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How To Avoid Windshield Damage and Cracks

Broken window close up. With shallow depth of field. Smashed windscreen of a car, cracked glass.

We use our cars and vehicles so much that we tend to forget that they are exactly what helps us commute from point A to point B on a daily basis. We have to look after our cars just as much as we are considerate towards our homes, personal belongings, and so on. People also often find themselves guilty of holding off on taking their vehicles to have repairs or maintenance done, when in reality, we should be quick to get this done as soon as possible. Car damage is inevitable at times, which includes damage that is done to our windshields. Thankfully, we have some tips for you to keep in mind while you are on the road to prevent these damages.

 

Space Your Vehicle

Have you ever driven on a backroad that has edges worn down to little rocks? Those rocks are strong enough to scratch and crack your window when being thrown in your direction. It is best that you try to drive in the middle of your lane as possible, so that your tires do not send any spare rocks flying, especially towards your windshield.

 

 

Be Mindful of the Temperature

The changes in temperature are capable of causing the glass to contract and expand. Parking your car in your garage or being able to place it in a controlled environment would be a smart and helpful decision in protecting your vehicle’s windows.

 

Replace the Windshield Wipers

Your vehicle’s windshield wipers tend to wear down over time, and can eventually lose the grip that they have on the glass of your windshield. As the windshield wipers weaken over time, it makes it possible for little rocks or sharp objects to be wiped across your vehicle’s glass. Replacing them when they no longer do the job of wiping water off is when it’s considered best.

 

Your Concerns are Our Concerns

Here at Complete Auto Glass we are fit to take care of your needs for the sake of your vehicles. We work with even the smallest scratches to large cracks and busts. Call us today to learn more about how we can further serve the well-being of your car!

The Wonders of Mobile Auto Glass Repair

Complete Auto Glass offers the option of mobile auto glass repair. Thanks to today’s technology and equipment we can offer the convenience of repairing your windshield at your home, work, or wherever your car is located. This has many benefits and one of them is primarily the fact that if your glass is damaged enough, it might be difficult to drive and even dangerous. 

 

Mobile auto glass repair works because it is mobile. That is, it comes to you. And while there are factors that can determine the safety of doing the work outside, your expert car technician can let you know and inform you of your options. If the weather is not one of extreme cold or heat, your car can likely be looked at on the spot. Depending on where the damage is—front windshield, side, or back—the process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. 

 

Drying Time. One convenience, for example, is having your windshield repaired at your place of work. Repairing your car window early in the morning gives the adhesive all day to drive before you have to drive it again. This allows you to avoid going into the shop and losing a day of work. Depending on the kind of damage sustained by your window your car may have to be stationary anywhere from one hour to a couple of hours in order to be safe to drive. 

 

Safety. As mentioned above, one of the main reasons why the mobile option is a popular one, is the fact that you don’t have to drive your car in unsafe conditions in order to get it to the shop. At the same time, you don’t put yourself or others in danger. 

 

Time frame. If you call for our mobile service, you will receive an approximate time of arrival. This helps you plan your dad and be prepared for when we arrive. 

 

Today’s technology has allowed the needed equipment to be very versatile and mobile. It allows for whole repair stations to travel and so everything the techs need is there in front of them. 

 

All of Complete Auto Glass repairs are guaranteed labor. We are confident in our work and in our specialized techs. This is why we urge you to take care of your auto glass asap and avoid any hassles or unnecessary problems. A bad installation can cause a number of bad mistakes. 

New Technologies and Innovations in the World of Car Windshields and Beyond

There is no industry that has been untouched by the rapid change in technology our society has seen. It seems that it accelerates every second and with every passing year, new ways of looking at the world and new ways of interacting with our world have come about. The auto industry has had its fair share of technological advancements and innovations and you might be surprised to know that there has been a lot of innovation in the field of windshield technology as well. Let’s take a look at some important auto technologies and how they affect the way we drive.

A Window is a Window Right?

Not exactly and certainly not when it comes to car windshields. From your front window, to your sunroof, to your side windows, and rear, every pane has a different purposes, therefore a different composition, features, and technologies. Even from older models, like your dad’s favorite 70’s jaguar to your grandson’s 2019 Mustang, the difference in quality and technology is pretty clear.

