It’s that time of year in Florida when tropical storms and afternoon showers are a common occurrence. These storms can even produce golf ball size hail. Hail storms produce ice spheres that can cause extensive denting, especially on the hood, roof, and trunk of your vehicle.
Since the windshield is the most vulnerable part of your vehicle during a hailstorm when hail hits a windshield it can leave damage that can shatter the windshield or cracks around where the hail impacted.
What do you do if you have a chip in the windshield of your vehicle?
If you’ve ever been driving around Tampa and seen a chip in the windshield, The sight of a new crack or chip on your windshield can prove frustrating and you’ve probably just wanted to what hit your car. There are several types of windshield chips and each has their culprit.
There are different types of cracks that may require you to bring in your vehicle for windshield repair. While windshield cracks are generally caused from objects such as hail, rocks, or other road debris hitting your windshield they can often occurs without anything touching the windshield, such as a large variation in the temperature – those auto glass repair’s start at the edge of the windshield.
Maintaining your windshield is one of the main priorities of your car. It makes the car look good and it helps you drive safer. In a collision, the windshield is what prevents the roof from caving in. Here are some important tips to contemplate when it comes to taking care of your windshield.
If you have a crack or chip in your glass get it fixed right away. Sometimes when you are driving, debris such as pebbles, sand, or trash can cause dings in the glass. Over time the dings will turn into bigger cracks.
Don’t slam your car doors. Slamming the doors cause strong vibrations to the windshield. The vibrations can cause the dings to spread.
Don’t leave your vehicle in direct sunlight. Extended exposure to sunlight can shorten the life of your windshield. If there is a great temperature different on either side of the windshield, the dings could get worse.
Clean the windshield with vinegar or alcohol. Use cotton or microfiber towels. Don’t use ammonia based glass cleaners. They could destroy the tint.
Use a rag to clean the wipers. Dirt and sand can get on the wipers and scratch the windshield. Rub the rag on the blades to remove the dirt, dust and sand.
Gerber Collision and Glass want you to keep your windshield in good condition. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-7gerber. Don’t forget your windshield tips.
Tinting your car windows is not just a cool look for your car. There are many benefits to tinting your windows. The summer sun is here. The sun causes uncomfortable heat inside your car. Car window tinting blocks up to 71% of solar energy. Tinting will allow you to stay comfortable and prevent overuse of the AC.
If you are in the car for a long time, tint protects you from UV rays. Car window tinting blocks up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV protection comes in many grades, and you don’t need to have windows considerably darkened to block UV.
A tinted car window that breaks is safer than a non-tinted window. Tint covers the entire window; therefore, broken glass stays in one piece. This reduces the chance for injury. Cleanup is much easier after a broken window.
Car window tinting can prevent car theft. Security tint makes car windows stronger. A thief that breaks a window still has to deal with a solid panel of glass because the broken glass is held together.
Gerber Collision and Glass advise car owners to have their windows analyzed by a professional. Getting the proper tint for your particular vehicle is essential for look and safety.
Gerber Collision and Glass is highly wreck-ommended
Gerber Collision and Glass would like to take this opportunity to say Happy 4th of July to everyone. We hope everyone is staying cool in this smoldering heat. Can you believe we are over half way through the year already? We would especially like to thank our clients for your loyalty and support this year. We strive to be the best auto and collision specialists in the business. We are happy to serve you with the finest quality work and dedication.
Customer satisfaction still remains our number one goal. We offer many services, including auto window repair and collision damage repair. We use the most state of the art products to get you back up and rolling. We even offer a mobile glass repair for your convenience. Our technicians are the best in the industry. They will evaluate your vehicle and get it in pre collision condition.
We have many locations throughout the United States to serve your automotive needs. You can find us in Florida, Maryland, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Colorado. We are also available in four locations in Canada. Check us out in Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. We look forward to serving you for the second half of the year. Check us out online at Gerber Collision.com to see all the quality work we offer.
Got a chip in your winshield? Gerber Collision and Glass can help. Whether you have a small crack or a large split in your glass, our experienced technicians can evaluate your situation and have you back on the road in no time. We use only the highest quality materials found in the automotive glass industry. We also offer a free mobile service for your convenience.
With over 70 years of experience, Gerber Collision and Glass are proud to be approved by all major insurance companies. So whether it’s one vehicle or an entire fleet you need evaluated, our experts are here for you. We have many locations throughout the United States and Canada to serve you. Windshield cracks can impair your ability to drive safely. Don’t let that broken glass go untreated. Let Gerber collision and Glass solve the problem.
Does it matter if I have broken glass or a chipped windshield? Yes, absolutely it does. Damaged or chipped glass can break when you hit a bump in the road, but more importantly your glass serves as an important structural purpose during an auto accident.
Do I have to replace my windshield? Many small rock chips and cracks can be repaired without needing to replace your windshield, saving you time and money. If your rock chip is smaller than a quarter in diameter, it may be repairable. If your windshield crack is less than 6” long (the size of a dollar bill), it may be repairable.
