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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What to Do Prior to Windshield Repair

So you are driving along and a random pebble kicks up and puts a chip or crack in your windshield. There is no need to panic, but there are certain steps you can take to attend to this problem. Here’s a look at what drivers can do prior to damaged windshield repair.

Avoid Washing

Spraying your windshield down with water or any type of glass cleaner will cause that liquid to make its way into the crack or chip. Added moisture in the chip or rack can take away the effect of the resin as it will not adhere the way it is supposed to. Try to keep the windshield free from any excess moisture, otherwise it could lead to windshield replacement as opposed to a cheaper windshield repair option.

Tape it Up

Dirt and moisture can turn a small chip into a big problem. Taking a clear piece of tape and placing it over top your chip will keep dirt and moisture out until you can get your windshield fixed. Make sure to use clear tape so that it does not obstruct your view of the road. However, some bumps in the road could dislodge the tape, so don’t plan on using that solution for an extensive period of time. Don't procrastinate, contact our trusted technicians at Wilson & Tucker Auto Glass Inc.

Contact a Windshield Repair Shop

Any temporary solutions are not a permanent fix. Sooner or later, any tape covering your chip will come undone and rain will eventually make its way into the crack in your windshield. Exposing your windshield to sunlight can also intensify the damage. As soon as you notice a chip or crack, contact a windshield repair shop. Scheduling an appointment does not have to always be done immediately, although the sooner you get it done, the safer you will be.


Report Your Claim

Most insurance policies will cover the cost of a new windshield. Depending upon the severity of the chip or crack, you could wind up getting the service done for free. Certain insurance policies will require no deductible, although those companies generally require a claim to be filed before any repair is done. Check your insurance policy for all the fine details.



When it comes time to invest in car windshield repair or replacement, contact Wilson and Tucker for affordable auto window replacement prices and top-quality service. Specializing in automotive glass repair, Wilson and Tucker can get you right back on the road driving safely.

Friday, September 15, 2017

How The Winter Can Affect Your Windshield


The winter months can be harsh in a lot of ways and that also extends to car windshield damage. There are some ways to protect your windshield, although sometimes the winter elements are going to take their toll no matter how much you try to fight it. However, it helps to have a detailed understanding of how the winter can affect your windshield.

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Rapidly dropping temperatures can make it seem like it caused a crack in your windshield. An expert from Wilson & Tucker Auto Glass Services explains that frigid temperatures will not create a crack, although they can cause existing cracks to expand. What may have previously been a small, unnoticed chip or crack could quickly spread across your windshield.

This occurs because moisture accumulates in the crack or chip and then the freezing temperatures cause it to expand. It is a good idea to examine your windshield for any chips or cracks before the winter season begins.

Auto glass is made to withstand pressure, although you have to keep in mind that it is glass and not steel. Therefore, drivers must be mindful of how they treat their auto glass. For example, blasting a defroster on a frigid windshield is not good for it at all. A hot glass will crack if hit with ice cold water and that same premise applies to windshields. Furthermore, a windshield with a pre-existing crack will be damaged further by the sudden exposure to heat. Try to gradually rid your windshield from ice during the winter months.

When a snowstorm is expected, it is wise to cover your car windshield with a blanket or tarp. This will do wonders for protecting your windshield. It is also recommended to clean off the hood of your car after a snowstorm. Snow could freeze and if that ice breaks off, it could kick up and hit your windshield. At high speeds, that could wind up being very dangerous.

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Drivers can also prepare for the winter months by investing in a large bottle of windshield wiper fluid and some new windshield wipers. It is recommended that wipers be changed every six months, so the start of winter is a good a time as any.

