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    How to De-Ice Your Car's Windshield

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When you are on the road, there are few things more important for your safety than visibility. For this reason you need to make sure that, during the cold winter months, you thoroughly de-ice your car’s windshield before getting behind the wheel.

    In this video, you will learn how to de-ice your car’s windshield. First, you have to gather the required materials. You will need a tarp or sheet, a bungee cord or straps with weights, some ice and frost prevention spray, white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, 70% isopropyl alcohol, and dish soap. Begin by covering your windshield with a sheet or tarp that is folded to the appropriate size. Then, strap the cover down with the bungee cord or straps with weights. Before you get behind the wheel, take off the sheet and the snow cover will come off with it. You can also use the ice prevention spray the night before to prevent frost buildup. 

    To ensure your safety behind the wheel through all seasons, always repair a damaged windshield. Call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791 for effective and timely auto glass repair services in the Hayward, Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas.

     

    Reasons Why You Should Make Auto Glass Coverage a Part of Your Car Insurance

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When it comes to car insurance, auto glass is often neglected. For the most part, this is due to a lack of information with regards to the importance of auto glass. By better understanding the role of auto glass, it soon becomes clear that including auto glass coverage is a great way to ensure your safety and save money. Here are a few reasons why you should ensure that your auto glass is covered under your car insurance.

    Unpredictability of Auto Glass Repairs

    Out of all of the parts of your vehicle, your windshield is one of the most susceptible to damage. As you drive, your windshield protects you from a wide variety of debris. While most of the debris, like dust and insects, is relatively minor and rarely has an effect on your windshield, debris like pebbles and small rocks can cause cracks and other serious forms of auto glass damage. Because of the unpredictable nature of this damage, buying insurance coverage for auto glass is a great idea, regardless of your driving conditions.

    Cost Savings

    Auto glass is made out of a special, treated form of glass called laminated safety glass. Laminated safety glass is specifically made to resist shattering in the case of impact. Due to its unique characteristics, however, laminated safety glass can also be relatively expensive. Because you cannot drive without a windshield, paying out of hand to repair auto glass damage can be an unwelcome, expensive repair job. When you include auto glass damage in your car insurance, however, the cost you yourself will have to bear will decrease dramatically. Indeed, some insurance companies will pay for your replacement auto glass completely.

    Safety

    Drivers often ignore minor auto glass damage due to the cost of replacement and repair. Even small cracks and chips, however, can severely compromise your windshield’s strength, putting you and your passengers in harm’s way. With auto glass insurance coverage, you can get the repairs you need as soon as possible.

    When it comes to ensuring the safety of you and your passengers, compromise is not an option. For quality auto glass repair services in the Oakland area, contact Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791. 

    Glass Handling Safety Fundamentals

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Glass is one of the most common materials in everyday life. Although there are auto glass experts available to help you when it comes to your car’s windshield, knowing how to handle glass can certainly help you in other situations.

    In this video, you will learn some glass handling safety fundamentals. For example, when you are carrying glass, you have to make sure that you carry it in a way that protects you in case of a fall. If the glass should slip out, in other words, it should fall away from you. The same is true if there are two people carrying a pane of glass

    If you are looking for quality auto glass repair services in the Oakland area, give Glass on the Move a call at (510) 338-4791. Having received the Best of Oakland Auto Glass Replacement Award two years in a row, we are your best choice when it comes to repairing or replacing your auto glass.

     

    What Are the Benefits of Windshield Chip Repair Over Replacement?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you find that your windshield has a chip or crack, the worst thing you could do is neglect repair. In fact, ignoring the issue simply makes it worse and costs you more money in the long run. Here are some of the benefits of windshield chip repair over replacement.

    Safety

    The most obvious benefit of windshield chip repair is improved safety. Although small chips may seem harmless enough, when left unattended they can quickly turn into much more serious issues. When small chips turn into cracks, your visibility may become compromised. Repairing chips in your windshield immediately instead of delaying repairs is a risky decision that will cost you more in the long run.

    Savings

    If you have auto glass coverage as part of your car insurance, then repairing chips on your windshield could very well be free. Many auto insurance agencies offer their clients free windshield chip repair, since repairs cost less than full replacements. Even if you do not have auto glass coverage, however, repairing chips on your windshield is much cheaper than replacing your windshield altogether. For this reason, it is important to undertake the repairs before a small chip develops into something more serious.

    If your windshield has cracks or chips, don’t delay getting the proper repairs. Luckily, windshield chip repair is not only less expensive than replacement, but it can also be easy and convenient when you work with Glass on the Move.  Glass on the Move in Oakland, CA can help you restore your windshield and ensure that it will last for years to come. Call us at (510) 338-4791.

    Auto Glass Tinting Basics

    Last updated 5 years ago

    It’s no surprise that window tinting is an extremely popular windshield upgrade. After all, new window tint can make your vehicle more comfortable and attractive. Brush up on the basics of auto tinting and decide if this upgrade is right for your car. 

    • Tinting Installation: Windshield repair professionals use high-quality materials and advanced tools to permanently darken your vehicle’s windows. The process starts with matching a super-thin window tint film to your vehicle. The film is fitted directly to the dimensions of your vehicle with an ultra-precise factory blade. Next, professionals will attach the film with a permanent industrial seal. Finally, special smoothing machines ensure that the window film lies flawlessly on your original windshield.
       
    • Tinting Benefits: UV protection is one of the most important benefits of tinted windows. The reduction in UV penetration protects your vehicle’s interior from color fading and material warping. A tinted windshield also helps to keep your vehicle’s interior cooler by reflecting sunlight away from the inside of your car. Finally, many car owners greatly appreciate the extra privacy and security that window tints provide.
       
    • Tinting Restrictions: Ultra-dark tinting shades can obscure visibility and put drivers in danger. That’s why state laws pass strict restrictions on the darkness and type of tinting performed on auto glass. For example, California laws require that windshield and driver mirrors allow in 70% of sunlight. In addition, non-reflective tint can only be installed in the top four inches of the windshield. A certified and experienced windshield repair team will guarantee that your windshield tint is completely legal.

    Tinted glass is a great way to further customize your ride. Contact Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791 if you’d like to take your auto glass to the next level. Our trained and talented technicians will install a high-quality windshield tint that improves your car’s looks from every angle.

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