Monthly Archives: July 2015

Preventing Auto Glass Repairs with Your Teenage Kids

windshield_washingYou’ve probably been a driver for a long time; however, your teenage kids have not. They are learning how to drive and getting the hang of street rules. Yet, just because they know how to start the car and do a three-point (“K”) turn does not mean that they know how to protect the windshields and windows from getting damaged. That’s why, it’s highly important that you teach your kids the proper way to take care of the glass in order to prevent auto glass repairs.

Here is how to guide them:

Teach Them How to Wash the Windshield The very first thing you should teach your kids is how to wash the windshield. The windshield can easily get damaged if you neglect it. Week after week, dust from the air piles up on the surface, not to mention that birds love to leave their droppings all over the place. Add some tree tar, bugs, and other elements, and you’ve got a huge mess. Now, what happens when your kids decide to wash this mess using the windshield wipers? The extreme dirt gets scratched all over the place, scratching both the wiper blades and the glass itself.

Sure, the wiper blades are meant to clean, but they’re supposed to be used when the glass isn’t too messy already. To teach them the right way to wash the windshield, be sure to invest in two or more microfiber cloths (these are highly affordable and usually come in packs). Tell them how microfiber cloths are gentle on auto glass, meaning they’ll never scratch the surface, unlike regular sponges that do scratch. Also, show them high-quality windshield cleaners; these too are usually affordable. You can find high-quality windshield cleaners in any auto isle at a retail store. All your kids need to do then is spray the cleaner on the windshield and wipe the glass off with the dry microfiber cloth. Of course, if the windshield gets a bit dirty in between major washes, it is all right to use the wiper blades and windshield washer fluid to clean the small mess.

parsin191Teach Them How to Refill the Windshield Washer Fluid Another essential lesson you should teach your teenage kids in order to help them avert any auto glass repairs is how to refill the windshield washer fluid. The first step you need to take with your kids is purchasing a windshield washer fluid. You can find good washer fluids in almost any retail store, like Wal-Mart, Publix, and Target. Look for a bottle that contains blue water in the auto aisle, and you should find it without a problem. Next, lift the hood of your car and find the washer fluid tank. Many times, the tank has a blue cap, and the cap itself either has an image of a windshield and wipers or a text that says something like “Washer Fluid Only.” Once you and your kids find the tank, have them lift off the cap and pour the windshield washer fluid in. Tell your kids not to be afraid to pour the fluid all the way to the top of the tank, so long as they don’t make the fluid spill over. Then they should put the cap back on and make sure that it is secure, and they’re good to go. Lastly, be sure to remind your kids to check on the washer fluid every month, adding more to the tank when they find that the blue water has decreased.

WINDSHIELD-WIPERTeach Them How to Replace Old Windshield Wiper Blades When windshield wiper blades get old, they tend to crack and become dry. Then when they’re put into use, they end up scraping the glass. That’s why, to prevent this situation from occurring and leading to windshield damages that needs glass repairs, teach your kids the proper way to replace wiper blades. You can do so by implementing what this video illustrates so well:

Teach Them Not to Use Regular Household Cleaners Be a good role model and teach them not to use regular household cleaners and products to wash the car, especially where auto glass is concerned. For instance, Windex should never be used to clean the glass. Since Windex has ammonia in it, it could destroy the glass. Other household products are similar, and so they must be avoided.

Teaching your teenage kids how to take care of their car’s windshield and windows will certainly help them prevent auto glass repairs that could cost you money.

The Right Way to Do an Auto Detail

detail2Cleaning a car is a must if you want to preserve its quality and value. Whether you are selling your car or showing it off to your friends or family, it is important that you tidy it up and keep it washed regularly. Though, is there a right way to do an auto detail? Is there a wrong way? The answer is yes to both, so it is essential that you learn the proper way to take care of your car to keep it in a great condition for as long as possible. Here is how you can do that:

Vacuuming It is crucial that you vacuum your car from time to time. This is a major part of a great auto detail. Therefore, be sure to vacuum the carpets, floor, and even the seats. Oftentimes, you leave behind dirt without even noticing, such as tree leaves that sneak in or your fallen hair. Worst of all is if you take your pet (especially a shaggy dog) on road trips with you. While the experience is amazing, the outcome is frustrating. Pets can’t help but leave behind their shedding fur; it is part of their nature. But this does not mean that you should ignore the mess. Remove all the dirt…unless you enjoy having a car rug made out of dog hair.

Removing Dust off the Dashboard Similarly, you must dust the dashboard. Day after day, week after week, dust from the air piles up and leaves behind an ugly layer. This is not pretty, nor is it healthy. Just think, if you or someone close to you has asthma, your car becomes the worst place to be in. That is why it is simply easier to just remove the dust than it is to suffer the consequences of letting it remain.

