and soap based cleaners that lack grit, grains or other granular particles are highly suggested.

When it comes to choosing the cleaning cloths, a few moments of consideration can be a great idea. Many modern cleaning sponges, rags and towels have stiff fibers that can damage the paint or scratch auto glass. Opt for a soft microfiber cloth or other extremely soft fabrics to wash vehicle and auto glass. Using this kind of cloth is always a good option Soft chamois towels, microfiber towels and other extremely soft and absorbent towels can be used to dry the vehicle. Additional coats of wax can provide an extra buffer for the body, but should not be used on the glass itself.

Drivers go out of their way to make their cars look good. Even so, the should make sure they aren’t damaging them in the process. Abrasive cleaners and abrasive cleaning cloths or sponges can scratch auto glass and auto body panels. Be careful to clean delicately using only soft oil and soap based cleaners appropriate to the vehicle itself. Just remember, only use nonabrasive cleaners on your auto glass. Following this simple tip can extend the length of auto glass for years while keeping the car looking beautiful and clean.

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Why We Care About Auto Glass.

Posted by Joshua on Monday Jun 10, 2013 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

Auto Glass Now is dedicated to providing fast, professional, quality auto glass repair and windshield replacement options to drivers i n all of our service areas. We care about auto glass and auto glass safety and legitimately want the best for drivers on our nations highways and byways. For many of our competitors, it seems like auto glass is a casual moneymaker or an add on to a larger auto body or auto mechanics’ service. For us, auto glass is a passion. Ultimately, we think that auto glass is the first barrier between a driver and the outside world and that barrier is pretty darn important.

At Auto Glass Now we provide a range of auto glass repair and replacement options, as well as a huge range of services that surround auto glass. Mirrors, wipers and window motors are all par for the course for our professional auto glass technicians. From our service technicians to our office staff, we want a piece of quality, affordable auto glass separating you from the elements out there on the road.

We think that auto glass services should be professional, affordable and most importantly accessible to drivers. That’s why we love providing mobile auto glass repair help to drivers in all of our service areas. We know roadside auto glass repair and replacement can make a day dramatically easier for a driver, especially when you compare it to finding a tow and hitting the local garage.

We care about auto glass because it’s important. That’s why we offer drivers quality auto glass repair and replacement options at affordable discount rates. When need auto glass repairs and want a company that really cares, you need Auto Glass Now.

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Where Auto Glass Now Can Help You.

Posted by Joshua on Monday Jun 10, 2013 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

Auto Glass Now is available in several locations around the U.S. to help drivers with all manner of auto glass repair, mobile glass repair and other auto glass related services. We have four locations around the country and pride ourselves on offering drivers exceptional service and exceptional auto glass value. Drivers can reach us at 1-800-388-0104 to schedule an appointment for any of our auto glass specialty locations. Each of the Auto Glass Now specialty shops can offer mobile auto glass repair or auto glass repair and replacement in their own shop.

Our Denver, CO area shop provides outstanding service to Denver and the surrounding areas. Drivers in Denver, Boulder, Aurora and Littleton rely on the Denver store for professional and commercial auto glass needs. With the winter weather around Denver being some of the worst in the country, this shop is absolutely full of talented auto glass technicians.

The Colorado Springs location specializes in a variety of auto glass repair, windshield replacement and windshield motor services and has offered thousands of man hours to local drivers. Auto Glass Now has one of the best auto glass services to the Colorado Springs community and is always available to help drivers with auto glass needs.

The Tucker, GA location offers services to a wide range of Georgia cities. The Auto Glass Now family in Georgia offers service in Tucker, Marietta, Roswell and Sandy Springs. The Auto Glass Now staff in Tucker is widely known for accurate, honest quotes before performing auto glass services.

Finally, the Bridgeton location for Auto Glass Now is a staple for Missouri drivers. Conveniently located of the I-70 near the Missouri River, this Auto Glass Now location offers friendly service and professional results. The regional manager regularly receives praise from travelers as well as Bridgeton drivers.

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Auto Glass Tip: Salvaged Auto Glass is a Risky Business.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday May 28, 2013 Under Auto Glass

Salvaged auto glass may seem like a good idea when a driver is dealing with an unexpected auto glass related cost. Unfortunately, glass pulled from wrecks, junkyards and other retired vehicles often comes with far more hidden and unexpected costs than expected. Windshields can be repaired multiple times with little to no evidence left behind, so a driver can never really know what to expect when they buy a used windshield. We suggest drivers call an auto glass expert with a low rate for installation and see how the price stacks up to the hidden costs associated with salvaged auto glass.

Auto glass takes a fair amount of abuse over the life of a vehicle. Minor damage to windshields can often be filled fairly easily and leaves very little perceptible traces on a windshield. Almost any auto glass expert will attest that installing a windshield that has suffered extensive stresses is a bad idea. A windshield with of a lifetime of driving stresses or even recent stresses and repairs, is far more likely to break and require another replacement.

