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Our Top 5 Blogs On Windshield Repairs and Precautions

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Ever wondered whether the chip in your windshield is a minor or major damage? Most of us worry a lot when we see something is wrong about our car. So it’s not a surprise that you would think the worst if you see your windshield with a chip. The following are five of our top blogs on windshield repairs and precautions; they should be able to help you figure out whether your tiny chip is a big deal (meaning you need a windshield replacement) or a not so big deal (meaning you can easily repair the damage). Plus, you will learn some vital tips on how you can avoid future windshield repairs and auto glass damages.

Windshield Repair vs. Replacement: What are the rules?  Not many people know that driving in Florida with a damaged windshield is illegal. And yes, you can get pulled over and get a ticket. The way Florida law sees windshield damage is that it can cause the driver and others on the road to be in danger. If the driver has fragile auto glass, it can shatter in his face while driving. This is something that road cops want to avoid, but you can avoid it too before you find yourself being pulled over by a cop. Getting an auto glass repair, and quickly, is the best choice you can make. In most cases, you can call for a mobile windshield repair service to come right to you (wherever you are) at no additional cost. Though, when can you be sure that all your damaged windshield needs is a quick repair rather than a complete glass replacement? There are ways you can figure that out before you go or call an auto glass repair shop.

Things You Shouldn’t Do to Avoid Windshield Replacement Most of us take our cars for granted. We don’t clean them enough, and when we do clean them, we tend to do it incorrectly more often than not. We leave spider webs to hang loose on the exterior mirrors, and we let the car’s interior pile up with dust and last week’s takeout bags. Yet our cars hang in there, driving us all around town and even on out-of-state road trips. So shouldn’t we give them some love and appreciation by treating them better? The answer should be a loud yes! What we neglect the most when it comes to our cars is taking care of the glass properly. Thus, we’re listing some of the worst things we frequently do to car glass that we shouldn’t do. If you want to steer clear of windows and windshield replacement, read on attentively.

What Can an Auto Glass Repair Fort Lauderdale Shop Do? Auto Glass sometimes breaks or experiences minor damages. For instance, the most common issue with auto glass that people have is a chipped windshield caused by a nearby road construction or road debris. This is usually an easy problem to fix at an auto glass repair shop. However, your windshields and windows are not always the ones to need the repair. Other auto glass problems can occur, leading you to need a professional’s help. So, if you’re looking for an auto glass repair Fort Lauderdale shop for assistance, what can you expect them to fix for you?

Super Helpful Windshield Repair Checklist to Follow Car damage can happen at any time. For instance, if you are driving by a construction site, there is a big chance that some of the rocks and debris from all the work could hit your windshield or windows, leading to a terrible chip or crack. Sometimes, the damage might be so small, that you could easily get it repaired. In other instances, however, the damage might be extremely big, so much so that it prevents you or puts you at risk of driving your car. That kind of damage can cause you a lot of stress. That is why we have created a simple-to-follow and effective checklist to help guide you should you need a windshield repair.

Preventing Auto Glass Repairs with Your Teenage Kids You’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.

These five blogs on windshield repairs and precautions should help you when you need an auto glass repair and guide you with future maintenance.

Time-Saving Car Care Glass Tricks for the Winter

penguinFlorida doesn’t get as cold as other northern states, like New York. Still, it gets chilly enough that car windshields, windows, and mirrors get foggy and impossible to deal with. Plus, if you are traveling somewhere colder than the sunshine state, auto glass gets much worse and harder to clean. Ice and snow start building on the windshield, making it a mission to remove. So what can you do this winter to make your car’s glass more tolerable? The following time-saving car care glass tricks for the winter will truly save your life! Check them out:

When Your Windshield is Fogged Up or Icy Condensation can easily occur, especially if the air inside the car is warmer than the air outside the car. The cool, dry air all around the vehicle can make the glass foggy. Though, what’s even worse than condensation is an icy glass. So what can you do during the winter months to avoid these two problems? There are a couple of car care steps you can take, and each is just as equally great as the other:

  • You can park your car facing the east, where the sun rises. This will naturally defrost your windshield every morning so you never have to clean the condensation or scrape the ice off the glass.
  • Create a DIY de-icer using a mixture of three-parts vinegar and one-part water, and then spray that recipe on your car’s glass to stop ice from forming.
  • Use shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and then wipe it off. Your glass will be fog-free.
  • Take an old sock and fill it with cat litter, and then leave it in your car overnight. This will absorb all the water and prevent condensation.

frozen-wiper-bladesWhen Your Windshield Wipers Are Stuck to the Glass During the winter, your windshield wipers might become a little rough and even freeze to the glass. This can be a problem since you won’t be able to clear the glass if the wipers are in that poor condition. Nevertheless, you can repair the wipers in these ways:

  • Wet a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and use it to wipe each wiper blade. This will help the blades not stick to the glass.
  • Place an old sock on each wiper blade overnight so that the cold air and/or snow doesn’t mess with them.

