Insurance Auto Glass Specials are the New Normal.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Oct 16, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

Everyone knows that insurance is supposed to pay for auto damage. That includes auto glass damage when it occurs as well as auto body and collision damage. Many drivers don’t think to use their insurance when a minor glass crack or break occurs but often it is a very simple and efficient matter to have insurance pay for an auto glass repair or replacement. Looking for preferred rates and pre-negotiated rates is a great way to ensure premiums stay even and everyone saves money.

In inclement weather and on rocky roads the potential for auto glass chips, scratches and dents is pretty significant. What many drivers don’t consider is that these minor damages lead to more major damages which in turn can cost an insurance company far more money than a simple repair will. At the same time and insurance company is bound to prefer a shop with the lowest rate available for them.

Additionally most insurance companies have a negotiated rate with a repair shop. Additionally many auto repair shops, including auto glass specialty shops have a premium rate they offer insurance companies in order to ensure repeat business. Between the two drivers are guaranteed a low deductible if any at all on basic auto glass repair and restoration services.

Using insurance whenever possible without an adjustment to premiums or deductibles is the best way for a driver to make use of a service they pay regularly for. Making sure they are using preferred auto glass shops and shops with a pre-negotiated rate is the best way to save on a deductible.

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Getting the Most From Auto Glass Repair Services.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Oct 16, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Mobile Glass Repair

Typically a major auto glass break is a trying experience. Driving with major windshield damage or a missing or severely broken window is not convenient even in the summer.  In a rainy spring or autumn or on a cold winter it can be downright difficult to drive. Take the distress of weather and a potential windshield shatter and add the cost of buying a replacement windshield or window at a standard auto body shop or dealership repair center and it’s downright stressful. There are a few easy ways to get the most of an auto glass repair experience and make it easier on the wallet and on the nerves. The easiest of these are finding deep discount auto glass shops and getting the most value out of the service once you’ve found them.

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Full mark up makes for a pretty expensive car repair. Particular for a non moving or non mechanical part. In almost all rural and urban areas there will be options when it comes to glass repair and installation. Deep discount auto glass is available in most specialty shops.

Mobile Auto Glass Saves Time and Money:

Many auto glass services, particularly in rural areas, now offer mobile auto glass repair and replacement. Certified techs can take everything they need in a service van or truck to repair most minor cracks, chips and breaks. Most mobile glass repair services can install a full windshield and preform repairs on home glass as well.

Getting the most out of an auto glass repair service is simple. Doing research and finding a discount shop will offer significant savings. Using a mobile auto glass service saves time and gas money making the process easier and more affordable.


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Typical Auto Glass Services.

Posted by Joshua on Monday Oct 8, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Mobile Glass Repair

Auto glass repair shops typically offer an array of auto glass repair and replacement options as well as several other services. Window motors and electrical systems are commonly repaired in glass shops rather than standard repair shops. Window tinting and mirror work is also typical with many auto glass shops. Lastly mobile auto and even home glass replacement and repair are fairly typical from any better auto glass shop.

Obviously, any auto glass repair shop is going to do auto glass repair and replacement. Including windshields, side windows vents and accent windows. What may not be as obvious is that a specialty glass shop is likely to charge far less on windshield replacement than a dealership or standard auto body or repair shop. This is because a glass specialty shop can stock windshields in bulk, among other discounter secrets.

Nearly every reputable auto glass repair shop is going to have an in depth understanding of window electrical systems as well. This includes window motors and regulators, defrost and defog systems, wipers and the electrical systems that power all of them. Before going to an auto repair shop drivers are recommended to look to an auto glass discounter for all of these services.

When drivers think of auto glass they rarely think of the extras.  Window tinting and mirrors are usually available at much the same discounts that an auto glass shop offers on standard window work. Shops that offer comprehensive auto glass services, particularly those that work with insurance companies, will offer mobile auto glass repair as well. These shops will typically offer any type of glass installation or repair on a mobile basis, not only automobile glass.