Windshields can be filled multiple times, but an auto glass repair specialist will usually tell a driver when it’s time to replace a windshield. When a driver buys a used windshield or pulls one from a junkyard, they really have no idea what they are getting. Even drivers who know to look for the faint traces of the clear resin filler used to repair windshields can have a hard time spotting small repairs.

Auto glass specialists are available to give drivers deep discounts on a windshield replacements. A driver who shops around can almost always find an extremely competitive rate from a local auto glass specialist. A driver may save a few bucks in the short term with a used windshield, instead of a 50% discount windshield. Unfortunately, that same driver will usually lose quite a bit of money in the long term on more used auto glass.

Buying salvaged auto glass is a risky business that drivers should probably avoid whenever possible. Auto glass stresses and damages compound to shorten the lifespan of a windshield. Used windshields and salvaged auto glass usually will not show these stresses, and can often break during or shortly after the initial installation. If a driver has a local auto glass specialist, it shouldn’t be hard to get a competitive rate on a replacement windshield that makes it worth it to get the new auto glass.

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Insurance Tips: Read Your Policy Carefully.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday May 28, 2013 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

This may seem like a no-brainer to experienced drivers, but sometimes even the obvious insurance tips are worth repeating. When a driver first gets an auto insurance policy, they should take the time to go through the paper copy of the policy carefully. This is to ensure that everything they expect is covered in the document. Insurance policies are often long and complex documents and can quite a while to read. It is almost always in the best interest of the policy holder to take this time and familiarize themselves with exactly what they are entitled to in terms of insurance protections. This can save drivers confusion, time, money and significant stress in the case of a mix up.

The insurance companies get quite a bit of bad press regarding denied claims, and there’s no denying they bring it themselves sometimes. Other times, however, a little due diligence on the part of the driver is worth the effort up front. Drivers should make sure they completely understand what a policy means before they have to draw on the insurance coverage for a payment. Taking the extensive and particular legal wording of an insurance policy for granted is where things can start going wrong for a driver.

Sometimes mix ups happen, and a driver isn’t clear about what the policy they really want needs to include. Sometimes there is a legitimate mix up with the insurance agent and the policy a driver thought they were signing up for is shuffled to another policy due to a computer error or other internal confusion at the insurance agency. A driver who reads the policy in full and looks for the terms they need in specific can ensure this type of mix up is fixed quickly and efficiently.

A good example of this type of confusion is in the type of policy itself. Automotive insurance can cover the vehicle and the driver and may be needed to do either in the case of weather related damage. Full coverage generally covers theft and vandalism, but a company may require a separate theft policy or waiver. This can be true when major weather strikes. Auto glass is often damaged in storms, floods and all manner of inclement weather. A driver who wants their auto glass to be insurance covered in the case of bad weather needs to look for coverage in each specific weather instance.

Drivers who take the time to read and makes sure they understand the paper policy they receive are always going to be the most well informed about what their insurance will and will not provide. It is always better when a driver can confirm that they have bought the right policy and that all of their needs are covered. Taking the time to confirm in detail that a policy covers individual circumstances like theft, vandalism and varying types of weather that commonly damages auto glass is a great way to ensure you will receive the benefits you have been paying for when the nasty weather strikes.

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It’s pretty common for drivers to pack a small emergency kit in case of emergencies. Most cars come equipped with basic emergency tools, like a jack and spare tire. Regular drivers often pack at least a pair of jumper cables and a few other odds and ends in the case of vehicle emergencies, but they rarely pack the number of a mobile glass repair specialist. All of these are sensible answers to relatively small problems. Unlike most minor damage, minor auto glass damage can keep a vehicle off the road. Drivers should keep the number for an auto glass repair service somewhere in the vehicle, just in case an auto glass emergency arises.

A quality glass repair specialist can usually take care of any auto glass repair or replacement work that a driver may need. More importantly, most auto glass specialists perform mobile auto glass repair and replacement services on the roadside or almost any location. Drivers, especially drivers who spend significant time on major highways, are advised to keep appraised of the best local auto glass specialists and keep a number handy in case of emergencies. Roadside windshield damage is particularly frustrating because the vehicle runs. Even thought the vehicle runs, windshield damage can obstruct vision or allow distracting outside elements into the passenger compartment of the car. Getting windshield damage taken care of quickly and easily is the ideal solution for most drivers.

The best way to make sure mobile glass repair is available is to keep the number for an auto glass repair specialist in their vehicle. Luckily, it’s both easy to find these numbers, and there are several simple options to keep them handy. Smartphones can give drivers the information on the road, saving on writing an actual list of numbers. For drivers headed through areas without reception, finding an auto glass repair specialist online is fairly easy. Drivers who want to stay prepared for every situation should make sure to keep the local auto glass specialists number on hand one way or another.

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Five Common Causes of Auto Glass Damage.

Posted by Joshua on Friday May 24, 2013 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

Auto glass damage comes in all shapes and sizes and can be caused by a huge range of factors. We’ve taken some time to compose a list of the primary reasons drivers come to us with auto glass damage. This is by no means a complete list of how auto glass damage is caused, but it can help drivers when they are considering how to save on auto glass repair bills.