Is there a difference between my windshield and the other glass in the car? Yes there is. Windshield glass is laminated safety glass, designed to react differently in an auto accident, where the sides and rear are often tempered glass.
How long will the repair take?Most repairs at Gerber can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Actual time may vary depending upon climate conditions and the extent of the damag
How long before I can drive my car again after the repair? Generally our OEM adhesives cure within an hour. However, safe drive away times do vary depending upon climate conditions. Your Gerber technician will be able to provide you with the safe drive away time for your windshield replacement.
How soon can I wash my car? You want to wait at least 24 hours prior to washing your car after a windshield repair.
One repair that many car owners often overlooked until too late is auto glass repair. Even the smallest windshield chip or windshield crack does not seem like it can cause harm, but debris and changing temperatures can cause auto glass chips to grow larger over time.
If you notice a crack in your windshield glass, first inspect the damage. You can do this yourself or even take your car to Gerber Collision and Glass for inspection. Windshield damage that is limited to a minor chip, crack, or knick should be repairable. Many small rock chips and cracks can be repaired by Gerber without needing to replace your windshield, saving you time and money.Some larger or “spider-like” windshield cracks may not repairable and require windshield replacement.
While a chip in your windshield may seem insignificant, it’s important to take care of as soon as possible before they grow or in worst cases, cause a driving hazard.
With weather chill in the air, not only are we having to bundle up a bit more but we also need to be on the lookout for changes in the windshields of our car. Because changes in temperature can expand and contract your vehicles windshield, it’s important to look for small cracks that can travel the length of your auto glass.
For instance, if the inside of your car is around 60 degrees but the outside is in the 20s, the inside layor of the class will expland while the outside will contract, causing distortion and often cracked auto glass that is in need of windshield repair. Even a small difference in degrees can stress your auto windshield.
If you’ve had a small windshield crack after about a month or so you will notice it begins to get dirty. How do windshield cracks become dirty? Typically the windshield wipers push dirt into the crack over time or when it rains dirt can be carried into the auto glass crack. It’s important to have your vehicle looked at by an auto glass service company because preventative measures will take care of the crack before it spreads.
The Chicago Bulls and Gerber Collision & Glass teamed up to donate the Jeep Grand Cherokee to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Club, which provides housing for young men and women who need a safe place to live. At the January 18, 2011 Chicago Bulls game, Bulls Ambassador Sidney Green provided a key to Scott Donahue, President and CEO of Mercy Home for the Jeep.
Gerber Collision & Glass Gives Back is proud to support the programs, families, and community service organizations in our community and we encourage you to learn more about them.
What is the function of a windshield on a vehicle? Have we ever really thought about it? It seems like the only time we think about it is when it is cracked or in need of some attention. We know it protects the driver from weather and debris. The windshield also supports the roof and decreases the chance of the roof caving in if it is involved in a collision. The windshield should be maintained to keep your vehicle in top shape. There are a few tips you want to consider when properly inspecting your windshield.
Make sure there are no stickers or decals in your view. These can hinder your sight and create a blind spot in front of you. A small crack in your windshield should not be overlooked. Cold weather or pressure can cause the crack to spread. This may also become a hazard in your ability to see out the front. Gerber Collision and Glass recommends getting cracks or nicks in your windshield looked at as soon as possible. If it spreads you may need the entire windshield replaced, so it’s best to get a professional to diagnose the condition of the glass at the earliest possible time.
Gerber Collision and Glass can evaluate and assess the condition of your windshield at any stage. Customer satisfaction has been job one over the years and continues to be what this business strives for every day. It is important to make sure your windshield is in good condition. Routinely check to make sure there are no cracks or divots. It can become a major safety issue if cracked windshields are not taken care of.
What is one of the most important inspections you can do on your vehicle? If you guessed checking the oil level, then you are correct. Your oil level should be checked on a weekly basis. Make it a habit on the weekend before taking the kids to the ball game. Low oil levels can seriously damage your engine and may destroy it beyond repair.
Make sure the vehicle is cold before checking your oil. Pull the dipstick out and clean it with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick all the way to the bottom and pull out. Your oil should be between the lower and upper limits of the dipstick. If it is low, find the oil filler cap on top of the engine. Unscrew the cap and put it in a safe place. Pour in a little amount of oil and recheck the dipstick. Keep adding a little at a time until the level is halfway between the minimum and maximum marks. Use the correct grade of oil for your vehicle. Make sure to put the filler cap back on. If you notice your oil is dirty it is time for a change. As always, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends keeping up with all your car maintenance issues. It will save you lots of money and headaches.
What to do when you get hail damage on your vehicle.
Your vehicle was damaged in a hailstorm. Now what? The process of getting it repaired can be even more frustrating. Running around town getting estimates takes up a lot of time, and it can be confusing. Hopefully the following information will answer some of the questions you might have and help you save a great deal of time.
First, contact your insurance company to start the claims process. Do not be hesitant to file a claim for fear of the insurance premiums being raised. Hail damage should be covered under your comprehensive coverage and is considered an act of nature. Filing a hail claim should not cause your premiums to go up. most major insurance companies now endorse dent repair for automobile hail damage.
