Do you need full auto glass coverage?

Full auto glass coverage is a type of insurance package that completely covers your costs in the case of windshield or auto glass damage.

Most basic auto insurance packages do not cover auto glass damage. Some packages with collision insurance will cover auto glass damage, however that is not always the case. Most insurance companies will include full auto glass coverage with their comprehensive plans. Many states require windshield coverage to be included with comprehensive plans. But you should always check with your insurance company to find out how extensive your insurance is.

If you do not have comprehensive insurance, you can probably pay a rider to your insurance company that will include auto glass and windshield damage in your coverage. It is up to you to decide if you need full auto glass coverage. How often do you have to replace or repair your windshield? Would the costs of a potential auto glass replacement outweigh the cost of insurance? Check with your insurance company to find out the current state of your auto glass coverage and find out more about the costs of full auto glass coverage.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

Four Tips for Cleaning your Auto Glass

Your windows and windshield are often the first thing to show signs of dirt on your car. Here are a few tips to keeping your auto glass streak free and sparkling clean all year round.

  1. Choose a good Auto Glass cleaner. The most important thing when cleaning your auto glass is the cleaner itself. When choosing a product there is a few important things to keep in mind. Avoid products containing ammonia and alcohol, these products can not only be dangerous to inhale but also damaging to your car. Ammonia can cause damage to the interior of your car, drying out leather and other fabrics, as well as the tinting on your windows. Avoid using household cleaners on your auto glass almost all of which contain ammonia or alcohol.

 

  1. Choose a good towel. After the cleaner comes the towel. It is important to use the proper towel to avoid leaving streaks or scratches on your window. Choose a glass cleaning microfiber towel, many of which can hold up to 8 times their weight in water, are lint free, and won’t hold onto dirt and other debris like other towels which causes scratches. Also remember to use a separate towel (or separate side of towel) to clean the window and another to buff to make sure you get rid of all the residue.

 

  1. Find a good place to clean. Where you choose to clean your auto glass may also make all the difference. Avoid washing your windows in direct sunlight or very hot conditions. If you are cleaning in direct sunlight the glass could dry quicker than you are washing resulting in a streaky appearance. Also make sure you are cleaning in an open area, either outside or with the windows open if you are in a garage, to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes.

 

  1. Clean in order. When cleaning your car make sure your glass is the last thing you clean in order to avoid recontamination. To avoid getting spray other places than intended spray the cleaner directly onto your towel rather than the glass. Also don’t forget those tricky places like the top of your windows, try rolling down your windows half way to reach the very top of them. Another area that is often over looked is the wipers, wipe them down with a damp cloth and white vinegar to avoid blurry spots from your wipers.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

How is your windshield an important safety feature?

Car accidents can occur at any time, even if we are performing safe driving practices. Drivers can only prepare themselves to the best of their ability for when these accidents happen.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that every year, more than 40,000 Americans are involved in fatal car accidents and more than 5 million Americans are involved in accidents that results in injuries on highway collisions. Of those fatal car accidents, 30 percent of accidents occur with the occupant being ejected from the vehicle. Fortunately there are steps that car owners can take to protect themselves and passengers from potential injuries. One of the most over looked safety features that car owners should consider are their windshields.

In most front end collisions, the windshield can provide up to 45 percent of the structural integrity of an automobile. The strength of the windshield is important for the structure of the vehicle’s cabin during collisions. In collisions that result in the vehicles to roll over, the windshield helps support the weight of the car which prevents the roof from caving in. Once the windshields integrity is compromised, the car then instantly loses one third of its strength. The most common cause of fatalities in roll over situations are injuries suffered to the head and car ejections.

Everyone knows that air bags are meant to protect the passengers from collisions but also laminated windshields are strong enough to support the force and speed that the airbags are deployed. On the passenger side, the airbags are deployed from the dashboard which then bounces of the windshield into the passenger.

To insure that the car will perform to the best of its ability in collisions, the car owner should keep the original factory installed windshield. Repairing the windshield as soon as damage is done will ensure that the factory seal is intact and that the integrity of car has not been compromised. Keeping the original seal of the car will also prevent any water leakage and air leakage in the cabin.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

Should you have minor windshield damage repaired?

Minor windshield damage can be caused by any number of things including vandalism, rocks, and heavy weather. It is a very good idea to have minor windshield damage repaired as soon as it occurs. Minor windshield damage can spread very quickly from cold weather, stress from the changes in weather, and reverberations caused by things such as bumps in the road or slamming a door.

Getting your windshield repaired is one of the smartest things you can do if your windshield suffers only minor damage. If the windshield damage passes our necessary qualifications for a windshield repair, it is your most advantageous decision to go for a repair. Our windshield repair process is more affordable than our replacements and is also much faster. We can have your windshield repaired in about 30 minutes or less.

Many insurance companies also completely cover the cost of a windshield repair; whereas a windshield replacement would have a deductible. Another important factor is overall safety and the structural integrity of your car. Even a small crack in your windshield can significantly weaken the structural integrity of your vehicle, and weaken its ability to protect the driver and passengers in front end collisions.

For more information about windshield repair services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

How to tell that you need to change your windshield wipers

Your windshield wipers are like any other part of your car: they wear out. It is important to regularly change your windshield wipers so that you have optimal driving vision during stormy weather. The rule of thumb is that windshield wipers should be changed every 6 months to a year.

There are a few key giveaways that indicate you have a faulty windshield wiper that needs to be changed out immediately:

  • They create big streaks while they are running. They can’t fully wipe away water like when they were new because the rubber cannot create a seal with the windshield.
  • The wipers “skip” across the windshield while they are running. Rather than creating streaks, the windshield wipers leave lines of water where they skipped across the glass. Another way to identify this problem is if the wipers make a stuttering sound as they move across your windshield.
  • When driving at high speeds, the wipers slightly pull away from the windshield. The wipers should always be making a tight seal with the windshield.
  • At close inspection, you can always tell if a windshield wiper needs to be replaced because you will see the rubber peeling away.

Your windshield wipers are important to your optimal driving vision. Regularly replace your windshield wipers so that you always have the best possible driving vision during rain and snow storms.

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.