Wilson and Tucker attends to all car window replacement and automotive glass repair through every season of the year. When an unexpected incident damages your windshield, Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass is right there to provide quick and affordable car windshield repair on vehicles of all makes and models.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Process of Replacing Auto Windows


It is important to note that chips or cracks in a car window are not always fixed the same way as chips or cracks in a car windshield. Chips in auto windows mean that they generally need to be replaced while auto glass repair is more of an option when it comes to car windshields. Here is a closer look into the process of replacing side windows on a vehicle.

The first part of the process involves a thorough inspection. A technician will examine the entire window for any signs of damage. Once it is determined that auto window replacement is necessary, the technician will proceed accordingly.

The door panel will need to be removed in order to provide the technician full access to the window. In some instances, shards of glass wind up falling inside of the door. There is an obvious need to remove that glass, which leads into the next part of the process.

A Wilson & Tucker Auto Glass technician will then clean the entire area by vacuuming. This will rid the entire area of any remaining pieces of glass. Next, it is time to install a new pane of glass. This is done with careful precision so that the glass fits just as well as the original pane.

The integrity of the technician’s work is double and triple checked in the testing stage as the window is powered up and down repeatedly. Once all those tests have been passed, it is time for the reinstallation of the door panel, which is put back on with the same careful precision.

Even though everything looks to be back in working order, a post-inspection stage follows to ensure the vehicle is thoroughly cleaned and that every aspect of the installation phase has been done correctly.

While this process may seem rather complex, it can be completed relatively quickly. Most side window replacements can be completed start to finish in less than an hour. That means car owners can wait while their window is fixed and they do not have to worry about leaving their vehicle for an extended period of time.

If any of your auto windows need to be replaced, contact the team of experienced professionals at Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass Inc. A certified technician will cover every step of the process that comes with automotive glass repair. Wilson and Tucker offers affordable car window and windshield replacement in Charlotte on vehicles of all makes and models.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Helpful Auto Glass Tips


Caring for your car involves more than just making sure to complete the required maintenance to your engine. There is also a need to maintain your car windshield and auto glass in Charlotte. Here are some helpful tips on how to accomplish just that.


Cleaning Bugs off Your Windshield

Who hasn’t endured the problem of pesky bugs splattering across the windshield? Sometimes, turning on your windshield wipers is not enough to get rid of them. When this occurs, pour some cola on a rag and wipe down the windshield. The acid will eliminate the bugs. Rinse with water and then wipe clean. A wet dryer sheet will also do the trick as will a mild form of dish soap.

Windshield Wipers are Safety Features

Most people may not consider windshield wipers to be a safety feature, but that is exactly what they are. Changing them every six months is recommended as they can wear out from exposure to sunlight, cold temperatures and natural deterioration.

Avoid Harmful Cleaning Products

Not all cleaners are good for cleaning your auto glass. Household cleaning products contain ammonia which is harmful to glass. If you do not have a specialized auto glass cleaning fluid, simply use water combined with a microfiber towel. This will do the job and also protect your auto glass.


Don’t Slam the Door

It may seem innocent enough, but the repeated slamming of car door can cause a minor chip to expand into a large crack. It is not only the force of slamming a car door that can affect it, but also the vibrations created by slamming a door.

Cover Up

If there is the opportunity to park your car underneath any kind of cover, take advantage of it. Sunlight, rain and even the chance of any random falling debris can damage your car windshield replacement. Parking in a garage or in a space that is covered will do a lot of good for your auto glass.

Watch for Mold

It is not totally uncommon for mold to wind up growing in the window seals. Mold spores undetectable to the naked eye can funnel in through the car’s vents. To avoid this problem, ventilate your car often by rolling down the windows or by activating your defroster and heat every so often. Maintaining a dry interior will also help reduce the chance of mold.

Automotive glass repair is something most cars need sooner or later. When that time comes, trust the experienced team at Wilson and Tucker for top quality auto window repair and car window replacement. Affordable prices and quality service await you at Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass Inc.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Weatherproofing Your Windshield

The harsh elements of nature can take their toll on your vehicle, especially its windshield. Ice is one of the worst offenders causing harm has it hails down from the sky or slowly expanding and worsening any preexisting windshield damage. Hail damage can be unavoidable but there are plenty of ways for you to prepare your windshield for snow, rain, sleet and even heat.

