What is Original Equipment Manufacturer Glass?

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) auto glass is any glass that was made by the same manufacturer that made the original glass in your automobile. OEM glass is the best and safest glass to use in your automobile because it was made to the exact same specifications that your car was designed for. While to the naked eye every windshield looks practically identical, there are actually minor differences found between every car manufacturer’s choice of windshield. Differences in size, clarity, installation, and shape can make a big difference in regards to such a key safety feature for your car.

OEM glass will usually be made by the same manufacturer that made your windshield. However, because auto manufacturers usually subcontract their auto glass manufacturing, their may be a new manufacturer for your windshield. In this case, we can still get your original windshield, it just may be made by a new manufacturer.

At Windshield Centers, we always use OEM glass. Safety is the number one goal with every windshield replacement, and OEM windshields guarantee that your replacement services are of the highest caliber.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

What are Windshield Bullies?

Windshield bullies are shady salesmen that come to your home, or meet you in a parking lot, to offer their “auto glass repair” services for your windshield. The “bully” will attempt to convince the unsuspecting car owner that their windshield is damaged badly enough that it requires a full windshield replacement. In most of these cases, the target’s automobile has extremely minimal damage, or none at all.

In many of these cases, the bully will claim that they can offer you a free windshield replacement due to advantageous insurance laws. However, the car owner will end up paying the bill, because the claim will be fraudulent. These activities contribute to a multi-million dollar auto glass fraud problem.

To avoid falling victim to a windshield bully, do not get your services off the street. Do not use services offered by door-to-door salesmen. Use resources such as the internet and word of mouth to get an idea of the caliber of the services offered by your auto glass shop of choice. Then, find a competitive quote. Additionally, if you are going through an insurance company, speak to them before agreeing to any auto glass service; make sure you are covered by talking to your insurer.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

How to get better mileage out of your car

The average cost per gallon in the U.S. as of today is $2.751 for regular petroleum, $2.984 for mid-grade, and $3.182 for premium. There are many drivers who are choosing the cheapest option when filling up at the gas station and although that may seem like the most cost effective option, you may be paying more in the long run. Instead of choosing the cheapest gasoline option to cut down on cost, changing how you drive can play a factor in the gas mileage of your car.

In terms of fuel economy, there are strategic actions that the driver can do to make sure that they are being smart about their car’s gas consumption and gas mileage. With some additional planning before the next fill up, you can start saving more money and use less gasoline for every trip that you take.

Before Traveling:

  • Purchase your gas at the coolest time of day. Gasoline is the densest at this time, so you’ll get more out of the volume.
  • Use the manufacturer’s recommended motor oil to increase your gas mileage up to 2%.
  • After starting your car, do not wait more than 45 seconds before actually driving.
  • Regular tune-ups can save the up to 4%
  • Replacing a dirty air filter can save the driver up to 10%
  • Make sure that tires are pressured to the maximum limit by the manufacturer.
  • Remove any additional weight inside of the car.
  • Know the estimated cost of fuel for your trip.

While Driving:

  • Try not to stop and start your engine multiple times, leaving a car idle for 1 minute then driving uses the same amount of gas as starting your engine.
  • The faster you are driving, the more gas you consume. Traveling at 55 mpg can save the driver up to 21% more than driving 5-10 miles over the limit.
  • When driving over a hill or incline, accelerate before you reach the hill to not waste any extra gas.
  • Avoid driving on rougher roads, it can decrease gas mileage by 30%.
  • Traveling at the speed limit will increase your chances of making green lights, which means stopping fewer times.
  • Use cruise control for highway traveling.
  • Cool down automatic transmission by placing the car into neutral at long traffic lights or traffic standstills.
  • Avoid reverse driving maneuvers
  • Keep windows closed during high-speed traveling. Open windows will use 10% more gasoline which will be the same as using the air conditioning.
  • Slowing your acceleration from 0-60 miles to 15 seconds can save up to 30% on gas mileage.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

When Do I need to Change my Windshield Wipers?

Your windshield wipers are a key safety component for every vehicle. Most people think of seat belts and air bags as the safety mechanisms essential to the vehicle, and they are. But properly functioning windshield wipers are also integral to a safe driving experience. The rubber and overall mechanism can break down over time. That makes it important to regularly check your windshield wipers and replace them every so often.

Here are a few indications that your windshield wipers are wearing out:

  • Your windshield wipers skip across your windshield without making a firm connection with the glass. The rubber on the wipers is most likely wearing off and cannot make a firm seal with the windshield.
  • The windshield wipers stutter across the windshield. The wipers do not make a solid connection to the windshield because the wiper rubber is wearing down.
  • Your windshield wipers leave large streaks of water across the windshield. Without a tight seal with the windshield, the wipers will not be able to push away the water as well as possible.

Replacing your windshield is an easy fix that greatly improves your safety on the road. Hot summer driving and freezing winter conditions can both wear out your wipers. Mix a windshield wiper check into your other car maintenance to-do list to make sure that you are driving safe during rainy conditions.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

What is Full Auto Glass Coverage?

Basic liability insurance and basic auto insurance typically do not cover auto glass damage. Alternatively, full auto glass coverage will cover your costs for windshield and auto glass repairs and replacements, without paying a deductible.

Some of our customers think that their collision insurance will cover the costs related to windshield damage. However, this is not always the case. Full auto glass coverage is usually separate from collision insurance.

If you are unsure of your auto glass coverage status, check with your insurance provider. Chances are, if you have comprehensive insurance, you have full auto glass coverage. However, insurance plans vary by company, and “comprehensive” can be a subjective term. Some insurance plans offer coverage for windshield repairs, but not for replacements. In many cases, deductibles are waved for windshield repairs.