5. Vandalism and mayhem.

Sometimes there isn’t much a driver can do to avoid the glass damage. Vandals and children sometimes can’t help themselves when it comes to an unprotected car. Windows are sometimes keyed and cracked in sitting vehicles. Even worse than minor vandalism, windows are often shattered completely in a vehicle breaking in situation.

4. Distraction based accidents

This type of accident is far more common than you may think. Drivers accidentally damage their own glass when they aren’t paying attention. This can be as simple as a ring scraping on a windshield or as damaging as accidentally throwing something throw glass. More than a few drivers have backed into low hanging tree branches or awnings on their own homes because they are talking to passengers while doing a routine backwards exit from a driveway.

3. Roadside Debris

Roadside debris brings in more than a few of our customers. Drivers never know hen something is going to pop up from the road. Many vehicles drop large debris on the roadside with the drivers unaware or unconcerned. Rocks, gravel and all manner of debris can be shot into auto glass by nearby tires. It is fairly common that the auto damage caused by roadside debris is sudden and completely unexpected.

2. Vehicular Accidents

It’s probably not a big surprise that vehicle on vehicle accidents cause a quite a bit of the of auto glass damage that we see on a regular basis. Vehicle accidents regularly mean auto glass impacts and immense windshield and window strain. Luckily for drivers everywhere, auto glass damage is getting to be one of the cheapest fixes in the wake of a vehicle on vehicle accident.

1. Weather

Inclement weather causes a huge range of auto glass damage in the United States and not just in the Midwestern States. Storms of all manner cause glass damage often damage that has to be completely replaced and not repaired. Hail, icy rain and heavy wind can all lead to major auto glass damage for all kinds of vehicles.

These are just a few of the thousands of reasons drivers come to us for our professional discount auto glass repair and replacement services. This list is just an account of the big five reasons we often hear at our auto glass repair shop. We hope it can help drivers prepare for auto glass damage ahead of time and prevent it wherever possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Insurance Tips: Slow Down and Buckle Up.

Posted by Joshua on Friday May 24, 2013 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

A few basic auto insurance tips have to do with general auto safety and legalities. It’s a good idea for drivers to pay attention to their speed and make sure they buckle their safety belt. Driving at a safe speed protects the vehicle from all kinds of damage while protecting the driver from law enforcement. Likewise, keeping the safety belt buckled while driving protects drivers from accidents and from tickets. Both maintaining safe speeds and buckling up can prevent major increases in insurance rates.

Drivers speed regularly on surface streets and highways all over America. As far as breaking the law goes, traffic citations are the bottom of the barrel. Seeding tickets can immediately increase a driver’s insurance premiums. Multiple tickets can and often do result in multiple increases to insurance rates. Drivers are advised to maintain a safe speed at all times. Driving at a safe speed has an added benefit of prevent auto glass and auto body damage due to high speed debris impacts.

Everyone has seen the adds that read “Buckle up it’s the law.” They have popped up nationwide in the last two decades. The fact is local governments make huge revenues on seat belt related tickets and the crackdowns are under way. Drivers can avoid rate increases by simply buckling up and avoiding this kind of ticket. Buckling up can protect a driver in several ways beyond law enforcement. No one wants to have an up close meeting with their auto glass.

It’s not terribly difficult. Drivers can save time, energy stress and money by following these basic insurance tips. Slowing down and buckling up can protect drivers from auto glass related injury and from rate increases due to tickets.

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A mobile auto glass repair specialist can often provide several solutions to help drivers with their spring travels. Traveling across the country for the spring is a time honored American tradition. Most adult drivers know that it’s a good idea to have a vehicle checked over before a long spring trip, including the auto glass components. Unfortunately, spring weather can often be erratic and include all manner of storms, making windshield damage on the road a terribly real possibility. The increased traffic due to spring break can also lead to glass damage. A driver can save themselves time, money and headaches by calling a mobile auto glass repair specialist. A mobile auto glass specialist can get them back on the road with new auto glass quickly and efficiently.

Spring break means trips for teenagers, adults and whole families. This can be anything from a classic country camping trip, to an extended spring break road trip. Experienced drivers will typically have the car inspected thoroughly before driving any significant distance, but that won’t always show weakened or stressed auto glass. Even if the glass is in perfect order when the trip starts, shifts in weather may cause any number of weather conditions that cause auto glass damage. Hail is common through large portions of the Midwest that drivers often have to deal with it over the spring.

With increased travel comes all manner of increased mayhem on the roads. Spring break often means drunk drivers, road debris and erratic traffic. That’s a combination that easily leads to broken and damaged windshields. This can end spring break fairly quickly for drivers who aren’t sure what to do in this type of emergency situation. Drivers do have options though, especially if the damage is only to the auto glass.

Mobile auto glass specialists are available for just this type of emergency. Instead of paying obscene prices for a long distance tow or a tow to an unfamiliar shop, drivers can call a mobile auto glass specialist to perform the repairs or auto glass replacement at the site of the accident. For drivers who have traveled out of state for a vacation, this can literally mean thousands of dollars and countless hours saved. In many cases, that can save the spring trip entirely.

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