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The Craziest Windshield Shattering Stories of the Past Decade

cracked windshieldOne of the worst nightmares for drivers has to be their windshields shattering mid-drive, but, unfortunately, this does happen quite often! While some of the most common reasons it happens include flying debris and large pieces of hail, these stories prove that just about anything is possible. Here are four of the craziest windshield shattering stories of the past couple decades—all in which, thankfully, no one was hurt!—brought to you by Complete Auto Glass.

#1: The Tree Without Its Branch

If you were driving down a road and you noticed a tree missing a branch, you might think it peculiar but probably wouldn’t stop to question or investigate it. Now, if you were driving and said missing branch blew in the wind and then into your windshield shattering it, you’d definitely have to stop. This was the case for one unfortunate truck driver in Portland whose windshield was shattered by the flying branch of a tree. Who knew trees could be so crazy?

#2: The Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Falling Pumpkin

We’ve all heard of falling boulders, especially those of us who live or have driven through mountainous regions, but have you ever heard of falling pumpkins? No, probably because they don’t exist in nature. Instead, for one unfortunate driver driving under an overpass, they had the horrible, terrible, no good luck Alexander complained about in the beloved children’s book of being hit by a falling pumpkin that someone to chose to drop as they were driving under the overpass. While their windshield was completely ruined, they were lucky that the pumpkin landed in their lap and didn’t hurt them. As for the people dropping pumpkins off an overpass? They got in huge trouble! Never do anything like this, for people’s and windshields’ sakes.

#3: The Curse of the Falling Porta Potties

A porta potty is probably the last thing you want to fall on your vehicle, but alas, it does happen. Just ask the one man it happened to in Alabama who was driving, minding his own business, when a porta potty fell off the back of the truck in front of him and onto his car. Luckily, no one was hurt…well, except for his poor windshield. Luckily, they can be repaired.

#4: The Case of the Mysteriously Exploding Glass

Is it possible for your windshield and other windows on your car to just shatter on their own…or is it a ghost? We’ll give you a hint: no and no. Many people have reported their car glass shattering all on its own while they’re driving but this doesn’t just happen. The most likely case: their car was hit with something while parked somewhere and though it wasn’t damaged enough for them to notice it at first, it was enough to cause it to shatter later on at just the right speed. So, no, your car is not haunted by ghosts, but rather by the ghost of an object that smashed into its window, causing no immediate damage but leaving its haunting mark long enough for it to seemingly shatter out of thin air. Still pretty spooky, though.

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Important Steps to Take After A Car Break-In

a driver's seat window smashed in before a break inOne of the most common auto glass repairs Complete Auto Glass deals with is a broken window due to break-ins. Unfortunately, thieves use this method too often. While this can be easily repaired, it can also be really annoying. If you find yourself in this situation, we have a list to help you take the right actions before getting any auto glass repair done.

First Things First

Before you take any action, be sure to get your phone out and snap plenty of photos. Be sure to do this before you touch anything. This will be valuable evidence for your insurance company. You will then want to immediately file a police report. In most cases, the police will show up to the scene of the crime. You won’t be able to file a claim to your insurance company without a police report. Remember to not skip this step. If the thief is caught, you can press charges and possibly get back some of your items.

Once the evidence is taken and the police are at the scene, be sure to make sure that none of your personal information was stolen. If any kind of identification or bank cards were taken you will want to make several phone calls right away to cancel your credit cards. The next step will be to call your insurance company if it is profitable for you to make a claim. Once the phone calls are made you can remove any glass or obstructions in the driver’s seat. Taking your car to a car wash to vacuum out all the loose glass will help.

Get Your Auto Glass Repair Services at Our Shop

If you don’t want another break in to happen anytime soon be sure to get window taken care of right away. Not only that, driving at high speeds on the highway with a broken window can be very annoying and dangerous. You don’t want to go too long before repairing the window because loose pieces of glass will be stuck within the door panels. As soon as you’re able to, drive to Complete Auto Glass. We’re ready to replace your window with a new, secure and reliable one!

After the auto glass repairs are done and all the paperwork is taken care of, you will want to take preventive measures for the future. Be sure to hide any items that can cause a possible break in. Park in visible locations away from secluded corners or alleys. Investing in a car security system might pay off in the long run as well.

Keep Our Info Handy

At Complete Auto Glass, we conduct a wide variety of auto glass repair services. Whether you have a broken window or a chipped windshield, our team of experts can handle it. Contact us today for more info.

