Author Archives: AGRR/glassBYTEs Editor

AGRR and Sister Publications Take Home Five Azbee Awards

The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) presented its Mid-Atlantic Azbee awards last week in Washington, D.C., where AGRR magazine and two of its sister publications took home a combined five awards. Art director Saundra Hutchison netted an award … Continue reading

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Highlight Event: Night at the Golf Range – A Kick-off Party and Charity Event

Auto Glass Week™ 2024 is about more than advancing your professional skills and knowledge—it’s also an opportunity to come together as a community and support causes that directly impact our industry. Join us Wednesday night on September 18, at Top … Continue reading

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Automobile Industry Excluded from Recent Oregon Right to Repair Legislation

As the Right to Repair movement spreads throughout the county, Oregon has enacted a consumer electronic equipment bill that was signed into law on March 27. Consumer advocates have praised the latest version of this type of legislation, which will prevent … Continue reading

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Sign Up to Compete at Auto Glass Week™!

Register today to showcase your skills on a global stage at Auto Glass Week™ 2024 (AGW)! This is your gold medal opportunity to compete for the title of “World’s Best” in various divisions. These competitions are a celebration of the … Continue reading

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Tragic Bridge Collapse Will Affect International Auto Shipments

After a cargo ship collided with a pillar, collapsing Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge Tuesday, an active search and rescue mission shifted to a salvage operation. The bodies of two construction workers have been recovered. Still, efforts were called off … Continue reading

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AGC Group Departs Russia

AGC Group has officially transferred its operations out of Russia. With the move, the company has fully withdrawn from the Russian market. The companies impacted include AGC Bor Glassworks JSC and AGC Flat Glass Klin LLC. They manufacture and sell … Continue reading

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“Florida” Auto Glass Bill Moves Toward Passage in Kentucky

Kentucky legislation, similar to the law enacted in Florida last year, passed the Kentucky State Senate on February 16 and has moved out of a House Committee to consideration on the House floor. The bill, S.B. 29, sponsored by Senator … Continue reading

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Wood’s Powr-Grip: 60 Years Strong

Editor’s Note: Wood’s Powr-Grip purchased the assets of AEGIS Tools in July, 2022. Wood’s Powr-Grip (WPG) has hit a new milestone: 60 years in business. The Laurel, Montana-based manufacturer of vacuum lifting tools and equipment was founded in 1964 by … Continue reading

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Autel Settles Proprietary Data Theft Suit for $33.62 Million

On January 16, Autel Corporation and Autel New York settled a $33.62 million lawsuit with Mitchell Repair Information Company and Snap-on over Autel’s alleged theft of proprietary information and data. Mitchell and Snap-on filed suit in U.S. District Court for … Continue reading

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Jeep Recalls Wranglers and Grand Cherokees Due to Windshield Defroster Defect

Stellantis, owner of Jeep, recalled nearly 200,000 Wrangler 4ex and Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid SUVs due to a software issue that could turn off the vehicles’ windshield defrost system. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened … Continue reading

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GM Expands Hands-Free Driving System to Rural Highways

GM plans to expand access to Super Cruise to allow drivers to use the hands-free Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) on about 750,000 miles of roads in the U.S. and Canada. The expansion, which will nearly double the automaker’s Super … Continue reading

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Tesla to Update Windshield Wiper System

Tesla vehicles made after 2018 do not use windshield rain sensors but instead employ autopilot cameras that feed data to a computer vision system, according to AutoNews. Based on its algorithms, the system determines whether the windscreen wipers need to … Continue reading

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AAA: Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking Not Foolproof

Recent American Automobile Association (AAA) research looked at various simulated collisions across four popular 2023 model-year vehicles equipped with reverse Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems with rear cross-traffic mitigation. According to the group, AEB systems may significantly reduce rear-end collisions. … Continue reading

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Grandmother Killed When Tire Crashes through Windshield

On February 18, a 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead following the freak accident as she was heading to an amusement park with her twin daughters and two grandchildren, according to the Virginia State Police. A tire from a 2017 Jeep … Continue reading

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Large Bird Shatters Airplane Windshield Midflight

A large bird collided with an airplane in Ecuador, shattering the windshield and bloodying the pilot who kept the plane aloft during the incident. With the bird lodged halfway through the windshield, flopping around lifelessly, the pilot himself shoots the … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Safety Council Announces Spring Training Schedule

The Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) spring training sessions include a two to three-hour-long review course plus the credentials needed to take the AGSC certification test. The sessions are free for technicians who work for AGSC Registered Member Companies and … Continue reading

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Allstate to Seek Additional Auto Insurance Rate Increases

Allstate CEO Tom Wilson told investors during the company’s February 8 Fourth Quarter 2024 earnings call that the company plans to pursue further rate increases in its auto insurance business this year. In December 2023, Allstate received approvals for rate … Continue reading

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Kaizen Offers ADAS Training Course

Kaizen Glass Solutions announced the launch of its two-day Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) training course, designed to equip auto glass professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage their investment in ADAS technology fully. The course covers a … Continue reading

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Safelite Safe Spot Sensory Room Opens in Ohio, Arena

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena cut the ribbon February 13 on a room sponsored by Safelite for fans who have difficulties processing sensory information. The Safelite Safe Spot sensory room offers a quiet space for people with conditions … Continue reading

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Diesel Laptops Partners with Karmark for VIN Decoding Services

Diesel Laptops collaborated with Karmak, Inc. to enable the seamless integration of Diesel Laptops’ VIN Decoding service into the Karmak Fusion Business System, free of additional charge to users. Effective January 31, users of Karmak Fusion, version 3.66.36 and beyond, … Continue reading

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New Electric Car Features a Dimming Glass Roof

Chrysler’s new electric car, Halcyon, allows drivers to dim its glass roof for augmented reality stargazing. The car can dim the glass canopy on its own and recline the seats into a laid-back position to prepare the driver and passengers … Continue reading

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Cary Group Acquires J. Huggins and Son Auto Glass Firm

Stockholm, Sweden-based Cary Group purchased a Bristol, England, auto glass repair and replacement and consolidated it under its National Windscreens division. Founded in 1971, family-owned J Huggins and Son operates 17 workshops for vehicle glass repair and replacement and a … Continue reading

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NOVUS Glass Adds New Location in Ancaster, Ontario

Glendale Motors in Ancaster, Ontario, on February 14, announced the addition of NOVUS Glass Ancaster. As the newest addition to glass repair and replacement services, NOVUS Glass Ancaster joins the company’s three other service areas, including NAPA AUTOPRO complete auto … Continue reading

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Study: 44% of Drivers Report Dangerous Windshield Blind Spot

Blind spots created by windshields, door pillars or windshield wipers not fully sweeping the windshield pose a threat when 44% of motorists drive, according to a February 9 study by the U.K.-based Automobile Association. According to the survey, 35% of … Continue reading

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Man Allegedly Breaks Windshield with Cinderblock

Police in Tavares, Florida, arrested a Virginia man after he allegedly threw a cinderblock in the air, which then landed on a windshield during a rental dispute over a trailer. Read more here.

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Cracked Windshield Leads to Meth Arrest

A Coffee County, Tennessee, police officer on February 9 stopped a vehicle for having a severely cracked windshield and ended up arresting a passenger on methamphetamine charges. The officer spotted the cracked windshield on a black Ford Ranger. After stopping … Continue reading

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Happy Presidents’ Day

The offices of Key Media & Research, publisher of GlassBYTEs.com™/Auto Glass Repair & Replacement magazine, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in observance of Presidents’ Day in the U.S. The daily newsletter will resume on Tuesday, and breaking … Continue reading

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European Court Rules on Right to Repair

The European Court of Justice ruled that automakers must give companies that work on or with their vehicles access to the data those vehicles generate and allow access to those data systems. In the U.S., consumer advocates launched a pressure … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Sales in the Americas Boost NSG Earnings

NSG’s auto glass sales in the Americas comprised 19%, or $70 million, of the company’s 3rd Quarter 2024 revenue, which compares to $84 million (21%) in European auto glass sales and $40 million (10%) in Asia. On February 9, the … Continue reading

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NHTSA Probes Lucid’s Software Fix for Defroster Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into a January Lucid Motors windshield defroster recall over concerns that the automaker’s software update solution may not adequately fix the problem. Lucid issued a recall on January 10 for … Continue reading

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Police Officer Fires through Windshield after Being Hit By Car

The Columbus, Ohio, Police Department on February 12 released shocking body camera footage showing the moment that a sergeant opened fire after being struck by a driver in a stolen car. Video here.

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‘Ice Bombs’ Crash Down on Traffic Smashing Windshield

On February 7, falling ice suddenly hit a car traveling across a bridge in Hubei Province, China, and smashed the windshield. After the windshield shattered, the driver quickly slowed down, turned on the hazard lights, pulled over to drive slowly … Continue reading

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Following in Father’s Footsteps, Timothy Williams Continue an Auto Glass Legacy

Editor’s Note: In honor of Black History Month, GlassBYTEs is profiling African American auto glass professionals. Timothy Williams learned the auto glass repair and replacement trade, working alongside his dad, Charlie Williams, doing basic shop chores like sweeping, running errands, … Continue reading

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Strong Auto Glass Sales Drive NSG’s 3Q 2024 Revenue

On February 9, NSG reported 3rd Quarter 2024 revenue of $4.1 billion, an 8.2% increase from prior-year revenue of $3.8 billion, driven by continued improvement in its auto glass segment. Operating profits also increased to $215,000 million in the quarter, … Continue reading

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Harman Automotive Introduces New Windshield Technology

Harman Automotive introduced the Ready Vision QVUE and AR HUD (head-up display), which the company says provides auto windshields with pillar-to-pillar projection bridging the physical and digital worlds. Stamford, Connecticut, company says Ready Vision displays mileage, speed, driving stats, and … Continue reading

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South Dakota Considers Mud Flap Law

A bill requiring mud flaps on vehicles weighing 10,000 lbs. or more passed out of committee and now heads for a vote before the full South Dakota House of Representatives on February 15. According to South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Representative … Continue reading

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Tesla Owner Allegedly Hits Woman while Car Was on Autopilot

An Edina, Minnesota, man says his Tesla might have been on autopilot when it struck and killed a woman in a hit-and-run accident last fall. After initially telling investigators that he did not remember hitting the woman with his Tesla, … Continue reading

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Consumer Advocates Press FTC on Right to Repair

Right to Repair laws remain of paramount importance to the auto glass industry. The consumer advocates Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and its allies have pressed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to move forward on Right to Repair regulations to … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Experts Inks Deal with Johnson Window Films

Johnson Window Films partnered with Automotive Glass Experts (AGE) to supply the automotive glass repair and replacement company with its window film products. The partnership provides “a comprehensive range of window film applications as a complementary service in AGE workstations,” … Continue reading

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Wyoming Auto Glass Shop Owner Passed Away

Nu-Life Auto Glass owner Allan Shipley, age 65, passed away peacefully at his home on January 27 after a two-year battle with esophageal/stomach cancer. He was a long-time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming, where many have appreciated and loved him. … Continue reading

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Long Vacant Gas Station to Become an Auto Glass Shop

According to town records, a long-vacant former gas station in Milford, Massachusetts, may return to life as a new auto glass shop. Geara Realty Inc. applied for a special permit to open a vehicle repair business focusing on auto glass … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Shop Owner Calls for Road Safety Improvements

Vanjey Rodriguez, owner of Yazmin Auto Glass shop in Dallas, Texas, says he witnesses auto crashes time and time again. The latest occurred on February 5 when police say 45-year-old Moises Sanchez died after he lost control of his vehicle … Continue reading

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Largest Auto Insurance Providers in each State Mapped

Insurify Insurance Agency on February 6 released a map of each U.S. state’s largest auto insurance provider using data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The company examined the car insurance providers with the highest market share per … Continue reading

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Police Crackdown on Denver Squeegee Men

Newly arrived immigrants try to earn some quick cash by offering to wash windshields at several intersections in Denver, Colorado. But the Denver Police Department launched a crackdown on the practice, saying it’s dangerous for them to be on the … Continue reading

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Nissan Recalls 2024 Muranos Due to Detaching Glass Panels

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall for 2024 Nissan Murano vehicles because an incorrect primer may have been used during the installation of quarter glass assemblies. Nissan had alerted NHTSA that the urethane adhesive bond may … Continue reading

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Illinois to Replace Windshield Toll Transponders with Stickers

The Illinois Tollway in January began moving away from traditional windshield-mounted transponders to sticker tags, which the agency says will be more efficient and cost-effective. Drivers with a current working transponder mounted on their windshield will not have to switch … Continue reading

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Expresses Concern over VR Headsets

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on February 5 warned drivers to pay attention at all times when behind the wheel of an automobile after videos emerged of people wearing virtual reality (VR) headsets while driving. Buttigieg responded on X, formerly … Continue reading

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School Bus Windshield Smashed in Truck Collision

A Boston, Massachusetts, school bus with students on board crashed into a truck on February 6, smashing the windshield. Several long metal rods in the back of the parked truck shattered the windshield. The bus rounded a corner and crashed … Continue reading

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Sunroof Case against Mercedes-Benz Moves Forward

A judge in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Georgia gave a green light to a lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz alleging that panoramic sunroofs in some models are prone to randomly shatter under normal conditions. The lawsuit began … Continue reading

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Safelite Begins Recruiting Efforts

Safelite AutoGlass® is holding a national virtual hiring event with a stated goal of recruiting auto glass technician trainees in 16 U.S. markets. According to information on Indeed.com, the company plans to hire auto glass technician trainees as follows: seven … Continue reading

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Brothers Take the Helm of Minnesota Auto Glass Shop

Jerry and Jeff Stimac recently became the new owners of Arrow Auto Glass & Door after serving as long-time employees of the Virginia, Minnesota, business. Jerry started working at the company 17 years ago, and Jeff began six years ago. … Continue reading

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Cincinnati Auto Glass Shops Hit with Surge in Business Due to Car Break-ins

An auto theft spree that struck residents in a Cincinnati, Ohio, apartment complex created booming business for area auto glass shops. According to WLWT 5 in Cincinnati, more than a dozen cars were broken into recently at area apartment complexes. … Continue reading

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Fixing Advanced Vehicle Systems Makes Up Over One-Third of Crash Repair Costs

A recent American Automobile Association (AAA) report found that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), like automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning, add up to 37.6% to the total repair cost after a crash. The hefty price … Continue reading

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Driver Escapes Harm after Pole Impales Windshield

A Florida driver escaped unharmed after a pole impaled his car windshield on February 2. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle lodged against the bridge, with a pole from its fencing piercing through the windshield. … Continue reading

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Former Glass Exec Rich Harrison on Bridging Lessons from Auto Glass to Collision Repair

Rich Harrison might be out of the glass industry, but he’s carried the skills, influence and lessons from that career well into his current role. He’s now CEO of Dublin, Ohio-based CollisonRight, a consolidator of automotive collision repair shops he … Continue reading

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Driver Complains about Inflated Windshield Claim, Insurance Rates

In 2022, a Tampa, Florida, man submitted an insurance claim for the repair of his cracked windshield. A year later, however, he received a call from someone claiming to be with an auto glass company wanting to fix the glass … Continue reading

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Loose Tire Flies through the Windshield and out the Rear Door

An Oklahoma City driver ended up in the hospital on January 29 after a crash caused by a loose tire flying through the windshield of a van and out of the van’s rear door before striking two other vehicles. The … Continue reading

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Rock Thrown from Overpass Shatters Windshield

A Barberton, Ohio, woman’s windshield was shattered on January 27 when someone threw a cantaloupe-sized rock from a highway overpass. Video here.