When Your Side-View Mirrors Are Covered with Ice Side-view mirrors let you shift into lanes without crashing into other cars, so it’s crucial to keep them clean and dry. The best car care method that gets the job done is covering each mirror with a plastic bag each night, and then you wouldn’t have to deal with cleaning them up in the morning.

When Your Headlights Have a Haze Your headlights can also experience problems in the winter. The best way to keep them in excellent shape is to use a baking soda and vinegar mix. Take two tablespoons of baking soda or so and about a tablespoon of vinegar. Pour them in a cup and mix them together. Make sure you get a pasty solution. If the mixture is too watery, add more baking soda. Then take a microfiber cloth, dip it in the mixture, and use it to clean the headlights. The yellow haze should fade away in just a few minutes.

These time-saving car care, auto glass tricks will keep your windshield, windows, mirrors, and even your headlights clean all winter long.

Car Protection: What to Do If a Thief Broke In

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You wake up one morning to find your windshield or one of your windows broken and all the valuable items you stored in your car are gone. At this point, you have no doubt that someone just broke into your car and stole your things. You’re so angry that you can’t think straight, and you just don’t know what to do to fix the situation. Obviously, you can’t go back in time to catch the thieve. Yet, you can take a couple of actions to repair your car, help the police catch the thief, and take precautions for the future. The following are essential tips for your car protection strategy:

Call the Police Before you do anything else, call the police. Have a cop examine your car and take a list of all the stolen valuables. This will help the cop make a statement that will aid in the search for the thief.

Take Pictures of the Damage The next step in your car protection strategy is to take pictures of the damage. Photos of the broken windshield or window will come in handy with your insurance later. You should also take pictures of anything else that the thief broke or tampered with, such as the rear-view mirror, glove compartment, or the car’s paint.

See What Your Insurance Will Cover of the Damage In such an instance, it’s always important to call your car insurance and find out what your policy covers. For example, your insurance might cover your auto glass and car damages but not reimburse you for the stolen items. It all depends from policy to policy.

valuablesRemove or Hide Valuables from Your Car Ask a precaution for the future, you should remove any valuables you have lying around. If you have any visible items, such as a GPS, a cell phone, a wallet, an E-ZPass (SunPass), and/or even some change, 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, this is essential.

Park in Plain Sight Another important precaution to take is to always park in plain sight. After all, 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 police. 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’s 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.

Put 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.

We hope that you found this list helpful. Remember, in order to have a strong car protection strategy and prevent thieves from damaging your car again, you should always tuck away your valuables and make breaking into your car completely out of the question!

Start the Year with a Windshield Repair and a Clean Car

cartoon glass guyBegin the New Year on a new page. If you have a broken windshield, such as one with a chip or crack in it, then get a windshield repair. And if your car is a mess inside and out, be sure to get it cleaned. Make these goals part of your resolutions for 2016. After all, if you start the year with a great, clean car, you’ll continue doing great actions. There are several benefits to keeping your car clean and well-repaired. To learn more about these benefits, continue reading!

The Benefits of a Clean Windshield From time to time, it is important to clean your windshield thoroughly. This includes removing fallen tree leaves, wiping the glass spotless from any watermarks caused by rain, and washing and rinsing even the windshield wipers. Not taking these measures can ruin your windshield and certainly drive you to get a car glass repair. Plus, when rain, dirty glass, and stuck, dry leaves add up together, they can harm the glass fast. When you keep tree leaves on your windshield, you are pretty much waiting for a bad incident to occur. Then, when it rains and you turn on your wipers, you end up scratching the glass by having those dry leaves get stuck under the wiper blades. So it is a wise idea to clean your windshield regularly to avoid a glass repair. For that reason, always having a clean windshield helps you avoid all these issues completely.

The Benefits of Getting a Windshield Repair Did you know that if you have a cracked or shattered windshield, your car’s roof could collapse? It’s true! The windshield supports the roof, which means that without a stable windshield, you put yourself in danger every time you sit inside your car. As a result, repairing your windshield protects you from getting injured…or worse. Plus, getting an auto glass repair also puts an end to those annoying glares in your windshield. So it’s a win-win!

detail2 The Benefits of a Completely Clean Car In 2016, having a clean car will not only remove glares and keep your windshield in a stable condition, but it will also help you out in various ways. For instance:

  • A clean car will smell fresh inside and out, which means that you no longer have to deal with those pet and food odors that typically cling on to the upholstery.
  • A clean car will be bug-free. So no more bugs flying in your face while you drive.
  • A clean car has a higher value than a dirty car, and you can later sell it for more.

What do you think? Are you convinced to clean your car yet?

The Benefits of Getting Other Auto Glass Services, Like Tinting Tinting can be very useful for protecting the upholstery from overheating, and it can also help you stay cool in hot weather. Plus, the best way to protect your car against people’s wandering eyes is through tinting the widows; doing so prevents thieves from easily seeing what you have inside.

So what are you waiting for? Get a windshield repair and follow it by regularly cleaning your car, and 2016 will have a great start and a perfect flow all the way to the end!