A better auto glass repair shop will offer several services in addition simple replacement and repair.  Window tinting, mirrors, and all powered systems that are related to windows and windshields are typically serviceable at a good auto glass shop. And mobile auto glass repair is typically available for cars, homes or any other glass needs a customer may have.

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A Few Tips to Save on Auto Insurance.

Posted by Joshua on Monday Oct 8, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

Automotive insurance is a requirement in 47 states and driving without it requires fee’s or additional bonds in 2 of the remaining three. That means almost every driver is looking to save a little money on their insurance. There are as many ways to go about this as their are types of drivers in the U.S. Understanding exactly what type of insurance is required and suits the individual driver and then value shopping for that insurance goes a long way. Looking for discounts in the long term is another good options as many competitive insurance companies offer different discounts and rewards. In the long term a driver making sure to work with their own insurance company to determine the best and cheapest repair shops is also a big saver.  For incidents that require vehicle body and auto glass repair and replacement services an insurance company will always have preferred shops and will prefer shops that offer the best rate to that company and in turn that companies insured drivers.

The first key to getting the most  value out of insurance and saving on initial purpose is value shopping. This starts by understanding the exact insurance needs of the driver and requirements of the state. Minimal liability is the minimal requirement in many states but many drivers might do better with a slightly enhanced policy or even full coverage. This depends largely on the risk of other vehicles in a location and a number of other factors. Once a driver knows the policy they need shopping around both the big name insurance firms as well as smaller local firms is advised. It doesn’t hurt to actively compared rates with the other companies and see if discounts are available.

When it comes to looking for earned discounts in an existing policy there are dozens of options to choose from among the various competing insurance companies. Discounts are available for non smokers, college graduates and drivers with impeccable credit ratings. Companies offer discounts on the long term for certain age groups, not having accidents or drawing on insurance and maintaining proper speed as checked by an in car sensor.

Using an approved insurance shop for auto glass damage and repair can save on the cost of the deductible as well as the overall cost of the repair. Insurance companies will more readily approve shops on a preferred list or that offer a preferred rate to insured drivers. Most better auto glass shops find it in their best interests to preform both minor and major repair work for insurance firms and insured drivers to guarantee they draw customers back with quality business for all auto glass needs.

Drivers can look for several ways to save on auto insurance in the long and short term. Value shopping for the lowest immediate rate helps up front costs. Earned discounts and savings can defray the long term costs of insurance. Working with auto glass and auto body shops that the insurance firm prefers also leads to savings.


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It is no great secret that new technologies and innovations tend to cost more when replacement and repair of components is needed. The length of time it takes for any industry to catch up to these initial repair and replacement costs can vary greatly. Take auto glass for example.  It took nearly a hundred years from the first windshield until  reasonably discounted auto glass repair shops became commonplace in the market. Even well after standard windshield replacement was an easy to understand process drivers continued to pay hefty mark ups and outrageous labor fees when going to a dealership with auto glass issues.

By the 80’s discount auto glass services were on their way to being more regular.  Standard, non dealership, auto body shops offered glass replacement and repair services fairly regularly in most areas. While accessibility flourished and prices dropped compared to a hefty dealer mark up, they still hadn’t hit a point to be sufficiently called “discount” for a wide variety of drivers.

The demand for tinted windows and specialty glass components fueled the need for glass only specialty shops. Auto glass specialty shops paved the way for the modern auto glass market to flourish from the early 90’s up to the modern age of windshield repair.

These days, discount auto glass shops are relatively commonplace. From window tinting to full replacement and repair services a devoted motorist can find auto glass services that match their budget. Dealerships and general auto shops can still charge exorbitant prices, but specialty glass shops offer a wide range of discounts and rates. New installations, repairs, modifications and replacements are all available with at deep discount. More recently, mobile auto glass repair services have become very common saving customers even more time and money on a wide range of auto glass services.