Common Technologies—Windshield and Beyond

Today’s windshields are not composed of simple glass. Many are jammed packed with a lot of different materials that allow them to fulfill the job more effectively. All of these advancements are aimed at the same purpose: to keep you safe behind the wheel. Some new windshield innovations include:

The Latest Advancements and Innovations

People like Elon Musk, engineer and CEO of Tesla, have been leading in the way in the automation technology of some high-end vehicles. Here are some examples that you may be surprised to find out about:

A Happy Windshield Makes for Happy Drivers!

Whether your vehicle has heated windshields, rain sensors, or special features, it still has a windshield that is key to your driving and allows you to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.  Here at Complete Auto Glass we are dedicated to the safety and longevity of your glass. Without a safe and sturdy windshield, you would be easily at risk after any minor crash or collision. Today’s windshields are trying to do their job much better and ensure that driving is ever more convenient, safe, and fun.

 

The Windshield Shot: Famous Movie Scenes with Car Windshields

It’s never a bad idea to try something a little different. There are probably too many to count but we thought it would be fun to pay homage to the car windshield and look at famous and classic scenes (maybe some obscure ones) that use the windshield as a key part of the scene or setting. Let’s see if you remember any of these and if you have another one to add, let us know!

It’s probably not something you spend a whole lot of time thinking about, but, in fact, the windshield has played a tremendous role in movie history. Countless of films have used the windshield as a way to portray an intimate setting of characters in a car, the freedom of the road, and a visually compelling opportunity to show setting while concentrating on the conversation or interaction at hand. America was, after all, the inventor of the road film, fascinated by the concept of the open road and it only make sense that the windshield is the window to the soul of many many films and characters. Windshield scenes have appeared in films such as the Blues Brothers (the famous car chase scene as they evade police by driving through the local mall), Ace Ventura, Back to the Future, Clockwork Orange, Rush Hour and more. Here are just a few that you might remember:

Jurassic Park – Saved by the Windshield

The 1993 Steven Spielberg movie catapulted dinosaurs back into the popular imagination. And even with the less-than-sophisticated movie effects (as compared to today), Spielberg managed to create a spellbinding film that pondered the possibility of dinosaurs coming back to claim their territory against humankind. In one particular scene, the two kids are trapped in a jeep and inadvertently anger the T-Rex with a moving flashlight. At some point, the angered ancient reptile breaks through the jeeps exterior and is stopped only by the glass sunroof. Now that is one strong piece of glass!! The only thing standing between the jaws of the T-Rex and the kids is the glass and while part of it shatters, it holds just long enough to buy them some time.

Wayne’s World -Bohemian Rhapsody Framed by the Windshield

The somewhat cult-like figures of Wayne’s World have etched their place in the cultural memory of movie-goers of all ages. The film features a young Dana Carvey and Mike Meyers—in one of his most iconic roles—as they drive through the streets of Illinois belting out Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. There is something about the scene, as framed by the windshield of the car, that has become a famous image that represents the wild and crazy party days of these two rockers and public-access television hosts embroiled in a ridiculous plot.

Ace Ventura – Driving Out the Car Window

This may be an odd choice, but who can remember the bizarre character of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective? A young Jim Carrey shows off his comedic slapstick skills and erratic character portraying an unorthodox detective whose focus is solely on locating and finding missing animals. In one scene, he is attempting to rescue a small dog as an angered man pounds at his car with a baseball bat. The man slams the bat down into the windshield. If you notice, this scene —like the T-Rex above— shows just how sturdy these front windshields can be, for the bat coming down on it full-force does not manage to shatter it completely, instead it causes bad damage that forces Ace Ventura to drive his car while sticking his head out the window because he cannot see through the front windshield. We don’t condone this type of erratic driving, by the way— if your windshield has been smashed by a bat, we will gladly repair it for you!

