Understanding Auto Glass Basics

Posted by admin on Wednesday Dec 2, 2015 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

lD3Sr9i6pCsdl5b4FclTJG55u1o-QGWTJHhAcEHb5mc  The auto glass world can sometimes get confusing. With the different types of windows all over a vehicle and the various tools and services offered, a little confusion is certainly understandable. Once you establish an understanding of the basics, most windows are easy to identify. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want. You can find a glossary of terms here to help you better define difficult concepts.

Window Types:

The large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards is the windshield. The rear window is generally windshield-sized but may not wrap around quite as far, and is located in the back of the vehicle. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all-around visibility, and vent windows are the small, usually triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don’t open in modern vehicles.

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Different type of windshields on a car.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the windows in their place in the door as they go up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves windows up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non-powered models, and in powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator. The window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding secure.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools on the market involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife-like object used to cut the molding away from the vehicle. Some technicians use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves go a long way in the auto glass industry.

Understanding these industry basics can help drivers have conversations with their technician. Knowing what is required to fix or replace auto glass is the first step in knowing what these 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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Tips to Save on Auto Insurance

Posted by admin on Monday Nov 16, 2015 Under Insurance Tips

Car insurance laws vary from state to state, but all states include some type of car insurance coverage requirement. That means almost every driver is looking to save a little money on their auto insurance. If your vehicle is damaged or you’re in an accident, car insurance can protect you, your family, and your vehicle.

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Understanding exactly what type of insurance is required and value shopping for that insurance goes a long way. Looking for discounts in the long term is a good option as many competitive insurance companies offer different discounts and rewards. Discounts are often available for non-smokers, college graduates and drivers with good credit ratings. Companies can also offer discounts for certain age groups, not having accidents or maintaining proper speed as checked by an in-car sensor.

The key to getting the most value out of insurance is knowing what’s required by both the state and the driver. Bodily Injury is the minimal requirement in many states, but drivers might do better with a slightly enhanced policy or comprehensive 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 companies as well as smaller local firms is advised. It doesn’t hurt to actively compare rates and see if discounts are available.

 

Bodily Injury Liability: Provides coverage in case you cause an accident in which another person or people are hurt. It covers the damages that you’re legally responsible for and provides a legal defense if someone sues you for damages.

Comprehensive Coverage: Protects you against vehicle damage not caused by a collision, such as theft, vandalism, natural disasters, falling objects, and more. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of auto glass repair and replacement if you have comprehensive coverage.

For incidents that require auto glass repair and replacement services, insurance companies will more readily choose shops on an approved list or that offer a preferred rate to insured drivers. Most reputable auto glass shops preform both minor and major repair work for insurance companies and help insured drivers work with their insurance company to file a claim.

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In states such as Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina, no-deductible policies are available either as part of your insurance policy or as an add-on which could reduce the cost of your auto glass replacement or even make it free to you. For more information on these Zero-Deductible States, see our Florida shop pages for Pensacola and Jacksonville and our Arizona shop pages for Mesa and Phoenix.

Drivers can look for several ways to save on auto insurance. Shopping for the lowest rate helps upfront costs. Earned discounts and savings can help with the long term costs of insurance. Dealing with reputable auto glass shops that work with insurance companies can save you both time and money.

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Taking Care of Your Auto Glass

Posted by admin on Saturday Nov 7, 2015 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

While it’s just as important as any other type of routine automotive maintenance, auto glass maintenance is often overlooked by drivers. A cracked or damaged windshield may not prevent the vehicle from starting, but it can easily make for an unsafe drive. In many states it’s even illegal to have a broken windshield on the road, and a few even have mandatory yearly inspections which you won’t pass if your windshield is cracked or broken!

Cracks, nicks and chips in auto glass weaken the overall integrity of the
glass making it far more likely to shatter when exposed to outside pressure or extreme weather conditions. In cold or hot climates cracks will spread, and the natural stress put on the glass by driving can make a small problem get worse quickly. To prolong the life of your auto glass, avoid slamming your car doors, park in shady areas when possible, and clean your glass with a microfiber cloth.

A small chip can suddenly turn into a shattered window or other roadside nightmare, but auto glass repair and installation is easier and more affordable than it has ever been. There is no excuse for cracked or broken auto glass!

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How to De-Ice Your Windshield

Posted by admin on Friday Oct 30, 2015 Under Auto Glass

It’s beginning to get colder outside, which for many could mean icy windshields every morning. With winter rapidly approaching, it’s important to know the right ways to de-ice your windshield to avoid unnecessary auto glass repair or replacement.

Do not pour hot water onto a frozen or iced-over windshield. The temperature difference can cause auto glass to crack. Instead, give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning and try these ideas:

1. Use scraping tools. The old-fashioned way is sometimes the best way. Plus, it’s a great workout!

2. Use the “defrost” setting. Letting your car idle and warm up is a good way to help the ice melt faster. Make sure you are not in an enclosed area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

3. Spray your windshield with a rubbing alcohol and water solution to help melt the ice. Make a 2:1 rubbing alcohol to water solution and fill a spray bottle. Spray on icy windows.