Are DIY Windshield Chip Repair Kits Okay to Use?

a car with recently repaired windshield chip repairIf you have owned a car for any number of years you have dealt with the dreaded windshield chip. The unfortunate event happens most often when you are driving down the freeway and a rock from the road flies right towards your glass making a chip. Most often, drivers will attempt to see how long they can go without windshield chip repair before the tiny crack spreads. Others will buy a chip repair kit and attempt to fix the problem themselves. We have a professional viewpoint on these at home kits.

What Does a DIY Kit Come With?

The usual DIY windshield chip kit comes with instruction, tools, a piece of film, and resin. It essentially will have everything needed for an at-home windshield chip repair kit. There are also a ton of YouTube videos with people trying the kits out for themselves. The trouble isn’t so much what the kits come with, but what they leave out. You can use the kit, but it won’t include the professional equipment we use at our shop. And a DIY kit you buy for a couple dollars doesn’t come with an expert who has conducted hundreds of Windshield Chip Repairs.

The professionals at our shop understand how to distinguish different types of cracks and how to fix them. Our experts also use high-quality resin, not the same resin that comes in crafting kits. Not only that, many people who have conducted DIY jobs complain that their wipers catch on the bump of resin left behind.

Trust the Experts Instead

In the long run, leaving windshield chip repair to the experts is your best bet. First of all, your insurance will often pay for this fix in the first place. Secondly, although you are tempted to buy a kit to save money, a resin is permanent and if you don’t get it right on the first try an expert may need to replace the whole windshield.

If you have a crack in your windshield you should get it fixed right away. Waiting too long can lead to the crack spreading. If you drive at high speeds down the freeway on a regular basis the risk is even greater. If the crack does happen to spread your fix may end being more costly. Contact us today to have your windshield fixed by our experts. We will have you back on the road in no time.

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.

 

 

Don’t Put An Auto Glass Replacement On The Backburner—Put Your Safety First

a car driving fast through the wildernessIf you were involved in an auto accident or got a cracked windshield, you will definitely want to get an auto glass replacement as soon as possible. This will ensure your safety on the road and prevent further accidents from taking place. If you are in the El Paso area and need an auto glass replacement, our team at Complete Auto Glass can assist you today. We know the importance of having full visibility while driving on the road. A repair will ensure your overall safety and happiness while driving.

Avoid More Accidents From Happening

Not only should you want to get your windshield replaced because the huge crack is a safety concern but also because it is an unsightly picture that does not make your car look good at all. Driving with a damaged windshield can out your life at risk, as well as your passenger’s lives. With low visibility due to the window damage, you are putting yourself at most risk by driving your car in its current condition.

If your windshield is already damaged but you continue to drive, there are chances that it can shatter and pop out of place completely. This can startle you and put you at risk for an accident. As stated, there are plenty of bad things that can occur due to driving with a damaged windshield. This means you will definitely be in need of an auto glass replacement.

Easier And Quicker Than You Think

Getting your windshield repaired or replaced might seem like a tedious task but it is one that will definitely benefit you in the long run. The worse the crack or chip is, the sooner you need to take it in to get fixed. You will not want to put your family and friends at risk while driving. Getting an auto glass replacement is very easy actually; all you need to do is schedule a time for it to come into the shop.

The experts will take it from there and do what needs to be done to make your car safe and drivable. A professional glass technician will take a look at the damage and be able to give you a better idea of how it will replace and what it will cost. You do not have to stress about the repair because once you drop your car off, the rest will be taken care of.

Don’t Put It Off—Get It Done Today!

An auto glass replacement is easy and isn’t something you should put off. You will be ensuring your safety and happiness by getting it done as soon as possible. Our team at Complete Auto Glass knows the importance of driving a safe car with a clear view. We make it our goal to always provide our customers with the best service possible. You do not have to suffer driving with a damaged windshield anymore. If you are in the El Paso area, please contact us today for more questions on how we can better assist you!

Five Steps for a Side Window Replacement

a group of friends inside a car ready to go on a vacation road tripWhether your window was damaged in an attempted theft, an auto collision, or another type of frustrating accident, we understand that having a broken side window is a total inconvenience that can evoke a lot of stress. Luckily, the professionals at Complete Auto Glass are experts at assessing window damage and making repairs, and we provide side window replacement services that save our clients stress, time, and money! Here is a brief overview of the steps we take when replacing a side window.

