Auto Glass Windshield Repair & Replacement Promotions Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Halton Area

Auto Glass Windshield Repair & Replacement Promotions Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Halton Area, Milton, St. Catherines, Milton.

Summer is almost over but we have hot deals for you on all our in stock and standard glass from as low as $227 including glass, installation, inspection, lifetime warranty. If you have a cracked or broken windshield, now is the time to replace your windshield at the lowest possible cost to you.

Do you have insurance? we will pay up to 100% your insurance deductibles and can deal directly with most insurance firms, just let us know.

 

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YOU Might Be Ready for Fall, But is Your Car?

The temperatures are dropping, the leaves will begin falling, pumpkin spice will riddle every storefront. It’s almost that time of year – fall. As the weather changes, we have to make lots of adjustments and prepare for the inevitable return of winter. Aside from changing up your wardrobe and perhaps making the switch from cold brews to hot cider, your vehicle requires some changes too. Our auto glass shop in Hamilton knows all too well the importance of preparing your vehicle for fall and just what can happen when you aren’t prepared.

 

To avoid running into any less than ideal situations this fall, here are a few ways you can prepare your vehicle for the upcoming season!

 

Do a windshield check

 

We’ve said it a million times and we will say it again, your windshield is a vital contributor to the safety of your vehicle which is why you want to ensure it’s in pristine condition. A smaller chip or crack may not seem like much, especially in the hot months of summer when conditions don’t significantly add to the damage, however, when fall comes along, that small chip or crack can become a larger problem. 

 

Falling leaves, rain, heavy gusts of wind, branches and twigs flying about – there are a lot of factors that can impact your windshield in the fall season. If you notice a crack or chip, it’s better to get it repaired asap. It’s better to get it fixed before these conditions creep up on it!

 

While you’re at it, check up on all your auto glass

 

Your surrounding auto glass is JUST as important, ergo, do a quick check of surrounding glass as well. This includes:

 

  • Driver side window
  • Passenger side window
  • Back windows
  • Blindspot windows
  • Rearview mirror
  • Side mirror
  • Sunroof/moonroof

 

Do a check of all of these and ensure they are free from any cracks, chips, or heavy damage that can impact their performance and function. Beyond the externals, it’s important to check the functionality of these areas. For example, if you have power windows and/or a power sunroof/moonroof, test to make sure they are working properly. The last thing you want is an inoperable sunroof that won’t close and a car full of leaves!

 

Do a fluid check

 

A vehicle requires A LOT of fluid to keep it going as well as to perform necessary tasks. Prior to the fall season, do a full fluid check to ensure you have just enough, there are no leaks, no damaged parts, no corrosion, or other forms of damage. 

 

What fluids do you need to check?

 

  • Oil levels
  • Coolant
  • Windshield washer fluids
  • Transmission fluids
  • Brake fluids
  • Power steering fluids

 

All of these fluids contribute to your vehicle’s ability to, well, drive! Most fluids can be topped up at home, however, if you notice any issues surrounding the areas where the fluid resides, take your vehicle to your local mechanic right away. Any further delay can cause heavier ramifications. 

 

Check your power

 

There is nothing worse than going to start your car in the morning only to hear the sad attempts at your engine trying to rev up on 0 power. You then have to find a way to jumpstart your battery and unless you have cables and a second vehicle or another outlet available, it can be tricky. Check your vehicle’s charge and be vigilant of any corrosion. If you experience issues starting your vehicle or notice damage surrounding your battery, take it in to get it looked at asap. Without a properly working battery, your car can’t start!

 

Put those all-weather mats in

 

With fall comes a lot of mess – mud, water, grime, endless leaves. You don’t want to track all of this into your vehicle. Cleaning carpets is significantly harder than cleaning rubber mats! Consider putting in all-weather mats as fall comes around the corner in order to protect your carpets.

 

Checking on your vehicle as the seasons’ change is important. You want to ensure your vehicle is ready to take on a shift in weather and the elements it throws at you. If you notice any damage, don’t delay – doing so can lead to worsening of the initial issue and can end up costing you a lot more. Take your vehicle to your local auto shop if anything seems off about your vehicle and ride into fall safely!

 

Need to get your auto glass repaired or replaced before fall veers it’s way around the corner? Get your FREE quote today!