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The Windshield Installation Process.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Mobile Glass Repair

The windshield glass installation is fairly easy to understand but difficult to master process. It does require specialty tools and materials and is only preformed safely when done by a trained technician using the proper tools. Normally windshield installation takes place during a windshield replacement so those steps will be covered as well.

First off, during a windshield replacement, the old glass must be removed. This usually involves chipping away fragmented pieces while large pieces or mostly intact windows can simply be cut loose and removed mostly intact. The full shape of the old windshield will need to be unscrewed and any panels over top of the windshield area removed as well. Once the windshield has been removed entirely and all glass and original adhesive strips removed then the area where the new windshield will adhere is thoroughly cleaned with a chemical primer, not unlike the type used in plumbing.

Normally the exact type of windshield  for a vehicle is already known by a shop based on vehicle make model and year, and will be available at most better windshield replacement or repair shops. Once the old window components are removed and cleaned the new window is cleaned with a primer as the location was. A long strip of adhesive is then placed onto the vehicle and the window lowered into place. The window is then screwed down and panels and components put in place, after a minimum drying time, the new window is as good as new. While the cleanliness of a repair shop is often preferred these services can normally be preformed at any location.


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A Brief History of Auto Glass.

Posted by Joshua on Thursday Sep 20, 2012 Under Auto Glass

The necessity of Auto Glass is dated to the early 1900’s predates several other modern automobile inventions and features. With the modern combustion automobile starting in the 1890’s the need for more significant protection than goggles became apparent as drivers attempted travel at higher speeds and in more inclement conditions than a sunny dry day.. As with most modern auto parts modern auto glass is fairly different than how it originated. Over the years, vast improvements have been made in windshield design and materials as well as windshield repair and maintenance.

The original windshields debuted in approximately 1904. They were made of heavy plate glass and, as the windshield wiper wouldn’t come for some time, got dirty very fast. Many of them were a two piece affair that simply folded down once they had gotten to filthy to see through allowing the driver an unobstructed view at the expense of protection from the elements. Plate glass was ultimately a poor design that often shattered and presented numerous safety issues of their own.

The safety concerns that plagued the early plate glass windshields lead to the invention of various types of safety glass over the early Twentieth Century. Variations arose from British and French scientists alike, mostly involving laminated glass or multiple panes of plate glass with a cellulose layer in between. In 1927 Henry Ford used a British glass called Triplex into his automobiles, this was effective but temporary as the layers would discolor.

By the 1950s wrap around windshields had become commonplace, as well as side windows and vents style windows. Vehicles had also moved into using a tempered glass for windshields and windows, was a huge improvement over previous plate glass variations. Tempered glass is heated to extreme temperatures and is dramatically more resilient to impacts and strains than plate glass. Perhaps even more importantly tempered glass doesn’t shatter in the same way plate glass does when an impact or stress factor does  cause major damage. It pebbles and maintains cohesion far better than even earlier laminated glass windshields.

Modern auto glass takes on a wide range of shapes and sizes. Custom windows, one sided wraps and a huge variety of shapes both functional and visual are commonplace. Modern windshields can feature internal powered defrosting components. Modern windows are a far cry from the flip down when dirty windshields of days past, in the U.S. powered windows are commonplace on most new models of cars rolling up and down with the touch of a button.

Modern glass offers another option that has become increasingly more popular.  Repair rather than actual replacement of broken glass components is not only commonplace, it’s easy. Auto glass repair is done both in the shop and at mobile locations and a wide range of business has sprung up around both options. Unlike the heavy panes of glass auto glass is relatively light and easy to work with. Making auto glass repair and replacement the easiest it has been in automobile history.

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Auto Glass Basics, knowing components.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Sep 11, 2012 Under Auto Glass

It’s easy to get confused about specific terminology in the auto glass world. With numerous types of windows all over a vehicle a little confusion is certainly understandable. Most of the varying types of window are easy to identify once an understanding of terminology has been established. And the window assembly isn’t much more difficult that that. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want.

