Last updated 2 years ago
Having your auto glass damaged as a result of vandalism can be a very stressful event. To ensure that you are prepared for it before it happens, or to know what to do in the unfortunate event that vandalism has already occurred, read this article for advice on dealing with auto glass vandalism.
Call the Police
The first thing to do if your car has been vandalized or broken into is to call the police. After police arrive, they can fill out a police report, which is something that will be necessary when you file an insurance claim for damaged auto glass and other components. It’s also an important thing to do if you hope to increase the chances of catching the person or people who harmed your car.
Identify Missing Items
If your car’s windshield or any other auto glass was broken, it’s a good idea to check inside the car to see if anything was stolen. This can be included in the police report, which makes it possible for the police to keep an eye out for your belongings if they are ever found. Before the police arrive, check to see if any items have been stolen—just be sure that you don’t disrupt the scene or attempt to correct or clean the vandalism. If your credit cards were stolen, call your credit card company to cancel the cards. And if any keys were stolen, be sure that you get the locks in your house changed. Lastly, make sure that you report any stolen items to the police when they arrive on the scene.
File an Insurance Claim
If you have comprehensive auto insurance, you can call your insurance company and file an auto claim to be compensated for a certain amount of damage. You will have to provide a copy of the police report, as well as all of the receipts for repairs.
If your windshield or other auto glass was damaged because of vandalism or any sort of accident, get it repaired at Glass on the Move—a high-quality, family-operated auto glass repair shop that serves Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and surrounding areas. Visit our website for more information, and call us at (510) 338-4791 for more information.
Last updated 2 years ago
Your windshield keeps dirt, insects, dust, and debris from flying into your eyes while driving. It helps you stay warm during the winter, cool during the summer, and can even help protect you from harmful UV radiation. As if that weren’t enough, your windshield acts as a safety feature that keeps your roof from caving in during an accident. If you’re not yet convinced that an auto glass repair is beneficial, consider the following.
Rollover Accidents: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, rollover accidents are more likely to cause fatalities than any other type of automobile accident. The majority of rollover accident deaths happen when a driver neglects to wear his or her safety belt. However, another large contributing factor is when a vehicle’s roof caves in and crushes the driver to death.
Crushed Roof: Often times, when a vehicle’s roof is crushed in a rollover accident, it’s a direct result of a cracked or broken windshield. Your car’s windshield serves many safety functions, from preventing debris from flying into the car to preventing drivers from sudden ejection. What many drivers don’t realize is that their windshield is also an immensely important structural support to the roof of their car. In fact, your vehicle’s windshield can account for in excess of sixty percent roof-crush-protection.
Prevention: There are two simple and pivotal measures all drivers can take to significantly reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury in a rollover accident. First, always wear your seatbelt while driving to prevent ejection from the car. Second, make sure your windshield is in top-notch condition, capable of supporting the roof of your car from being crushed in a rollover accident. Taking this simple maintenance measure may wind up saving your life.
Protect yourself from a potential deadly situation by having your windshield repaired by the experts at Glass on the Move. Call us today at (510) 338-4791 to find out why we’ve been named Oakland’s best auto glass replacement company two years running.
Last updated 2 years ago
Driving in the rain with malfunctioning windshield wipers is not only dangerous for you, but also for any other drivers out on the road. If your windshield wipers aren’t functioning properly, it may be the result of a faulty motor.
In testing a windshield wiper motor, you will need to first test that your motor is getting voltage. Find out how to carry out this task and how to troubleshoot all of your faulty windshield wiper motor problems by watching this video.
Stay safe on the road by making sure your windshield is in top-notch condition. The experts at Glass on the Move can use proven techniques to make your broken windshield as good as new. To find out more, the number to call is (510) 338-4791.
Last updated 3 years ago
The frenzy that would soon become known as the Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic of 1954 began innocently enough in the town of Bellingham. A series of tiny pit-sized windshield holes began appearing in vehicles, and soon enough, a mass hysteria broke out. With theories ranging from absurd to inconceivable, this strange phenomenon would ultimately be defined as nothing but delusion.
Beginnings: The first pit-sized windshield holes came about in Bellingham, Washington, in March of 1954. Upon inspecting these tiny holes, Bellingham police arrived at the conclusion that vandals must have been up to no good with BB guns. A safe enough explanation, it would suffice for the moment. Yet, these mysterious vandals would begin to attack dozens of miles to the south, making the situation especially peculiar.
Senseless in Seattle: Eventually, the news would reach Seattle, and on April 14th, what had been happening up north became front page news. Later that same evening, a handful of cars endured damage. By the morning after, the damage become so widespread that it would be considered an epidemic.
Theories Abound: Pandemonium ensued and absurd and implausible theories began popping up. Some believed cosmic rays were bombarding the earth, while others blamed gremlins. Some groups believed the Navy’s watt radio transmitter was responsible for converting electronic oscillations to damage the glass, while others insisted glass had been bubbling before their eyes.
And It Stopped: After nearly 3,000 windshields had endured damage, Seattle police crime laboratory sergeant Max Allison famously declared that the pitting was “five percent hoodlum-ism and ninety-five percent hysteria.” Two days later, on April 17th, the pitting ceased.
Six decades later, odds are your windshield won’t encounter pitting as part of a mass delusion. However, if it is damaged for any reason, you can bring it to the professionals at Glass on the Move for a repair or replacement. To find out more information about our services, give us a call today at (510) 338-4791.