What to Expect When You Contact an Auto Glass Service

You might think you can avoid windshield damage, but before you know it a rock will fly out of nowhere and leave a nice crack in your auto glass. It’s easy to write off the damage initially, but after a while, you’re going to need to address the issue. After all, a damaged windshield isn’t exactly safe. This rings especially true if you happen to get into an accident. Thankfully, auto glass repair is quite simple. Let’s take a look at what you can expect when you contact an auto glass repair service.

Scheduling an Appointment

The beautiful thing about auto glass repair and replacement services is that they offer mobile repair! Technicians will come to you if your full-time job gets in the way of typical business hours, or if the situation is dire enough to warrant parking in a parking lot until the problem has been resolved. You can also choose to visit a center and wait while your auto glass is tended to.

Technicians Analyze Damage

Regardless of whether you elect for mobile repair services or visit a center, the technician working on your auto glass will evaluate the damage to said glass. If there are only dings or chips present, then those can be sealed so well that they won’t be all that noticeable afterward. If your windshield has sustained a crack, on the other hand, your situation can vary. If caught early enough, you can avoid having to get a completely new windshield. If caught too late or if the crack is too large, you’re likely looking at a full windshield replacement. Too many chips and dings can also lead to one needing a new windshield.

Technicians Get to Work

Once the technician has deduced what needs to be done with your vehicle’s auto glass, they get to work on solving the problem. Once they start, nothing more is required from you. They will complete the job professionally and will even fill out paperwork for your insurance company if need be.


As you can see, choosing auto glass repair is quite simple. When you’re busy and just want to get to your destinations, it can be easy to put off fixing your windshield. But a simple fix can turn into a full replacement if you wait too long. As soon as you encounter an auto glass issue, contact AllStar Windshield Centers!

If Your Window is Broken, Don’t Cover It with Plastic

We get it, accidents happen and sometimes theft happens too. It’s not uncommon to see a vehicle with a busted window that has been taped over with a plastic garbage. This temporary fix might seem practical enough, but it’s no substitute for getting your window properly prepared. You might cite money as an issue for getting your window fixed, but you stand the chance of having to spend more money on your car the longer you have the window taped over with plastic. Check out a few reasons why you shouldn’t cover your window(s) with plastic:

Plastic Won’t Keep the Weather Out

No matter how well you apply your plastic window protection, it only takes one killer rain storm to ruin your attempt. Not even waterproof adhesive tape is going to keep rain out for long, and the adhesive stands the chance of messing with your car’s finish or door frame seals. Once the plastic goes down, there is absolutely nothing stopping water from getting all over your interior. Keep this from happening and visit one of our centers.

Plastic Won’t Keep You Safe

If one of your side windows is broken, whether it be the passenger window or one of the rear windows, your passengers aren’t exactly safe. This is especially true if you use plastic to cover up a broken window. If road debris happens to strike your car, nothing is keeping it from entering your vehicle if the only protection you have is plastic. The same goes for if you happen to experience an accident while your window is gone. Plastic certainly won’t keep metal or glass from entering the cabin of the vehicle. Ensure the safety of your passengers and get your window(s) fixed as soon as you can.

Plastic Won’t Keep Out Thieves

Any car thief is going to look at the plastic covering your window and laugh. It’s practically an open invitation to explore the innards of your vehicle. They simply need to cut the plastic or rip it down to get at your stored valuables. Also, some thieves aren’t just after what is inside of your car, they’re after your car itself. Not getting your window(s) repaired could cost you your entire vehicle. Make the smart decision.


As you can see, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t be covering your window(s) up with plastic when broken. What you should do is take your car down to your nearest Windshield Center. Once there, you can get the necessary repairs for your vehicle and be safely on your way. Be sure to use us for any of your auto glass repair and replacement needs. Need help with your auto glass? Fill out our online contact form!

Are Your Wiper Blades Damaging Your Windshield?

When your windshield wipers are past their prime, you’ll know it. Not only can they be a real hassle to deal with when the weather isn’t ideal, they can also lead to dangerous situations on the road. In addition to that, they can scratch your windshield and impact general windshield view quality. Continue reading to learn why this is no good for your auto glass.

How Windshield Wipers Damage Your Windshield

If the rubber edge of your wiper blades is worn down, the metal beneath will be exposed. Seeing as the shape of the wiper blade presses the blade against the glass, the exposed metal will have no barrier between it and the windshield. This allows the metal to scratch along the glass for a prolonged period of time. The quick back and forth motion of the wipers will eventually form grooves from the worn-down blades digging across its surface. You’ll be able to see visible windshield damage when approaching your vehicle from the outside, and you’ll notice said damage while driving as well. If you leave your windshield wipers and auto glass unattended for long enough, you’re likely looking at a full windshield repair.