Window Types:

As far as actual window types go there is a fair amount of information but it’s not too difficult.  Everyone knows the windshield is the large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards. The read window is general windshield sized but may not wrap around quite as far. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door with their namesake. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all around visibility. And vent windows are the small normally triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don’t open in modern vehicles.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the window in its place in the door as it goes up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves the window up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non powered models. In powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator and the power button activates the motor sending the window up and down. Lastly window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding in place.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools are on the market most all of them involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife like object used to cut the windshield molding away from the vehicle.  Some techs use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves goes a long way in the auto glass industry as well as so much glass is involved.

Knowing these industry basics can both help drivers save a few bucks as well as feeling like they understand what a technician is saying to them. Knowing what is required to fix or replace a window is the first step in knowing what auto glass services should cost. Drivers who can keep in mind the basics to windows, window functionality and the tools and services used will find auto glass mishaps far easier to navigate.

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Auto glass repair continues to grow more affordable and easier on the driver. An increasingly diverse auto glass market has given a wide range of prices and options. Discount auto glass is readily available at all points of the brand and pricing spectrum. Installation has also gotten far easier as a wide range of shops and services that specialize in auto glass have entered the market and are offering installation and repair services at a wide range of prices. This means that drivers have more options and a wider ranges of value to choose from. It also means careful motorists can get the best in service at a pace and a price that fits their immediate needs.

Auto glass was considered prohibitively expensive by many drivers in latter decades, leading to cracks and minor damage being left to spread and leading to even worse damage and accidents. This hasn’t been necessary for some time, but many drivers still pay far too much for auto glass services. Auto glass discounters have become increasingly more common and accessible.  50% to 60% mark downs from manufacturer suggested prices are not at all uncommon. Shops with these deep discounts are recommended to drivers who want to save a few dollars.

In the U.S. as recently as the 1990’s a large portion of auto glass repair was preformed in dealerships and standard auto maintenance shops. Particularly in rural areas. Oftentimes these services were preformed at huge markup compared to the actual labor and cost of the replacement glass. Just as the market for glass has opened up widely, the options for replacement and repair services has expanded dramatically in two decades. Glass repair specialty shops as well as mobile glass repair shops and services are much more common. Mobile repair in particular has made the process of glass replacement and repair far easier and more accessible to a wide range of motorists.

The combination of accessibility and discount means that motorists can save big because of the current market. Motorists who were worried about driving with cracked glass can receive mobile glass repair and replacement at home or even roadside. Even in many rural communities mobile glass repair is available. A wide range of available windshields and windows with available discounts make the actual purchase of glass far easier and more affordable.  All together this means a careful motorist who value shops can get the exact auto glass they need at a price that fits any budget.




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Auto Glass replacementMany people think auto insurance is crazy and confusing. But a little research can help you sort out the complexities of car insurance.

Coverage beyond the legally required minimum is always an option. Procuring additional coverage will be more expensive, though doing this may be worthwhile. Using uninsured motorist protection protects you from financial liability if you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, or if any driver that causes you damage is not carrying insurance.

Some companies offer discounts for those who do not log mileage in excess of 7500 miles per year. If you are looking to cut back on your car insurance costs, this is a great place to begin.

TIP! Raise your deductible to save money on your premium. It is a bit risky, but it will help you save on your insurance premiums.

During the first sixty days of a contract, an insurance company has the ability to drop your coverage without an explanation. This is when insurance companies will review your driving record to see whether or not you are a high risk. Getting your policy terminated will give you higher premiums in the long run.

Make sure to stay informed about basic insurance terms prior to searching for a company to get a policy from. Every state has their own regulations, but insurance basics remain the same. Understanding as much as you can about car insurance before you set out to buy will help you find the right coverage for your needs and your budget.

If you want to lower your insurance premium, consider raising your deductibles. By opting for a higher deductible, you can save on premiums because you are not as prone to file a claim for a minor incident. However, if you must file a claim, you will have to pay more due to the deductible. That’s an important point to keep in mind.