Prior to the arrival of winter, go outside and conduct a thorough inspection of your windshield. Look for the tiniest of cracks or nicks. Debris, specks of dirt and even water can become immersed into even the smallest of cracks. Colder temperatures can then cause those nicks and cracks to grow and sometimes spider outward. Identifying a small crack and undergoing auto glass repair could save you from bigger problems in the middle of winter.

When those colder temperatures arrive, it is wise to invest in a windshield cover. You can also use a blanket or towels to cover your windshield. This will protect your windshield from developing any frost and also keep it from being hit by snow.

There are also protective sprays available as a windshield fix for freezing in frigid temperatures. Repellents designed to thwart rain from building up on a windshield provide advantages in the midst of a torrential downpour. In those instances, weatherproofing essentially means waterproofing a windshield.

During the winter months, it is advisable to turn up your defroster gradually and not just blast it on high in an attempt to get rid of any frost. The extreme change in temperature is not good for your windshield and continual shocks of that nature could lead to problems.

The same rule applies in the summer months. Getting inside a vehicle during a hot summer day will compel a lot of people to immediately turn their air conditioners on full blast. That drastic change in temperature could also have adverse effects on your windshield.

Summer months can also negatively affect your windshield with blistering rays constantly beating down on your auto glass. To combat those temperatures, try to park in shady areas where the car will not be exposed to sunlight for long stretches of time. You can also roll your windows down when you get into the car and let some of that hot air escape before trying to chill your interior with an Arctic blast from your air conditioner.

Car windshield replacement is often needed through every season and Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass Charlotte NC has the capability of fixing your auto glass problems any time of year. Trust the expertise and experience of Wilson and Tucker when it comes to all types of car window replacement and automotive glass repair.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Most Effective Ways to Clean and Care for Your Auto Glass

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Being able to see clearly through your car windows is critical to safe driving. Complete windshield repair and replacement isn't the only way to ensure visibility while driving. It is not uncommon for spots, streaks and smears to develop on car windshields and windows. There are appropriate ways to keep your auto windows as clean as possible to ensure safe driving at all times of day or night.

Many people attempt to use water to clean their windshields. Water may clean some areas, although it is not enough of a solvent to clean more problem areas. Instead of water, find a cleaning agent that is strong and safe enough to use.

When it comes to what you will use to clean your auto glass, try to use something a little more effective than a paper towel or old rag. A microfiber towel is very effective as it will also remove any contaminants on your windows.

It also may seem like a good idea to clean your windows on a sunny day underneath bright rays of sunlight. However, that is not a good idea being as though the sun can induce your cleaning agent to evaporate too quickly. The end result is a residue left on the windows.

Many people prefer wiping the windows from top to bottom and then from side to side to avoid any streaking. To ensure the utmost safety, it is recommended that the car windshield receives more attention than any other window on the vehicle. The windshield serves as the driver’s main line of sight and should therefore always be kept smudge free. Be sure to inspect the windshield closely for damage and contact a mobile auto glass company to make repairs.

A helpful tip when cleaning the other windows in your vehicle is to roll them down halfway. This will enable you to thoroughly clean the top parts and edges of the auto glass. Also keep in mind that cleaning the inside of your automotive glass is just as important as cleaning the outside.

Detailing a vehicle is a common practice and when doing this, be sure to clean your windows last. The reason for this is to avoid sullying the windshield with any contaminants that may be picked up during the detailing process.

And if any of your windows are tinted, be sure to stay away from cleaning agents that contain ammonia. Most brands of common glass cleaners used inside the home contain ammonia.