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Windshields: The Ins, Outs, and In Betweens

Discovering damage to your vehicle, big or small, is never a good feeling. You start to think about the costs of repair, whether it’s worth it to repair it, how it will impact the look of your ride. It’s never a fun situation to be in, but when it comes to any damage to your vehicle, it’s important to know what to do. 

 

The windshield typically takes the brunt of the damage, ergo repairs and replacements are quite common. If you have damage to your windshield, it’s critical to understand what precautions to take next. Our Mississauga shop deals specialized in <windshield replacement and repairs>, and can help you get your car back on the road, looking good as new!

 

First of all, is repairment an option?

 

In some cases, it’s obvious that a full replacement is necessary. If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and your entire windshield blew out, the only option is replacement. However, if you have a minor chip or crack, determining what route to take, repair or replacement, is a little trickier. 

 

If the crack is shorter than the length of a bill and localized, it’s repairable. In terms of a chip, if the chip is smaller than the circumference of a quarter and localized, it too can be repaired. However if the damage is larger than the aforementioned criteria, not localized, in the driver’s line of sight, goes straight through every layer of the glass, and/or is above a heating element, replacement is recommended. 

 

Understand your insurance policy

 

While windshield replacement/repair is typically on the lower side of the cost-scale when it comes to vehicle fixes, it’s still not something anyone REALLY wants to pay for. It’s one of those, I don’t want to but I have to, type of expenditures. Before you go forking over your hard-earned cash, review your insurance policy. Most auto insurance companies will cover a portion of or the full cost of a repair/replacement. Of course, this all depends on the type of coverage you have. If your auto insurance doesn’t cover it, speak to an agent and see what options are available in terms of changing your policy to avoid having to pay for such fixes out of pocket.

 

Speak to a professional in the matter

 

One thing is for sure, you don’t want to delay when it comes to repairing or replacement. It’s important to speak to a professional asap. Keyword: professional. Some people want to skip out on the labour costs and install their new auto glass or attempt to repair it themselves. If you know how to do this process with no issues, then all the power to you! However, if you don’t have any experience in doing so, it’s best to get it done by a trained professional. An improperly installed windshield can compromise the safety of the overall vehicle and the occupants in it. If you install the windshield glass wrong, you will more than likely have to take it to a professional and the entire process actually becomes more costly in terms of time and money. It’s best not to attempt to DIY when it comes to something as significant as windshield repair or replacement!

 

Consider aftercare of your vehicle

 

You just got your damaged windshield fixed – what a great feeling. You drive out of the shop and let out a sigh of relief. Your ride looks so much better! However, it’s important to not dismiss any aftercare when it comes to your vehicle. A windshield repair/replacement typically doesn’t require a set of rules laid out after the process. In fact, once the repair/replacement is done and everything has dried, you can drive your vehicle right out of the shop.

 

Aftercare post windshield repair/replacement simply means doing your due diligence. After all, you probably DON’T want to go through the process again. There are a few things you can do to maximize the longevity of your windshield and minimize the chances of damage, including:

 

  • Being mindful of where you park. Construction zones, under trees, high-traffic areas are all areas you need to be cautious about due to the surrounding elements.
  • Don’t overwash your windshield. You may want to protect your new auto glass and keep it looking new, but there is no need to wash it so often. Doing so can eat away at the glass and weaken it over time.
  • Understand how weather elements impact your cars auto glass. The sun’s powerful rays can warp auto glass whereas extreme cold/ice can make it more susceptible to damage. If possible, avoid leaving your car outdoors for long periods of time in extreme heat or cold.

 

The windshield plays a crucial role when it comes to your vehicle and it should be treated as such. If any damage occurs, delaying the fix could lead to larger ramifications down the road. It’s also important to understand key components such as insurances’ role in the matter and ways to be mindful in order to reduce the chances of damage. 

Looking for a repair or perhaps a replacement? We can help you asap! Get your free quote here!

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The Hottest Windshield Myths…DEBUNKED!

Every part of your vehicle plays an integral role in its overall safety, functionality, and comfort. From the engine, being the driving force for the entire vehicle to the auto glass, keeping your vehicle safe and protected, no part goes without function. Auto glass plays a huge role in a vehicle’s safety. Think about it – imagine driving a car with NO auto glass? The contents inside wouldn’t be fully secure and let’s not even get started on how that would pan out in the colder months!