Get Your Windshield Repair from the Experts

If you’re a movie fan, you likely thought up your own list of movies that feature the windshield. There are countless out there. And while we are not movie experts, we certainly know all about windshields and are ready to repair yours no matter what kind of damage it has sustained. T-Rex damage? Angry guy with the bat? It doesn’t matter, come by and we’ll fix it like new right away. Call Complete Auto Glass for complete service.

Don’t Let That Car Window Chip or Crack Put You at Risk

Car blurred through a spider cracked auto glass window that needs car window repairIt finally happened. Your car fell victim to one of the most common things that can happen: your windshield, back windshield, side car window, etc., got hit. There’s a chip or crack that is staring at you everyday when you go anywhere. But instead of finding reliable car window repair, you keep putting it on the back burner. We understand- life happens. Doctor’s appointments, work, and other aspects of life are always on the forefront of your mind. However, we’re here to explain why it’s important you take care of that little crack or chip as soon as possible.

Don’t Put Yourself at Risk- Find Car Window Repair ASAP

Sure, a crack or chip in your car window seems like nothing now. Yet, the world keeps going- specifically, the weather. As tough as car glass is, temperature does affect it, especially if it is weakened by a crack or chip. That crack or chip will eventually start to spread, weakening the glass even more. Your windshield is designed to protect you and keep out the elements. It is also designed to break a certain way so that during a car accident, it doesn’t pose a danger to you. If you have a crack or chip that is starting to spread, it compromises the glass strength. This means that if you are in a car accident, it won’t shatter the way it is supposed to, putting you and your passengers at risk.

Save Money by Fixing Damaged Auto Glass Quickly

While the damage may seem minimal, it is actually deceptive. Due to temperature fluctuations and other minor hits your auto glass, it is guaranteed that the damage will get bigger. A crack will spread, a chip will spider out- and eventually, the damage will be to great to ignore. When it does, the damage that could have been a simple fix initially will be a much different and expensive story. Instead of looking for car window repair, you will end up looking for auto glass replacement. Replacing your auto glass takes much more time and effort, so as a result it is much more expensive than a simple repair job. Save yourself a financial headache and get that crack or chip fixed sooner rather than later.

Also, aside from being more expensive, you also have to consider how precious your time is. Most of us are always on the go and most of the time, that requires our cars. A car window repair job can take under an hour. If you wait and the damage gets to the point it can’t be repaired, a car window replacement will take a lot longer. So you have to ask yourself how long you can be without your car- an hour, or longer?

Be Kind to the Environment

Believe it or not, by getting a car window repair job quickly, you are being green! Because of the way auto glass is made, it is not recyclable. That means that by giving up less than an hour of time to get your car window repaired, one less shattered window ends up in a landfill somewhere.

We Provide Reliable, Quality Car Window Repair Services

At Complete Auto Glass, you can trust that our experts know what they are doing. We provide quick evaluations to let you know if you need car window repair or replacement, and are always keen to ensure our work keeps you and your passengers safe. Don’t risk your safety or the planet- make your car window repair appointment today!

Professional Car Window Repair Matters

a car after car window repair at the beach during a beautiful sunsetWe look through our car windshield and windows every time we drive, but we usually don’t pay much attention to the glass. That is, of course, until something goes wrong. A rock chip, vandalism, or extreme weather can cause irreversible damage to our windows and windshields, and we are all but forced to notice and take action. Complete Auto Glass is ready to help. 

More than a Cosmetic Issue

It is important to remember that a chip or crack in your windshield in much more than a cosmetic issue, and it requires much more than a quick fix. Chips and cracks that are left to their own devices can easily result in a shattered windshield, and the risk gets higher the longer people wait. Thus, while it may be tempting to ignore the issue or have a well-meaning friend inspect the damage, it is best to seek out professional car window repair.

Why Professional Repair is Important

Many car owners default to the lowest car window repair prices they can find. In doing so,  however, they often sacrifice quality of work. Here are a few reasons why professionalism is important criteria when choosing a window repair service:

Incorrect Installment Can Be Dangerous

An incorrectly installed window or windshield can cause a lot of problems in the future, and most drivers don’t know that their windshield isn’t properly installed until it is too late. If you happen to get in an accident, the windshield could pop out and cause the vehicle’s roof to cave in. If your car has airbags, the chances of this happening are even more likely.