Keeping auto glass clean is the job of vehicle owners, but when something happens to your auto glass, contact the specialists at Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass. With three generations of experience, Wilson and Tucker can take care of all your needs when it comes to car window replacement and automotive glass repair.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Dangers of DIY Car Windshield Repair

When someone identifies a nick or crack in their windshield, they may be inclined to try and fix it themselves. There are a variety of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kits for car windshield repair. But just because it may seem like a simple task doesn’t mean just anyone can do it.
A DIY kit may look like a more affordable option, although there are plenty of drawbacks that come with trying to repair a car windshield on your own.

Value of Time

A trained professional can repair a windshield in as little as 10 minutes. On average, it takes an untrained person at least a couple of hours to complete the process with a DIY kit.

No Guarantee

There are no warranties or guarantees that come with a DIY car window repair or replacement kit. Just because your windshield may look okay after you complete the process does not mean it will last.

Quality of Resin

DIY kits come with a resin that is intended to fill the crack or nick in your windshield. However, the quality of that resin could be questionable, meaning it could fail to provide a permanent fix.

No Way to Differentiate Damage

A DIY kit comes with an instruction manual, but provides the buyer with no way of identifying whether a crack could be considered a star break, combination crack or bullseye. Trained technicians know the proper technique to deal with each individual crack.

Plymouth with a professionally repaired windshield

No Way of Leveling

DIY kits only come with resin, an application tool, an instruction manual and curing film. There is nothing with which to level the pit so that the windshield wipers can function efficiently.

Misleading Videos

Just because there is a YouTube video of someone repairing a window does not mean that is the best way to do it. Following advice from untrained professionals and relying on those tutorials could leave your windshield in a bad state.

No Experience to Lean On

As with any repair process, those who have done it before can adjust to any unforeseen issues. Simply buying a repair kit that contains a few products does not lend an ounce of experience. First-timers are left without any previous knowledge to fix such an important part of their vehicle is.

Instead of trying to carry out the complicated automotive glass repair process on your own, turn to the professionals at Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass Charlotte. Decades of experience will go to work for you and ensure the safety of everyone in your vehicle with top quality auto window repair.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Auto Glass Insurance Process

Auto glass replacement is generally covered by most insurance policies. To make sure that drivers are able to utilize this service, there is a process that goes along with it. Here’s a little more on understanding how to go about having your insurance pay for your automotive glass repair.

Car window repair does not have a specific title when it comes to insurance coverage, but falls under comprehensive coverage. This kind of coverage applies to what an insurance company would pay towards damages to your car that are not sustained in a collision. Comprehensive coverage applies to things like vandalism and theft while also extending to a situation where a stone or rock causing damage to your windshield.

One thing that is important to note is that filing an insurance claim to fix your auto glass will not cause your rates to go up. It does not have the same effect that a car accident would have on insurance premiums. But there needs to be more than liability coverage for auto glass replacement to be covered through insurance. Having liability coverage will only protect you from having to pay for damages you caused to another car in the event of an accident.

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When it comes to auto glass and insurance, there is also the question of deductibles. Many insurance policies will cover the cost of auto glass repair without a deductible. Your insurance agent will be able to detail the specifics of any deductibles you may or may not encounter. Weighing your deductible against the out-of-pocket cost of repair could help determine your best option.

Reputable auto window replacement shops are familiar with many insurance companies and can help facilitate the process. An auto glass technician will also determine whether repair or replacement is required. Sometimes, auto glass repair can be a simple and much cheaper solution.

Every year, it is a good idea to reexamine your auto insurance policy. Some areas may not seem like the utmost of importance until something unexpected occurs out on the road. A random stone could hit your windshield at any given time, so knowing your options ahead of time can make for a much easier solution.