 

Damage to a vehicle’s windshield, big or small can have a huge impact on the safety of those within. Our Hamilton shop has done windshield repairs for everything from minor chips to full replacements. Regardless of what the issue is, having a structural sound and sturdy windshield is not something to skimp on!

 

There are, like most things, myths commonly associated with all things windshields. Knowing the difference between fact and fiction is important and can help you make your decision when it comes to your windshield.

 

Here are a few windshield myths:

 

Driving with a cracked windshield – totally fine!

 

Oh, we are about to burst your bubble! When people get small cracks or chips in their windshields, most pay no mind to it. If a crack is the size of a dime, how could it possibly impact my ENTIRE windshield?

 

Small chips and cracks can turn into significant damage. Every time you hit the road, go for a car wash,  or even park, your vehicle is at risk of getting damaged. For example, you park your car on a side street, under a nice shady tree. A small branch falls from that tree and hits your windshield RIGHT where that small crack is. Because this portion of the windshield is already weakened, the branch may make the small crack even larger. 

 

Driving with a small crack or chip is never a good idea and can compromise the safety of your and your occupants as well as the lifespan of your windshield. It’s best to get any damage repaired asap before you get stuck having to go in for a full repair!

 

TL;DR – any damage to your windshield should be repaired ASAP!

 

“It’s not THAT hard, I can do it myself”

 

There are some things you can do yourself when it comes to your vehicle. Changing tires, oil change, charging the battery, etc. Windshield repair or replacement, however, is best left to the experts. Although it may seem simple, there are a lot of risks if it isn’t done correctly. Improperly installed auto glass can be a safety hazard, for one. If the glass comes loose while driving, well, you can imagine how that would go about. 

 

Taking your vehicle to a professional will cost you money in terms of labour, but you know the job is done right. Attempting to do the job on your own may end up costing you more if you end up doing it wrong.

 

TL;DR – no, please don’t. Go to the professionals!

 

“Won’t replacing or repairing my windshield cause my insurance rates to go up?”

 

This is a grey and complex area, but allow us to explain. Insurance rates do go up when you make a claim. Claims are made after motor vehicle accidents or most repairs made to a vehicle. Luckily, windshield replacement/repair doesn’t qualify as a claim that would increase your insurance rates. In fact, most auto insurance companies will cover the cost of a portion or all of your windshield repair/replacement. The amount of coverage you receive depends on your policy. While making a claim regarding your windshield won’t cause your insurance rates to go up, it’s still recommended to review your policy and see what you qualify for in terms of coverage. 

 

TL;DR – no skyrocketing insurance rates to see here!

 

Only large objects are a threat to your windshield

 

When people think of damaged windshields, they often think of windshields disintegrated in accidents or windshields destroyed by large falling boulders (for some reason). However, it actually doesn’t take much to damage a windshield. For example, if you are driving through a construction site and a small piece of gravel hits your windshield, depending on the force and speed of the object and your vehicle, it can be enough to put a chip in your glass. 

Be wary of your surroundings, always. If you are parking your vehicle, consider what is around that parking spot. Are there trees with branches and twigs that could call off? Is it near a construction zone? If you are driving, be wary of your speed. If you pass a construction zone, proceed with caution, don’t barrel through it. Sometimes the smallest of items can cause damage.

 

TL;DR – literally anything could cause damage. Be aware of your surroundings always!

 

When it comes to windshield repair, replacement, and overall maintenance, it’s important to understand what is valid and what has been debunked. Knowing the difference can save you time and money and keep those who enter your vehicle safe!

 

Looking to get your windshield repaired asap? Contact us today for a FREE quote!

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Need a Windshield Replacement? Here’s What You Need to Know Beforehand!

We can’t sugar coat it – any damage to your vehicle, minor or major is incredibly stressful. Figuring out how to fix the issue, where to fix it, the time it takes to fix, and the overall cost add up to a less than ideal situation. Whether a motor vehicle accident or an unfavourable parking spot, windshields are susceptible to damage considering where they are placed and their strength when compared to the outer steel/metal frames of vehicles. While small chips and cracks only require a minor repair, some damage requires a full windshield replacement.

 

Prior to getting your windshield replaced, there are a few factors to consider to ensure you get exactly what you require. Our Mississauga auto shop knows all too well about the considerations prior to getting your windshield replaced. So what exactly do you need to know?

 

Do you actually need a full replacement?

