Cat becomes internet sensation when accidentally shipped from China to an auto glass shop

“A six year old orange tabby has become an internet sensation and made an auto glass company famous in the process. The cat spent three weeks without food or water, after having traveled from Shenzhen, China to the port in Vancouver until she was found inside of a shipping container by some of the team at Independent Glass Distributers, in Prince George, British Columbia.

“For 20 sum years of doing this, I’ve never seen anything like this before. Initially I wanted to protect my guys because you never know what an animal can carry. We found the tiny thing at the back of the truck after about an hour of unloading, originally we thought it was a rat or something because we had seen so many pieces of cardboard on the ground and heard sounds leading us to the last container,” said Darcy Legeard, Independent Glass Distributers, in Prince George, British Columbia manager.

The British Columbia SPCA North Cariboo District Branch took donations for medical treatment for the traveling feline. According to B.C.’s SPCA, the animal, also known as Stowaway, was believed to have survived by licking condensation that formed on the shipping container’s walls and consuming cardboard.”

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We can’t say that we’ve found any stowaway cats from any of our distributors. However, we’re delighted to hear how this particular cat is making a full recovery after such an arduous joruney. It’s amazing to think that this animal survived with no food or water for a whole month!

At IAS Auto Glass Solutions, we might not have any pets roaming around, but we do know our stuff! We offer a wide range of auto glass services and even offer mobile auto glass service in the twin cities are at no extra cost. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

Man arrested for smashing dozens of windshields in New Jersey

“Police have tracked down the man they believe terrorized dozens of motorists on Route 539, allegedly lobbing missiles from his car at theirs between December and March.

Anthony A. Lewis, 35, of Chesterfield in Burlington County, is facing 31 counts each of criminal mischief, interfering with transportation and reckless endangerment, according to a statement from township police.

Police agencies from throughout the county took reports from victims in 41 different cars “struck with objects thrown from another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction,” Manchester police Lt. Vincent Manco wrote in the statement. “A majority of the incidents occurred on Feb. 14, 2019, along a stretch of County Route 539 in Plumsted Township.”

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It’s worrisome enough when drivers have to be on alert for debris and loose objects striking their windshield while driving. However, when people maliciously try to damage another vehicle and harm their occupants, it’s downright infuriating. Fortunately, the suspect has been detained and will most likely be facing a very hefty fine along with some jail time. It’s a miracle that none of the victims were seriously injured or killed.

If your windshield has been damaged due to vandalism or otherwise, contact IAS Auto Glass solutions at 952-797-4374 for expert auto glass service. We even work on commercial equipment such as bulldozers!

Newly expanded Auto Glass Safety Council holds first spring meeting

“The spring meetings of the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) were held last week in Tampa, Fla. The meetings were the first in which the members of the former National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) were incorporated into the AGSC.

Newly-elected to the expanded board of directors were Linda Rollinson, of Superior Auto Glass in Tampa and Jeff Reddell, of Pace Glass in Texarkana, Texas.

“We are so pleased to have both repair and replacement in one tent and focused on safety,” said Troy Mason of Technaglass. Mason had sat on both boards of directors.”

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This new council seeks to include standards adopted by the NWRA as well as address repair concerns of today’s auto glass industry. They’ll have plenty of time to mull things over as the next meeting isn’t until September at Auto Glass Week. Among other things to keep an eye out from the council is the new ADAS certification program. Things are certainly starting to change rapidly in the auto glass industry!

IAS Auto Glass practices safe and proper installation / repair during all of our service procedures. We realize that proper care during these processes is necessary to ensure your windshield or glass isn’t damaged due to technician negligence. If your vehicle needs auto glass service please don’t hesitate to contact us at 952-797-4374.

Recognizing women in the auto glass industry

“Today is International Women’s Day, and it wouldn’t be complete without highlighting a few women in auto glass. Though the industry has been and is still predominately male driven, more women are finding success working on everything from installs to shop ownership.

“I think more women should get into this industry because it can help your business grow, it did for our business,” says Alicia Maples, co-owner of Fix-A-Crack Windshield Repair & Replacement.

“There have been times when I’ve been out doing mobile repairs and people have slowed down to see what I was doing crawling around a car. Then they’ve called our shop to confirm that yes a woman was working a car by herself,” adds Maples.”

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The article expands on how new technology for auto glass repair shops has made it easier for all technicians to provide auto glass service. What once was a male-dominated industry is starting to see some diversity among auto glass shop owners. More competition is a good thing, as it means that shops have to work hard and strive for excellence to appeal to their customer base.

At IAS Auto Glass, your satisfaction is always our priority. Whether you need a large glass repair or have a small chip to fix, no job is too big or too small. Contact us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website for further details.

Man arrested after smashing woman’s windshield with bare hands

“man has been arrested following a road rage incident in which he allegedly smashed a woman’s windshield with his bare hands.

Police said Joshua Robert Dalton, 28, jumped on the hood of Veneranda Alvarez’s car and smashed the windshield.

Alvarez, 34, her two daughters and a friend were in the car at the time.

“I was just in panic mode, and in shock and everything all at once,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said Dalton followed her friend out of a Walgreen’s parking lot and tailgated them before he got out of his vehicle.

Dalton is charged with felony vandalism and is being held on $20,000 bail.”

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Being the victim of a road rage incident is scary enough. Imagine having your children with you during such an event. Fortunately, neither the driver nor her passengers were hurt. The man who allegedly smashed her windshield has been apprehended and will be taught a valuable lesson. Whatever the reason is, it’s never okay to threat another driver.