Cleaning the Exterior with a Microfiber Cloth and a Car Cleaner Another highly useful auto detail action to take is to clean your car’s exterior using a high-quality car cleaner and a microfiber cloth. You never want to wash your car with a sponge and regular soap or household detergent; these products can ruin your car by stripping the paint’s shiny color and scratching the surface of the vehicle. It is safer to rely on the products and tools (car cleaner and microfiber cloth) that the professionals use at car washes; these will protect the paint and make the car cleaner and glossier.

Dry the Car with a Microfiber Cloth Never let the car air dry after you wash it. This will lead to watermarks and stains that will ruin its clean look. Instead, take another dry and clean microfiber cloth and use it to dry the vehicle. This is an imperative auto detail step. In the end, you will notice your car is truly shiny, which would ensure that your hard cleaning efforts are not in vain.

drying-carCleaning the Glass with a Microfiber Cloth and a Glass Cleaner Let’s not forget the windshields and windows; they are just as vital if you want to have a thorough car detail. Besides, you do not want to be driving with a dirty, hazy windshield that is preventing you from having a clear driving visibility. In fact, this can put you in danger and risk the lives of others on the road. You never want to have a car accident when you could have easily avoided the situation with a good glass cleaning. Thus, take another clean microfiber cloth and a glass cleaner and use them to wipe all the glass, both inside and out. Just be sure that you use a real auto glass cleaner and not a household brand. Otherwise, the product you use (such as Windex) might have ammonia in it, which would ruin the auto glass.

Doing an auto detail does not take too much time or effort. It is a simple procedure that gets your car back into a pleasant appearance and makes it look brand-new again.

Car Care Tips After a Day at the Beach

beach-chair-sailboatThe summer is a time to go out and enjoy the sun. That means, for the majority of people, that it’s time to go to the beach. If you’re one of those people who adores a day playing in the sand and walking along the shore, then you probably should know of the proper way to maintain your car after a day at the beach. After all, you’re not the only one who needs a wash after spending the day out in the heat and dust. Your car, too, needs a cool down and a nice wash. In fact, it is crucial that you clean your car after going to the beach, as that can save you the hassle of dealing with a dirty car at a later time. Without further ado, here are the most important car care tips for your return from the beach:

Shake the Carpets You’ve had a great time at the beach for several hours, and then you returned to your car. Chances are that you’ve transported a gallon of sand into your car without intentionally doing so. Even if you’ve washed your feet and flip flops before entering your car, there’s always some sand that makes it into the vehicle. That’s why, when you get home, it’s helpful to remove the carpets in the car and shake them outside. Try to get rid of as much sand as possible to keep the car tidy.

Vacuum the Upholstery Another wonderful car care tip is to bring a small vacuum and get rid of the remaining sand. Vacuum the floor, the seats, and the carpets. This will eliminate the grains of sand that were left behind even after you’ve shaken the carpets. Be sure to vacuum all the corners of the car.

Let the Seats Air Dry Let’s be frank, most of the time, people don’t wait until their swimsuits are dry before they hop in their cars. This leaves the seats soaked by the time they get home. As a result, when you get home, leave the vehicle’s windows down or keep the doors open while you clean. Let any wet areas air dry, and if they remain somewhat wet even after you’ve finished cleaning the car, then leave the windows down just a bit for an hour or so. Making sure the seats cry completely is essential if you want to prevent mold.

trunk_fullClean the Trunk The next car care tip is to not forget to clean the trunk. Just like the rest of the car, the trunk gets dirty with all the items you bring with you back from the beach, such as beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, etc… As a result, it’s useful to grab a vacuum and clean the trunk from any sand.

Clean the Windshields and Windows When you go to the beach, you will most likely face a bit of dust from the air. This dust is not dangerous; however, it can dirty the windshields and windows of your car. Therefore, when you get home, be sure to wash the glass with an auto glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to get rid of that hazy dirt.

Wash the Car (Optional) Although this car care tip is optional, it is highly recommended. Wash your car when you get the chance after a day at the beach. Your car will be more than pleased to cool down, and you’ll notice that it shines better and smells nicer.

towel-clipartOther Tips To help you out for the next time you go to the beach, make sure to place a dry towel underneath you before you sit down in the car. This will prevent the seats from getting wet. At the same time, place a clean towel or a blanket in the trunk before you store all your beach items. This will keep the trunk clean and allow you to have less tasks to do.

The next time you go to the beach, be sure to follow these car care tips once you return home. They’ll keep your car well-maintained and tidy.

When to Call for a Mobile Auto Glass Repair

cartoon glass guySometimes small mistakes can cause big irritations, such as when we forget to replace old windshield wipers and end up creating a chip in the glass when we use them several months after they’ve worn out. Things can go wrong at any given moment. For that reason, if you find that your auto glass is damaged, there are a couple of things you need to do. Depending on the condition of the broken glass, you will either need to drive to a local auto glass shop or call for a mobile auto glass repair. Nevertheless, how do you know when to call for a mobile service? When is the matter urgent to an extent that prevents you from driving your car?