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Vandal Smashes Vehicle Windows at Police Station

Mount Penn, Pennsylvania, police say a vandal on January 31 used a baseball bat to smash the windows of a patrol car and the personal vehicle of an officer in the parking lot behind the police station. Read more here.

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Auto Glass Now Helps Denver Children in Need

Auto Glass Now’s Lakewood, Colorado, location helped deliver toys and gifts to more than 18,000 underprivileged children across Colorado through Kenzi’s Causes and its 15th Annual Holiday Toy Shop. Kenzi’s Causes is a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged children and … Continue reading

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Lack of Skilled Labor Hampers Mississippi Auto Glass Shop

Advanced Auto Glass owners Joey and Rebecca Brown say hiring people is increasingly difficult due to the lack of skilled labor. “The lack of skilled applicants or the lack of applicants period has become a very big problem for us,” … Continue reading

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Owner Chases off Burglars Who Smashed Van Sidelites

According to Los Angeles, California, police, several suspects were caught on surveillance video smashing the sidelites of a work van and taking tools worth thousands of dollars from the vehicle before the owner ran outside with a baseball bat and … Continue reading

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BB-Gun Rampage Targets 50 Cars in Montana

Mass vandalism on January 26 and 27 damaged over 50 cars in Billings, Montana. The police believe the suspects used a BB gun to shoot out the windows. The spree left area auto glass shops scrambling to repair customer car … Continue reading

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Heated Windshields Now Standard on Some Cars, Here’s What You Need to Know

Scraping ice and snow from frozen windshields represents a dreaded but necessary winter chore. However, automakers increasingly offer vehicles with heated windshields that take the sting out of ice and snow removal. Unfortunately, those windshields come at a hefty price … Continue reading

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Electric SUV Projects Augmented Reality Display on Windshield

Olympian Motors introduced Model 84, the first electric convertible SUV in the U.S., with an augmented reality head-up display projected on the front windshield, replacing the 2D digital screens typically found in commercial cars. The first batch (only 310 units) … Continue reading

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Hologram HUD Allows Drivers to See through Hazards

U.K. researchers are developing a heads-up display (HUD) for drivers using 3D holograms to represent hazards and road signs obstructed from view. The technology projects the image on the windshield. “The idea behind a head-up display is that it keeps … Continue reading

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Hundreds of I-10 Drivers Report Damaged Cars and Windshields

Hundreds of Jacksonville, Florida, drivers say their windshields were cracked or chipped from broken asphalt on the highway. Video here.

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Woman Arrested for Allegedly Bashing Windshield with Golf Club

Police arrested a Leesburg, Virginia, woman on a warrant issued for allegedly smashing the window of her ex-roommate’s vehicle with a golf club in a dispute over money. Deijhanique Davis, 26, was arrested by the Lake County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Sends United Flight Back to Denver

A United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C., was diverted to Denver International Airport due to a cracked windshield on January 27. Read more here.

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Ford Recalls 1.8 Million Explorer SUVs for Windshield Issue

Ford recalled more than 1.8 million Explorer SUVs due to a potential safety hazard with a part connected to the windshield, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Federal safety regulators published Recall Report 24V-031 on January 23 … Continue reading

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Honda to Replace Defective HR-V Backlites

Honda issued a “voluntary product update campaign” to address the more than 300 instances of spontaneously shattering backlites in the 2023 HR-V subcompact SUV models. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database of complaints cites 300 such claims, one … Continue reading

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Sen. Brown to Oppose Biden Administration Trade Rep. Nominee, Former FYG Lobbyist

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on January 24 announced his opposition to the Biden administration’s nomination of Nelson Cunningham for Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Brown objects to Cunningham because he lobbied for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which the Ohio … Continue reading

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New Volvo Trucks Aerodynamic Curved and Bonded Windshields

Volvo Trucks unveiled the all-new Volvo VNL in North America with up to 10% improved fuel efficiency. The automaker based the Volvo VNL on an all-new platform for all upcoming technologies, including battery-electric, fuel cell and internal combustion engines running … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Nets Seizure of Drugs, Designer Clothes

Liverpool, England, officers stopped a Ford Transit van with a crack in the windscreen, arrested a 55-year-old man, and seized cannabis and designer clothes on January 22. While speaking to the driver, they noticed the odor of cannabis. A search … Continue reading

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South Africa Imposes Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese-Made Windshields

South African authorities took steps to protect the country’s auto glass industry by imposing tariffs on Chinese-made windshields. Ebrahim Patel, trade, industry and competition minister for South Africa’s International Trade Administration Commission, says the department imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on … Continue reading

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It’s Important to Repair Auto Glass Immediately

Automotive repairs sometimes take a back seat to other pressing problems, but one area that needs to be addressed immediately is repairing auto glass. Whether a small chip or a crack, owners often underestimate the importance of glass repair. Fixing … Continue reading

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Renault Unveils Glass Concept Car with No Wheels

The Renault unveiled a concept car with transparent exterior glass, silver bucket seats, and sliding doors. The Float features a “glossy and bubble-like appearance” and relies on the same Maglev technology as Tesla’s hyperloop. The most distinguishing, however, is the … Continue reading

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Ford Wants to Change What Drivers See Behind the Wheel

A new electronic system and instrument panel in the 2024 Lincoln Nautilus luxury SUV stretches 48 inches across the windshield’s width. It includes the speedometer, other critical gauges, navigation, and apps like Spotify, streaming video, and auto-racing games. The technology … Continue reading

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Frozen Windshield Plus Hot Water Equals Shattered Glass

Ice, snow, frost, and subfreezing temperatures make hitting the road on winter mornings a hassle, tempting some car owners to seek a fast way to thaw windshields. For auto glass technicians, those cold temperatures make windshield installations difficult. Not only … Continue reading

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Kaizen Glass Solutions Awarded AGSC Accreditation

Kaizen Glass Solutions’ auto glass training program received accreditation from the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC). The company’s training programs equip technicians, entrepreneurs, and owners with the skills to perform quality work following the ANSI/AGRSS and federal motor vehicle safety … Continue reading

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Former Owner of Grants Auto Glass Dies

Betty J. Grant, 89, of Hixson, Tennessee, passed away on January 13, 2024. She was born to the late Walter and Haughtie James on May 23, 1934, in Decaturville, Tennessee. She was the owner/operator of Grants Auto Glass in Farmville, … Continue reading

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What Are Those Tiny Dots on the Windshield?

Those tiny black dots on vehicle windshields represent more than just a decorative flourish. The dots, called frits, “actually help distribute temperature evenly to lessen optical distortion or lensing,” according to Autoglaze. “This happens when the frit band (the solid … Continue reading

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Illinois Auto Insurance Rates Rose by More Than $1.25 Billion in 2023

According to an analysis released January 18 by Illinois PIRG Education Fund, the 10 largest car insurance companies raised Illinois drivers’ rates by more than $1.25 billion in 2023. The consumer group reviewed over 300 company rate filings, representing 81% … Continue reading

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How much does it cost to replace a car window?

The total car window replacement cost depends on several factors, including the vehicle type and who performs the work. Iseecars.com says the average cost to replace a windshield, sidelite, or rear sidelite runs from $100 to $400. Read more here.

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A Sheet of Ice Flies through Car Windshield

A slab of ice from the top of a fast-moving tractor-trailer came loose and launched into oncoming traffic and another driver’s windshield on January 15 in Francis, Utah. The driver sustained minor injuries. Read more here.

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Court of Appeals Rules for Campfield

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 16 agreed with Rich Campfield, the owner of Ultra Bond, that Safelite’s “dollar bill rule” hurt his business by driving away customers with windshield cracks longer than 6 inches. Campfield sued … Continue reading

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Consolidated Glass & Mirror Ordered to Replace Incorrectly Marked Auto Glass

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied Consolidated Glass & Mirror’s (CGM) request to have mismarked windshields and sidelites used in buses considered an inconsequential violation of federal highway safety standards. CGM, a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., discovered … Continue reading

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Lucid Recalls 2022-2023 Models over Windshield Heating Concerns

Lucid issued a recall on January 10 for 2,042 of its 2022-2023 Air electric sedans because the high-voltage coolant heater (HVCH) may fail to defrost the windshield. In Safety Recall Report 24V-011, the company told the National Highway Traffic Safety … Continue reading

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Lighter, Stronger, Clearer, and Thinner Auto Glass Coming to Cars

Corning® Fusion5™ Glass introduced the first auto exterior glass designed for windshields lighter in weight, with superior durability and better optical performance, compared to conventional windshields. A review in MotorTrend magazine says Fusion5 is considered “hard glass,” with much higher … Continue reading

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Consumer Group: Rate Increase Challenges Save Consumers $884.8 Million

Consumer Watchdog says it saved California insurance customers $884.8 million by challenging auto and homeowners insurance rate hikes sought by State Farm, Allstate, Pacific Specialty, and GEICO. The group also claims responsibility for Allstate and State Farm’s decision to lift … Continue reading

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It’s Not Too Early to Think about Summer

With much of the U.S. dealing with a series of winter storms, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer. Jerusalem Post offers reviews of the 10 Best Windshield Sunshades for 2024. Read more here.

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Winter Weather Complicates Auto Glass Installations

This week’s winter storm, sending chilly temps, snow, and ice to many parts of the U.S., provides a good reminder of the unique challenges auto glass installers face when temperatures drop below freezing. “For me, under 45 to 50 degrees … Continue reading

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California Warns Auto Insurers of Barriers to ‘Good Driver’ Coverage

Last month, the California Insurance Commissioner launched an investigation based on consumer complaints of waiting periods, questionnaires, and other practices that auto insurance carriers allegedly use to turn down otherwise qualified drivers from getting insurance. According to Insurance Commissioner Ricardo … Continue reading

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Renault Solarbay Smart Sunroof Lets Each Row Pick Their Tints

The new Renault Scenic E-Tech and Renault Rafale offer Solarbay panoramic glass roofs developed by glazing specialist Saint-Gobain Sekurit. The moonroof lets each row of passengers choose their tinting simply at the flick of a switch or a voice command … Continue reading

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How Dangerous Are Cracks In Aircraft Windshields?

An All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight returned to its original airport on January 13, when the crew reported a cracked windshield. According to SimpleFlying.com, cracks on windshields occur much more often than travelers realize, but they don’t always result in … Continue reading

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Passenger Calmly Drinks Water as Man Crashes through Bus Windshield

On January 10, a video captured a man calmly drinking from a bottle of water as another man crashed through the windshield of the bus he was riding. See the video here.

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A ‘Florida Type’ Auto Glass Bill Introduced in Kentucky

A Kentucky Senator introduced a bill similar to the law enacted in Florida last year for consideration during the state’s 2024 legislative session. Kentucky bill S.B. 29, introduced by Senator Brandon Storm on January 2, prohibits the assignment of benefits … Continue reading

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Safelite Absorbs Additional Auto Glass Shop

Safelite® Group kicked off the New Year with the January 5 acquisition of New Hampshire-based Thompson Auto Glass. The purchase represents the latest in a multi-year auto glass company buying spree. In 2023, Safelite acquired eight independent auto glass companies, … Continue reading

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Man Who Brought Car with Guns, Explosives to Auto Glass Pleads Guilty

A man — in whose bullet-ridden car Cascade Auto Glass workers found weapons and explosives — pleaded guilty on January 10 to illegally owning a machine gun. The Fife, Washington, auto glass shop called the police on October 4, 2023, … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Rates to Hit Nose Bleed Levels in 2024

Insurance industry analysts expect auto insurance rates to jump by 12.6% across the U.S. in 2024 due to rising repair costs and frequent severe weather. Last year, insurance rates increased 11.2%. The average cost of full coverage car insurance across … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Man Clocked Doing 70 mph with Snow on Windshield

An Iowa County, Wisconsin, deputy allegedly stopped a vehicle on January 10 going 70 mph on U.S. 18/151 with snow on its windshield Wednesday. The deputy stopped the driver and cleaned the driver’s windshield to ensure safe driving. Read more … Continue reading

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AGRR Call for New Products

We’re in the process of putting together the next issue of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine. If you make or sell products, tools, and equipment for the auto glass industry and have a new item you’d like to introduce, … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Key Media & Research, the parent company of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine and its e-newsletter GlassBYTEs, will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2024, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The GlassBYTEs newsletter will resume publishing … Continue reading

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Safelite Grabs Yet another Auto Glass Firm

Safelite® Group has acquired the auto glass assets of New Hampshire-based Thompson Auto Glass. The companies completed the deal on January 5. “We’re privileged to be trusted with carrying on Thompson Auto Glass’s great local reputation for quality work and … Continue reading

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Allstate Withdraws Commercial Coverage in 15 States

Allstate informed insurance regulators in 15 states of its plans to drop commercial coverage, including auto and other products such as inland marine and liability. The insurance company plans to pull out of Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, … Continue reading

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Zeiss Smart Glass Tech Could Place Transparent Camera Mid-Window

German optics firm Zeiss plans to show off its Multifunctional Smart Glass technology at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. The company’s technology can float “holographic” and augmented-reality content on a transparent surface for car head-up displays, … Continue reading

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The Weirdest Car Windows Ever Built

The race for innovation produced some wild window designs over the years. Jalopnik.com shows a dozen of them in this slideshow. See the slideshow here.