 

The need for a replacement depends on the state of your windshield at the time. Some individuals obtain minor damage to their windshield and inquire about a full replacement. Minor damage can often be repaired; a service significantly cheaper and less time-consuming than a full windshield replacement. The mechanic will determine whether or not a full replacement is required based on the state of the windshield as a whole. 

 

The mechanic may recommend a full replacement if;

 

  • The damage exceeds what they are able to just repair
  • The auto glass is scratched enough to obstruct the view of the driver
  • A large portion of the auto glass is shattered or missing
  • The auto glass is warped, causing a disoriented perception for the driver
  • The auto glass has thinned or is worn out

 

Does my insurance cover the cost of my windshield replacement?

 

Let’s face it, no one LIKES paying for repairs to their vehicle. Sure, we want our vehicles in pristine condition, but forking over the money to have it that way is a task in and of itself. Fortunately, auto insurance is mandatory in Ontario and many policies do have some type of auto glass coverage. If the damage was a result of a motor vehicle damage, your insurance may also cover the cost either under a no-fault or at-fault claim. It’s important to check with your insurance policy prior to going in for a windshield replacement to see if you have sufficient or any coverage in terms of the cost. 

 

Can I drive right away after the replacement if complete?

It all comes down to the materials used, more specifically, the adhesive. This takes time to dry and it’s not recommended to drive away when the adhesive is not fully dry. Doing so could cause the new auto glass to come off the frame. Typically, the drying process resides at around an hour, however, some can take 24 hours to drive. However, most can drop off their car and receive it back, good as new, the same day. 

 

What can I do to prevent a full windshield replacement?

 

While some instances are inevitable, there are things you can do to decrease the likelihood of having to do a full windshield replacement, including;

 

  • Being aware of what you utilize to clean your windshield. Some cleaners can actually pose damage. Overwashing can also be detrimental, so only wash when necessary. 
  • Parking – parking under trees, in construction zones, high traffic areas, for example, can be hazardous to your vehicle. Debris can hit the windshield causing damage.
  • Reducing the time your vehicle stays outside in extreme weather. Frequent sun exposure can warp the glass, damaging it over time. On the other hand, snow and ice can also pose damage, and cleaning it off could cause chips or cracks if you aren’t careful.
  • Getting minor damage dealt with right away. Driving around with minor damage is never a good idea. Even if the damage poses no threat to your vision, it’s better to get it dealt with before it becomes a big issue.

 

Prior to getting your windshield replaced, it’s important to ask about the entire process as well as information about the auto shop including; who will be doing the service, the certifications of the shop/individual, and what should happen in the event the service does not comply with standards. It’s also important to ask about after care to ensure you keep your fresh, new windshield well kept.

 

Does your windshield require a full replacement? Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Contact us today for your FREE quote!

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Smart Windshield: The Tech Worlds Hopeful Leap Into A Safer Commute

It’s hard to go a day without hearing the word smart interjected in front of an item. From smartphones to smart homes, it seems as if every entity is becoming, well, smart! Vehicles are certainly no outlier in this smart world. Nowadays, vehicles are equipt with hoards of technology; infotainment systems, auto brake, park assist, assisted lane change, and the list goes on. What’s under the hood is also going smart, with some automakers adapting smart drive train technology to keep drivers safe in any condition. What other parts of a vehicle can possibly go “smart”?

 

Smart windshields. Not many people would think that a vehicles auto glass could go “smart”, but tech and auto companies are merging together to make this concept a feature used by the everyday driver. While not something out Burlington auto glass shop currently carries, should it make its way around the industry, we will surely grab a piece of smart glass technology!

 

What are smart windshields and what do they do?

 

Smart windshields display information that would normally be displayed on your infotainment system and beyond. They work to transform your driving experience and outline things such as; road signs, upcoming closures/traffic, the potential for collision, navigational arrows, etc. They can take over commands that your infotainment system or dashboard would typically display including;

 

  • Speedometer
  • Odometer
  • Incoming texts/calls
  • Bluetooth commands
  • Audio
  • Warnings/maintenance requirements

 

There are a few automakers and third-party product creators that have created small devices that would project such information onto your windshield. These typically reside on the dash behind the steering wheel in plain sight for the driver. However, these devices and the ones implemented in some vehicles currently take up only a small portion of the windshield and work as a projection.

 

How can smart windshields make a vehicle safer?