Small Chip in the Windshield When you have a small chip in the windshield, you have a little time before that chip turns into a crack. If you drive carefully and don’t speed over road bumps, you can manage to get your car to an auto glass shop. However, this does not mean that you should delay getting your chipped windshield fixed. Delaying is the opposite of being careful, and the longer you wait, the more that chip is going to split into a crack. So it’s best to go the very same or next day you notice this kind of damage.

Cracks in the Windows If there’s a crack in one of the windows (this includes the back window), then you’re also safe to drive your car to an auto glass shop. There is no need to stop driving your car in the meanwhile, and there’s certainly no need to call for a mobile auto glass repair. Nevertheless, just like the chip in the windshield, don’t wait too long to get the glass repaired. You don’t want the problem to get worse and cost you more money or be a danger to you.

car cracked mirrorTiny Cracks in the Side View Mirrors Similarly, if there is a tiny crack in one of the side view mirrors, you’re not risking your life by driving the car to an auto glass shop. You’re good to go so long as that crack stays small. Though, go as soon as possible so as to not somewhat hinder your driving visibility much longer.

Shattered Windshield On the other hand, if your windshield is shattered, please do yourself a favor and stop driving your car. Call for a mobile auto glass repair and have experts come to you. It is safer than driving with an unstable glass and an unstable roof. And you really, really don’t want that glass to break in your face while driving at a forty-five miles per hour speed.

Completely Broken Windows If the windows are completely broken, then you’re not going to be comfortable in your car. If you’re driving in heavy wind, you’re going to have a terrible drive and not pay attention to the littlest details on the road. Those broken windows will be a distraction. Therefore, when a window breaks, call for a mobile auto glass service. Don’t drive your vehicle.

Shattered Side View Mirrors Shattered side view mirrors should also prevent you from driving your car. After all, you have no safe way of checking your blind spots. Don’t risk your life; call for a mobile service and get those mirrors fixed.

Costs of a Mobile Auto Glass Service It should be clear that many auto glass shops offer mobile auto glass repair services without additional payments. You only pay for the repair or replacement of your car’s glass. You don’t have to pay a fee to the expert coming to you. Thus, be sure to ask auto shops about their mobile services.

A mobile auto glass repair is helpful when your car is in no condition to be driven. As a result, if your car’s glass is terribly damaged, call the professionals. Don’t postpone this important job, or you might end up paying for a worse damage.

Tips for Car Protection against Thieves

robberThieves can be anywhere, and it is ignorant to think that just because you live in a safe community, your car won’t be broken into or stolen. No matter where you are, there’s a slight chance that someone will try to mess with your prized car. Though, this chance increases if you live in an apartment complex and park your car outdoors all the time. So, what can you do to maintain an effective car protection against thieves, especially if you don’t have a car alarm? There are several actions you will need to take, but each will help you thwart off even the smartest of thieves. Follow these precautions and tips:

Repair or Replace Any Damaged Windshield/Windows This is a major tip to remember, because if any window or windshield is broken, a thief can easily unlock your car. Even if there is only a tiny chip in the window, it makes breaking into your car much easier and quicker for the thief. As a result, if you know that there is damage in your auto glass, take your car to an auto glass shop and get the problem fixed early. You don’t want to give the thief an easy way to take your car. Think and act fast when the glass gets broken.

Remove or Hide Valuables from Your Car What is the number one reason thieves break into cars other than to steal them? Obviously to take any valuables you have lying around. Therefore, why give a thief a reason to go near your car in the first place? If you have any visible items, such as a GPS, a cell phone, a wallet, an Easy Pass (Sun Pass), and/or even a few quarters, remove them right away. If you must keep them in the vehicle, store them in the glove compartment where no one can see them. Having them in full sight is like calling a thief’s attention, and if you want to prevent that and have a strong car protection, the solution is obvious.

Park in Plain Sight Always park in plain sight or you might wake up to find your car missing one morning. Think about it this way, if you are parking day after day and night after night in a deserted area, then thieves are going to target your car since there are no witnesses around to stop them or call the cops. Don’t give thieves a reason to be tempted. If you want car protection, then the best way to have it is through ensuring that your car is somewhere people are constantly driving through. A great place to leave your car overnight is right in front of your house or building. That way, if anything happens, you or your neighbors will easily notice.

Tint the Windshield and Windows If the thief can’t see what’s inside your car, then chances are that he or she won’t try to break into it. That is why, if possible, tint your car the legal amount that your state permits you. Even if the windows and windshield have a slight tint, at night, they will prevent anyone from seeing into your car.

alarmPut Window Stickers That Say You Have a Car Alarm While you might not be able to afford installing a car alarm system, putting two stickers that say you have a car alarm on your car windows can be highly helpful. You can place one sticker on the driver’s left side window and another sticker on the passenger’s right side window. These stickers are wonderful car protection tools because they scare off the most daring thief.

Car protection against thieves can be achieved if you follow these easy, but helpful tips. In no time, you will realize that no thief is willing to go near your car, and for good reason. Be smarter than any thief and you will stop them at their game. What are you waiting for? Go safeguard your awesome car!