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One Died after Ricocheted Deer Hits Windshield

A Chevrolet Cavalier hit a deer, and the deer then hit a Nissan Maxima, where it entered through the vehicle’s windshield, killing a 23-year-old Jackson, Mississippi woman, who was a passenger in the Maxima. Read more here.

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Vandal Smashes 100 Car Windows in Vancouver

Police are investigating a vandalism spree that saw more than 100 car windows smashed in Vancouver, Canada. Read more here.

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Illinois Court Unseals Whistleblower Complaint against Safelite

An Illinois court on January 3 unsealed a whistleblower complaint filed against Safelite Group Inc., Safelite AutoGlass, and Safelite Solutions LLC, alleging widespread violations of the state’s insurance claims fraud prevention act. Brian Williams, a former Safelite AutoGlass product development … Continue reading

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New Year Brings New Start for Auto Glass Industry Veteran

The Japanese term Kaizen means change for the better or continuous improvement, and the start of a new year provides the perfect time to launch a business dedicated to that core concept. Shauna Davis formed Kaizen Glass Solutions to provide … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Company Buys Vacant Industrial Property in Connecticut

Payless Auto Glass in Hartford, Connecticut, on December 22, bought an industrial property for $1.1 million and plans to open a new auto glass shop at the location. John Wisniewski, owner of Payless Auto Glass, purchased the 7,000-square-foot industrial building … Continue reading

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Driver Avoids Disaster after Canoe Hits Windshield

A pickup truck driver on I-95 in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, avoided a serious wreck after a canoe fell off another vehicle and struck his windshield. Read more here.

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Police Seek Help Finding Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

Stamford, Connecticut, police are still on the lookout for the vehicle driver involved in a hit-and-run accident on November 21 that killed 74-year-old Marie Jean-Charles. The crash caused extensive damage to the 2003 Acura TL, which is currently in police … Continue reading

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Declaration of Conformance from Autel Validates AGSC Recalibration/Calibration Requirements

Autel has submitted a Declaration of Conformance to the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC). The AGSC requests all ADAS Recalibration/Calibration manufacturers submit a Declaration of Conformance. This is one of the audit deliverables needed by AGSC members that perform ADAS … Continue reading

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What a Year It Was

Here Are the Top Five GlassBYTEs headlines for 2023 1. Driven Brands Investigated by 3 Law Firms After Stock Plunges (August 8) Three law firms investigated potential securities fraud claims on behalf of Driven Brands shareholders following the company’s stock … Continue reading

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Driven Brands’s Eyes Bigger than Its Belly

It seems Driven Brand Holdings Inc.’s appetite for rapid growth, particularly in its auto glass segment, created a bad case of heartburn for a group of investors. They launched a class-action lawsuit against the Charlotte, N.C.-based company on December 22. … Continue reading

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It’s a Family Affair in Reno

For Chris Goltz and partner Sally Dallimore, the auto glass business represents a family affair with two generations of auto glass installers and a possible third waiting in the wings. The pair own Summit Auto Glass with shops in Reno, … Continue reading

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Collector Selling Rare 1963 Split-Window Corvettes

C2 Corvettes lost their iconic split-window treatment after just one year in production, which makes the 1963 cars relatively rare and expensive today. Just over 10,000 Corvette coupes were built with the two-piece rear sidelites and the simulated hood vents … Continue reading

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Seems Like a Waste of Good Booze

A car owner revealed a bizarre, boozy, but quite effective method of de-icing a car on freezing mornings. With 90,000 followers, the TikTok creator says he uses a “morning vodka” hack to de-ice his car. He claims the practice has … Continue reading

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Making the Jump from Customer to Shop Owner

Joe Kook transitioned from auto glass customer to shop owner in 2020 when he bought Tom’s Auto Glass Jim Gauthier installs a windshield at Tom’s Auto Glass in Chesterfield Township, Mich. in Chesterfield Township, Mich. Kook’s background includes 20-plus years at … Continue reading

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Another Insurance Industry Goliath Gets a Black Eye

Minneapolis, Minn.,-based Alpine Glass notched another win in its continuing battle against “short paying” auto insurance companies. Mike Reid, president of Alpine Glass, filed a complaint with the American Arbitration Association Minnesota No-Fault Tribunal against Progressive Insurance Co. over how … Continue reading

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Barry Atkins Honored for Extraordinary Service to Key Media & Research

Barry Atkins, account executive for Key Media & Research (KMR), the parent company of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine and the GlassBYTEs™ newsletter, received the company’s 2023 Extraordinary Service Award. The award is presented annually. It was named after … Continue reading

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Driven Brands Taps Harmon for Board of Directors

Driven Brands Holdings elected Damien Harmon to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2024. He will also serve as a member of the Compensation Committee. Company CEO and president Jonathan Fitzpatrick says Harmon’s “deep experience in competitive and evolving … Continue reading

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Belron Reprices Loans, Distributes a Dividend, and Receives BBB-

D’Ieteren announced on December 15 that it repriced two outstanding Term B loans (loans made by institutional investors), driven by improving capital market conditions and strong operational performance of the business. The company also says it distributed a $396 million … Continue reading

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Man Wanted After Smashing Windows, Breaking into Cars

New Port Richey, Fla., police are searching for a young man who was seen allegedly breaking 10 car windows in an apartment complex. Officers say the man used a window punch tool, pulled the glass outward, and crawled into the … Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Leads to Arrest for Felony Meth Possession

A 65-year-old Gillette, Wyo., man faces a felony drug possession charge after the Wyoming Highway Patrol stopped him for a cracked windshield on December 17. Officers charged the man with felony possession of methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor charge for … Continue reading

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LG Develops Transparent Antenna for Car Windshields

LG’s “film-type antenna” works either attached to glass or built into it. The transparent antenna supports 5G, Wi-Fi, and navigation using the Global Navigation Satellite System. Designed for compatibility with various types of glass and vehicle designs, LG says the … Continue reading

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Allstate Wins Double-Digit Rate Increases

Speaking to investors, Allstate CFO Jess Merten says the insurance company secured rate increase approval from California, New Jersey, and New York. “We recently received approval from Departments of Insurance in California, New York, and New Jersey for Allstate brand … Continue reading

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Stellantis and Valeo Launch Remanufactured Windshield Camera

European automaker Stellantis and auto parts supplier Valeo announced the launch of a windshield-mounted automotive video camera remanufactured at Valeo Circular Electronics Lab in Nevers, France. Read more here.

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English Only, Por Favor

The Colorado legislature passed a bill requiring insurance companies to provide detailed policy documents to consumers in the language in which they advertise. For example, if the company advertises in Spanish, it must also make the application and all policy-related … Continue reading

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Study: ADAS Adds More Than a Third to Repair Costs

The American Automobile Association (AAA) reports that advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) make up a third of the cost of automobile crash repair. “Consumers may not realize it, but the sensors that help ADAS ‘see’ the world around the vehicle … Continue reading

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Texas Man Strikes Pedestrian, Drives 38 Miles after Body Flew Through Windshield

A Texas man is in custody after allegedly striking a pedestrian, whose body flew through the windshield of the vehicle and into the passenger seat. The man then drove 38 miles to a Jack in the Box with the victim’s … Continue reading

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Scrooge Visits Auto Glass Now on the Brink of Christmas

According to auto glass industry sources, Auto Glass Now has laid off about 375 employees nationwide. Auto Glass Now owner Driven Brands remains silent about the job cuts, but an auto glass shop owner in Central Virginia who asked not … Continue reading

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Do Auto Glass Shops Bonus Their Employees at Christmas?

The majority of respondents to a GlassBYTEs survey of auto glass companies say they offer some form of year-end bonuses to employees. Of the companies responding to a research study by Key Media & Research, 92% give bonuses as cash, … Continue reading

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Car Insurance Spikes as Americans Struggle to Pay Bills

As American consumers deal with financial pressures caused by rising inflation, they face pressure from increasing costs for car insurance. The latest inflation data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report shows car insurance rising by 19.2% year-over-year as of … Continue reading

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Cybertruck Windshield Wiper Cost a Lot to Replace

A Cybertruck windshield wiper replacement may cost as little as $165 for the entire arm and blade assembly or $75 for just the wiper blade itself. According to Tesla’s parts catalog, the whole windshield costs $1,900, and sidelites run $225 … Continue reading

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Texas Man Shot Twice Through Windshield after Crashing Car into a House

The wife of an 80-year-old man who was shot after suffering a seizure and driving his car into a Seagoville, Texas, home says he’s lucky to be alive. He was hit at least twice by bullets that pierced his front … Continue reading

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Family Stunned after Object Came Through Windshield

A rivet smashed through the windshield of a Jacksonville, Fla., family’s car on December 9 as they traveled across Mathews Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla. Video here.

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Safelite Lassos Another One

Safelite Group announced on December 12 the acquisition of Waco, Texas-based Freddy’s Glass in a deal completed on December 8. “Freddy’s Glass has an incredible local reputation, and we’re honored to continue providing the stellar service their community has come … Continue reading

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PGW Auto Glass Debuts Two New Distribution Centers

PGW Auto Glass on December 11 opened new distribution centers in Phoenix, Ariz., and Scranton, Penn. The company says that the 130,000-square-foot location in Scranton and the 138,000-square-foot distribution center in Phoenix will improve inventory availability and proximity to key … Continue reading

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Backlites of Honda HR-V Vehicles ‘Randomly’ Shatter

Owners of the Honda HR-V subcompact SUV report the sudden shattering of their vehicles’ backlites. According to Pittsburgh, Penn., TV station KDKA, a Pittsburgh woman on December 11 was sitting in her car in the driveway when the backlite suddenly … Continue reading

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Allstate Set to Pull Out of California, N.Y., and N.J. Auto Insurance Markets

Allstate CEO Tom Wilson warned that the insurance company may drop auto insurance coverage in three major U.S. markets unless those states approve rate increases. “If we don’t get price increases this year, or approved this year, in those states, … Continue reading

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You Don’t See This Every Day

A road train (several connected tractor-trailers) jackknifed on December 12, sending a pool crashing into a car’s windshield on a Perth, Aus., highway. Video here.

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Insurance Industry Relationships Vital for Auto Glass Shops

Several Auto Glass Now (AGN) staff members spent the first week of November attending the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents’ “Big Event” conference, a gathering of 1,500 insurance companies, independent insurance agents, and allied trades. The trade show featured 300 … Continue reading

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Arrest Made in Connection with Auto Glass Shop Murders

Phoenix, Ariz., law enforcement on December 6 arrested Angelica M. Martinez, a 40-year-old female out of Twin Falls, Idaho, on alleged drug-related charges, as well as on two counts of aiding and abetting the December 1 murder of an auto … Continue reading

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Crash Avoidance Features Improve Safety but Complicate Repairs

Crash avoidance features provide proven safety benefits, but according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), some vehicle owners report problems with the technology following repairs. The IIHS surveyed owners of vehicles equipped with front crash … Continue reading

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Fix Network Canada Opens 3rd Auto Glass Training Center

Fix Network Canada opened its third training center in Calgary, Alb. The company launched its first training center in Milton, Ont., in 2019 and added another 6,000-square-foot center in Blainville, Que., in 2020. The company launched its first training center … Continue reading

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Will Your Grandchildren Need a Driver’s License?

Alex Roy, a former executive at Argo AI, an American autonomous driving technology company, says the advent of autonomous vehicles is inevitable. Soon, driverless cars won’t be the exception but the norm. He also argues that human driving will never … Continue reading

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Cybertruck Sports Huge Floppy Windshield Wiper

The single massive windshield wiper blade on Tesla’s Cybertruck, the end of which is made from a floppy, rubber-like material, may not be composed of multiple standard-issue wiper blades after all. Read more here.

