Auto Glass Week is right around the corner!

“Auto Glass Week™ 2018 brings together company owners, technicians, vendors and manufacturers for an event devoted to the automotive glass industry. The conference will be held Thursday – Saturday, September 27-29, 2018, in scenic San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Auto Glass Week™ features front row seats to the first-ever Auto Glass Technician Calibration Competition, Customer Service Representative (CSR) Finals, the auto glass repair and replacement competitions, inspiring keynote speakers, educational seminars, and an exhibition floor featuring top suppliers.”

Check out the Auto Glass Week website here.

Auto Glass Week continues to grow in attendance and popularity each year. Looking at the schedule and number of sponsors, attendees will have a variety of meetings, competitions, and other events to experience. If you missed the pre-registration window, tickets can still be purchased on-site.

Our qualified technicians would love to participate in AGW. However, we’re quite busy serving our customers here in Minnesota! We’re here to provide a wide range of auto glass services. Call us at 952-797-4374 for more details!

New tariffs on auto glass will go in effect this month

“Chinese materials used in the auto glass and glazing industries will be subject to a 10 percent tariff effective September 24, 2018. The Trump Administration announced a finalized list of $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods Monday. Starting January 1, 2019, the new tariffs will increase to 25 percent.

The tariff list includes:

  • Various float glass products;
  • Glass mirrors;
  • Glass frit; and
  • Laminated safety glass.”

Read the full story here.

The trade war is in full effect these days. Threats from both China and the U.S. to levy additional tarrifs on one other could soon effect each economy. It remains to be seen just how much of an impact this will have on the U.S. auto glass industry. We can only hope a resolution will be made in the not too distant future.

If you need to have your auto glass repaired or replaced, contact the pros at IAS Auto Glass. We offer mobile service at no extra cost. Call 952-797-4374 or visit or website for more details.

Nebraska State Troopers encounter home-made windshield repair

Photo by the Nebraska State Patrol

“Photos posted to the Nebraska State Patrol Facebook page show what appears to be a plastic sheet replacing the windshield of a Pontiac car. Duct tape and either Scotch tape or box tape holds the plastic to the car and its windshield wipers.

What appears to be a thin, wooden stick supports the middle of the sheet of plastic, photos show. And supporting the stick is a can of Del Monte sliced carrots wedged into a crack on the dashboard.”

See the photos and get the full story here.

Dangerous and dumb. If the driver got into an accident, they would’ve had no protection from the front. Also, plastic is no subsitute for glass when it comes to visibility. We’re sure this person got a hefty fine and a stern talking to from the Police.

Don’t risk your life or the possibility of getting a fine. If you need an affordable windshield replacement, call the pros at IAS Auto Glass. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website for more information.

Auto repair technicians are becoming scarce these days

“‘I won’t say it is an epidemic today in the collision repair industry, but it is getting close,” Notte told Fixed Ops Journal. “The average age of a [body shop] tech is approaching 50. It’s difficult work, and they retire or move out of the industry.’

Job website lists more than 1,000 openings around the country for body shop technicians at new-vehicle dealerships, independent shops and fleet operations. Among them are 24 openings, as of mid-July, at dealerships operated by Penske Automotive Group, the second-largest U.S. dealership group.”

Read the full story here.

Being an auto repair technician, no matter what the speciality is a difficult job. People trust them to fix and repair their vehicles. While there might be a shortage of techs across the country, it isn’t for a lack of passion. This holds especially true for the crew at IAS Auto Glass.

If you need exceptional auto glass repair service, call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Beware door-to-door auto glass repair salesman offering free windshield replacements

“This is a new trend that insurance experts say drives up repair bills for needless work and legal costs. “They would have no way of knowing if it were damaged or not, and they have a gun to their head to pay the price the contractor is asking for,” said insurance expert Tom Cotton.

Action 9 found that, in Central Florida, DNS Auto Glass sued insurance companies for payment 80 times.

And statewide, according to Florida’s Department of Financial Services, in 2012, auto glass companies filed 1,389 lawsuits against insurers. Just four years later, the number of lawsuits soared to 19,695.”

Read the full story here.

These insurance bullies will undoubtedly force insurers to raise premiums for everyone. Don’t allow them to take over your Assignment of Benefits! If you do need your windshield replaced, call the pros at IAS Auto Glass. We can be reached at 952-797-4374 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Rhode Island enacts new law focusing on aftermarket parts on newer vehicles

“Rhode Island has a new law that focuses on aftermarket parts for newer vehicles. The law “provides that insurance companies may not mandate the use of aftermarket parts without the owner’s consent on motor vehicles less than 48 months beyond manufacture date.” However, the law excludes auto glass parts from its provisions, noting that “this chapter shall not apply to the repair or replacement of motor vehicle glass 13 performed by licensed motor vehicle glass repair shops pursuant to chapter 38.5 of title 5.”

The law became effective earlier this month and was not signed by Gov. Gina Raimondo.”

Read the entire story here.

More transparency between insurance companies, repair shops, and vehicle owners is a good thing. At IAS Auto Glass we will always keep you informed of our parts and labor practices. If you need reliable auto glass service contact us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website to for more information.

Mother and daughter safe after tire-through-windshield scare

“A woman and her daughter are recovering from minor injuries after a tire slammed into the windshield of their SUV.

Police say the front driver side tire blew off a Toyota SUV on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

It happened Monday morning.

The tire flew over the median and crashed into the windshield of a BMW going southbound before bouncing off.”

Get the full story here.

A windshield is the only thing standing between you and objects that fall off from traffic ahead. They are designed to absorb extreme impact. It is vital that they are installed safely and securely.

IAS Auto Glass has installed many windshields over the years. Let us help you replace yours! Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Honda warns auto collision repair centers of potential ADAS problems

“Honda in a new position statement has warned collision repairers that aftermarket windshields and incorrect grilles might affect advanced driver assistance systems in models dating as far back as 2013.

The new statement, which replaces one published in November 2014 about 2013-15 models, reflects the growing use of ADAS since then.

Honda in April said it had reached 1 million vehicles on U.S. roads equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of ADAS technology — a package that includes autobraking, lane keeping and adaptive cruise control.

‘The Honda Sensing application rate has more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 to more than 50,000 vehicles per month in the past year, and now is applied on 69 percent of 2018 model-year vehicles,’ Honda wrote in April.”

Read more on this story here.

At IAS Auto Glass we always make sure that your auto glass is installed and replaced to the most current industry standards. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Connecticut may soon allow self-driving cars

“Connecticut is launching a pilot program to allow testing of self-driving cars on public roads within its borders. The state government is inviting towns and cities to apply to become test sites, and will select up to four municipalities to participate in the program. The goal is to position Connecticut as a technology leader,” Check out the article here.

For auto glass repairs and replacement, in your area, visit IAS Auto Glass in the Twin Cities metro area. Visit our website for more information or call us at 952-797-4374.

Warning issued to truckers to clear off ice and snow

“A recent rash of car windshields shattered by ice and snow falling off of commercial vehicles has caused law enforcement agencies to issue warnings to truckers about clearing off their vehicles before hitting the road.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has issued a plea to drivers to “please, please, clear your vehicle of ice and snow before you take them on the road” after a department squad car had its windshield smashed by a chunk of ice that flew off the top of a semi truck.”

Read more here.

For all your auto glass needs, visit IAS Auto Glass in the Twin Cities metro area. Visit our website for more information or call us at 952-797-4374. We offer mobile repair services!