Safety Matters

Car experts agree that the windshield is the number one safety restraint feature in a vehicle. It provides a layer of protection between what is inside of the car (you) and what is outside of the car. To protect drivers and passengers, the windshield has several layers – two sheets of glass held together by an inner layer of strong vinyl. If the windshield breaks, the vinyl holds the glass in place and prevents the shards from falling into the car and cutting the occupants. If the windshield is improperly installed, safety is infringed upon.

Not All Technicians are Careful

Careful, calculated car window repair is key, but now all technicians take the time necessary to ensure proper installation. When technicians fail to wear gloves, for example, the oils from their hands can prevent the sealants from bonding. Other mistakes include failing to use primer, failing to high-quality glass, and failing to let the car sit for awhile after installation. This time window (anywhere from 1 hour to 12 hours) is important for everything to bond together.

Car Window Repair in Texas

At Complete Auto Glass, we are committed to proper windshield installation and car window repair. We take pride in our attention to detail and our quality craftsmanship, and we refuse to rush through the process. Your safety matters to us! Let us help you with car window repair so you can get back on the road and back to safe driving.

 

 

Troubleshooting Tips for Car Window Repair

a car with a smashed window that requires car window repairYou may know how to fix a tire and change your own oil, but do you know what to do when your electric car window gets stuck? For most people, dealing with a jammed car window is nothing short of baffling, and it is challenging to know where to start when it comes to car window repair. The issue becomes particularly stressful when the window is stuck open rather than closed, exposing the inside of the car to bad weather and making the car vulnerable to theft. While you will probably want to get your car checked out by a professional ASAP, there are a few at-home methods you can try to see if you can get your window closed. Here are a tips from Complete Auto Care about troubleshooting your jammed window. 

Car Window Troubleshooting Tips

Diagnose the Problem

It’s just a stuck car window. They are all the same, right? Not exactly. The problem can be rooted in either mechanical or electrical issues. To discern whether your root-issue is electrical or mechanical, listen closely when you try to move the switch. If you hear a motor-like noise, it is probably a mechanical issue. If you don’t hear anything, it is likely electrical.

Check the Fuse

If the issue is electrical, start by checking the fuse box. You may want to refer to a manual to know which fuse connects to your window and to discern whether or not the fuse is damaged. The manual may also provide information on how to reset the fuse. While a blown fuse is a common problem that is easily replacing the fuse, however, proceed with caution. If the fuse is not the issue, it could be a broken wire, and you will need to consult with a car window repair professional.

Mechanical Problems

If the issue is mechanical, there is a good chance that the problem lies with the window regulator. The window regulator is usually a plastic strap that helps the window move up and down, and it can wear out over time. Unfortunately, a damaged window regulator will eventually require professional car window repair.

Pull the Window Up

Even if you decide you need an appointment with a professional mechanic, you probably don’t want your window rolled down in the meantime. To get it closed, you can try pulling the window up with your hands by placing your palms on each side of the glass and sliding the window up and away from the frame support. This may cause the window to stay loosely in place until it can receive professional attention.

When You Need Professional Car Window Repair

Sometimes, you just need the help of a professional. At Complete Auto Glass, we understand that broken windows are urgent, and we are committed to providing fast and quality assistance to our clients. For timely and trustworthy car window repair in the Denver Metro Area, look to our team of professionals!

 

Which Car Models are More Likely to Need Car Window Repair?

 

Young Male Mechanic Holding Lockpicker To Open Red Car DoorWhen looking for your next car in Denver, you should consider which ones are most likely to need a car window repair. While all cars are valuable, some have been statistically proven to be broken into more often. Whether you are looking for a new vehicle or curious about your vehicle’s status, it is information worth knowing. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we have seen a large variety of broken car windows. Here is a list of models we see the most of in our business.

 

Models that need Car Window Repair

In a variety of studies, the vehicles most likely to be broken into is the Honda Accord and Honda Civic. This is because out of all the sedans in the market, Honda is the most popular in the United States. For a thief, this means they can steal a Honda have a high chance of selling it for parts.  For you, it means a car window repair and the loss of hundreds of dollars in stolen items.  Another commonly broken into vehicle is the Ford F-150 truck. As a conventional vehicle for off-roading and city life, the F-150 is a highly sought after truck for thieves.

