Insurance Tips: Maximizing Insurance Savings.

Posted by Joshua on Sunday Dec 23, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

There are several ways to save on the long term cost of insurance. This is true in terms of long term costs and deductibles and overheads when insurance is required to make a payment. Many insurers offer bundles which can save drivers significant money on automobile and other insurance. Using only insurance approved shops and services like certified auto glass repair shops can save both the insurance company and a driver money in the long term. Good driving is important when acquiring a new policy. It can also be extremely important to long term savings with many new policy options.

Drivers can save quite a bit by using an insurance company that allows them to bundle service. Combining automotive insurance with home, motorcycle, boat owners, renters or other insurances can get a lower rate on all of them. The savings can add quickly if a company offers a price reduction on each insurance when bundled together.

Using certified and insurance approved services is another good way to make significant savings. Drivers can usually get a discounted rate on roadside assistance, or even free roadside assistance from an insurance company. Drivers can also save by using repair services approved by their insurers. As an example, auto glass repair specialists often work with insurance companies. This relationship offers both the company and the driver deep discounts on auto glass services and deductibles.

Good driving for years can get drivers significant discounts when it comes to shopping for a policy. Most insurance companies now offer drivers a reward for even longer periods of good driving. Drivers can also earn a lower deductible, a lower rate or both from simply driving carefully.

Drivers can save significantly on auto insurance in a number of ways. Bundling insurance with other insurances offers deep savings. Using approved and certified specialists, like auto glass repair specialists can save major bucks. Finally, simply being a good driver and avoiding automotive damage can save thousands of dollars over the life of an insurance policy.

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Typical Services by Auto Glass Specialists.

Posted by Joshua on Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 Under Auto Glass
Auto glass specialists naturally have repair and replacement work on the list of auto glass services available. Auto glass specialists tend to perform all services related to auto glass. This is true both in terms of modifications and services related to the electronic and mechanical systems related to windows.

Auto glass replacement is the hallmark of the auto glass specialty service. Windshields that are damaged beyond repair, broken windows and mirrors are all easily replaceable at an auto glass repair shop. Smaller windows, panes and vent glass on older model car are more likely to be in stock at an auto glass specialist than in a standard repair shop.

Auto glass specialists typically offer a wide range of repair services. Windshields and other laminated glass can often be repaired if the damage isn’t too severe. Additionally, most auto glass shops can easily repair window motors and other electrical components.

Many auto glass specialists provide additional services beyond repair and replacement. Warranties on the installation, glass itself and damage resulting from a faulty windshield or installation are common. These warranties can cover anything from water damage and mold to repairs or adjustments due to faulty installation. Some auto glass services will even offer drivers a ride home if an installation must be preformed in shop and will take longer than normal.

Auto glass specialty shops do quite a bit more than simply replace glass. Auto glass specialists typically can do a wide range of auto glass related repairs, including motors and mounts. Auto glass specialists often offer extra perks like rides and extended warranties.

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Auto Glass Tips: Only Use Reputable Services.

Posted by Joshua on Thursday Dec 6, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

When shopping around for auto glass repair and replacement services it is imperative to use reputable services that offer scrupulous practices and reasonable rates. There are a few simple tips to assuring you find a quality auto glass service. Always go to a service shop or call a shop affiliated mobile service. Avoid walk up offers of auto glass repair or replacement as a rule. Avoid services that can’t give a printed or online estimate up front.

The first step in finding a reputable service is to compare rates. An extremely high up front rate is a sure sign of price gouging and a shop to be avoided. Unfortunately this moves many dealerships near the top of the list. This is mostly due to the prevalence of auto glass discounters and specialty shops in the modern market.

 

Some drivers are confronted with a windshield washer or street style offer to replace a windshield at no cost. This is almost certainly a terrible way to consider replacing a windshield  This type of walk up is generally a scam to bill an insurance company high rates, likely raising a premium or voiding a policy altogether. Always go to a reputable auto glass repair service with at least a business license and professional surroundings or service.

Getting an estimate is essential to ensure you have found a reputable service. A auto glass estimate, or quote, should be easy to access in print online or in standard writing. The service should preform the work in a reasonable amount of time and honor the estimate, or come as close to it as possible. If a shop can’t give an estimate, it is advisable to shop elsewhere.

 

Using a reputable auto glass service is the surest way to get value and a quality auto glass repair or replacement. Comparing rates to ensure a shop is within industry standards is always a good idea. Never use a service off the street or an offer from someone not at or representing a licensed business. Make sure your auto glass repair shop seems professional and has the proper licenses. If you follow these tips and get an estimate up front you should have no problem with finding a reputable auto glass service.

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Auto Glass Tips: Auto Glass Emergency Numbers

Posted by Joshua on Wednesday Nov 28, 2012 Under Uncategorized

Keeping the number for a reputable auto glass shop with emergency mobile services is a very good idea for all drivers. A driver never really knows when auto glass damage is going to make a vehicle unusable. Major gouges, shatters that obstruct vision or full holes in the windshield make it generally unsafe for driving. A mobile auto glass service can save drivers significant time compared to a tow into an auto glass repair center. Mobile emergency auto glass can also save considerable money compared to standard towing services.