 

It’s no secret that a majority of us utilize some type of tech within our vehicle while driving (it’s important to note texting and driving is illegal and should never be done). Some actions we do may seem harmless, albeit any distraction is a distraction. Changing the song on your infotainment system, glancing sideways over at the map, looking at whose calling prior to answering – these are all seemingly harmless actions that could have detrimental consequences. Although smart windshields are just another piece of tech, it all comes down to the placement. When it comes to infotainment systems or any other device, we are left looking away from the road when checking them, making adjustments, or doing just about any action. Even looking at our speedometer keeps our eyes off the road for a split second. While some tech devices in vehicles are set in place to rid the temptation to utilize one’s phone, their placement can still pose a distraction.

 

Smart windshields aim to place any necessary or even potentially distraction information in front of the driver as opposed to around them. The displays sit behind the steering wheel at eye-level so the driver can view such information without having to look down or to the side. Tech companies hope that this will aid drivers in driving safer simply because it allows them to do what they do while keeping their eyes locked on the road. No more glancing down at your phone or tilting your head to view your infotainment system!

 

What are the downsides of smart windshields?

 

A distraction is a distraction, no matter what. While the placement of the information you want or need is such that it doesn’t cause you to look away from the road, it can still act as a distraction when not utilized correctly. For example, displaying texts, changing songs, viewing maps – while your eyes may still be on the road, they are still not 100% fixated on it. Drivers may get distracted by what’s in front of them which could still be grounds for detrimental consequences. 

 

Another factor tech companies and automakers worry about is the potential for hackers. As tech advances and more features become implemented, there is more room for hackers to get their way. How can hackers pose a threat to a smart windshield? They can hack into the system and display overwhelming information and potentially compromise the view of the driver. However, this concern is not as prevalent as the distraction component – tech companies tend to have very secured networks and when it comes to safety, they will most likely double down.

 

Would a smart windshield be compromised if the physical windshield itself is damaged?

 

While still in the early phases, tech companies and automakers are working out all the kinks when it comes to optimizing smart windshields prior to releasing them to the public. While a chipped, cracked, or warped windshield won’t impact the technology itself, it can impact the safety of the driver. In relevance to smart windshields, any damage could warp information displayed causing it to be poorly placed and hazardous. Any damage to a windshield should be fixed immediately to avoid further damage as well as avoid any dangerous situations for the driver.

 

As the world evolves and becomes more tech-centric, items most wouldn’t deem “techable” such as auto glass are breaking norms. Tech moguls are finding new and innovative ways to make the world a little smarter every day. When it comes to smart windshields, there are positives and negatives, however, over time, these tech companies and automakers aim to make driving as safe as possible for drivers and those around them.

 

Before making the move to smart, make sure your windshield is in tip-top shape! Contact us today for a free repair or replacement quote!

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Common Sunroof Issues You Need to Be On the Lookout For!

After months of uncertainty, the hot weather is finally upon us. Many of us are itching to get out and into the sun as its rays beam down in full effect. For motorists, they are enthralled by the ability to finally roll down the windows and open the sunroof; taking in the warm summer air. Sunroofs across the country have been out of service for quite some time due to the cold weather and influx of snow, rain, and hail over the past several months. With that being said, it’s important to make sure your sunroof is in full working order before taking full advantage of it. Notice anything wrong with your sunroof? Our Mississauga based shop offers sunroof repair to help enjoy the wide open air in no time!

 

What are some common issues to look out for when it comes to your sunroof?

 

Leaky roof

 

When rain comes down, motorists are often grateful at the fact that they have full protection from the torrential downpour. With windows and the sunroof up and closed, it’s easy to feel invincible against wet conditions. However, your sunroof could cause some of that rainfall to come into your vehicle. Your sunroof contains a well that collects water. The water then navigates through drains and onto the ground, allowing water to only hit the surface of your vehicle and not slip through any cracks. However, this drains can become clogged and when that does happen, there is no way for the water to exit the well of the sunroof.

 

Although this may not cause an issue after a light rainfall, heavy rain conditions or constant rainy days can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s interior. The water build up will enter your vehicle as it has no way to disperse to the ground. Typically, this accumulation of water will sit atop your vehicle and disperse into the front of the cabin, potentially leaving you in a very wet situation. It’s important to ensure all drains are free from any build up or clogs.