What These Scratches Do to Your Windshield

A windshield plagued by scratches can lead to multiple auto glass issues over time. These problems come in the form of water streaks that can block your view across the entire windshield, and both sunlight and headlights reflecting off the scratches and temporarily blinding you. You can see how these problems could be worrisome when operating your automobile. Keep your windshield from getting damaged over time and fix the matter before it leads to some real problems.

Should You Have Your Windshield Tended To?

When you come into your nearest Windshield Centers location, a technician will be able to advise you on what you have to do with your windshield. Much of the decision depends on the amount of inflicted damage to the auto glass. If there are only a few scrapes on the windshield then you’re very likely looking at some simple windshield repair. If there are deep gouges or other extensive damage scattered across the surface of your windshield, you’re probably going to have to replace the entire thing.


You probably never thought about just how damaging compromised windshield wipers can be. As you now know, over time they can wreak some real havoc on your auto glass. If you’re currently experiencing this problem, contact your nearest Windshield Centers location. We’ll set you up with an appointment and get your glass in top shape in no time.

How to Tell If Your Windshield Was Installed Incorrectly

When you go to get your windshield completely replaced, you expect the mechanic or technician tending to your auto glass to install it properly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, there are many drivers and front-seat passengers injured every year as a result of poorly installed windshields. Luckily for you, the technicians here at Windshield Centers ensure a quality job well done each time. But, on the off chance you don’t visit one of our centers, there are some warning signs you should be on the lookout for. Check them out below…

The Windshield is Not Flush

If you notice your windshield does not fit correctly in the frame, that’s a problem. If you have been going to your mechanic for years and consider them seasoned, they’ll find the right windshield for your vehicle and install it the correct way. The goal is to have the frame adhere perfectly to the edges without moving at all. If you get your windshield from a junkyard, it may not fit this criterion because it might not be the correct one for your car. If that’s the case, you’re increasing the possibility of windshield issues down the road. To avoid this, order a new glass windshield if you require a full replacement.


You’ll know if your windshield has a bad seal if you notice water leaking through around the frame. A poorly applied windshield seal is also quite dangerous since a faulty seal gives your windshield the opportunity to come loose. If you notice water coming through the seal of your windshield, visit your nearest Windshield Centers location. We’ll fix the problem for you ASAP.

Old Adhesive is Still There

If your windshield is properly installed, the old factory adhesive will be completely removed before the new windshield is put in. If it’s not, and the old factory adhesive remains, it will not allow the new adhesive to seal the new windshield properly and create a weatherproof seal. The mechanic or technician who installs your new windshield should be making sure they clean out the former seal and start anew.


If you notice any of these signs while in your car after getting a new windshield, address them immediately. Your safety is important, as well as the interior health of your vehicle, so make sure your windshield is properly installed. If you need our help due to a faulty windshield, come visit your nearest Windshield Centers location. You can also fill out our online contact form!

4 Fall Driving Tips

As fall begins to settle in, summer seems but a distant, beautiful memory. To its credit, Fall is lovely and serves as the perfect transition from summer to winter. However, changes in temperature means changes in weather, so you must adapt your driving technique accordingly. There are some simple steps you can put into practice to be a better driver this fall season, so check out some of our recommendations.

1.) Replace Your Wiper Blades

Weather in the fall can be all over the place, so precipitation can be rather unpredictable. Therefore, it is essential to have reliable wiper blades installed on your car. Windshield wiper blades see a lot of use throughout the spring and summer months, so they are typically quite worn by the time fall rolls around. By getting ahead of the ball in the fall, you won’t have to stand outside in freezing cold weather just to replace your windshield wipers.


2.) Inspect the Windshield and All Windows

If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, it can get in the way of your vision even on a clear day. Add heavy rain fall and you can potentially have quite the problem on your hands, and a dangerous one at that. Give your car a good walk around, and examine all of your auto glass. If you spot anything that gives you pause, take it down to an auto glass repair shop and have it tended to. Getting your auto glass in good shape prior to winter gives it a much better chance of standing against winter’s brutal impact.


3.) Keep an Eye on Your Windshield Washer Fluid

Fall can introduce all sorts of mess to your windshield, including dirt and mud. Because of this, you’ll likely find yourself opting to clean your windshield more than you had in the summer months. To keep yourself from running out of windshield washer fluid (it happens far too often), be sure to keep some handy. Always having some at the ready ensures your windshield will be continuously clean for many months to come.