Driving with major window damage can be extremely dangerous and even illegal in some districts. Major shatters can completely obscure the road making it unsafe to drive. Gouges, deep impact damage and holes allow wind, weather, road conditions and additional glass shrapnel into the cockpit of the vehicle and distract or potentially injure the driver.

Most drivers think of getting a tow when dealing with major window damage, but mobile auto glass repair services are typically a better option. Mobile services do the work on site. This means the driver isn’t waiting for a tow truck to arrive, tow them to a service center and then wait for the installation to occur. Compared to paying a towing fee and a shop, the financial savings are obvious.

Keeping the number for an auto glass repair service can be invaluable, especially in the winter months. Driving with window damage is dangerous and sometimes illegal. A mobile glass service can save drivers significant time as well as money.

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How Windshield Repairs Work.

Posted by Joshua on Thursday Nov 22, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

Auto glass repair works because of the unique construction of windshields. Modern windshields are composed of two sheets of tempered glass that have been laminated together. They are held together by a rubber inner layer that helps distribute the pressure when an impact damages the exposed outer layer of the windshield.

When an impact only pierces the first layer of the glass a repair is possible. If damage penetrates through both layers the rubber inner layer of laminate rubber keeps the glass from shattering inward at the driver. There are a few methods to do an auto glass repair, but the principles are very similar in both the old and new versions of the technology.

A resin and vacuum approach is the standard way to fill minor windshield damages. Cracks, chips and other damage can be repaired using a clear resin to fill the damage to the upper layer of the windshield. The area must be thoroughly cleaned, and all debris removed. Afterwards, the resin injected directly into the damaged area. The type of resin needed can vary greatly, depending on the type of damage that needs to be repaired. Calling an expert for auto glass repairs is generally the best idea. This is especially true if the driver has doubts or confusion about the process.

Once the resin is in place, a vacuum tool is used to remove all air pockets from the resin and the windshield. This process removes visual defects and strengthens the bond to the windshield. While numerous home repair kits are available, auto glass specialists are generally recommended. Auto glass services can preform most glass repairs quickly, cheaply and permanently.

 

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Typical Causes of Auto Glass Damage.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Nov 13, 2012 Under Auto Glass

Auto glass damage is a fact of life in pretty much all climates and driving conditions. Weather can cause auto glass damage in a number of ways. Road conditions and driving related damage can cause all manner of cracks, chips and stress fractures. Auto accidents can cause all types of damage. There are several options for auto glass repair and replacement, some of which do tend to be better than others.

Weather can lead to auto damage in a variety of ways. Hail damage is fairly common across a wide stretch of the U.S. and can cause minor or major damage. During major storms, particularly wind storms, can send debris flying that can easily crack and damage auto glass. Falling trees and other downed objects can cause major vehicle and glass damage. Driving during inclement weather can lead to increased chances of driving damage and auto accidents.

Driving damage is another fairly common form of auto glass damage. Flying rocks and gravel can occur no matter how clean a road surface appears or how light the traffic is. During high wind or storm conditions the chances of a rock or flying piece of debris are greatly increased. Stress fractures are another common form of driving damage, where standard vehicle driving stresses cause a crack to form without an impact.

Auto accidents are another major factor in auto glass damage. Minor accidents can cause stress fractures. Major accidents can twist the vehicle frame shattering the windshield. Glass to metal collisions can cause deep gouges or full holes that require a full replacement.

There are lots of repair options for all types of auto glass damage. Home repair kits are an option. For long term window maintenance, a repair professional is advised. There are numerous auto glass services that provide discounts and insurance options for damages of all types.

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Basic Variations of Auto Glass Damage.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Nov 13, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Mobile Glass Repair

There are many types of damage that windshields might undergo over the life of one vehicle. Windshields are fairly resilient, and the multiple players of glass make some types of damage worse than others. Some types of auto glass damage are reparable where some require an outright glass replacement. Chips are the most common type of impact damage and the easiest to repair. Cracks can vary widely in size and shape. Some cracks can be repaired while others will require a full replacement of the damaged auto glass. Breaks, shatters and large holes are irreparable and necessitate a full auto glass replacement.

The smallest chips are light gouges or abrasions into the first layer of glass. While not terribly damaging or distracting, chips that obscure the road or stand to grow into larger cracks should be repaired quickly. While some chips may not technically require repair but repair is advisable as a variety of conditions can lead to chips spreading into cracks.

Cracks make up the bulk of windshield damage. Cracks can occur because of natural window stress or impact damage. Small cracks that are only an inch or two in length can typically be repaired with a filler compound. Stress cracks can be filled but will typically return with time. Larger cracks, multiple connected cracks in a star, web or bullseye pattern, or cracks that penetrate both layers of the windshield are typically also irreparable and require a full auto glass replacement.