Check with your insurance provider to find out the status of your auto glass coverage. If you want to make sure you are covered for auto glass damage, you may be able to just pay a rider rather than purchase comprehensive coverage. Of course, you need to consider if auto glass coverage is right for you. Do you drive every day? Do you live in a city area prone to vandalism? Are you driving through construction zones often? Consider the costs for fixing your auto glass outright versus a monthly rider to decide whether auto glass coverage is right for you.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

How Long Does a Windshield Repair Take?

At Windshield Centers, we pride ourselves in our windshield repair services. We are known for having the fastest windshield repair services which takes only 20 minutes. Not only does Windshield Centers guarantee satisfaction with all repairs, by getting your windshield fixed regularly prevents small cracks or minor chips from becoming hazardous problems in the future. By using Clarity Windshield Repair Resin, our windshield repair specialist will heat it up to 180 degrees and inject the resin into the point of damage. Now that the repair resin has filled in the damage, it is cured for one minute under our ultra-violet light. Once this procedure is complete, your windshield will have restored its original strength and the damage will be non-existent.

Not only do we provide prompt services to get you to your next destination on time, Windshield Centers uses only the best quality products which is why our windshield repair resin is the fastest-curing resin available. So call us today at 800-900-1505 for more information about our windshield repairs or contact us online!

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

Will I be able to see the damage after the windshield repair?

At Windshield Centers, our windshield repair technicians use our Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin to fill areas of damage so that they are virtually invisible. Our repair resin is designed to match the refractive index of the glass it is inserted into. This is what gives our repair resin the name “Clarity”. The resin creates the most complete and clear repair possible. This guarantees the safest repair, because the driver can see as clearly as possible out of the front windshield.

After the repair, the damage will be nearly invisible. The repair resin used at Windshield Centers has a viscosity very similar to water. This allows the resin to completely fill the point of damage. Afterwards, the Clarity® repair resin does not shrink, which occurs to many other resins on the market. With a complete fill, and no shrinkage, the point of damage will only be noticeable on close inspection.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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How is your Windshield a Safety Feature?

Everyone knows that they should wear their seat belt. Most drivers know if they have air bags in their vehicle. We all see car commercials every day with the test dummies flying forward in a mini-van. But very few drivers are aware of just how important their windshield is to their safety.

In early automobiles, windshields were designed to keep dirt, debris, rocks and any other materials out of the vision of the driver. Now, windshields are designed to contribute heavily to the overall structural integrity of the automobile. In front end collisions, the windshield can provide up to 45% of the structural integrity of the automobile. The rigidity and strength of the windshield is essential for maintaining the structure of the vehicle’s cabin during collision.

In rollovers, your windshield helps support the weight of the car, preventing the roof from caving in. One of the most common causes of fatalities in rollovers are head injuries and ejections. The windshield helps prevent both of these by keeping passengers inside while helping prevent the automobile from crushing into itself.

Additionally, laminated auto glass is strong enough to support the force and speed of a deploying air bag. Many passenger side air bags deploy from the dashboard and actually bounce off of the windshield into the passenger. The strength of a properly installed windshield helps to support this level of force.

The car windshield has developed to become a key safety component for your vehicle. If you encounter any damage to your windshield, you should get it looked at by an auto glass repair expert as soon as possible.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.

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How Long Does a Windshield Replacement Take?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our services: How long does a windshield replacement take?

Our windshield replacements generally take about 60 minutes or less to accomplish, whether we are at your location or ours. Our replacement time is among the fastest in the industry. To be absolutely sure that your vehicle is ready to drive, we set an hour or less safe drive away time to wait after the replacement. This means that you will be able to drive away safely within just one hour of completing the replacement; this is the lowest safe drive away time in the industry. This wait time allows our Sika brand urethane adhesive to properly cool and set, ensuring a structurally sound windshield replacement. We value safety in all of our windshield replacements, because we know how important your windshield is to the safety of drivers and passengers.

Between removing the broken glass, clearing any leftover glass debris, replacing the windshield, and the hour safe drive away time, the whole process takes about two hours. This an industry-low wait time. It allows us to make a clean and complete replacement while ensuring you drive away safe. For more information on our windshield replacement services, call us at 800-900-1505 or contact us online.

What is an Active Windows Display?

HUDs, or heads up displays, were designed by the military for accessing quick glance information while driving. However, HUDs were useful for more than just military use. They are also very helpful for everyday drivers, and will be even more powerful when HUDs are conveniently and safely displayed on car windshields.

Windshield HUDs garnered some buzz during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With all of your key driving information displayed on the front windshield, drivers will not have to divert their eyes away from the road. Drivers would be able to access a wide array of information and applications. Active window display HUDs will be able host Google and Apple designed apps.

One convenient feature to access on the windshield HUD will be GPS navigation systems. Drivers will not have to look at box GPS systems or dashboard GPS systems; instead the navigation commands will be featured right on their windshield.

Active window displays will allow drivers to interact with their apps completely hands-free as well. While this technology is already available for many drivers, it will only strengthen the safety advantages of windshield display HUDs. Complete synergy between the two technologies will allow for the safest driving experience.

Active windows display could work for any car. It would just need to plugged into the onboard computer. Active window display will work by inversely displaying the HUD from just under the windshield.

 

Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop located in the greater Buffalo & Rochester, NY areas. Contact us online or at (800) 900-1505 to schedule windshield repair or replacement services today.