Can hailstorms effect your cars windshield

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.

After a hailstorm, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends inspecting your vehicle for damage.  Even minor chips require attention before they turn into large cracks.

With over 100 locations to serve you, and a written lifetime guarantee on all work, we are your hail damage repair specialist.

Car Windshield Care

Windshield Care

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. 

Driving in the summer rain

Driving in the summer rain

Gerber Collision and Glass would like to suggest some safety tips for driving in wet weather.  It is imperative that you can see and be seen.  It is more difficult to see other cars and the road.  Please slow down because it takes more time to stop in rainy weather. 

Before you go, make sure you wipe off the bottom of your shoes.  Your shoes will be wet and could slip off the pedals.  Check all of your lights and turn signals to make sure they are working properly. 

Check your tires often.  Bald tires will reduce your traction on the wet roads.  You could end up riding on a layer of water. 

Make sure you replace your wipers once a year.  Bad wipers will distort your view in rainy weather.   Turn on your wipers during bad weather.  Wipers will clear the rain from the windshield with every sweep. 

Make sure you turn on your headlights.  It helps all the other cars see you on the road.  This will keep you safe during rainy weather.  Rain can cause windows to mist up inside the car.  Turn the defroster on and make sure it is on heat.   Drivers should clean their windshield and windows often to help them see well.

If the rain is so heavy that you have no visibility, then it is time to pull over.   Stop at a protected area like a rest area.  If your only option is the roadside, then pull off as far as possible.  Alert other drivers by turning on your emergency flashers. 

Summer is here and so are the rains.  Always use common sense when driving in the rain.  Every driver can make a difference in the rain!

Cleaning the outside of your car

Cleaning the outside of your car

Roll up the windows tightly and shut all the doors.

Rinse the car with a hose. Start with the roof and continue down to the tires.

Fill a bucket with warm water and car detergent. (Although many people use mild dishwashing liquid to wash their car, it’s best to buy automotive car soap designed to protect your paint job.)

Wash the car with a sudsy sponge or rag. Start with the roof and work your way down. Wash the windows and tires, too. Use a step stool if you have difficulty reaching the roof of your car.

Rinse off all the soap with a hose.

Dry the entire car with a clean, dry chamois cloth or towel.

Clean the windows with paper towels or newspaper and window cleaner.

Apply vinyl protectant with a clean rag to any vinyl parts such as the bumper and trim.

Use metal or chrome cleaner on the wheel rims.

Gerber Collision and Glass encourages you to keep your car clean.

 

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Love Bug Season

Love Bug Season

Well, it’s that time of year again.  You all in the south know exactly what we’re talking about.  You got black stuff all over the windshield.  You have to use your wipers every other minute to clear your view.  You also find black stains all over the front of your vehicle.  If you guessed love bug season, then you have experienced this nuisance a time or two.  Is there anything that can be done to help your vehicle through this mess?  Let’s take a look at a few steps you can take to make love bug season a little better for you and your vehicle.

First off, you are going to want to wash and wax your vehicle often during love bug season.  Use a high quality wax with a polymer. This will make it easier to remove the bugs.  Make sure your radiator is clear and that no bugs get through.  You may also want to apply a “bra” on the front of your car to protect the paint.  Love bugs have a very high acidic residue that can damage the paint.  Take every precaution you can.  There are also products out there that can help your windshield.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommend visiting your local automotive store and get the best windshield treatment solution available.  If you get stuck in a love bug swarm, these tips will help you get through another love bug season.

Got a chip in your windshield

Got a chip in your windshield

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.

Winshield Wiper Fluid – What to do before a snowstorm

Car owners can go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid in a single snowstorm, hail, or rain storm so be prepared with the following tips from Gerber Collision.

–       Fill your vehicle’s windshield wiper fluid before the first snowflake hits

–       Use high-quality, “no-freeze” fluid.

–       Consider buying an extra bottle and leaving it in your trunk.

–       Inspect your windshield wipers and defroster in both the front and rear windshield.

–       Replace worn-out blades.

Safe driving during a snowstorm, rainstorm, or hail depends on maintaining the best visibility possible

Car Windshield Glass Repair – Does it Matter if I have Broken Glass?

You might have a lot of questions about automotive windshield glass repair that we can help you with.

  • 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.
  • Do I have to take my car somewhere for the repair? Gerber Collision and Glass glass has locations throughout the United States or our mobile service can come to you at your home or office at no additional charge.
  • 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.

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What do you do if you notice a windshield crack in need of 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.

If you have any questions regarding auto glass repair or auto glass replacement service, our helpful customer service representatives are available to answer your questions at 877-7gerber (877-743-7237) or online through our Contact form.

How does the cold weather cause windsheild glass cracks

Cold Weather and Windshield Cracks

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.

Don’t let a cracked windshield run

Don’t let a cracked windshield run

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.

Windshield Wipers Need Attention Too

Windshield Wiper Safety
 

When talking about car safety there is one issue that gets unnoticed time and time again.  Worn wiper blades pose a serious risk to the safety of you and your vehicle.  It is essential for you to have the clearest possible view through your windshield.  Old worn out blades can cause streaking.  This can be extremely dangerous and distort your perception.

Windshield wipers can become weak from oil, dirt, sunlight and temperature.  Even if the wipers are not used these factors will still cause them to age.  It is important to clean your wipers on a regular basis.  This will help eliminate any dirt or contaminates stuck on them.  It is also recommended that you replace your wipers every six months.  Many auto parts stores install them for free when you buy them.  Try to avoid getting your wipers replaced at the oil change station.  They are sometimes double or triple the price.  Make sure to get the proper blades for the environment in which you are driving.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommends you refer to your vehicles maintenance book or have a professional opinion to which wiper blades are right for you.

What to do when you get hail damage on your vehicle

What to do when you get hail damage on your vehicle.

What do do when you get hail damage.

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.

Gerber Collision and Glass can repair HAIL damage on your car…

 

Little rain pellots, they call “HAIL”

Gerber Collision and Glass can certainly bail,

you out without fail,

if your car suffers damage from hail….

 

Hail is definitely not good for your car…

To get it fixed you won’t need to go far,

 

Gerber collision and glass will come to you,

to fix hail damage in a few

minutes and get you back on the road,

And then you’re off to where you need to go!

 

So call on us and we will fix,

any needs and we’ll do it quick!

 

We care about you and your ride,

and we’ll make the repairs with great pride!

 

Stop on by

and say hi!!!

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What to do if your car windsheild cracks – How to Repair a Broken Car Window

What pebble attack are we referring to? Well, it’s that simple white stone or pebble that will no doubt, and unfortunately make a run at your front windshield! It has happened to everyone…. And if you are one of the few fortunate ones that have yet to be attacked by the flying pebble or stone, then you probably atleast know someone that has suffered the attack.

Scenario time: You are driving down the road, and see the large truck with the pebbles so high they are over the sides of the edges of the truck. You know you don’t want to be behind this guy, but upon looking in your side mirrors, there are cars on both sides. You go to slow down, as you don’t want to be that close to this truck, but someone is right behind you… and then it happens… the stone or pebbles are coming at you! You cannot go right or left, as there are cars all around you… and boom! Or maybe more of a crackle… the stone hits your windshield leaving a small dent in the glass that will eventually crack even more….

Come visit us at Gerber Collision & Glass for all your windshield needs. We will assist with your insurance company as well. We look forward to working with you!