Full shatters, deep gouges that punch through to the driver, holes and other major damage should be replaced immediately. This type of damage can present both real danger and significant distraction. Glass chips and debris, as well as airflow from major holes, pose a very real distraction and risk. If possible a mobile glass repair service is probably the best option for this type of major damage. A mobile service will keep the driver off the road while certified glass technicians perform replacement work on site.

Modern windshields are fairly resilient, and minor damage might seem easy to ignore. Small chips are easily repairable and if left unattended can lead to cracks. Cracks vary in size, depth and shape and may be reparable. Larger cracks, as well as deep gouges and holes, will require a full glass replacement. If one is available, a mobile repair service is a great alternative to driving with major auto glass damage.

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Getting the most out of auto insurance is pretty important to most drivers. Drivers who make sure the monthly insurance premium that they pay to an insurance company gives them the most positive benefits are getting the most from their insurer. When auto glass repair or replacement is necessary, drivers can usually gain additional savings from their insurance company in the form of insurance specials and preferred outlets.

Major auto glass repair and replacement services understand that working with insurance companies and drivers generally ensures repeat business. Typically these shops will offer these discounts in the forms of insurance specials. Auto glass repair services on a preferred list work with insurance companies to offer drivers the lowest out of pocket costs possible for these specials. This often means extremely low deductibles or free services for auto glass repair and replacement.

Drivers with auto glass damage can generally save money by calling the insurance company ahead of time to find out a preferred auto glass shop. A preferred shop that has an arranged rate with an insurance company can offer drivers the lowest rate that the buying power of a major insurance company can arrange. They are also typically more likely to run insurance specials and other auto glass discounts for insured drivers than standard service shops.

By looking for auto glass repair shops that prefer to work with insurance companies, drivers can make the most out of automotive insurance. Services that offer insurance specials can save drivers from even paying a standard deductible. Preferred shops, or shops with a prearranged rate can also offer significant savings for insured drivers.

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Saving Money On Auto Glass Replacement.

Posted by Joshua on Tuesday Nov 6, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Uncategorized

There are a few easy ways to save money on auto glass replacement and repair. Looking for insurance specials and low rates negotiated by insurance companies is a very viable option. Drivers with an auto glass discounter within range can get the best rates possible on auto glass purchase and repair work. Mobile auto glass services can save drivers a few dollars as well both in terms of gas and travel. Mobile glass repair services can save customers valuable time.

Getting the most from auto insurance is an easy way to save on auto glass repair and replacement. A no deductible insurance policy can pay for itself in areas where hail and other weather incidents are common. Insurers can also usually direct drivers to a networked auto glass shop with a negotiated rate. This type of preferred shop and negotiated rate can offer drivers significant savings.

Finding the right price on auto replacement glass is always important. Repair shops that offer a posted discount on windshield repair are increasingly more common. Discounts of up to 60% on standard windshield replacement are fairly common. Finding a reputable discounter with quality service is one of the best ways to save.

Mobile auto glass repair can save customers time and money. In rural areas where the nearest shop is a considerable drive this is particularly true. A mobile glass service brings the repair or replacement glass to the driver and installs it on the spot. This saves on gas, and if the service range is wide enough can save the driver money over a closer but more expensive shop.

Insurance policies and negotiated rates can offer significant savings at a preferred shop. Getting a low cost on the glass itself from a reputable auto glass discounter is a surefire way to get big savings. Mobile auto glass can save on travel costs and offer savings over what a closer shop might offer drivers. Using these simple tips should help drivers save a few dollars in an auto glass repair situation.

 

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Insurance Tips: Understanding Negotiated Rates.

Posted by Joshua on Wednesday Oct 31, 2012 Under Auto Glass, Insurance Tips

Just about every driver knows the basics of automotive insurance. Customers pay into a pool in case of a specific event such as an automobile accident or weather disaster. When that condition is met, the insurance pool pays the customer a variable amount to have the damage fixed and mitigated. Insurance companies offer several other services, in addition to simply pooling money, to help mitigate an emergency or disaster. Insurance companies are also in the business of saving money for themselves as well as their customers. A major source of savings on behalf of both the driver and the insurer is a negotiated rate with a repair service.

A negotiated rate is a discount offered to customers of an insurance company. The insurance company typically negotiates for these rates with companies who can still benefit for repeat business at a significant discount to standard rates. Negotiated rates as common across many areas of insurance. Both medical and automotive insurance companies typically have a negotiated rate on services that a customer may never realize they get as part of an insurance plan.


The negotiated rate will vary depending on the insurance company and the service that have entered into negotiations. For many services, it can be dramatically less than the standard rate offered to the public. This can mean savings even if a driver doesn’t use the insurance and risk an increased deductible. When major damage occurs the insurance company can usually suggest a service they have a negotiated rate with to ensure savings across the board.

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