 

Broken glass

 

Hail and ice were prevalent for quite some time over the past several months. These tiny, but fierce elements can cause some serious damage to a vehicle’s sunroof. Depending on the size and force of the pellets, some can cause cracks, scratches, and chips to a sunroof. If not dealt with, these small issues could turn into something much larger. Small fragments of glass can also get lodged into mechanical portions of the sunroof causing it to not function properly.

 

Minor damage can easily be repaired but should be done so as soon as possible to avoid a costly replacement or any potential safety hazard. Before cracking open the sunroof this summer, give it a quick inspection and ensure it is free of any chips, cracks, or scratches.

 

Mechanical Issues

 

Sometimes sunroof malfunctions are beyond what we can control. Dead motors, broken switches, damaged wires, or blown fuses could be grounds for sunroofs not functioning properly. In these instances, the sunroof may only open half way or not open/respond at all. If these issues do arise, the fix can be a little more complex as it comes down to the interior well-being of your vehicle. If your sunroof fails to function, even in the slightest bit, it’s important to get it looked at by a certified mechanic who can identify the issue and help you resolve it in a timely manner.

 

Sticky roofs

 

Sometimes sunroofs are rendered inoperable due to exterior issues. If your sunroof isn’t fully functioning and any internal issues have been ruled out, it may come down to the tracks the sunroof lays on. These tracks are what push the sunroof up and prop it back down. If these tracks become sticky, it can cause compromised function of your sunroof. If this is determined to be the issue, silicone grease is typically utilized to lubricate the tracks and bring the apparatus back to normal working order.

 

Tips for maintaining your sunroof

 

Even in the months when your sunroof is deemed out of order, it is important to keep check of it, like any other part of your vehicle. This can help you pinpoint any defects and get help asap if required.

 

Doing the following can help increase the longevity of your sunroof and avoid larger issues down the road;

 

  • Doing a simple external look – check to make sure your sunroof is free of any cracks, chips, or scratches
  • Regular car washes – car washes can help get rid of any build up that may be residing in the cavities of your sunroof
  • Opening the sunroof from time to time – even in the colder months, operate your sunroof from time to time to ensure it is properly functioning
  • If you notice any damage, bring your vehicle to a professional as soon as possible

 

Need to get your sunroof in tip-top shape for the summer? Contact us today for sunroof repairs or replacements!

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Where You Park Can Have an Impact On Your Auto Glass!

We often hear the phrase privilege, not a right. The ability to obtain a drivers license is based on one’s ability to, well, drive! From new drivers to experienced drivers, we all like to take caution when it comes to the way we drive. Whether on the highway or on a congested downtown street, we practice safe driving every chance we get. Safe driving not only aids in keeping you, your passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers safe, it helps maintain the overall well-being of your vehicle as well.

 

One particular practice that contributes to damaged auto glass that we often do not think about is parking. Parking is seemingly the safest practice when it comes to driving and with your vehicle being out of motion, many ask, “how can parking actually cause damage?”

 

It doesn’t necessarily come down to the parking abilities of the individual, but rather, the surroundings of where they choose to park. If your auto glass has been damaged in any way due to parking hazards, our Burlington shop can help you get it back to tip-top shape. With that being said, what are some parking hazards that could cause damage to your vehicles auto glass?

 

Trees, leaves, and branches

 

Often times, we park under trees to avoid damage from weather elements such as snow, hail, and sun. Ironically enough, trees can actually cause significant damage to your auto glass as well. In harsh winds, for example, branches can be torn off of trees and land directly on your windshield. Even small branches can cause scratches and chips that, if not dealt with right away, could grow into larger damage. While trees can provide shade from the sun, preventing your vehicle from overheating, they can pose damage on days where the weather isn’t so favourable.

 

How to avoid damage when parking under trees: Avoid parking under or around trees when the weather is less favourable. For example, high winds, lightning, hail, or any other weather condition that can cause the structure of a tree and it’s attached branches to become compromised.

 

Construction sites

 

Parking near construction sites is not a good idea, however, in congested cities or places where parking is limited, it may be your only option some days. Construction sites are home to a plethora of debris, heavy objects, and tools. Although the workers on site are equipt with protective gear, your vehicle isn’t, ergo should anything from the construction site come into contact with your auto glass, it could cause damage. Falling heavy objects from construction sites is rare, although it is a concern. The most common concern when it comes to parking around a construction site is the amount of debris. Unlike tools, machinery, objects, and materials, debris isn’t controlled, ergo, it’s easier for it to fall outside of the construction site premises. Debris can come in the form of small rocks, sand, and leftover bits of materials which, when in contact with auto glass, can cause scratches and chips. Often times, people will utilize their wipers to remove debris, however, doing so can cause the debris to move and scratch across the surface. If possible, it’s best to avoid parking near any construction sites.