Side Window Replacement Steps

While cracked windshields can often be fixed without replacing the entire frame of glass, damaged side windows tend to require full replacements. This is because side windows (including door glass, quarter glass, and vent glass) are manufactured differently than front windshields. While front windshields are laminated, most side glass is tempered, causing it to shatter when hit with enough force.

A Stress Free Experience

Whether it is a trusty Toyota truck, a brand new Jeep, or an old RV, the glass experts at Complete Auto Glass offer first rate services and a stress free experience. We strive to offer the most affordable prices in our service area. We help people take care of their vehicles without destroying their budgets! In addition, we go above and beyond by helping our customers fill out complicated insurance claims. With over fifteen years of experience and a commitment to excellence, efficiency, and customer satisfaction, there is no better auto glass company in Colorado. There is no need to suffer due to a shattered side window. Call us today to get the replacement process started!

 

Pesky Windshield Cracks and Rear Window Replacement

a severely destroyed car window that requires rear window replacementIf you think you are in need of a rear window replacement due to a pesky windshield crack, you will likely need to visit Complete Auto Glass. All cracks spread eventually due to time passing and shifts in temperature, and the only way to completely stop the spread is to visit a repair shop! In the meantime, however, there are a few ways that you may be able to keep the windshield crack from spreading and shattering completely.  

The Woes of Windshield Cracks

When Henry Ford’s Model T made its debut in 1908, no one imagined that the automobile would ever be anything more than an accessory to modern life. In the modern world, however, the majority of people express that owning a vehicle is essential to their lives. The rhythms of American society almost demand that people have their own cars. And while bicycles and various forms of public transportation are still important and available options in many large cities, cars take center stage as our primary means for commuting.

Because they are so valuable to us, we do our best to take care of our vehicles. They are a huge financial investment, and the better we tend to them, the less money we will have to spend overall. And because we take care of our vehicles, there is almost nothing more frustrating than a windshield crack! Though these cracks are usually outside of the driver’s control, they can cause severe damage to the windshield.

Tips for Keeping Windshield Cracks from Spreading

Try tape: To keep a windshield crack from spreading, you must prevent dust, debris, and water from getting into the crack and causing further damage to the glass. It may sound simple, but a piece of clear tape can usually hold the window over until you have time to visit an auto shop. In the case of freezing weather or heavy rain, however, tape probably won’t do the trick. You will need to try something a little bit more… innovative.  

Get innovative with nail polish: You may have thought that nail polish was only good for manicure purposes, but you can consider yourself (happily) proved wrong! Clear nail polish can serve as a sealant, filling in the crack and serving to protect it against the elements that cause further spreading.

Always clean the windshield crack first: Whether you try tape or clear nail polish, always make sure the window area is free of dirt. Wipe the area with a thoroughly with a dry (not wet!) towel to ensure that it is clean.

Will a Rear Window Replacement be Necessary?

While those tips may tie your window over for a little while, professional service is the next step. Rear window cracks that are smaller – less than 12 inches – can typically be fixed without a full window replacement. If the crack is larger than 12 inches and obstructs the view of the driver, however, a rear window replacement will likely be in the cards. Luckily, a rear window crack does not have to damage your wallet as much as it does your windshield! At Complete Auto Glass, we are committed to providing our customers with inexpensive and high quality rear window replacement services.

Don’t Put Off Getting A Windshield Chip Repair

two car mechanics doing windshield chip repair on a carYour brand new car is your baby. You take care of it with love, clean it often, and are generally cautious when you drive. The same comes with your windshield. It finally happened as you were driving down the freeway. That huge truck blasted out of nowhere, spraying gravel all over the place as it zoomed by your car. One rock dinged your window and left a noticeable chip on your front windshield. If you’ve recently gotten a chip in your windshield, you will want to get it repaired right away. If you’re in the Denver area, Complete Auto Glass can perform a windshield chip repair for your beautiful car.

Waiting Too Long Could Cause You Major Problems

You will not want to wait too long when you have gotten a chip in your windshield. If you wait long enough, the chip can turn into a crack and the crack can spread across your entire windshield. This causes immediate danger for you and your passengers because it blocks your complete vision of the road. It also puts you in danger of driving a car with a windshield that could potentially shatter. If you catch the rock ding in time, you can get a windshield chip repair instead of having to replace your entire windshield. Chances are a brand new windshield will cost you way more than a chip repair. You will be helping yourself by scheduling a repair with a professional glass technician before it’s too late.