4.) Look Out for Deer

As seasons change, so do the habits of animals. Due to this, highways sometimes see much more deer activity throughout the fall. Those deer caution signs on the side of the road are there for a reason, so if you find yourself on a quiet stretch of highway be sure to keep alert. Deer typically don’t travel alone, either. If you spot one it’s highly likely one or two more aren’t far behind.


Thankfully, fall is a rather gentle season to ease into driving wise. Nothing quite compares to winter, but luckily that is still a few months off! For all of your auto glass needs throughout the fall, get in touch with Windshield Centers.

To Replace, or Not to Replace, Side Door Windows

We all seemingly know what to do when our windshield is damaged or destroyed. We make an appointment, we get it replaced, and we continue on our merry way. The process is similar for side windows as well, but a more common question would be whether you should repair or replace your side windows. The answer to this questions relies on two separate factors, condition and cost. So, without further ado, let’s get this question answered!


If your window has been completely smashed, or smashed to the point where only partial fragments of the window remain, then the only solution is replacement. Even in scenarios where the window is still intact but the window track is damaged, the window will have to be replaced. The make and model of your car also factor into the replacement, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’ll need some new auto glass if your side door window has been busted.


If you bring your car into the shop and your side window only has a crack or a few chips on it, then repairing the window is in your best interest. Luckily for you, this is the more affordable option! However, the one caveat here is the state of the crack or chips upon arrival. A small chip on your side window requires little effort to repair, and doesn’t pose a huge risk to the overall health of your side window. On the other hand, if you arrive and your side window has several large cracks, then repair is likely not an option. When several large cracks are present, there is no stability to help back up the overall integrity of the window. In cases like these, replacement is the much safer option.


9 times out of 10, replacing a window is more expensive than repairing it. However, there are exceptions. For example, a window can be labeled “repairable”, but it might cost the vehicle owner less to replace the window outright than to repair it. If you’re unsure as to what the best course of action is, our expert technicians can help make the call in regards to the safest, most cost effective option.

When it comes to auto glass replacement and repair, Windshield Centers is your go to destination. Call us at 585-957-7080, or fill out our online contact form!

What to Do If Your Window is Broken

Whether you’re running errands or simply leaving for work in the morning, odds are you want your car to be fully intact when you go to drive it. Exiting your house to find one of your car windows smashed in is definitely a bad way to start the day, to say the least. Regardless of whether it’s the result of theft or some freak accident, you’re going to have to tend to your broken auto glass. We’re here to offer some tips on what to do after your window has been broken.

1.) Call Your Insurance Company and File a Police Report

If your broken window is the result of a break-in and not some natural event, leave everything undisturbed until you call your insurance company and file a police report. Sometimes both the police and insurance companies will take all the details over the phone, and other times they will want to come to you in person to write up the report. If your situation falls into the latter, and the insurance company and police want to come in person, then clean nothing. This way, they can fully assess the situation without your interference. If they aren’t coming in person, make sure you take pictures that accurately capture the damage.

2.) Clean the Glass

One of the easiest ways to clean up shattered glass is with a vacuum, so grab a vacuum and clear as much glass as possible. You should keep in mind that when you bring your car in for a new window, the technicians at the shop will also vacuum your car. So, you don’t have to worry about getting all of the glass. Also, be sure to empty the glass from the vacuum before putting it away.

3.) Cover Your Window

Once the two previous steps are all said and done, try your best to secure the window. Doing so will help keep any elements from the outdoors, such as rain or snow, from entering your vehicle until the window can be addressed, and thus protects your interior. A couple of examples of materials you can use are clear packing tape and/or a trash bag. Various other methods can be employed to cover up your window, it just depends on which one works best for your specific situation. Just be sure not to get any of the clear packing tape on the paint of your car, as it can cause the paint to peel.

Having all of your car windows intact is important. After all, they are there for a reason! After going through the motions of filing a report, if necessary, and cleaning up the initial mess, come on down to Windshield Centers. Our professionals will replace the window and have you on your way in no time. Call us at (585) 957-7080, or fill out our online contact form!

3 Methods of Windshield Repair

When you’re out driving on the road, rocks and other debris can easily cause damage to your windshield. You could be casually driving along when BAM, a rock hits your windshield at the perfect trajectory. As you go through the motions of scheduling an appointment for auto glass repair, you may find yourself wondering about how a windshield is repaired in the first place. We’re here to explain three common windshield repair methods.

