Windshield Myths Debunked!

Folks like to believe all sorts of things, even when it comes to windshields. But, if you’re not talking to a certified auto glass technician, I’d take everything you hear with a grain of salt. The technicians at Windshield Centers are certified professionals who have the necessary training, knowledge, and work experience to solve your auto glass problems and provide answers to any questions you may have. It’s not hard to come across incorrect information, so trust Windshield Centers to shine some light on the auto glass truth. Check out some common myths below, read on!

1.) Replacing Your Auto Glass Means Your Insurance Rates Go Up

While your insurance company will increase your rate if you make a claim, that won’t happen with windshield replacement. Plenty of insurance companies will outright cover your windshield repair so that you and your passengers are safe. Here at Windshield Centers, we can help you file your insurance claim for new auto glass.

2.) If Your Windshield is Cracked but You Can Still See, You Don’t Have to Fix It

This is entirely wrong. Driving with a cracked windshield not only makes it hard to fully focus on the road, but it also makes the vehicle much less safe for you and your passengers. It’s okay to leave the damage there for a brief amount of time until you can get your appointment set up, but we don’t advise leaving the damage unattended for long. If you get into an accident with compromised auto glass, the situation can be much more dangerous.

3.) You Can Repair Your Windshield Yourself

While you can perform auto glass repairs yourself, we don’t recommend it. A professional auto glass technician will run through every necessary step and ensure your auto glass replacement or repair is done to industry standards and specifications. If you choose to replace your windshield yourself, you stand the chance of doing it improperly. This is not only potentially puts you in harm’s way once you’re on the road, but it also requires you to take more time out of our day to fix a problem that could have already been solved by a professional.

 

We hope this list helps to dispel any incorrect auto glass advice you’ve received in the past. If you have auto glass that is in need of replacement or repair, please visit Windshield Centers. Our skilled technicians will have you safely back on the road in no time while also answering any inquiries you may have. We look forward to helping you!

How to Cleanly Remove Stickers from Your Auto Glass

Regardless of your car’s age, there’s a good chance you’re going to encounter a vehicle sticker at some point in time that really speaks to you. Prior to applying the sticker, you choose the window it’ll be adhered to with care before slapping it in place. Unfortunately, there’ll likely come a time when you want to remove the sticker. If the sticker has called your window home for many months or even years, you might find it’s a bit more difficult to remove the sticker than you anticipated. But, don’t fret! We’re here to provide some helpful tips on how to cleanly remove it.

Try to Peel the Sticker Off, First

Select a corner of the sticker that seems especially forgiving and peel the sticker off at a diagonal angle. By removing it, or attempting to remove it, diagonally, you’ll ensure the sticker comes off in mostly one piece. If the sticker tears or comes off in small pieces, grab a plastic scraper and get back to peeling.

Upon Removing the Sticker, Use Soap Water

Once you have the sticker itself off your auto glass, you’re likely going to be dealing with a bit of adhesive stuck to your window. So, grab a bucket and fill it with some soap and warm water. Soak a rag with the soapy water and run it along the adhesive. Once the adhesive is thoroughly wet, grab your trusty plastic scraper and remove as much as you can. Approaching the removal of the remaining adhesive in this way should see your auto glass looking right as rain, but if you’re still having some troubles then read on.

A Few Other Options

Sticker adhesive can be a tricky adversary, so the tried and true approach detailed above may not wholly solve your problem. A few other methods you can try are mixing warm water in a bucket with liquid fabric softener as opposed to just soap and cleaning the adhesive off that way. If that isn’t the ticket, you can reach for your trusty Windex bottle and utilize a bit of elbow grease to send that adhesive packing. If that doesn’t work, you may just be dealing with some mutant adhesive but there is one other way too. Try soaking the adhesive with some rubbing alcohol and then wiping it off with a paper towel.

 

These are the best ways to cleanly remove any sticker from your vehicle’s auto glass. You may love your stickers now but a few years down the line you may be itching to remove them. Utilize our techniques and you’ll have windows that look as though stickers were never there in the first place.

Watch Where You Park Your Car

This is likely no surprise, but where you park your car can have an impact on your auto glass. Plenty of windshield replacements and repairs each year are the result of objects hitting drivers’ windshields. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Windshield Center for help. If your windshield is only cracked but you can still see, bring it on into our center. If your auto glass is completely shattered, it’s best to take advantage of our mobile services to keep you and other drivers safe. Let’s take a look at a couple of things you should be aware of when parking your car.

Trees

Parking your car under a tree can actually be a catch-22. While your vehicle may get some shade or covering, there are plenty of things that can go wrong underneath a tree. One of the most major threats is a branch falling onto your car, and the bigger the branch the bigger issue you’re likely going to have to deal with. It’s important to beware of sap as well, as it can destroy your paint and stick to your windshield.

Construction Zones

It’s never a good idea to park your car near any construction project. The risk you run is your windshield or car getting hit or dinged with buckets, falling hammers, ladders, or other heavy equipment. A surefire way to avoid these scenarios is to avoid construction areas, even if it means parking farther away. It’s better to walk for a few more minutes than return to a car that has been damaged.

Roof Snow & Ice

The winters in New York can be brutal, which is why it’s important to pay attention to snow and ice drifts on the rooftops of buildings. If you have a garage at home, park your car in there for the entire winter season. This way, you can avoid ice falling from your roof and cracking or shattering your windshield. Pay attention when out in public as well, as commercial buildings can suffer from ice and snow drifts just as much as your home can.

Protect your auto glass from any unfortunate accidents and keep an eye on where you park your vehicle. If your windshield becomes the unfortunate victim of falling debris, trust the experts here at Windshield Centers to have you back on the road safely in no time!

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.

Leaks

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!

Replacement

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.

Repair

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.

Cost

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!