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Tennessee Man Dead after Tire Crashes Through Windshield

A Knoxville, Tenn., driver died on December 7 after a tire detached from another car and crashed through his windshield, according to the Knoxville Police Department. Police say, “the tire went through the windshield” and hit the driver, who was … Continue reading

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Double Tragedy Strikes Idaho Auto Glass and Tint Shop

Two men died from a December 1 shooting at a Twin Falls, Idaho, auto glass and window tint shop. Police responded to an 8:19 p.m. 911 call of shots fired at The Tint Shop V in Twin Falls, Idaho, where … Continue reading

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State Farm Reaches a $1.35 Million Settlement with Kentucky AG

The Attorney General of Kentucky on November 29 announced a $1.35 million settlement with State Farm over inadequate disclosures to customers of uninsured and underinsured coverage through its insurance policies. “This settlement with State Farm provides us confidence in State … Continue reading

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Geico Granted Preliminary Approval of $5.1 Million Georgia Settlement

A federal judge in George on December 5 set the stage for the settlement of a $5.1 million class action between Geico and its policyholders. The suit arose over allegations that the insurer under-compensated owners of totaled vehicles by miscalculating … Continue reading

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Safelite Creates ‘Safelite Spot’

Safelite recently introduced the “Safelite Spot,” an interactive play space at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Ohio. Children can “drive” the Safelite van and hear the company’s jingle when they honk the horn, zoom cars across the … Continue reading

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Giant Windshield Could Lead to Gigantic Repair Bills

Tesla’s high-tech Cybertruck boasts many cool features, but the vehicle’s giant windshield, said to be the largest piece of glass in the auto industry, will cost a lot to replace. Also, the large windshield wiper doesn’t clear the whole windshield. … Continue reading

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Crowbar-Wielding Maniac Smashes Windows, Damages About 30 Cars

A man with a crowbar walked through a Koreatown neighborhood in Las Angeles, Calif., smashing the windows of about 30 parked cars. Video here.

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Florida Lawyers File 54,000 Auto Glass Lawsuits

Florida attorneys filed nearly 54,000 auto glass lawsuits in the first nine months of 2023, according to a report by the Florida Record. Tallahassee attorney Ashley Kalifeh attributed the increase to the language used to craft two legal reform bills … Continue reading

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New Wholesale Location To Open in Arizona

Nielsen & Moller Auto Glass Distributors will open a new wholesale location in Tempe, Ariz., next month “By establishing this new wholesale location, we aim to provide customers with convenient access to our comprehensive inventory, exceptional service, and competitive prices,” … Continue reading

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AirPro Approved for Ford Collision and Glass Certification Programs

Ford Motor Company has approved AirPro Diagnostics as a diagnostics and calibrations provider for complete and safe auto repairs. “This approval is yet another example of AirPro’s commitment to meeting OE approvals,” says AirPro Diagnostics president and COO Josh McFarlin. … Continue reading

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Former Safelite Executive Elected to La Salle University Board of Trustees

Former Safelite president and alumnus Thomas M. Feeney was one of three industry and business leaders elected to the La Salle University board of trustees. “It gives me great pleasure to welcome these three alumni members to La Salle University’s … Continue reading

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Suspension Spring Crashes through Windshield

A woman is in serious condition after a vehicle suspension spring crashed through her windshield in Weston, Mass. Read more here.

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Hidden Button on Car Hood Reveals Safety Feature

The Mercedes-Benz EQS 53 AMG has a hidden button on the driver’s side of the hood. On the car’s “4-Matic” logo, drivers can push a button that opens a small tunnel that allows access to the vehicle refill center the … Continue reading

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Windshield Smashed after Car Hits Traffic Light Lying in Road

A Fresno, Calif., woman received major damage to her truck after she crashed into a traffic light that was lying in the middle of the road on December 1 in Fresno. The road was very dark and the woman did … Continue reading

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What If You Started All Over? Goodbye Wyoming, Hello Florida

John Payne packed up his van and tools a year ago and made the 2,000-mile trek to sunny Florida. Working from his new home in the Sunshine State, the 39-year-old Auto Glass Safety Council-certified master technician and owner of Payne’s … Continue reading

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Technology to Combat Distracted Driving, Saving Lives and Money

Spend any time on the road, either as a commuter, professional truck or van driver, or just tooling around your neighborhood, and you’ll likely encounter drivers engrossed in their cell phones or digital devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration … Continue reading

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It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

The year-end holiday period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s remains one of the most dangerous times on U.S. roads and highways, with a spike in crashes that often result in serious injuries or death, according to the National Road Safety … Continue reading

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Automaker Demonstrates ‘Tesla Armor Glass’

At the November 30 unveiling of its Cybertruck prototype, Tesla attempted to show the strength of its “Tesla Armor Glass,” which the automaker claims can resist an impact from a steel ball. Designer Franz von Holzhausenz hurled a steel ball … Continue reading

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S.C. County Looks to Install Bulletproof Glass in Cop Cars

The Oconee County, S.C., council voted to install bulletproof glass on law enforcement vehicles in the wake of a deputy shooting. The county must buy more than 100 bulletproof windshields to protect all of the county’s law enforcement officers. The … Continue reading

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Man Shot at 7 Times through Windshield

Houston, Texas, police say a man is lucky to be alive after being shot at seven times during an alleged road rage incident. Video from the scene shows several bullet holes in the driver’s windshield. Read more here.

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Dog Critically Injured in Road Rage Incident

San Jose, Calif., police arrested a man involved in a violent road rage incident that severely injured a dog. On November 11, two men were out of their vehicle at a red light during a road rage incident with another … Continue reading

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Mygrant Glass Clarifies Windshield Refund Policy

Mygrant Glass sent a notice to auto glass customers outlining the mandatory steps to be taken before returning a windshield that could not be successfully recalibrated. According to a memo from William Stanfield, those steps are: • Pre-scan for DTCs … Continue reading

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Straightaway Tire & Auto Acquires Accurate Auto and Wayne’s Automotive

Straightaway Tire & Auto, on November 29, completed the acquisition of Accurate Auto & Tire Service and Wayne’s Automotive. Accurate Auto is a full-service auto repair facility serving the Maple Grove, Minn., market for more than 25 years. Wayne’s is … Continue reading

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Technology Is Reshaping Premiums Based on Individual Driver Behavior

Matthew Washer, head of retail specialty trading at Aviva, explained that motor products with connectivity now consider individual driver behaviors, moving away from reliance on conventional risk assessment factors such as vehicle type, age, and location. Read more here.

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Metal Pole Strikes Driver’s Windshield on Colorado Highway

A Denver, Colo., woman was lucky to escape injury or worse when a metal pole flew into the windshield of her car on the highway. Read more here.

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Man Banned from the Road for Driving with Frozen Windshield

A Scottish van driver was banned from the roads after getting behind the wheel with a frozen windshield and windows. Read more here.

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Golf Course Sparks Safety Concerns

When Sims Turner of Hahira, Georgia, was traveling with his 12-year-old child, the last thing he expected was his windshield exploding. But that is exactly what happened as he drove down a golf course. Read more here.

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State Farm to Waive Deductibles for Repair Again

On November 28, State Farm announced changes to its policies for comprehensive coverage of windshield repairs. Beginning December 1, the comprehensive coverage deductible will no longer apply for windshield repairs for all glass-only windshield damage for State Farm claims. State … Continue reading

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Hackers Target K&K Glass (Auto Glass Now)

K&K Glass (Auto Glass Now), on November 21, reported a data breach where an unauthorized party accessed the company’s IT network. The hack exposed sensitive consumer information, including names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, … Continue reading

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Electric Cars Revolutionize Mobility with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Electric cars with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are changing how car owners drive. From alerting the driver to potential dangers on the road to lending a hand in tricky parking situations, electric cars with ADAS are at the forefront … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Unsafe; It’s Illegal

With the arrival of the first snowfall of the season in the Kansas City area, law enforcement officials remind drivers that removing snow from all vehicle windows, not just the windshield, is not just a safe practice, but failure to … Continue reading

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Auto Thefts Rise Keeping Police and Auto Glass Shops Busy

Windsor, Ont., auto glass shops say they’ve seen a sharp increase in clients coming in for repairs as car thefts are soaring. The Windsor, Ont. police department received an additional $900,000 in funding to help combat auto theft. Read more … Continue reading

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A Will to Succeed Drives Utah Auto Glass Shop Owner

Working toward goals and working harder than anyone else provides the roadmap to success for one Utah-based auto glass franchise owner. This kind of dedication has allowed Greg Malone, franchise owner of Glass Doctor® Auto, to put his Midvale, Utah-based … Continue reading

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Forget about Porch Pirates; Look out for Windshield Barnacles

Municipal governments, businesses, colleges, and parking lot owners across the county began employing a new tool to target parking scofflaws, the Barnacle. A high-tech version of the crustacean that covers a ship’s hull, the Barnacle attaches to the windshield of … Continue reading

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Just What This Glassmaker Needs

Help wanted. Manufacturer Fuyao Glass America wants to find skilled workers fluent in Mandarin for its new 600,000-square-foot facility in Dayton, Ohio. The company announced the new plant last December 2022, and now it’s time to fill it. According to … Continue reading

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N.Y Governor Signs Auto Insurance Consumer Relief Act into Law

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Auto Insurance Consumer Relief Act into law, allowing insurance companies to waive pre-insurance photo inspections for private passenger vehicles. According to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.’s New York chapter … Continue reading

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What in the World Is Going on with the Insurance Agency?

“So, Geico laid off about 6% of their workforce, 2,000 people. Liberty Mutual just laid off about 2% of their workforce, 850 people. We’ve already talked about Farmers and their 11% layoff. What in the world is going on with … Continue reading

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U.K. Drivers Increase Deductibles or Switch to Third-Party Insurance to Cut Costs

In a desperate bid to cut costs, U.K. drivers by tens of thousands are increasing the deductible on their insurance policies or switching to third-party-only cover. A leading consumer advocate calls the behavior “deeply concerning.” They warn that reducing insurance … Continue reading

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Police Officer Injured When ‘Incendiary Object’ Explodes on Windshield

A Paterson, N.J., police officer was treated for injuries after a blast from an “incendiary object” shattered the vehicle’s windshield and did minor damage to the hood. Read more here.

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Good Samaritans Rush to Help People Trapped in Car after Crash

Good Samaritans rushed to the aid of a driver stuck inside her rolled-over vehicle in Doral, Fla., on November 19. Story here.

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The Future’s So Bright at This Company, They Gotta Wear Shades

Despite the general pessimism of many small businesses, the folks at Elk River, Minn.-based ABRA Auto Body & Glass remain optimistic about the future. “This year’s been very good,” says ABRA Auto Glass (AAG) manager Tony Shaw. “Things are finally … Continue reading

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Renault Reboots Twingo

Luca de Meo, Renault Group’s CEO, says that the new Twingo aspires to become a “game-changer” as a smaller, budget-friendly city car. The electric “supermini” features a windshield that matches the incline of the short hood, creating the signature single-box … Continue reading

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That’s One Pricey Windshield

The McLaren F1 costs tens of millions of dollars to buy. The chic supercar is also expensive to maintain. Replacement windshields run about $25,000, plus another $8,000 for the installation. Take a look at the car here.

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Genesis G1 Hybrid Offers Innovative Windshield Design

South Korean automaker Genesis’ G1 sports a cab-forward design with a windshield that stretches far forward, resulting in a very small hood but increasing the interior space. Read about it here.

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Business Optimism Falls

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported on November 17 that small business owners are not optimistic about the current economic environment. The group’s “Optimism Index” decreased by 0.1 points in October to 90.7, marking the 22nd month below … Continue reading

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Deer through Windshield Claims Man’s Life

An 18-year-old died, and another person was hospitalized on November 18 after a deer crashed through the windshield of a vehicle in Brown County, Wis. Read more here.  

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State Farm Issues New O&A Agreement—and It’s a Head Turner

State Farm, on November 15, notified national glass program members of changes to its Offer and Acceptance (O&A) agreement effective December 15. The Offer and Acceptance (O&A) agreement directs auto glass shops to confirm that the vehicle on dispatch matches … Continue reading

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A Lifetime in Auto Glass Highlights Technician Training

Stan Turner began his life-long career in the auto glass industry at the ripe old age of 12, handing tools to installers at a friend’s dad’s shop in Greenville, S.C. His brother Danny, who is 11 years older, worked at … Continue reading

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Apple Seeks Patent for AR Windshield

Apple wants drivers to take their eyes off cell phones and other digital distractions and stare at their auto windshields instead. The company recently filed a U.S. patent application for a “visual content overlay system” to create an augmented reality … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Dedicates Apprenticeship Week

The auto glass industry is no stranger to workforce shortages. Like many blue-collar trades, the industry struggles to find willing workers. As with the construction industry, which has monthly worker shortages of around 300,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of … Continue reading

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Swedish Automaker Makes Rear Sidelites Obsolete

Swedish-made Polestar 4 makes the rear sidelite and rearview mirror obsolete with its new crossover coupe that uses a camera setup instead, which the automaker says offers benefits beyond visibility. The car uses a roof-mounted camera system that projects its … Continue reading

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High Speed and Frosted Windshield Claim Life of 16-Year-Old Driver

A 16-year-old Pennsylvania driver died on November 13 after his car collided with a tractor-trailer. Witnesses to the crash say the car was traveling at high speed and had a heavily frosted windshield. Read more here.