1.) Replacing the Windshield

Sometimes there are chips and cracks that go beyond simple patch jobs. If a windshield chip is larger than a quarter, it likely cannot be filled. Also, if the crack is larger than a dollar bill, repair isn’t an option. In situations like that, the entire windshield would have to be replaced. Replacing a windshield involves taking out the old windshield and putting in a completely new piece of glass. This process is best left to a professional, and should not be performed on your own.

2.) Windshield Patch

If you’re in need of a windshield patch, you can usually purchase a do-it-yourself repair kit. After acquiring the kit, apply the patch over the damaged portion of the windshield, and smooth out the patch to allow it to work. The patch will harden, which helps strengthen the damaged area. The patch will not strengthen the glass itself, but it will hold the area together to prevent future cracking.

3.) Windshield Resin

This method is used most often by professionals for repairing cracks and chips. The way it works is that resin is injected into the crack or chip, and then a heat source is utilized to harden the resin. As it hardens, the resin expands and works to fill the damage. The resin helps prevent the current windshield damage from spreading, and also helps strengthen the area.

For all of your windshield repair needs, contact the professionals at Windshield Centers! Call us at (800)-900-1505, or fill out our online contact form!

3 Ways You’re Damaging Your Windshield Without Knowing It

Driving is one of the riskiest things we do every day. Regardless of if you’re one of the safest drivers around, the sheer number of other operators on the road means that every time you get behind the wheel, you’ll be facing new circumstances. With all of the major worries we have to consider while driving our cars, it can be easy to forget about the small things. That’s why we’re here to notify you of the little things that can slowly wear down your windshield.

1.) Windshield Wipers

As time passes, the wiper blades on your windshield wear down. As this happens, hard plastic is exposed that can have a negative impact on your windshield. Not only can that hard plastic make marks along your windshield while the wipers are in use, but the plastic can also chip away at your windshield and wear down its integrity. Wiper blades are a maintenance item worth spending money on, and should be replaced twice a year.

2.) Dirt

Dirt is entirely common and practically impossible to avoid when behind the wheel. It’s a small thing to be wary of, but too much dirt and grime can increase the impacting force of road debris. The reason for this is because dirt and grime cause the surface of the glass to be uneven. So, when a rock hits a clean surface, the force of the impact is evenly distributed across the surface. If the windshield surface is dirty, however, the chance of cracking increases due to the uneven transfer of energy.

3.) Cold Weather

A lot of us don’t have the luxury of storing our car in an enclosed space during the winter months, or times of cold weather. When you leave your vehicle in the cold for extended periods of time, the car is robbed of much needed heat. Like most things, glass contracts when exposed to cold air. So, cold weather can greatly influence the destabilization of a windshield. If your windshield already has a chip or crack, exposing it to air beneath 30 degrees can increase its likelihood of cracking by more than 60%.

While the major concerns of operating a motor vehicle should always be at the forefront of your mind when getting behind the wheel, it is important to consider the little things too. Safe driving requires one to remain on top of a lot of different aspects of their vehicle. When it comes to your windshield, keep an eye out for the small things that could eventually add up to a larger expense. Hindsight is 20/20, so do what you can to keep your windshield healthy for as long as possible!

Methods for Protecting Your Windshield from Bug Splatters

If you’re like me, you feel bad when a bug explodes on your windshield. If not, you’re simply inconvenienced by the fact you now have a giant splatter mark on your auto glass. No bug is going to crack your windshield, but what they leave behind can make it look unsightly. Not to mention they can cover your grill and hood too. Follow some of these tips to keep your vehicle bug carcass and splatter free.

1.) Apply Car Wax

Applying car wax to your vehicle before bug season can ensure your car will be protected from most bug splatters, at least on the hood and bumper. Not only can a fresh coat of wax protect your car’s paint job, it also deflects bug splatters from coming into direct contact with your vehicle.

2.) Apply Baby Oil

If you’re out of car wax, it doesn’t mean you can’t be protected from bug splatters! One of the alternatives you can utilize is baby oil. Just be sure it is the nonstick, light baby oil. Apply a thin layer to your hood, grille, and bumper. Also, you can apply a layer of baby oil above the windshield as well. This method isn’t going to keep your car splatter free, but it will make the clean-up process much simpler.

3.) Get a Bug Shield

Yes, bug shields are real car accessories. The purpose of the shield is to absorb bug impacts, and they usually send bugs right up over your car. They are relatively cheap to purchase, and can save you both time and money on having to replace windshield wiper blades during bug season.

Protecting your car against bug splatters not only relieves you of the hassle of cleaning it up, but it also greatly reduces the chance of experiencing paint discoloration and windshield blurring. Now that summer is here, utilize these tips to help keep your car bug free!