TIP! The best thing you can do to to keep your car insurance payments low is to maintain a spotless driving record. Getting in an accident will drastically increase your rates.

Be sure of what coverage you need when it comes to buying car insurance. Not all coverage options make sense for everyone. However, collision coverage can be a wise choice for those who find themselves in a lot of accidents.

If you are seeking to purchase auto insurance, make sure you shop around for premium quotes from various insurance carriers. Rates can be very different depending on which company you choose. You should shop you auto insurance at least once a year to guarantee you are receiving the best rates. Make sure this year’s quote is for the same coverage as last year.

Choosing a higher deductible will lower your insurance premiums. A high deductible can cost you more money if you have a accident, but it will pay any damages. However, small incidents are your responsibility. Having a high deductible makes sense if your car has a low value.

TIP! Let your insurance agent know if you see a lower rate and are thinking of switching. Sometimes, your current agent can match any lower offers that you find.

In many states, auto insurance doesn’t insure only the vehicle, but the person driving that vehicle, as well. Insurance companies rarely pay for accidents that occur when a friend or some other party is behind the wheel of the vehicle. If you do lend out your car, it is probably a good idea to purchase coverage for extra drivers, though this will cost you more money.

When it comes to auto insurance and elderly drivers, it is important to realize that the highest percentage of accidents during daylight hours are caused by senior citizens. This could be problematic as insurance rates will rise and it may prove difficult to find insurance coverage quickly.

Keep careful records when you are involved in an accident. Insurance companies need documentation and proof. Cell phone pictures provide the perfect record of the damage and location of an accident. Another option is to leave a disposable camera in your glove box so that you have it on hand in case of an accident.

TIP! Pay attention when driving, as this will help you to keep your premiums at a minimum. Fewer traffic tickets or automobile accidents will lower your premiums and may qualify you for additional discounts.

If you are thinking of purchasing aftermarket enhancements for your car, check to find out how much will be covered by your insurance if there is theft or damage. Most of the time, insurance companies do not cover these items.

Some coverage items are not worth the extra cash though. By way of illustration, those with old cars of minimal value may consider dropping collision coverage from their policy. By dropping from this your coverage, your premiums could go down significantly. Comprehensive and liability are other aspects of your insurance that you can look into removing or raising deductibles for.

Before choosing auto insurance, you should get quotes from a number of different vehicle insurers. You may have to search for the ideal rate.

TIP! Attorneys and lawsuits are generally not worth the expense and hassle unless a claim is over $25,000. In such a case, it’s usually a better strategy to try to reach an agreement with the insurance adjuster.

While collision coverage is expensive, so are car repairs in the event that an accident is your fault. Though collision coverage may seem a little expensive, it is a lot easier to pay for the coverage than to pay for the cost to fix a vehicle.

Think about paying for your whole insurance policy at once. This is because insurance agencies frequently charge an extra fee for allowing monthly payments. Start putting money aside for the next time you renew your policy so that you can pay for the whole premium at once and pocket the savings.

It is a bad idea to buy a teenager a car. For the first few years, it’s wise to have your teenager share a family vehicle. Adding them to your preexisting insurance plan will be much cheaper. It’s even possible to get a discount, if your kids get good grades.

If you are in a well-know organization, you could get some good discounts on premiums. AARP is a great organization to get auto insurance discounts through.

Think carefully about buying after-market add-ons if you really do not need them. Luxury items are nice, but they really aren’t that necessary. If your car is totaled or stolen, your insurance will not reimburse you for the damage done to it.

Keeping your license clean is crucial when it comes to how much you pay for insurance. If accidents or tickets appear on your driving record, they may lead to your insurance rates going up. If your driving record is poor, consider taking a safe driving course to improve your driving and help avoid future accidents and citations. It can reduce your premiums over time.

All of the ideas you will read here can be used by most people. These tips can help you to get the best deals on auto insurance for the coverage that you need. This article should have shed some light on how to get the best coverage possible for a price you can afford.

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