Next, your insurance company inspects your vehicle’s hail damage. Often they will give you a list of body shops they recommend you go to for repairs, such as Gerber Collision and Glass.
Backed by our Lifetime Guarantee, our qualified, experienced technicians will repair your vehicle to its pre-hail condition. Our computerized paint systems offer superior colour matching capabilities to restore your vehicle’s cosmetic appearance, and our paint booths use cutting-edge ventilation systems to ensure a flawless finish.
We inspect the repair at several quality check points throughout the process to ensure that we deliver on our service promise. Once the repair is complete, the vehicle is thoroughly inspected once more before we return it to you.
Many Options (voice to text, hands-free features) make texting while driving unnecessary…
Texting while driving is a huge NO-NO! Some interesting information about texting while driving is listed below. Please remember that these statistics are only estimates. We at Gerber Collision and Glass continue to encourage you to please stop texting while driving. Please make the pledge and be dedicated to driving without texting…. there are many options, like voice to text, and hands-free features that making using your thumbs and physically texting while driving completely unnecessary….
Texting while driving info:
An accident can happen within seconds of texting
Texting is a youth’s sport, as more of the youngsters are the ones that are keen to this technology. It is said that about 40 percent of texting while driving drivers are ages 18 to 27. Then the age group of 28 to 44 years old is about 15 percent, and then only 2 percent of 45 to 60 years old text while driving.
Texting while driving causes lane weaving, speeding up and down, and increases the chances of running into pedestrians, other vehicles, or other objects.
95 percent of people think texting while driving is a big NO-NO, but at least approximately 25 percent admit that they do it anyways.
Legally drunk drivers need about 4 additional feet to begin braking… and a person that is texting while driving needs about 70 feet to begin braking. This is extremely scary folks.
And finally, texting while driving your automobile increases your risk of an accident about 25 times a person operating a vehicle that is not impaired in some way.
What can you do?
Experts say one of easiest things to do is to just simply turn off your phone when you get into your vehicle. It’s that easy! This way you will resist the urge to send a message, or to reply to a message received. There are even many states that have passed laws that make texting while driving illegal. Bottom line: it is about saving your life, and saving the lives of others…. Please do not text and drive…
Picture this: It’s been raining for the last 4 days and the sun is FINALLY out, and it’s warm and humid. You get into your car and “sniff, sniff. Where is that mildew smell coming from? My windows are all up.” Well, even the slightest gap in your window, or cracked windshield, can cause water to seep in and cause mold and mildew to grow. That can make your car stink and look unattractive from the inside. If you suspect your car’s window has a leak, or if your windows or windshields have a crack in them, make sure to bring it over to us, Gerber Collision and Glass! We can take a look and fix ya right up!
Gerald had some work done recently on his car, and said “I had some front end damage to my car, took it in and I was impressed with the staff and facility. The staff was knowledgeable and the shop was very neat and clean, very professional operation. They called twice a week as promised and gave me updates on my cars progress. When I picked it up, it look just like it did the day I picked it up from the showroom. I was very impressed and will use Gerber Collision again, when I need body work done to any of my vehicles.”
We also make auto glass replacement and windshield repair services easy with our mobile auto glass services. If something happens while you’re at work and you can’t leave the office, don’t worry we’ll take care of it while you keep working!
Accidents happen, but they shouldn’t disrupt your life. At Gerber Collision & Glass we understand. See what our customers are saying: “Jimmy provided excellent service through the entire repair process. He made sure the final product met my expectations. I have a unique color scheme and it was matched perfectly.” – Michael T.
Hurricane Irene – What should you know about damage to your car after the storm passes.
Hurricane Irene continues up the east coast as a destructive Category 1 hurricane, whose maximum sustained winds reached about 90 miles an hour, with occasional stronger gusts. It’s unlikely for motorists to see damage to their vehicle from the wind itself. However, the wind causes flying objects, such as falling trees or hail which could damage your vehicle’s windshield. Having your auto glass repaired or replaced after a Hurricane shouldn’t cause you stress. Even a small crack or chip in your windshield from Hurricane Irene is a significant safety problem and all our repairs are covered by our lifetime guarantee.
With an overwhelming number of motorist needing to get back on the road after the storm passes, Gerber Collision and Glass wants to remind you that we can take care of your auto needs. We offer convenient auto glass repair and replacement service, both in our shops and via free mobile service. We have several locations along the east coast to better server you.
Here are some interesting facts about Car Damage from Hurricanes and Tropical storms –
Hurricane Floyd (1999) damaged 75,000 vehicles and than half were put back out on the road.
Tropical Storm Allison (2001) – More than 95,000 vehicles flooded by the most extensive tropical storm in U.S. history.
Hurricane Ivan (2004) – Left more than 100,000 cars submerged in floodwaters throughout the Southeast.
Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Wilma (2005) – claimed more than 600,000 cars across the Gulf Coast. Many of these cars still are showing up for sale around the country.
Hurricane Ike (2008) – more than 100,000 cars in Texas and Louisiana, from Galveston and Houston over to Baton Rouge, were left underwater.