 

How to avoid damage when parking around construction sites: When parking around construction sites, try to keep your car as far away as possible. If you cannot do so, consider investing in an external windshield cover as the windshield typically sees the majority of the damage when it comes to construction sites.

 

Extreme heat and beaming sun rays

 

The summer months are upon us and while we are free from the snow, hail, and ice, for now, there are some elements of summer that can actually cause harm to auto glass as well. Extremely hot days where the sun is at its peak can wreak havoc on vehicles parked outdoors within its path. How so? The suns powerful rays can warp glass over time. If your vehicle is consistently parked outdoors, exposed to the sun, the glass can begin to warp and weaken which may require a full replacement down the road. In more extreme cases, the suns reaction with objects inside the vehicle can also be damaging to the glass. Aerosol cans (paint cans, spray deodorant, etc), when exposed to extreme heat, can explode and fragments of the can may chip, scratch, or shatter your auto glass. Although not as harsh as the winter elements, the sun can pose a threat to your auto glass.

 

How to avoid damage when parking in extreme heat: Consider parking indoors/underground if you have the option. If not, limit the time your vehicle sits outside in the blazing sun. Parking around tall buildings that provide shade is a great option if you cannot park indoors or underground. It’s also important to ensure any aerosol cans or similar items are out of view of the sun. These items should be stored in the trunk to avoid overheating.

 

While we like to take precaution while our vehicle is in motion, it’s also important to note measurements taken when our vehicle is simply parked. Where you park and what surrounds you can have an impact on the wellbeing of your auto glass. Next time you park your vehicle, take a quick look around. If the parking area seems hazardous, it’s best to find another parking space.

 

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Are You Doing More Harm than Good to Your Auto Glass?

Owning a vehicle requires a high level of commitment and care. From keeping it clean year-round to ensuring it meets the necessary safety requirements for each season we face here in Canada, a lot goes into owning a car and expanding its longevity. Of course, we want to ensure our vehicles can stand the test of time and last us for years on end, ergo, it’s important to care for EVERY aspect. Auto glass plays an integral role in the overall safety of our vehicle, thus, we want to ensure we take good care of it. While most of us do follow the required procedures for maintaining a vehicles auto glass, some may be doing more harm than good.

 

Here are a few ways car owners may be damaging their own auto glass and how to avoid doing so in order to avoid a simple repair turning into a full auto glass or windshield replacement.

 

Letting small manners slip through the cracks

 

Small pebbles or debris can cause minor damage to a vehicles auto glass, specifically the windshield which sees the brunt of the damage compared to any other portion of glass. These factors can cause cracks or chips that many people brush off. Over time, however, other factors, such as heat, cold air, or other debris hitting the glass can cause the initial damage to grow. What once started as a small issue, requiring a simple repair could potentially turn into a costly full replacement. If there is any damage to your auto glass, big or small, it’s imperative that you take it in to get repaired right away to avoid larger damage down the road.

 

Using the wrong cleaning products

 

Cleaning your auto glass seems like a harmless and albeit, necessary thing to do in regards to maintenance. Dirt can easily accumulate on the glass and can limit or hinder one’s view, which in turn, can be dangerous. If your auto glass regularly accumulates dirt, you will most likely opt to just clean it on its own as opposed to taking frequent trips to the car wash. It’s important to take note of WHAT products you are using. Some products can cause more harm than good. In fact, some glass cleaning products can actually ruin the coating causing the glass to weaken over time.

 

To avoid the weakening and clouding of your auto glass, make sure you purchase products that work to prevent this from happening. If possible, also avoid frequently cleaning your auto glass. Even with the proper products being utilized, over cleaning can also lead to damage.