If you windshield has been damaged due to vandalism, your insurance should cover it. We’ll work with insurance companies and replace your windshield or other damaged auto glass. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website for more information.

Yellow dots placed on windshield program gaining traction in several states


Photo of yellow dot program utilized in Washington County, New York courtesy of Washington County Sheriff

“It’s called the Yellow Dot Emergency Program. It has already been implemented in several states including New York, Illinois and Tennessee.

Being part of the program is entirely voluntary. If drivers opt-in, they place a small yellow dot in the lower left of their front windshield. In the event of an emergency, first responders see the dot and know there is a corresponding yellow envelope in the glove box.

“It’ll have your photo in there, it’ll have information on recent surgeries medications you take and your medical history so the first responders can best treat you in that emergency situation,” said State Representative Ethan Manning.”

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While this yellow dot program isn’t complicated, it may end up being a life-saver. That’s because in the event of a emergency, responding personnel may only have a matter of minutes to make life-changing decisions. Having access to critical information as soon as possible can only benefit victims in an accident.

Supposedly, this program is also implemented in Minnesota. If you’re an eldery driver with a medical condition, it may be worth it to check it out. At IAS Auto Glass we care about our customer’s safety. Our Auto Glass Services are followed by manufacturer guidelines. Call us at 952-797-4374 for more information.

Make sure you clear your car of ice before driving

“One Bedford County man is making a plea for drivers to brush the snow and ice off their cars.

It may be an inconvenience when you’re in a rush, but taking the time to do so will help others.

As Scott Elvira headed to work Monday morning, his windshield got smashed by ice coming off another car.

‘I left early so I could drive slower because I wasn’t sure how the roads were going to be,’ Elvira said.

Only 5 minutes away from work, he saw a white SUV was coming in the opposite direction, which is when he noticed the ice sliding.

‘It was going to hit the car,’ Elvira said. ‘I was like ohhh and then boom!'”

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It happens all the time. An innocent driver has the misfortune of sustaining vehicle damage (or worse) because another driver neglected to remove ice build up from their vehicle. State laws vary as far as responsibility for clearing one’s car of debris, however, common courtesy and sense should always prevail.

Travelling at high speeds, a sheet of ice can turn into a deadly weapon. Yes, it may be inconvenient to spend time removing ice, but it is the right thing to do!

If your windshield has been damaged in such an instance, call IAS Auto Glass for expert service. We even come to you at no additional cost! Call 952-797-4374 or visit our website for more information.

New York bill aims to protect leasers from exhorbitant ‘lease-end’ charges

“An act has been introduced, that if passed, could affect New York drivers and AGRR shops. Act 268 is on the docket for further discussion in this year’s regular session.

Act 268’s goal is to change portions of the current insurance law that involve expanding service contracts to protect those leasing vehicles for personal use from unexpected “lease-end” charges for things that include windshield cracks and chips. Currently New Yorkers who lease a vehicle are subject to an additional charge at the end of their service contract to cover certain repair services that do not go over a certain amount.”

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If you’re currently leasing a vehicle we recommend that you review your contract for maintenance and repair terms. If damage to the vehicle is determined that you were at fault, you or your insurance will likely be charged for repairs. However, if damage is due to normal wear and tear or a manufacturer’s defect, than that typically means the dealer will be responsible. Every contract is different and understanding these terms will better prepare you for future incidents.

At IAS Auto Glass, our pricing is competitive. Even if you’re on the hook for the bill, we strive to offer the best price and service available. Call 952-797-4374 or visit our website for more information.

Mercedes-Benz urges repair ships to only use OEM glass

“According to a company press release, Mercedes-Benz USA said it “strongly recommends” using only Mercedes-Benz parts for windshield glass replacements. In the same release, the company mentioned the windshield glass manufactured for its vehicles has particular specifications.

Other glass manufacturers may not have the same access to the technology that can ensure one hundred percent compatibility with Mercedes-Benz vehicle systems, according to the company.

Its windshield glass contains solar glass technology and is coated with a thin transparent liquid that provides passengers with protection against ultraviolet rays.”

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While aftermarket auto glass is cheaper than OEM glass, it might be worth it to spend the extra money. For one, you’re guaranteed that your replacement windshield will fit your vehicle. Also the standard of quality might not meet the necessary requirments set forth by your vehicle’s manufacturer.

If you’re looking for OEM glass replacement, you’ve come to the right place. IAS Auto Glass installs OEM auto glass for many different vehicles, including fleet and commercial. Call 952-797-4374 for more information or visit our website for further details.

Toyota advising repair shops on auto glass replacement procedure

“Toyota has warned repairers that the old practice of repainting a glass opening might not apply to its vehicles today.

The fall 2018 Collision Pros magazine announced Thursday called the glass often “an integral part of the body structure.” In the article, Toyota described how it prepares the pinchweld flanges to receive the glass in the factory, a system that “provides the best paint adhesion and corrosion protection and creates the perfect bonding surface for glass.”

But a repairer can’t duplicate this “due to the complexity of the OE paint finish,” and so you shouldn’t try, according to Toyota.”

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This stance on auto glass replacement just goes to show that much more is involved than the glass itself. It’s important that proper protocols and procedures are followed to ensure that quality and safety aren’t sacrificed. This means adhering to the best practices for replacement as well as following manufacturer guidelines.

At IAS Auto Glass we take advisories from manufacturers very seriously. It’s our job to ensure that your auto glass is repaired in a safe manner. We service all types of vehicles. Check out our auto glass replacement page for more information or call 952-797-4374 for more information.