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Arizona Police Officer Pulled Through Windshield after Crash

A Mesa, Ariz., police officer had to be pulled through the windshield of his patrol unit after being involved in a November 13 crash at East Baseline Road and North McQueen Road on Monday afternoon. Click here to read more. … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Future Bright for Boyd Group

Boyd Group Services president and CEO Timothy O’Day expressed confidence in the steady growth of the company’s auto glass segment during a November 10 third-quarter 2023 earnings call. “I’m pretty excited about our auto glass business and the opportunity that … Continue reading

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Software Glitch Causes Some Mercedes-Benz Sunroofs to Close

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall on November 1 for 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 models due to a software glitch that could cause the vehicle’s sunroof to close unexpectedly when the car is in “car wash … Continue reading

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Driven Brands Sees 12% 3rd Quarter Revenue Boost

Driven Brands Holdings Inc., on November 1, reported third-quarter 2023 revenue of $581.0 million, a 12% increase over prior-year earnings. System-wide sales rose 10% to $1.6 billion, driven by 6% same-store sales growth and 6% net store growth. The company … Continue reading

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D’leteren Group Approves Stock Buy-Back Plan

The Board of Directors of D’Ieteren Group on November 7 approved a share repurchase plan up to a maximum value of $108.588 million. The company decided based on its current cash position and growth potential. The plan aims to invest … Continue reading

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Alert Auto Glass Employees Saw Something, Said Something

Employees at a Washington State auto glass shop may have prevented crimes and violence when they brought what they saw in a customer’s car to the attention of local law enforcement officials. On October 4, Fife, Washington police arrested Brady … Continue reading

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Avoid Tailgating That Shiny New Mercedes; Its Sidelites May Fly Off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on November 3 issued a recall notice for seven 2024 Mercedes GLC 300 vehicles in the U.S. due to the chance of front, rear, and fixed sidelites coming loose. Citing an issue with … Continue reading

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It’s a Frog! Auto Glass Techs Design a New Tool

Tool designers at Frogitout.com came up with a simple, ergonomic tool for cutting auto glass during installations called “Glass Knuckles.” As the name implies, the tool resembles the brass knuckles tough guys use to increase their punching power in fights, … Continue reading

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Can Insurers Sue Glass Shops? Florida Supreme Court to Decide

A panel of judges in the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed the question of whether insurance companies may sue auto glass shops under Florida’s Motor Vehicle Repair Act up to the Florida Supreme Court. The case builds on … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Sea Glass

The ultimate sea glass isn’t blue-green. You won’t find it on the beach either but in the ocean. Luxury market publication Robb Report called a 143-foot catamaran, debuting at this year’s Monaco Boat Show, “one of 2023’s most polarizing launches.” … Continue reading

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Michigan Auto Glass Shop Sees Value as AGSC Member Company

After more than 40 years in the auto glass industry, taking care of their customers and maintaining a good reputation remains a priority for Lou and Rose Denning of Denning Auto Glass in Coldwater, Mich. Safety is at the top … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires California Company

With a nod to Cheryl Crow, Safelite® Group soaked up more than sun in California last week. On October 31, the company closed a deal to acquire the assets of California-based Absolute Auto Glass, Inc. With a location in Santa … Continue reading

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Chilly Temps Present Challenges for Auto Glass Installations

Jack Frost’s visit this week in many areas of the U.S. provides a good reminder of the unique challenges auto glass installers face when temperatures drop below freezing. On November 1, the first snow of the season frosted the Rocky … Continue reading

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Fourth Time is the Charm for James Chapman

James Chapman, an Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC)-certified master technician at Richardson Glass Service in Newark, Ohio, won the gold medal in the Auto Glass Technician Competition at Auto Glass Week at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach last … Continue reading

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Lewiston Auto Glass Shop Expresses Condolences

Portland Glass of Lewiston, Maine, bore the effects of the mass shooting in that city last week. The company closed its shop while the area was on lockdown in the aftermath of the October 27 mass shooting that claimed the … Continue reading

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Hearing Held on Massachusetts Auto Glass Safety Bill

The Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Transportation held a hearing on Oct. 17 in Boston to receive industry comment on a bill creating auto glass replacement standards. “The bill provides a road map for auto glass replacement safety,” said Peter Brown, … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Claims Inflation Outpaces U.S. Consumer Price Index Inflation

Insurance claims inflation rose faster than the underlying consumer price index (CPI), greatly exceeding the rate of auto insurance premiums, according to a study released July 21, 2023, by the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). The study, “Auto Insurance: … Continue reading

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Ford Developing Sun Visor That Can Break Glass

Ford Global Technologies now holds the patent for a sun visor that gives vehicle occupants an option for breaking glass in case of an emergency. The initial application for a sun visor with an incorporated impact point was filed in … Continue reading

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Antitrust Raids Target Companies Accused of Anti-Competitive Behavior

Several European companies associated with auto glass replacement, specialty chemicals and construction were the target of unannounced antitrust raids by the European Commission and other investigative bodies. The Commission initiated the investigations following what it says were suspicions of anti-competitive … Continue reading

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Texas Police Agencies Installing Bullet-Resistant Glass in Patrol Vehicles

The threat of violence is constant each time a police officer dons their uniform and steps out on patrol. That’s why safety is of utmost importance for officers, who are required to wear bullet-resistant vests and carry weapons for protection. … Continue reading

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AirPro Says Its Mobile Recalibration Device Meets NHTSA Standards

AirPro Diagnostics says its Auggie mobile static recalibration device has been independently tested to meet the requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). AirPro officials say FT Techno of America, an independent vehicle evaluation company, performed test scenarios … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires Intermountain Auto Glass

Safelite® Group, owner of Safelite AutoGlass®, has purchased the assets of Idaho-based Intermountain Auto Glass. The transaction closed on Friday, October 6. “On behalf of our associates across the country, we welcome new team members with enthusiasm as they join … Continue reading

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European Court of Justice Defends ‘Fair and Level Playing Field’ in the Automotive Aftermarket

In a decision that may have implications for Right to Repair and data access laws here in the U.S., the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that independent repair shops should be allowed access to essential car data. Aftermarket … Continue reading

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Fix Network Global Conference Dives into AI, Right to Repair Initiative

The Fix Network Global Conference, which includes Novus Glass and SRP, is underway in Orlando. The event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Garden and features various presentations, activities and social events. It runs through Saturday, Oct. 7, … Continue reading

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Fix Network Partners with Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake

The Fix Network has partnered with Alfa Romeo Formula One (F1) Team Stake, enabling both brands to pursue new development and growth opportunities. Fix Network provides collision, glass and mechanical repair services for the aftermarket sector. It operates various brands, … Continue reading

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Safelite Group Acquires Multi-Location Firm

Safelite Group has acquired the assets of Colorado-based Sun Auto Glass. The transaction was completed on Friday, September 29. This is Safelite’s fifth acquisition in 2023. “It’s an exciting time in our business as we continue to expand our reach … Continue reading

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State Farm Moves to Dismiss Steering Lawsuit

State Farm, a defendant in a lawsuit before the U.S. District Court of Maryland, filed a motion last week to dismiss Total Recon Auto Center’s (Total Recon) complaint against it. Total Recon, a collision center in Rockville, Md., provides services … Continue reading

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Meet the Winners of the 2023 AGW Competitions

Auto Glass Week™ 2023 wrapped up last week in Virginia Beach, Va., where competitions were once again a big part of the event. We spoke to the winners of the repair, customer service, calibration and replacement competitions about their experiences … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ Sessions Deep Dive into Calibration Growth, Trends and Challenges

Calibration was a big discussion topic during Auto Glass Week (AGW) 2023. The event took place Sept. 19-21 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va., bringing together installers, technicians, suppliers and many others. Educational sessions covered a … Continue reading

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Another Look at Auto Glass Week 2023

From the seminars and education to the products, the expo and the competitions, there was something for everyone at Auto Glass Week 2023. Take a look at today’s newscast for a look back at this year’s event. Watch video on … Continue reading

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Meet the 2023 Auto Glass Week™ Competition Winners

The winners of the Auto Glass Technician Competition, Windshield Repair Competition, Customer Service Competition and Calibration Competition were announced Friday night at Auto Glass Week™ 2023 in Virginia Beach, Va. Congratulations to all the winners. 2023 XYG Auto Glass Technician … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Week™ 2023 Competition Finalists Announced

The finalists for Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2023 have been announced. Stay tuned for a full list of the winners on Friday. Be sure to visit the glassBYTEs website for additional coverage of AGW. We will continue to feature the … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Auto Glass Week 2023

The 12th annual Auto Glass Week opens tomorrow in Virginia Beach, Va. Get ready for products, education, competitions and more.

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GM Files Patent For Lighting System Embedded in Vehicle Windows

GM’s patent application for a “Lighting System Laminated into Glasses using MicroLEDs and Lens” was published this month. The US Patent Application Publication issued on September 7, 2023, included US 2023/0280522 A1, by applicant GM Global Technology Operations. The company … Continue reading

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Belron Canada Introduces New Guidewire Marketplace App to Automate Auto Glass Claims

Guidewire and Belron Canada recently announced that Belron Canada’s new Ready for Guidewire validated accelerator is now available to claim center users in the Guidewire Marketplace. Belron Canada has more than 325 service centers, two distribution centers, 27 warehouses, and … Continue reading

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Farmington Hills’ KSI Kitchen & Bath Acquires Henderson Glass in Rochester Hills

KSI Kitchen & Bath, a kitchen and bath design firm in Farmington Hills, has acquired Henderson Glass, and its flat glass business from Safelite Auto Glass. “KSI’s investment will allow us to focus on growing our flat glass business, from … Continue reading

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Tesla Cybertruck Spotted After Crash Testing: Smashed Windows, Bent Roof

Getting back to this particular crashed Cybertruck, the video (and screenshots) show how the top of the roof bent after the impact, how the airbags deployed, and what windows and trim elements were affected. Read the article at InsideEvs.com

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Driver Who Killed Pedestrian Drove with Dirty Windscreen ‘Out of Sheer Laziness,’ Court Told

Ciaran Lee Wootton (26) from Main Street, Newtownstewart in County Tyrone, Ireland, struck and killed Elaine McGarrity (54) in December 2021. Emergency service personnel at the scene remarked on the state of the windscreen driven by Wootton, who later insisted … Continue reading

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Calendar, Size of Safelite Insurance Fraud Case Changes

Several developments have occurred in the case by Plaintiff Brian Williams and the people of California alleging insurance fraud against Safelite Group Inc. (SGI), Safelite Fulfillment Inc. (SFI), and Safelite Solutions Inc. (SSI). The suit, which Williams filed late last … Continue reading

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Ford SUVs Under Investigation For Front Doors That Allegedly Open While Driving

Ford is under investigation by U.S. auto safety regulators over complaints that the front doors of some Ford Escape vehicles will inadvertently open while driving, according to a filing Tuesday— the latest probe into the model following an investigation that … Continue reading

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Windshield Integrates Thermal Camera to Improve Nighttime Safety

Lynred and Saint-Gobain Sekurit have launched the world’s first windshield that incorporates both visible and thermal cameras side-by-side.

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Drivers Still Frustrated After More Chipped Windshields on I-80 Near Roseville

This isn’t the first time drivers have dealt with rocks along the stretch of the freeway after loose gravel plagued drivers earlier this year.

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Watch a Whirling Office Chair Smash into Car’s Windshield on Utah Interstate

A lunchtime ride in the family car on Interstate 15 in Utah to pick up tacos was abruptly interrupted Saturday when a whirling metal chair part crashed into the car’s windshield.

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Software Helps Auto Glass Companies Get Paid Faster

As Baby Boomers plan their exits from the auto glass industry, the younger generations are stepping into their place and leaning on technology to power their shops. That reality is driving Mark Haeck, vice president of business development for Mainstreet … Continue reading

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Autoglass Opens Solar-Powered Location

Autoglass, owned by Belgium-based Belron, has opened a new drive-in location in the Lakeside Village shopping center in Doncaster, U.K. The unit is entirely powered by solar energy. Read more at the Doncaster Free Press.

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Are You Committing Insurance Fraud Without Realizing It?

What legal authorities may consider outright insurance fraud, far too many Americans consider simply being clever with their insurance claims to save a bit of money. A new survey from ValuePenguin reveals that a surprising number of Americans try to … Continue reading

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Why the Inside of Your Windshield Is Always Dirty

If it seems like the inside of your windshield is always dirty, even after repeated cleanings, you’re not insane. There’s a reason for that constant film inside your car windows, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about … Continue reading

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Young Man Punches Through Car Window to Save Child Locked in Hot Car

Alex Torres, an 18-year-old from Naugatuck, Conn., is being called a hero after spotting a child locked in a hot car, putting his arm through the window and setting the child free. He then left for the hospital where he … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics Debuts Mobile Recalibration Device in U.K.

AirPro Diagnostics has introduced its Auggie mobile static recalibration device in the U.K. On Sept. 4, auto glass companies participated in a day of classroom training at Eyebox in Coventry, U.K., and then spent the remainder of the week in … Continue reading

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Tesla Model Y Glass Roof Proves Its Strength After Wall Collapses on It

Despite many thinking that the Tesla Model Y’s glass roof is one of its weak points, it is actually extremely strong, as evidenced by a recent accident in China where a wall collapsed onto it. Read more at Drive Tesla … Continue reading

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Viral Video Shows Man Opening Car Window with Plunger: ‘Bro Just Taught Me How to Rob a Car’

A bizarre but easy life hack showing viewers how to get into a locked car by way of a plunger has divided commenters on TikTok, with many expressing concern it will give car thieves quick and quiet access to steal … Continue reading

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Midwest ADAS Opens in Indiana

Midwest ADAS, co-owned by brothers Andy Tylka and Geoff Beckett, recently opened in Merrillville, Ind. The business is a new licensee of Car ADAS Solutions, a Salt Lake City-based provider of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) calibration technology and services. Midwest … Continue reading

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Insurers Must Offer ‘No Deductible’ Glass Option in Arizona

Arizona state law says that under comprehensive coverage, insurers must offer customers “complete coverage for the repair or replacement of all damaged safety equipment without regard to any deductible.” That includes windshields. Read more at ABC 15.

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Shard of Metal Pierces Windshield, Missing Driver’s Face by Inches

A motorist narrowly escaped injury Tuesday when a piece of metal crashed into her windshield and came within inches of her face, police said. The 21-year-old motorist from New Hampshire was following a vehicle that ran over metal debris on … Continue reading

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Body Shop Employee Hits Two with Car, Flees Scene

A body shop employee struck two people with his car at his workplace last Friday, then fled the scene, according to police. The incident began when one of the victims accused the employee of stealing items from the business. Read … Continue reading

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How Auto Glass Companies Can Reduce Risk in Recalibration

This article was written by Scott Sowers and originally appeared in the July/August issue of AGRR magazine. To read the full issue, click here. indshield camera calibration continues to challenge the automotive glass industry, affecting technicians, shop owners, diagnostic tool … Continue reading

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Lack of Windshield Recalibration Creates Potential Risk for Drivers: Study

Hundreds of thousands of cars on U.K. roads could be at risk from not having had their windscreen recalibrated, with insurers often declining to check the status of this procedure at policy inception. This was according to James MacBeth, managing … Continue reading

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King Auto Glass Expands into Larger Building

King Auto Glass in Topeka, Kan., has expanded and is ready to take on more work. The company held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Aug. 30 to commemorate the opening of a larger building. Read more at WIBW.