Wilson and Tucker has accumulated years of experience dealing with all different insurance companies and can help drivers navigate through the auto glass replacement process. Regardless of what kind of vehicle you are driving, Wilson and Tucker has a car windshield replacement solution for you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Important Things to Know About Auto Glass and Window Repair

Once you have determined that it is time for auto glass repair or replacement, the next step is finding a reputable repair shop that will meet your satisfaction. Before you walk into any shop, it’s important to understand the terms that you will be hearing from a service technician. Here’s a look at the key terms and concepts drivers should understand before undergoing any type of car window repair.

OE (Original Equipment)

Original equipment pertains to auto glass provided by the original supplier made for your make and model of vehicle. This is the same kind of glass used on the assembly of your vehicle. To denote this fact, there is generally a stamp of that brand on the windshield. This is considered to be the best quality of glass you can use for car windshield replacement. Car companies will often outsource its glass from specific manufacturers and that will be what is used during OE glass replacement.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

This term refers to glass that meets the same specifications as that of OE auto glass, but is made by a different distributor. This is very close to OE glass, but there are some very slight variations. It is a less costly alternative that does not come with the brand name stamped on the glass.

Resin

This is the substance used as a hardener to repair chips in a windshield. Resin must be cured before repair is completed and a windshield’s structural integrity is then once again intact.

Drive-Away Time

Sometimes referred to as safe drive-away time (SDAT), this is the amount of time a vehicle is meant to remain off the road until a new windshield is deemed safe for operation.

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Aftermarket

This term denotes glass that has no affiliation with any car manufacturers. It is a standard glass that does not comply with safety regulations. The application of this is limited to things such as sliding back glass doors and new sunroof installations.

Laminated Glass

Glass that is intended to be used in windshields. It consists of two pieces of glass with a layer of plastic resting in between.

Tempered Glass

This is the type of glass intended to be used in vehicles with the exception of the windshield. It is finished off through a rapid cooling process.

Spider Crack

A common crack in windshields, this consists of a small chip with a group of larger cracks protruding outward, giving off the resemblance of spider legs.

Wilson and Tucker specializes in all types of auto window repair and car window replacement. Our windshield replacement prices are some of the best in Charlotte as we combine quality and integrity with top notch workmanship.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

How Auto Glass Can Save Your Life


Everyone who has ever driven in a car knows what it is to look through a windshield and watch the passing traffic. However, there’s probably a great deal that people do not know about the auto glass in a car. It is a made a certain way so that it can save lives and prevent injuries. Installing the right kind of auto glass could provide you and your loved ones with an extra layer of protection.

The purpose of auto glass is to be less dangerous than regular glass in the event that it breaks. When there is a collision, windshields are also supposed to keep passengers inside the vehicle. Windshields are often considered to be a driver’s final line of defense in an accident which is one reason that car windshield replacement and repair is so crucial.

The glass used to make windshields is called laminated safety glass. The process of making this kind of glass is done by bonding two separate layers of glass together while also including an inside layer that is composed of plastic. The plastic layer acts as a cushion and in the event of an impact. The result keeps glass from shattering and flying throughout the inside of the vehicle. There are also no jagged edges that could prove dangerous.

Tempered glass is another kind of glass that is used in auto window repair. The process of creating tempered glass includes a quick cooling process that makes the outside of the glass significantly stronger than the inside part. That is why no pointy shards of glass shoot from the windows upon impact.

Once this type of glass leaves the manufacturing plant there is one final step to making sure it works exactly the way it is supposed to. The installation process is instrumental in ensuring that auto glass does its job of saving lives and preventing injuries.

windshield repair via mobile technicianWhen it comes time for your auto window replacement, make sure it is being done by a reputable technician or team. Improper auto glass installation really could mean the difference between life and death. NGA (National Glass Association) certified installers may provide more credibility.


Wilson and Tucker Auto Glass Services offers certified technicians who can make sure every piece of auto glass on your car is installed with the utmost precision and care. With windshield replacement prices that are affordable, the experience and expertise at Wilson and Tucker provide you with an easy choice for all your auto glass replacement needs.


Resources:
https://www.glass.org/
http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/FMVSS/



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