What Will Happen When You Get Windshield Chip Repair

Most of the time, a glass technician can come to you, so you won’t have to leave work to bring your car in to be fixed. If you have a windshield chip, a glass technician will assess the damage and then go about fixing it carefully. Our professionals at Complete Auto Glass will make sure the chip is fixed and that no debris or mess is left on our around your window. We want to make sure our work allows you to continue on like before you had the chip in your windshield. Our goal is to provide satisfactory customer service and we strive to make our customers happy every single day.

Your Options Depend On Your Situation

The options for your windshield chip repair definitely depend on your specific situation. The location, size, and type of chip you received will determine what is necessary to fix it. A glass professional will be able to find all of this out right away and get to work on it. If you are someone that enjoys visible driving and a car that looks great on the exterior, it is best to call in for windshield chip repair today. You will be much happier with a clear windshield that poses no danger to your or those driving with you. If you are in the Denver area and need a chip repair immediately, please do not hesitate to contact Complete Auto Glass to schedule an appointment!

Dealing with Bad Windshield Crack Repair

 a car with a cracked windshieldA bad windshield crack repair job is as bad anywhere as it is in Denver. There are several reasons as to why a repair went poorly. Some vehicles require patience from technicians as well as expertise in removing the old windshield. At Complete Auto Glass, we have served the Denver area for over 15 years. If you need to know if you are in need of another windshield crack repair, heres a list of things that make a bad repair job.

At-Home Windshield Crack Repair

One of the most common reasons for a bad windshield repair is using a DIY kit. While these kits are not necessarily bad, not all repairs are the same. A repair requires the analytical eye of a professional that know how to inject resin properly. Otherwise, the crack will only continue to grow after the failed attempt at a repair. Once the resin is in, you will not have another chance for a windshield repair. This means you will have to replace the windshield entirely. An expert like a technician from Complete Auto Glass can better judge how to go about a repair. They can properly repair your windshield the first time.

Knowing When to Repair or Replace Your Windshield

As we have just covered, it takes a professional to analyze a crack in your windshield. Unfortunately, not all technicians will be honest about their abilities to make a repair. The truth is, not every vehicle is eligible for a windshield repair job. As a consumer, it would suit you to know what damage qualifies as repairable.

Professional Windshield Crack Repair

When you need a windshield repair job done properly in Denver, it is always best to know what to expect from your technician. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we want you to be as well informed as possible. So, the more you know, the better we can assist you with your windshield problems.  If you believe you need a professional windshield repair, we are always here to help. Contact Complete Auto Glass today.

Windshield Crack Repair — The Size Matters

 a vastly broken car windshieldWhen you get a crack or a ding in Denver, you should not wait long for a windshield crack repair. If you wait too long, the break can spread, leading to the need for a replacement. Why not call Complete Auto Glass to find out if we can repair your windshield today? While not all damage is repairable, it is always best to know what is and is not. Heres a quick list of things that qualify your windshield for repair.

Windshield Crack Repair

While most cracks are relatively small, not dealing with them promptly will cause them to grow. As the windshield continues to fight against the oncoming wind, causing stress on the crack. Slowly this will cause it to spread across the span of the windshield. If the crack does not reach 18in length, then the windshield qualifies for repair still. If the crack starts at the edges though or reaches an edge of the windshield, then it is no longer eligible for a windshield crack repair.

Cracks with Chipped Piecesa damaged windshield that requires windshield crack repair

Initially, Cracks begin to form because of the impact between a piece of debris against the windshield. If the collision is hard enough, it will leave behind a circular break in the glass. If the circumference of this break fits inside of a quarter, then you qualify for a windshield crack repair. Even if a small piece of glass is chipped off from the surface, a resin can fill in the gap. This will leave the glass with an 85-95% clarity. If the break comes from the inside of the vehicle, then the windshield cannot be repaired. This is because an interior break comprises the fortitude of the windshield.

Get the Help You Deserve

If you are thinking about replacing your windshield in Denver, maybe all you need is a windshield crack repair. By knowing what qualifies a repair job, you can save yourself the money in replacement costs. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we know how busy and expensive life can get. That is why we offer a mobile service to repair your windshield at a competitive price.