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Huge Bison Barrels into Yellowstone Tourists’ Car, Smashing Windshield

A family visiting Yellowstone National Park had a shock recently when their car became caught in the middle of a bison stampede–and one animal ran right into the windshield, smashing it. Read more at Yahoo.

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Apple Seeking Patent for Augmented-Reality Windshield

Apple has filed a patent for a windshield with augmented-reality capabilities that would feature a variety of sensors to collect information about the surrounding environment. This could include visible light cameras, various types of infrared cameras, and ultrasonic and light-based … Continue reading

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Farmers Insurance Lays Off 11% of Workforce

Farmers Insurance said Monday it will lay off 11% of its workforce—about 2,400 employees—as part of a corporate restructuring aimed at increasing its efficiency and long-term profitability. The California-based insurer said the job cuts will impact all lines of its … Continue reading

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Acura RDX Owners File Lawsuit Alleging Spontaneous Shattering of Rear Windshield

Acura and its parent company Honda are being sued by American owners of the Acura RDX over a flaw that could allegedly cause the glass in the tailgate window to shatter spontaneously, and without warning. The plaintiffs allege that a … Continue reading

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New Electric Dodge Charger Will Get an Optional Glass Roof

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept provided a glimpse of a sleek two-door electric muscle car. A panoramic glass roof adds to the allure and should be welcoming ambiance for rear-seat occupants, who have complained about the view from … Continue reading

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Shaun White, Auto Glass Week’s Keynote Speaker, Talks Post-Olympic Life and His New Max Documentary

Auto Glass Week keynote speaker Shaun White appeared on a podcast with Casey Flores, editor of Window Film magazine, to preview his speech at the Sept. 20-22 event in Virginia Beach, Va. In the podcast, White discusses his Olympic career, … Continue reading

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How a Spanish Carmaker Once Brilliantly Integrated Door Handles into Side Windows

There are lots of important things to know about Spanish carmaker SEAT, including the second-gen SEAT Leon’s amazing rear-door handles, which were partially integrated into the rear side-window glass. Read more at The Autopian.

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U.S. New Vehicle Sales Up 15.4% in August: J.D. Power

J.D. Power and GlobalData said last week that total new-vehicle sales in the U.S. will reach 1,354,600 units in August, a 15.4% year-over-year increase. However, dealer profits per vehicle will decline to $3,534, a 26.4% decrease compared with the same … Continue reading

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Safelite Sued for Insurance Fraud in California

The New Year probably didn’t start the way Safelite officials expected. On Jan. 5, Safelite Group Inc., Safelite AutoGlass (SAG) and Safelite Solutions LLC (SSL) were sued for insurance fraud by a former employee for himself and on behalf of … Continue reading

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U.S. Regulators Approve Massachusetts Right-to-Repair Law

U.S auto safety regulators said automakers can comply with a Massachusetts law requiring them to share vehicle data with independent repair shops, reversing course after previously objecting that it could make vehicles vulnerable to hacking. Read more at Reuters.

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7th Hotel Added for Auto Glass Week™ 2023

The hotel block for Auto Glass Week™ is expanding once again. Organizers have added a seventh official hotel, the MOXY Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Rates are $159 to $199 a night (depending on the view) plus tax and include free Wi-Fi. … Continue reading

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These Are the 10 Best and Worst States to Drive In

Factors like traffic, transportation costs, safety, road infrastructure and weather can differ significantly depending on what state you live in and affect how pleasant (or unpleasant) it is to drive there. MoneyGeek analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration, National … Continue reading

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Magic Erasers Are the Secret to Cleaning Car Windows–with One Exception

Plain ol’ water definitely won’t cut it if you’re looking to rid your car windows of grime and stubborn substances. You could take it to the car wash, but there may be a more economical solution available at your local … Continue reading

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Toddler’s Neck Gets Stuck as Mother Accidentally Rolls Up Car Window

In a viral clip that has amassed 4.8 million views, a mother is seen accidentally putting her child’s life at risk. Surveillance footage shows her baby in the backseat and sticking its head out of the window. The mother is … Continue reading

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8 Auto Glass Companies Weigh a Potential Recession and What to Do About It

ome say it’s coming, some say it’s not, others say it’s already here. Talk of an economic recession is pervasive in the media, and for business owners who lived through the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, chatter of another downturn … Continue reading

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Mitchell Automates Scan and Calibration Detection in Estimating Workflow

Mitchell has introduced a feature in Mitchell Cloud Estimating that automatically detects a completed scan or calibration and gives users the ability to add it as a line on the collision-damage appraisal. According to the San Diego-based company, this feature … Continue reading

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CalPro ADAS Solutions and Collabtic Form Partnership

CalPro ADAS Solutions and Fieldpulse, parent company of software maker Collabtic, have announced an agreement that calls for CalPro’s ADAS IdentiScan product to run on Collabtic’s workflow platform. Wayzata, Minn.-based CalPro says its patented ADAS IdentiScan is the first technology … Continue reading

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GEICO Employees Report ‘Mass’ Layoffs

Insurance company GEICO has undergone another tranche of layoffs, employees have reported on social media. Affected individuals appear to have come from a range of departments, including marketing, customer support, the special investigations unit and IT. Read more at Insurance Business.

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5-Foot Spear Thrown Through Driver’s Windshield

A Texas woman said she is shaken after a 5-foot spear crashed through her windshield while she was driving, narrowly missing her. She called 911 after realizing the spear had broken through the glass and lodged in the steering column, … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Now Opens New Location in New Jersey

Auto Glass Now celebrated the opening of a new location in Union, N.J., last week. The location is one of many that has recently opened in New Jersey and the greater Northeast area. Read more at TapintoUnion.

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This Hidden Car Window Function in New Vehicles Can Prevent Serious Injuries

A popular TikTok user has explained that many cars come with a secret function that can help prevent drivers from getting their fingers trapped in the windows. The function described by @chequanxiaoqiao uses sensors to detect whether an obstacle is … Continue reading

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New Law Causing Confusion Over Insurance Costs

As of August 1, a New York law will automatically enroll state residents in additional coverage that they may not need. However, opting out is possible. “But they have to do it in writing,” says David Kirst, senior insurance specialist … Continue reading

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Illinois State Senator Knocks Out Windshield to Rescue Overturned Trucker

When a semi-truck overturned in Chicago last week, Illinois state Sen. Willie Preston was on hand to rescue the driver from the wrecked vehicle by using a tool to break out the truck’s windshield. Read more at CDL Life.

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Remember This Parking Rule When You Have a Cracked Windshield

In the summer, severe temperature spikes could make windshield glass more fragile or susceptible to cracking. Additionally, continuous exposure to rain, snow, or direct sunlight can make small cracks more prominent and noticeable. Read more at SlashGear.

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Sisecam to Develop Glass Specifically for Electric Vehicles

Sisecam, a Tuzla, Turkey-based glass producer, announced it will develop glass specifically for electric vehicles as part of an automotive sustainability project that has received extra financial backing. As a participant in the ZEvRA (Zero Emission Electric Vehicles Enabled by … Continue reading

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30 Days Until Auto Glass Week™ 2023! Will We See You There?

With only 30 days until Auto Glass Week™ 2023, are you on track to attend? Taking place Sept. 20-22 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, this can’t-miss event is right around the corner. Here are the things you need to … Continue reading

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ADAS Tech Could Save 250,000 Lives in the U.S. Over the Next 30 Years

New data from AAA finds that advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) could save hundreds of thousands of lives over the coming 30 years. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently published the findings from a study examining the potential benefits of … Continue reading

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Brazen San Francisco Burglars Break into Line of Cars One After the Other in Broad Daylight

Completely unbothered by bystanders, the Lexus-driving criminals went along a line of cars near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Warf smashing windows and pillaging the contents before moving onto the next. “It’s called ‘bipping and boosting,’” San Francisco Police Lt. Tracy McCray … Continue reading

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These Are the 10 States with America’s Worst Infrastructure

Each year, CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business” study rates every state’s infrastructure. As the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law passed in November 2021 comes into play, there are some states that didn’t need the help so desperately. That is not … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Auto Insurers Are Leaving California and Florida

Facing various pressures that are driving up the costs of doing business, auto insurers are raising their rates, and in select parts of the country, some have resigned themselves to not doing any business whatsoever. The latter scenario was exemplified … Continue reading

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Maserati Recalls MC20 Cielo Over Faulty Windshield Attachments

Maserati wants its dealers to take a closer look at 59 MC20 Cielo examples. It believes that approximately 8% of the drop-top supercars are missing sealant that retains a stud connecting the windshield frame to the body. Those with the … Continue reading

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Tesla Sunroof Utterly Destroyed by Falling Bird

A Canadian family was having dinner when a dead bird fell from the sky and hit the roof of their Tesla. Despite being designed to withstand the weight of an elephant, as Tesla brags, the bird caused it to break, … Continue reading

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These Vehicles Are Dead for 2024

The Dodge Charger and Challenger—in all their trims—leave us this year. So do the Chrysler 300, Audi R8 and Kia Stinger. These are just a handful of the vehicles that bid adieu following the 2023 model year. Read more at … Continue reading

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Sales Climb for Boyd, NSG and Sisecam

Boyd Group Services, Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG) Group and Sisecam all turned in higher sales as part of recently released earnings. Here are the highlights of those financial reports: Boyd Group Services Second quarter sales increased by 22.9% from the … Continue reading

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Firefighters Free Man’s Hand After It Gets Caught in Window Wiper Mechanism

Firefighters saved an unlucky motorist’s hand after it became trapped in a sports car. Images published by the fire station show the man lying on the driver’s seat with his arm under the dashboard. Read more at the Daily Echo.

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What Is Euro NCAP? 2023 Safety Updates, Star Ratings and Crash Test Scores Explained

NCAP, the independent body behind new car crash safety scores, is introducing even stricter rules. The latest 2023 updates demand sensors which will call the police if drivers have mistakenly left their kids in the car. There’s also a requirement … Continue reading

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Michigan Eyes Miles-Traveled Charge for Roads as EVs Cut into Fuel Tax

Michigan officials are exploring whether to replace gas taxes with “usage charges” as the auto industry’s shift to electric vehicles is expected to cut into tax revenues for road repairs. The state plans to spend more than $5 million to … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Pros Are Skeptical of Insurers’ Use of AI

Many industries are reaping efficiencies from artificial intelligence (AI), and while the technology also holds promise for auto glass companies, it’s currently being met with skepticism from glass company owners who are pushing back against its use by auto insurers. … Continue reading

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New Hotel Added for Auto Glass Week™ 2023

All the hotels in the original group for Auto Glass Week™ are now sold out. Organizers have expanded the block and added a new official hotel, the Springhill Suites Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Rates are $179 a night plus tax and … Continue reading

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New Law Enrolls Every NY Driver in Pricier Auto Insurance Coverage–Half Will Get No Benefit

Because of a new state law, every driver in New York is poised to be automatically enrolled in expanded, more expensive auto insurance coverage. That includes millions of unmarried motorists who would derive no benefit from the extra coverage, which … Continue reading

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New EV Concept Replaces Side Mirrors with 180-Degree Cameras

Opel’s latest electric vehicle model called the “Experimental” showcases a few notable design features, including a special aerodynamic design, a spacious and well-lit interior with lightweight seating, a foldable steering wheel, and a modern display for essential information. Additionally, the … Continue reading

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Two Women Injured in Collision Due to Faulty Windshield Wipers

Following a vehicle/pedestrian collision in the Canadian town of Regina, Saskatchewan, a police investigation determined a 20-year-old man was driving in the rain without functioning windshield wipers. It is believed he drove through a red light and hit the two … Continue reading

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How to Locate the Correct Ford OEM Replacement Glass

To properly repair Ford and Lincoln vehicles and ensure all their components are working as intended, it is important that the correct OEM glass components are utilized. Carlex provides a search feature that can quickly identify the correct replacement glass … Continue reading

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Severity of EV Repairable Claims Jumps by $963: Report

The average claims severity in the U.S. for all electric vehicles increased $963 over the prior year, while that number jumps to $1,328 in Canada. Looking at Tesla models only, those figures rise to $1,589 and $1,600, respectively. These are … Continue reading

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Autel Releases 2023 ADAS Calibration Coverage

Autel has released its 2023 ADAS calibration coverage, adding what the company says is a “first-in-the-industry” DTC analysis feature that provides causes and solutions for ADAS sensors and components faults. Available to all MaxiSYS tablet owners, MS906 Pro and higher, … Continue reading

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Nine New Sponsors Join Auto Glass Week™

The sponsorship list has expanded with nine new companies participating in Auto Glass Week™ at various levels, including: Silver: VITRO Bronze: Shanxi Lihu Glass Group Co., Ltd. Cobalt: Glass Tint Software Collision Hub Fuyao North America Spray-X Opus IVS American … Continue reading

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Autoglass Slashes Incident Rate for In-House Van Fleet by 40%

The reduction was achieved between 2018 and 2022 through the introduction of advanced drive assistance systems (ADAS) into its vehicles and the widespread use of telematics to track driver behavior. The vehicle glass repair and replacement business runs a fleet … Continue reading

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Jaguar Recalls Electric SUV for Windshield Defroster

Jaguar Land Rover has recalled 36 examples of the 2020-2022 I-Pace electric SUV to fix a problem with the windscreen defroster. “Due to a manufacturing defect, the high voltage coolant heater (HVCH) may not operate as intended. If this occurs, … Continue reading