 

Aerosol cans and hot weather

 

While not many of us are consistently leaving aerosol cans in our vehicles, it can happen. Cleaners, hairspray, deodorant, spray paint, etc are all examples of aerosol products that could potentially cause damage to your vehicles auto glass. When exposed to high levels of heat over a period of time, these cans can explode and fragments can hit the auto glass, causing extensive damage. Cans that can explode when exposed to high temperatures come with a warning on the label, ergo, ensure you pay close attention to that. If you must keep these items in your vehicle, ensure they are kept in a space that sees minimal light, such as the trunk. This will allow you to keep the item in close proximity whilst simultaneously avoiding the repercussions that could arise should the product be in the path of direct sunlight.

 

Worn out wiper blades

 

This only impacts the windshield, not other surrounding portions of glass, however, the windshield plays one of the most integral roles in overall safety. Wiper blades are commonly used to wipe away debris, clean your windshield, and in weather that can impair the vision of a driver. Needless to say, most people utilize their wipers frequently. Over time, the surface of wiper blades wears away and as the protective layer thins, the hard material underneath becomes exposed. The friction between a hard material, such as plastic, and glass can cause scratches and cracks to your windshield.

 

Although your wiper blades may be in working condition, it is important to change them every few months to ensure no hard material comes into contact with your windshield.

 

We weary of where you park

 

Most of us don’t consider the damage to a vehicle when parking which is understandable. Ultimately, most of us go for the most convenient parking space or in some cases, whatever space is left that we can snag. If you have wiggle room when it comes to where you park, avoid the following;

 

  • Parking directly under trees. Leaves, branches/twigs, or potentially fruit/nuts can fall from the trees onto your vehicle, potentially causing damage.
  • Places with prevalent bird presence. Bird droppings are high in uric acid which can damage your auto glass over time.
  • Construction zones. Avoid areas that are grounds for potential dirt and debris falling.

 

When it comes to maintaining our auto glass, it’s important to know only know what to do, but also know what NOT to do. This can help you increase the lifespan of your auto glass and avoid the need for replacements down the road.

 

Don’t let small damage turn into something larger. If you see any damage to your auto glass, contact our Hamilton professionals today and we can help you out!

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Don’t Let A Small Chip Cost You an Arm and A Leg Down the Road!

The days of snow and sleet are behind us (at least, we hope they are) and with that warmer weather is on its way. This means it’s time to get your car summer ready. Beyond the aesthetic aspects of this, there are a few functionality and safety aspects to take care of. Although the harsh winter elements are a thing of the past, for now, they may have left behind some damage to your vehicle that requires repairs.

 

A vehicles windshield sees the brunt of the action. Everything from hail to large portions of ice wreaks havoc on your windshield throughout the winter months. For those who live in areas where these elements are minute or simply those who don’t drive frequently, the elements of winter may not have had a large impact on them. For those who have been in the eye of some harsh winter weather and those who drive often, however, they may not be so lucky. If your vehicle’s windshield has suffered damage, whether a small chip or a large crack, it’s important to take it in for a windshield repair to avoid any further issues down the road!

 

Why should I get my windshield repaired if the damage is small?

 

Maintaining a vehicle can be pricey, hence why some people will avoid repairs to any minor damage for a period of time. For minor repairs that don’t impact safety and functionality such as a small dent on the hood or a chip in the paint, driving around for months thereafter most likely won’t cause any issues. When it comes to your windshield, however, a small chip can turn into something more significant.

 

The windshield plays an integral role in the overall safety of the vehicle. It protects the driver and passengers from dust and debris, creating a barrier between the two. On the topic of barriers, the windshield protects from more than just dust and debris. The windshield protects those in the vehicle from being the first point of content should anything hit the vehicle or come into its path. A well-maintained windshield can withstand a significant amount of impact, however, the strength of the glass may become compromised if there is any damage to it. Because the glass is weak where the area of the chip or crack resides, it’s more susceptible to breaking.

 

Another factor that could turn a small chip into a larger issue is the sun. The heat waves that radiate from the sun can actually do a number on a damaged windshield. If you leave your car outdoors for long periods of time during the hotter months, the sun can actually morph the glass. If the glass is damaged, it could further enlargen said damage.

 

All in all, there are plenty of factors that can take your windshields damage from a small chip, requiring a simple repair, to an unfixable crack, requiring a full windshield replacement. It’s important to note that even if the damage is small, it could worsen if left untreated and doing so can cost more money in the long run. If you notice any damage to your windshield, bring it into the shop right away!

 

Have you noticed any damage to your vehicles auto glass? We can help! Visit or call our Mississauga shop for all your repair needs at a great price!