 

Avoiding a Break-InThe active roles in windshield repair

While having a popular car is a common reason to have your vehicle broken into, there are others. When you park your car in the city, always find parking that is well lit and with other vehicles. Many thieves avoid breaking into cars under well-lit spaces. Another thing you can do is put away items of value when you park your car in the city or home driveway. This is not limited to electronics but includes pieces of mail where thieves can steal your identity.

If you need a car window repair in Denver because of a break-in, it may be because of your vehicle. When making your next purchase, it is worth knowing the most commonly stolen vehicles in your area. At Complete Auto Glass, we want you and your vehicle to be safe and secure. More importantly, without worrying about a future car window repair. Contact us today!

The Dangers of Not Replacing a Car Window

car mechanic inside a car as he does car window replacement Getting a car window replacement in Denver is important to do urgently.  Car windows are broken daily either because of debris from the road or a break-in. Regardless, it is too dangerous to drive around with a broken window. At Complete Auto Glass, we know these dangers well, and we want you to avoid them. Our mobile team can replace your glass from the comfort of your home or office.

Tarp Can Hinder Visibility

A common solution to a broken car window is temporarily placing a tarp or cardboard over it. While this will stop the wind from entering your vehicle, it is hardly an effective car window replacement for a window. The lack of visibility in this area will increase your blindspot and cause an accident. One of the biggest threats to this solution is that often enough, people will use it for too long. This means whatever is holding up the tarp or cardboard will likely wear out. This could lead to the tarp eventually breaking and blowing into your vehicle. This will block your line of sight and cause a major accident.

Postponing Car Window Replacement   

One of the most common reasons for a car window replacement is because of a break-in attempt. While a window will not stop a person with the tools to break glass, a tarp or piece of cardboard will do even less. With only a thin bag or cardboard, anybody can break into your vehicle and take anything of value including the car. Another problem with not replacing your vehicles window is the exposure to natural elements. With a replacement, you are more vulnerable to extreme heat and cold depending on the time of year. Not only is this uncomfortable but this will damage your vehicles interior if left exposed. If for any reason, rain or snow enters your vehicle, you are looking at an expensive repair.a car with a severely damaged and destroyed windshield

Get Car Window Replacement Now!

In Denver, there is no reason not to have a car window replacement after a break-in or crack. This puts you and those around you at great risk. At Complete Auto Glass, we want our clients to drive as safely as possible. We can help you find out how we can replace your glass at your home or place of business. So, contact Complete Auto Glass today. We’ll replace your car’s window in a complete and convenient manner. 

Get Car Window Repair Before You Need a Replacement  

A car with shattered windows that requires car window repairCar window repair should be done correctly. This is because you can be at risk of an accident if there is a problem with your windows. You must be able to see out of both front and side windows. If you have clear visibility of what other cars are doing on the roads and are able to react to their actions in a timely manner. Complete Auto Glass  in Thornton has helped many people fix problems with their windows so they are able to see perfectly.  You should act quickly if you have an issue with your windows. Waiting too long could make the problem worse, necessitating replacement instead of repair.

Car Window Repair Tips

Car window repair can involve fixing chips or cracks in the side windows, in a rear window, or in the front windshield. Repair is often possible when the cracks or dings in the window are relatively small. If your window is shattered completely, it will be impossible to repair so it will need to be replaced. Actingbroken car windshield requiring car window repair quickly when you notice a problem increases the chances you will be able to just get car window repair since you can catch and fix the crack before it has a chance to expand. Remember, if a crack is bigger or wider than a credit card, you may need to have it fixed!

Schedule Your Car Window Repair Today

If you are in the Thornton area, Complete Auto Glass can help you. We not only handle repairs but we also assist with insurance claims and completing insurance paperwork. We can help restore or replace your windows. Not only that, but you can get your insurer to pay for it as long as you have coverage. Please don’t hesitate and contact Complete Auto Glass today to find out more!