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Truck Totaled During Florida Storm After Lightning ‘Blew the Windshield Out’

A truck was totaled when a lightning bolt punched through the windshield. The homeowner was safe inside his Florida home during a severe thunderstorm on July 31. He heard a loud boom in his driveway and saw his truck on … Continue reading

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US Economy Still Needs ‘Multiple’ Rate Hikes, Says Top Fed Official

A senior official at the Federal Reserve is pushing back against growing hopes on Wall Street that the central bank could be nearly done raising interest rates. “We have made progress in lowering inflation over the past year, but inflation … Continue reading

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Fisker’s New SUV Showcases Giant Windshield

Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker recently introduced the products that are part of the company’s second chapter. The Pear showcases neat design elements including a giant windshield, the concave hatch glass attached at the top to the spoiler, a flash glass … Continue reading

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Part of Michigan’s Auto Reform Bill Ruled Unconstitutional

Part of the 2019 Auto Reform Bill has been ruled unconstitutional by Michigan’s Supreme Court, but what does that mean for drivers across the state? The auto insurance repeal that’s been in the spotlight over the past four years reduced … Continue reading

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‘Everyone Needs One for Emergencies’: Grab This 7-in-1 Safety Tool for Just $35

This tool combines nearly everything you might need when facing an emergency on a road trip. The window breaker is designed to easily shatter a car window in the event of a crash or accident that prevents you from opening … Continue reading

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Former Auto Glass Employee Charged with Embezzling $1.3 Million

A former employee has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $1.3 million from Allstate Glass in Holbrook, Mass. According to the Holbrook Police Department, Ashley Sumner, 36, was charged with larceny over $1,200 (felony); improper use of a … Continue reading

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Claim Stacking Is Allowed Unless Auto Insurance Policy Forbids It, AZ Supreme Court Rules

Last week, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that if insurance companies don’t want policyholders to stack uninsured-motorist claims, they have to put it in writing. The case involved a class-action lawsuit first brought by a woman who sought to draw … Continue reading

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Guy Pretends He’s Legally Blind to Avoid Getting Tickets for Car Tints

TikToker @pbshiesty went viral for documenting the lengths he went to in order to obtain legal window tints. In the video, he appears to be at a doctor’s office, smirking at the camera as a text overlay above his head … Continue reading

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Why You Should Check Around the Windshield for Defects Before and After Having It Replaced

Before heading in for a glass replacement, examine the roof and A-pillars of the vehicle. Note any defects in paint at that time. After the windshield is replaced, closely examine the same area. If the paint is scratched or damaged, … Continue reading

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Glass Flooring Installed in Toyota Innova Hycross

DC2 (formerly DC2 Designs) has added an entire lounge to the rear of the already comfortable Innova Hycross and has also installed glass flooring along with other luxury goodies in this MPV. Once the rear doors are opened, the most … Continue reading

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Man Allegedly Smashed Windshields with Bat in Traffic Dispute, Injuring Toddler

A Massachusetts man is charged with backing into a vehicle and then smashing its front and rear windshields, injuring a 1-year-old inside, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden. Boston EMS examined the child and the scene and later … Continue reading

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O’Reilly Auto Parts to Open 180-190 New Stores This Year

O’Reilly Automotive Inc. said it plans to open 180-190 stores this year. The automotive aftermarket retailer also announced it had record revenue and earnings for its second quarter ended June 30. Read more at VMSD.

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New Canadian Glass Shop Off to a Fast Start

Founded by two experienced tradespeople in the glass industry, Elkridge Glass is striving to help customers meet their glass needs, no matter the size. Things are looking up for the new shop, as local support has been phenomenal. “We’re looking … Continue reading

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What Happens When a Salesperson Doesn’t Disclose the Accident History of a Used Car?

When a dealership incorrectly replaced a windshield, the customer was invited to return the car to have the problem sorted out. Read more at MSN.

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Two Former Employees Charged with Embezzling $217,000 from Body Shop

Police say the two workers quit earlier this year after a dispute with the owner. After they quit, the owner reportedly discovered that the two had written and cashed 216 checks to themselves. Read more at The Mercury News.

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Watch: Canada Large Hail Cracks Car Windshield as Storm Hits Parts of Canada

Footage shared online showed a car’s windshield cracked by the hail in Ottawa. Watch the video at Sky News.

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Florida Homeowner Frustrated with FAA after Plane’s Windshield Lands in His Yard

People who live near the Ormond Beach Airport say they are used to noise, but after an airplane’s falling debris crashed onto their property, they are now demanding answers. When Bob Blankenship realized the pieces of metal and fiberglass were … Continue reading

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Auto Insurers Facing Their Worst Crisis in ’30 Years at Least’

Auto glass companies are happy to see that American drivers are back to their pre-pandemic driving routines, but there’s a flip side to the newly logged mileage: higher auto insurance premiums. Busier roadways mean more accidents, litigation and medical costs, … Continue reading

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50 Days Until Auto Glass Week™ 2023! Are You Ready?

With only 50 days until Auto Glass Week™ 2023, are you on track to attend? Taking place Sept. 20-22 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, this can’t-miss event is right around the corner. Here are the things you need to … Continue reading

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ASA Names Board of Directors for 2023

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced changes to its board of directors following its annual meeting on July 17 at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites in Indianapolis, Ind. “As I look at our new leadership, I believe we have … Continue reading

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Serial Thief of Sideview Mirrors Arrested

The Arlington County Police Department’s Property Crimes – Auto Unit is announcing the arrest of the suspect in a series of thefts of vehicle parts. Luis Manuel Tavares Sanchez, 37, of Arlington, VA is charged with nine counts of Petit … Continue reading

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Watch: How Is Vehicle Glass Evolving?

Last month, we asked Robert Prange, SVP of automation at Glaston, about some of the trends and changes in the industry.

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Campfield vs. Safelite: Appeals Court Searches for Damages

The Sixth Circuit Appeals Court on Wednesday reviewed a 2021 district court ruling against Richard Campfield, owner and president of Ultra Bond, who sued Safelite Group alleging the company had engaged in false advertising that hurt his business. A panel … Continue reading

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6 Reasons Why Car Repair Costs Are Up Over 20% This Year

Motor vehicle repair prices have increased about 20% in the past year, according to the June 2023 consumer price index. There are many reasons for the trend, including long-term and pandemic-era dynamics. Among them are better technology, higher labor costs, … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Advanced Safety Systems

With electric vehicles on the rise, the technology of safety seems to be utilizing the potential of autonomous technology to the maximum, using their electric motors to natively react to changing road conditions and external threats. According to a safety … Continue reading

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Game on, Tesla: Major Automakers Unite to Build EV Charging Network

General Motors, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Stellantis are joining forces in a project that will nearly double the number of fast-charging plugs in the U.S. and Canada. The dramatic move is intended to speed the adoption of electric … Continue reading

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How Your Windshield Contributes to Ensuring Your Safety on the Road

The modern vehicle windshield serves as more than just a transparent glass panel. It plays a critical role in both the structural integrity of the vehicle and the safety of its occupants while on the road. Read more at Cape … Continue reading

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Car ADAS Solutions Opens New Calibration Training Center

Car ADAS Solutions has opened a new calibration training and certification center in Atlanta, its second such facility. The Salt Lake City-based provider of calibration technology and services built the 5,000-sq.-ft. center with extra-tall overhead doors and ceiling, allowing for … Continue reading

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Auto Glass Shops in Texas Still Packed with Hail-Damaged Vehicles

Auto body and glass repair shops in central Texas are still struggling to keep up with high demand of vehicles with hail damage after the hail storms that pummeled the area from April to June. “It’s just the backlog,” said … Continue reading

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7 Factors That Affect the Cost of Replacing a Window Regulator

On average, the cost to replace a window regulator can range from $200 to $800. However, there are several variables that can push the cost higher or lower. Read more at J.D. Power.

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Ioniq 5 Rear Windshield: How Can I Prevent Dirt Accumulation?

The car is notorious for its lack of a rear wiper. Because of the design—which features a top spoiler with a lip that obstructs airflow—water and other material do not easily run down the glass. Read more at Team-BHP.com.

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Watch: Desperate Dad Smashes Windshield to Rescue Baby from Locked Car

A baby was rescued from a searing hot car in southern Texas earlier this week after the kid’s family accidentally left the keys in the vehicle. Read more at Fox News. 

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Patent Awarded for Behind-the-Windshield AI Product

American cities have a new tool for keeping municipal fleet vehicles running safely and efficiently, while citizens who block dedicated travel lanes might find themselves on the receiving end of a ticket for doing just that. Oakland, Calif.-based Hayden AI … Continue reading

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This Auto Glass Company Doesn’t Have Problems with Recruiting Workers

Auto Windscreens was the first in the auto glass repair and replacement industry to offer training via a bespoke academy back in 1990 and holds a strong belief in its growth as a business by investing in quality training. Read … Continue reading

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Only U.S. School to Offer Degree in Auto Restoration Gets $1 Billion Donation

Thanks to the unnamed donor, McPherson College in Kansas will have an endowment of nearly $1.6 billion. The school says its automotive restoration program is the only four-year bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the nation, offering emphases in … Continue reading

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Advance Auto Parts Employee Allegedly Burns Down Store

The 19-year-old is facing first-degree arson charges for allegedly setting the three-alarm fire to the store in Reisterstown, Md. If convicted, he could spend up to 30 years in prison. Read more at CBS News.

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Michigan Auto Glass Shop Celebrating 20 Years in Business

Denning Auto Glass, led by founders Lou and Rose Denning, has adapted over its two decades in business, transitioning from offering a range of services to specializing solely in auto glass repair and replacement as well as recalibration. “The glass … Continue reading

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Ford Topping All Carmakers in 2023 Recalls So Far

After it became the automaker with the most recalls, the most recalled vehicles, and the biggest single recall in 2022, Ford vowed to address quality concerns. The fruits of that effort have yet to be felt, as the Detroit automaker … Continue reading

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Watch: ‘Apple-Sized’ Hail in New Mexico Destroys Truck Windshield

Severe thunderstorms brought “large, apple-sized hail” to northern New Mexico last weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Watch on YouTube.

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Safelite Acquires Ideal Auto Glass

Safelite Group, owner of Safelite AutoGlass, has acquired Ideal Auto Glass, a Florida-based company with two locations in the greater Orlando area. The deal closed on Friday, July 14. Ideal Auto Glass services multiple areas across Florida but only has … Continue reading

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70-Year-Old Glass Company Sets Sales Record Thanks to ‘Daily’ Break-Ins

Owner Jason Fassler says Jack’s Glass (Covington, Ky.) receives calls “every single day” for people needing service after they say their cars were broken into. The increase is so steep that Fassler reports June 2023 was the company’s largest month … Continue reading

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AirPro Diagnostics Names New President and Chief Global Development Officer

Two AirPro Diagnostics executives are assuming new roles. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based provider of scanning and ADAS calibration products has promoted Josh McFarlin to president and chief operating officer from his previous role as vice president of operations. Additionally, Michael Quinn … Continue reading

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Auto Detailer Examines the Tesla Model X Plaid–and It’s Not Looking Good

The Model X has something other manufacturers were afraid to implement–the beautifully complicated falcon wing doors. However, the detailer points out a design flaw that creates the potential for the glass to shatter when opening the door completely. Read more … Continue reading

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Gerber Opening New Collision Shop at Former Chuck E. Cheese Location

A company official assured county commissioners that the evolution of the auto body repair industry has cut down on the “beating of metal” sounds that come to mind. Read more at WGXA News.

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Is It Better to Replace or Repair a Cracked Windshield?

When your windshield is cracked, you may wonder if it’s better to repair or replace it. After all, a cracked windshield isn’t just an aesthetic issue—it can also reduce your visibility when driving and put you at risk of being … Continue reading

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Collision Shop Owner Sentenced for Faking 300 Insurance Claims

John Paul Reis, owner of the Chalfont Collision Center in Chalfont, Pa., has been ordered by a court to pay more than $435,000 in restitution to the five insurance companies he defrauded by submitting nearly 300 false insurance claims over … Continue reading

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Two More Auto Insurance Companies Pulling Out of Florida

AAA will not renew the auto and home insurance policies for some customers in Florida, joining a growing list of insurers dialing back their presence in the Sunshine State amid a growing risk of natural disasters. Read more at CBS … Continue reading

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Three of Four Auto Glass Week™ Hotels Sold Out

If you haven’t booked your Auto Glass Week™ hotel yet, you may want to do so soon. Three of the four host hotel blocks for the 2023 event are completely sold out—including those at the Fairfield Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront, … Continue reading

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Boyd Group Appoints Jeff Murray as CFO

Boyd Group Services Inc. has named Jeff Murray its permanent executive vice president and chief financial officer. He had served as the company’s interim CFO since Jan. 1, 2023. “Jeff’s significant knowledge of the business along with his strong background … Continue reading

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Threatened UPS Strike Could Be ‘One of the Costliest in at Least a Century’

A threatened U.S. strike at United Parcel Service could be “one of the costliest in at least a century,” topping $7 billion for a 10-day work stoppage, a think tank specializing in the economic impact of labor actions said. Read … Continue reading

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Specialty Sponsors Step Up for Auto Glass Week™ 2023

Auto Glass Week™ (AGW) 2023 is less than three months away. On top of a packed trade show filled with an expansive collection of sponsors, the event goes the extra mile to offer happy hours, gatherings, fundraisers and more. These … Continue reading

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Tesla Finally Lets You Fully Control Windshield Wipers from the Steering Wheel

In the latest update, you can open the windshield wiper menu and set the wiper speed only with a long press on the scroll wheel. While this may make life a little easier for those who often drive in rainy … Continue reading

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It’s Nearly Impossible to Find a Car for Less Than $30,000 – Here’s Why

Not only are new vehicle prices near an all-time high, but the interest rate to finance a purchase has also jumped dramatically. Today, new cars priced under $30,000 make up just 8% of the market’s supply, down from 38% pre-pandemic, … Continue reading

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Vermont Flooding Impacting Auto Glass Shops

Auto glass shops in Vermont are bracing for another round of rainfall just days after a storm flooded many streets and homes in the central part of the state. More than 200 people trapped by floodwater have been rescued since … Continue reading

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EV Maker Hit with Complaints of Sudden Window Fogging

Instances of BYD Atto 3 cars suddenly fogging up with condensation while being driven, sometimes in alarming circumstances, should be reconciled by an over-the-air software patch and an advisory, the distributor believes. Click here to read more.