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Auto Glass Now is Hiring

Posted by admin on Saturday May 31, 2014 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

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Drivers have more flexibility than ever before when it comes to buying auto glass or paying for auto glass repair services. Drivers can get these important services from a wider range of providers than ever before. Nearly every full service auto shop, auto dealership service center and auto body repair shop can provide auto glass repair and windshield replacement.

Drivers also regularly see options like used auto glass, junkyard auto glass in an effort to save money. Finally, auto glass specialists have popped up all over the country, and work to provide the best options for drivers who need auto glass repair services. This wide range of options and costs means drivers can demand the best rates when they need auto glass repairs or a windshield replacement.

If a driver thinks they are paying too much for auto glass, odds are they can save some money by calling around to the local competition. We do recommend against scrapyard glass and other types of used auto glass as they tend to have suffered from the stresses of the vehicle they have been removed from, making them unreliable. Otherwise, we always suggest drivers take the lowest rate available when they need an auto glass repair or windshield replacement.

We’re confident that, in our service areas, drivers will always find that we offer the lowest costs. We strive to offer a range of auto glass that will fit any vehicle, regardless of make, model or year. We allow drivers a range of prices and strive to offer them the lowest rates possible in an auto glass emergency.

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Why We Hate Auto Glass Services That Overcharge.

Posted by Joshua on Friday Jun 28, 2013 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

At Auto Glass Now we know hate is an awfully strong word. The thing is we really do feel it’s the appropriate one for businesses that overcharge for auto glass repair and replacement services. We feel this strongly because, frankly, overcharging for auto glass repair and windshield replacement gives everyone a bad impression of the industry.

Auto glass is relatively cheap when purchased in bulk and an auto glass specialist can perform the repairs for a reasonable rate. When other businesses overcharge, they make drivers dread auto glass damage. We want out customers to look forward to our low rates and excellent service.

Auto glass is expensive when bought in wholesale. Purchasing auto glass to keep on hand for repairs seems obvious. Many auto repair shops don’t have the space or ability to stock glass in wholesale. This can lead to enormous price increases between the wholesale price and what the customer pays. When coupled with ordering delays, it can make the glass repair experience downright offensive to many drivers.

Auto glass is almost always priced with a high mark up when coming from anywhere but an auto glass specialist. Multifaceted repair services can afford to charge a premium because they tend to have regular customers. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to provide across the board auto repair service, we have a big problem when the auto glass is marked up so high as to appear prohibitive.

We hate it when the auto repair industry makes auto glass repairs seem prohibitive or problematic. Auto glass repairs should be done quickly, effectively and cheaply. That’s why we offer the lowest rates possible in every single one of our locations. Auto glass now is proud to offer fair rates, excellent service and great values at all four of our locations.

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In a country full of rapidly expanding businesses, our unique auto glass service stands out for some very simple reasons. While we have a few shops around the country, we are far from a sprawling corporation. Each of our four locations hires from within its own community and keeps ties with the local community and the drivers that make those communities work. We’re proud to offer our regular deep discounts to each of our communities as well as individual offers, specials and coupons. Even though we only have a few specialist offices, we want each of our auto glass repair jobs to leave lasting good will in our communities.

With four auto glass repair and replacement services in the U.S. we’re pretty far from the big guys, even in the auto glass industry. This means we work extra hard for every one of our customers. Our mobile specialists in Colorado travel far and wide to make sure that weather related glass repairs don’t slow drivers down. Our Georgia location offers quality services at low prices and has an exceptional range of mobile repair options. Our people in Bridgeton know that Missouri offers it’s own unique weather related challenges to auto glass, and are ready to travel great distances to help.

We do have a few offices around the country, but that’s largely so we can buy glass in bulk to provide our communities the best rates possible. Combining these outstanding discount rates on auto glass, with quality local employees who care about the drivers they serve, is the hallmark of our business. We honestly want to make sure the fine people of Colorado, Georgia, and Missouri can get where they need to go. Because we are people from Colorado Springs, Denver, Tucker and Bridgeton. When you have an auto glass emergency, give us a call. We’ll gladly give you the lowest rate possible on a windshield repair or replacement.

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Summer is officially in full effect. As we’ve discussed before, the summer months tend to mean more auto glass damage across the board for drivers. Summer also means that summer storms are usually sitting on the horizon. Recent years have had a major increase in freak storms and severe weather that runs well into the summer months. Heavy storms can cause minor auto glass damage to turn into major auto glass damage. Even if a driver isn’t actively driving in a storm, hail, flying debris and intense winds can cause chips and scratches to turn into cracks and shatters.

Storm weather puts a severe strain on the auto glass of any vehicle. Intense barometric and wind related pressures buffet the glass, pushing it in every direction. The natural curvature of the glass provides some aerodynamic relief, but it can also be the cause of enormous stresses. When a windshield already has cracks, chips or damage these increased pressures can cause existing damage to deteriorate rapidly.

In storm seasons, we reccomend drivers ensure that their auto glass is in proper working order before they are faced with a weather emergency. While on the road in a storm situation drivers are at much greater risk that an impact will shatter an already damaged windshield. Simple auto glass repairs or auto windshield replacements can save drivers from all manner of storm related dangers.

Drivers should have auto glass issues taken care of as soon as possible in pretty much any situation. During storm season, they really need to have glass issues taken care of quickly. We’re on call all summer to help drivers with auto glass repair before storms make it worse than it has to be.

 

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