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700-Pound Safe Stolen from Auto Body Shop

Surveillance video shows a group of thieves burglarizing a business in Canton, Mass. “We’ve been here for over 30 years in Canton, we’ve never seen this in my life,” said Elias Dellaleh, who owns Canton Auto Service and Auto Body … Continue reading

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Ford SUVs Under Investigation for Front Doors That Allegedly Open While Driving

Ford is under investigation by U.S. auto safety regulators over complaints that the front doors of some Ford Escape vehicles will inadvertently open while driving, according to a filing Tuesday— the latest probe into the model following an investigation that … Continue reading

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Auto Repair Industry Races to Recruit New Talent as Salaries Skyrocket

The auto collision industry is offering big bucks as auto repair shops face growing difficulty in attracting and recruiting new technicians. Click here to read more.

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Boyd Announces 2023 Q1 Financial Results

The Boyd Group Services Inc., a North American collision and auto glass services company, recently announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2023. Company Background Boyd is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has more than 800 location locations … Continue reading

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When it Comes to Driving Assistance Technology, Familiarity Breeds Understanding

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a new report on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which support drivers with some driving tasks. However, drivers may lack appropriate knowledge about ADAS (referred to as their mental model), which can … Continue reading

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Dad Survives After Being Impaled by Tree While Driving in Atlanta

A man is lucky to be alive after he was impaled by a tree while driving with his family during a recent storm in Atlanta. Now, they are asking for help following the June 2 accident. Anthony and his wife, … Continue reading

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How do You Know When a Windshield Crack Needs to be Fixed?

These may not seem like a big deal for some people, but police officers do have the authority to issue tickets based on the damage. How they determine when a windshield is too damaged is explained by Saskatchewan Government Insurance … Continue reading

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Why Car Repairs Have Become So Expensive

More technology and creature comforts, as well as a parade of new electric vehicles, have complicated the job after accidents. Click here to read more.

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Midwest Auto Glass Shop Opens New Location

A Wisconsin auto glass shop has cut the ribbon on a second facility as it enters a new segment of the industry. Nextech Glass, which opened its first location in Milwaukee in 2010, has opened a second operation in nearby … Continue reading

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Area Companies Working Overtime to Meet Vehicle Glass Replacement Demand

Nebraska glass companies have been working overtime the past few weeks, trying to get vehicle glass replaced as quickly as possible for those who suffered hail damage from severe storms. Lee Floth with Scottsbluff -based Platte River Glass says it … Continue reading

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Teens Accused of Breaking into Cars in Downtown Memphis

Three teenagers are accused of breaking into cars in the middle of downtown Memphis Monday night. Click here to read more.

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Electric Vehicle Transition to Increase Car Insurance Premiums, Warns Report

Battery electric vehicle claims are already 25.5% more expensive than their combustion engine counterparts and could rise “disproportionately,” according to a new report from Thatcham Research, an investigator of motor insurance risks. Click here to read more.

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‘A Child’s Life is Worth Less Than a Pane of Glass?’: Penny-Pinching Parents Slam Man Who Smashed Their Car Window to Save Trapped Son

The parents, who own the vehicle and had left the key inside the taxi along with their child, refused appeals to break a window and set him free, according to the rescuer, surnamed Lin, from Sichuan province in southwestern China. … Continue reading

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Volvo’s First People Mover Caught on Camera with Electric Power

The front and rear ends of the vehicle appear to be unique–with Volvo’s “Thor’s Hammer” headlights visible through the camouflage–but the body structure, windows and doors appear to be sourced from the Zeekr 009, a luxury electric minivan. Click here … Continue reading

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FTC Targets Companies That Use Fake Online Reviews

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More Than 20 Cobalt Sponsors Join Auto Glass Week™ 2023 

More than 20 sponsors have joined Auto Glass Week™ at the Cobalt level so far. Those include. A.N. Designs, Inc. Aegis Tools International AutoBolt Car ADAS Solutions Clean Plus, Inc./CPI Division Delta Kits DINOL U.S. Inc. Gold Glass – ALP … Continue reading

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Edouard Janssen Appointed Group Chief Financial Officer of D’Ieteren Group

Edouard Janssen will become the new chief financial officer (CFO) of D’Ieteren Group as of Sept. 1, 2023. He will succeed Arnaud Laviolette, who is retiring. Beyond the responsibilities of the CFO role, Janssen will also join several of the … Continue reading

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Same-Day Auto Glass Services in the USA – Interview With myWindshield Founder Al Lijee

Markets Herald had the opportunity to reach out to tech entrepreneur Al Lijee to talk about his U.S.-based platform myWindshield, which helps Americans find auto glass repairs quickly and easily. Click here to read more.

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California Glass Distributor Leases 50,000 Square Feet Near Port of Little Rock

Mygrant Glass, an auto glass distributor based in California, has signed a lease to occupy a 50,000-square-foot industrial building at 5800 Lindsey Road in Little Rock, Ark. Commercial real estate firm Colliers Arkansas disclosed the transaction details on June 29, … Continue reading

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NSG Group Posts Annual Consolidated Financial Statements for 2023

“Profits in the automotive business continued to recover with a further improvement in quarterly profit allowing the business to record a positive overall profit for the full year,” report NSG officials. “Volumes continued to gradually improve and price increases with … Continue reading

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To Prevent Smashed Car Windows, Auto Glass Repairers Say It’s Best to do This One Thing

Auto glass repair shop owners are seeing a significant increase in smashed car windows—and they say you might as well keep your doors unlocked if you want to avoid costly glass replacements. Click here to read more.

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A Flying Car Prototype Just Got an Airworthiness Certificate From the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration has certified for testing a vehicle that a California startup describes as a flying car—the first fully electric vehicle that can both fly and travel on roads to receive U.S. government approval. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Settlement Draws Closer in $2.3M Georgia USAA Underpayment Lawsuit

USAA has been ordered to pay nearly $573,000 in attorney’s fees alone after a federal judge granted preliminary approval to a class action lawsuit accusing it of underpaying taxes in total loss claims. Click here to read more.

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New Toyota Alphard and Vellfire Adopt Vanity Mirror With NSG’s Anti-fouling Coating Technology

Executive Lounge grades for the new Toyota Alphard and Vellfire now feature NSG Group’s vanity mirror with anti-fouling coating technology. The vehicles were released on June 21, 2023. A vanity mirror is a small mirror usually installed behind the sun … Continue reading

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More Than a Dozen Mirrors Stolen From Cars Parked in S. Arlington

Residents of several south Arlington neighborhoods woke up Monday morning to find mirrors stolen from their parked cars. Click here to read more.

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Cyprus: A Victory For Cyprus Glassmakers

On May 18, 2023 the Cyprus Registrar of Intellectual Property delivered a reasoned decision on an application for the cancellation of the “TRIKKIS AUTOGLASS” trademark and device. Click here to read more.

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Cracked Windshields Could Lead to Fines up to $500

Those with damaged windshield following last week’s hailstorm may want to seek repairs sooner rather than later. Sergeant Johnny Bures with the Texas Department of Public Safety explained how the damage could result in a ticket. Click here to read … Continue reading

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Central Arkansas Windshield Repairs Sometimes Taking Months in Record Busy Year

Between tornadoes, hail, and other severe weather, cars in Arkansas are not having an easy time in 2023. The damage brought by storms is leaving some drivers waiting weeks or even months to get their cars safely back on the … Continue reading

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Monroe Police: Falling Branch Smashes Windshield of Jeep on Route 25

A 25-year-old Bridgeport man escaped injury after a large branch fell onto his Jeep Grand Cherokee, smashing the windshield as he drove south on Main Street (Route 25), just south of Knollwood Street, Sunday morning. Click here to read more.

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This Impossibly Low Car Looks Like a GTA Glitch, and it Still Drives

This “car” was built by Italian YouTube channel Carmagheddon using a first-generation Fiat Panda sourced from a salvage yard. They cut the Fiat’s body lengthwise just below the top door hinge, leaving them with just the car’s window sills, pillars, roof, … Continue reading

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Automotive Glass Evolution

How is vehicle glass evolving? We asked Robert Prange, senior vice president of automation at Glaston, an automotive glass equipment manufacturer, about some of the trends and changes in the industry.

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Second Time’s the Charm for New Auto Maintenance Facility in Keller, Texas

After denying a zoning change request for the building located at 1661 S. Main St. earlier this year, Keller City Council approved a special use permit for the same applicants June 6 to open Maintenance Plus +, an automobile repair, … Continue reading

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Hyundai Service Center Leaves Glass Debris in My Creta AC Blower

On the 29th, the car was picked up and the windshield had been replaced. The same night when I was putting all the stuff back in, I decided to check all the settings for the blower system. To my utter … Continue reading

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Why the Jeep Liberty’s ‘Sky Slider’ Roof Was an Absolute Disaster That Forced Owners to MacGyver Strange Fixes

Some folks have used tinted glass as a solution. Leigh Hazelbaker, for example, posted these images of her Jeep’s new lid … This job was apparently done by Liberty Auto Glass Plus out of Bailey, NC (talk about an appropriate … Continue reading

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Why do so Many Americans Keep Dying in Traffic Accidents?

The United States has the most traffic deaths per capita of any developed country. In 2020, the coronavirus reduced road deaths worldwide because people were forced to stay home. But the U.S. bucked that trend and saw rising traffic deaths, … Continue reading

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Four Copper Sponsors Join Auto Glass Week™ 2023  

As Auto Glass Week™ gets closer, more companies are announcing their presence at the show. This year’s copper sponsors (so far) include: • asTech, Driven by Repairify • Henkel Corporation • Meiyuan Automotive Glass (Xiamen) Co. Ltd.; and • Sika … Continue reading

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Smashed Windows Lead to Fears of Window Replacement Shortage

Car break-ins are becoming such a problem around Middle Tennessee that auto glass companies fear a shortage is already here. Technicians are reporting that it could take months to stock replacement car windows due to the high demand. Click here … Continue reading

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Man Accused of Smashing Boston Police Cruiser’s Windshield in Roxbury

A man was arrested on Sunday after allegedly throwing things at a Boston police cruiser and then kicking the windshield, causing it to shatter. Click here to read more.

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Haslett Wash Refuses to Pay for Woman’s Destroyed Windshield

Who should be responsible when your car is damaged inside a car wash? Well, a woman from mid-Michigan is learning the hard way. Click here to read more.

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Fire Chief Warns Against ‘Unleashing’ Self-Driving Taxis in San Francisco

Amid a rush to get more robotaxis on the roads of California’s largest cities, the fire chief in San Francisco has warned the vehicles are “not ready for primetime”, citing multiple recent incidents of the vehicles obstructing fire engines and … Continue reading

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Bentley’s First EV to Come With Hands-Off Self-Driving Tech

Bentley’s first all-electric vehicle will feature hands-off self-driving technology, it has been revealed. Speaking with UK outlet AutoCar, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark confirmed that the British marque’s first EV will initially offer partial hands-off driving on motorways. Fully autonomous driving … Continue reading

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U.S. Senators, NHTSA Clash Over Right to Repair

Massachusetts’ two U.S. Senators clashed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week over the federal agency’s letter to auto manufacturers regarding the state’s Right to Repair law. On June 15, Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren wrote … Continue reading

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The Bronze Sponsorship Tier Expands with Nielsen Moller, SRP and Equalizer

Three more companies have joined Auto Glass Week™ at the bronze level, including Nielsen Moller, SRP and Equalizer. They join 10 other bronze sponsors and more than 50 other companies sponsoring Auto Glass Week overall. The event, taking place September … Continue reading

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SUMMER SPECIAL: Buy 3 Get 1 Free at Auto Glass Week™

It’s the best deal of the year. From now until June 30, register for 3 Full Registrations, and receive 1 Full Registration free of charge. This applies to Full registrations and they must be orders placed prior to June 30, … Continue reading

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Best of Hawaii 2023: Ace Auto Glass

Ace Auto Glass has been serving Hawaii and Guam since 1975…and they were voted First Place in the Auto Glass Repair category for Best Of Hawaii 2023. Click here to watch video.

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Fixing Car Hail Damage is a Priority for Car Safety, AAA Oklahoma Says

If your car sustained damage during the recent storms, AAA Oklahoma said fixing that windshield should be a top priority for you. They also said that even small cracks in your windshield can pose significant risks to your safety and … Continue reading

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AGE and Hella Gutmann Renew Partnership to Advance ADAS Calibration Solutions in the Automotive Industry

As vehicles increasingly incorporate ADAS technologies, the accurate calibration of these systems following automotive glass replacement is essential. Click here to read more.

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Car Side Mirror Glass Replacement: Ensuring Clear Vision on the Road

When it comes to safe driving, having a clear and unobstructed view of the road is paramount. One crucial component that plays a significant role in ensuring visibility is the car side mirror. The side mirror allows drivers to monitor … Continue reading

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Auto Insurers Are Raising Rates, Even as Car Prices Ease. ‘The Pandemic Has Been Really Disruptive to the Auto Repair Business,’ Economist Says

Auto insurance prices generally track those in the car market but do so with a lag, economists explain. Insurance costs have jumped following record-high car prices during the pandemic era, and are likewise expected to fall in coming months. Click … Continue reading