Deciding whether a repair or replacement is necessary for your windshield

“A chip or crack in your windshield isn’t the end of the world, but it can lead to a frustrating ordeal if it’s not addressed properly and in a timely manner. Not only can a damaged windshield get you pulled over and ticketed in some states, but it can also affect how advanced safety systems operate in modern vehicles. There are options for both repairing and replacing a damaged windshield, and to find out which is right for you, we asked the experts at Safelite AutoGlass®.

If your windshield has less than three chips or a crack that is six inches or smaller, it can usually be repaired, which saves both time and money compared to a full windshield replacement. Some auto glass repair companies claim to be able to repair windshield cracks larger than six inches. However, in Safelite’s experience, the larger the damage, the higher the chance you’ll get an unsatisfactory repair. Since the size of the chip matters in terms of being able to repair it, you’ll want to take care of small chips or cracks as soon as possible before they grow to a size that requires replacing the whole windshield.”

Read more about what to do with a cracked windshield here.

If a repair is possible, the process is usually pretty quick. In most instances, a windshield repair can be done in 30 minutes or less. Obviously the cost to repair a winshield will be much more inexpensive than a replacement. However, even if there is a small chip or crack, if it is in front of a camera or sensor a replacement may be the only option.

The team at IAS Auto Glass provides Twin Cities area residents with auto glass repair and replacement service. We will even come to you at no extra cost! Call us at 952-797-4374 to schedule service or visit our auto glass page for additional details.

Who foots the bill when your auto glass spontaneously shatters?

“Automotive glass is supposed to stay in one piece, but that isn’t always the case. Recently, an Ontario woman reported her new Volkswagen’s rear window shattered when she closed one of its doors.

According to Global News, Michelle Tupper of Tillsonburg, Ontario, bought a 2021 VW Tiguan. Three weeks later, she reached into the sport-utility while it was parked, and when she closed the door, the rear window broke.

The vehicle was towed to a dealer and examined by a technician. A spokesperson for Volkswagen Canada told the news agency the shattered glass was “the result of some sort of impact from the outside.” Tupper paid the bill for the repair.”

Read the full article here.

Although it’s rare when auto glass shatters for no apparent reason, it’s not unhead of. In fact, one of the main areas over the last few decades where this has happened is in sunroofs. In many cases motorists have been claiming that their sunroofs exploded while driving their vehicle. One can imagine how scary this might be and the danger that it presents, especially when driving on a congested highway.

At IAS Auto Glass we replace and repair auto glass including windshields, side windows, and rear windows. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page to schedule service.

Lightning sends chunk of road flying into oncoming truck’s windshield

“Just after 7:30 AM this morning, WCFR was dispatched to a traffic crash near mile marker 81 eastbound on I-10.

Lightning struck the roadway, causing a chunk of the road to fly through the windshield of the truck.

Both occupants of the vehicle were transported with injuries.

Fortunately, most of the bad weather is past us now, but please be careful out there this morning. Slow down and be on the lookout for storm damage and debris in the roadways.”

Check out the facebook post and photos here.

It’s crazy to think that at one moment you’re driving along, witness a lightning strike, and then have a chunk of debris flying through your windshield. Reading the post, there are numerous follow-up comments and photos from the fire department detailing the event. It was also noted that the red color on the windshield is actually a reflection from an emergency vehicle.

The team at IAS Auto Glass has heard some pretty wild stories regarding windshield damage. Regardless of how your windshield was broken, we want to help. Contact us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page to learn how we can help!

Ford Recall keeping auto glass shops busy with replacements

“The Ford F series trucks are some of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. So, the Ford recall earlier this year of over 87,000 F-150 and Super Duty trucks across North America due to windshield issues is now resulting in a large volume of remediation work for auto glass service providers.

In February, the Ford Motor Company (Ford) announced a safety recall of certain truck models saying the affected vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards because the front windshields are inadequately bonded to the vehicle body structure. The company stated that “In the event of a crash, the windshield may not adequately stay in place, which may increase the risk of occupant injury.””

Read more about the recall here.

The recall effects 2020 and 2021 Ford trucks of the F-150 and Super Duty trucks. Given the large volume of affected vehicles, it is expected that it will take some time for owners to get them in for replacement. To their credit, many auto glass shops have already begun servicing these recalls with dozens performed each week. If you’d like the full information on Ford’s recall that recall # is 21C06.

The professional technicians at IAS Auto Glass serve residents in the Twin Cities region with auto glass and windshield repair and replacement. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for further details.

Trucker sees fish dropped from sky land on windshield

“A truck was rolling down a highway in North Carolina when its windshield was struck by a fish.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that the unlucky fish had been caught by a hungry bird and then dropped from the sky.

The incident happened southeast of High Point where Interstate 73 crosses Randleman Lake in Randolph County.

Video above the truck’s windshield shows the moment when bird flies by and drops the fish.

The snipped of video was then posted on social media by Ward Transport and Logistics, a trucking company that has an office in Charlotte.”

Check out the full story by going here.

What are the odds that a bird that snatched a fish out of nearby water would lose its grip and drop it on an unsuspecting driver’s windshield? According to the rest of the story, the trucker calmly pulled over his vehicle to inspect for any damage. Luckily, it appears that the windshield remained intact and no damage or injuries were sustained. We’re sure this trucker had quite the story to share later that day!

At IAS Auto Glass our service includes replacement for fleet and commercial glass vehicles. Call us at 952-797-4374 or view or auto glass page to learn more about how we can help satisfy your auto glass needs.

Man drives car with smashed up windshield wearing safety glasses

“Driving with snow obscuring the view out your car’s windshield is dangerous, but that risk pales in comparison to what the Montana Highway Patrol came across on Wednesday, April 7.

After pulling over a Subaru Outback near Anaconda, Montana, the trooper conducting the stop discovered its windshield was smashed to pieces, along with much of the left side of the vehicle. According to the driver, he had been peering through a small hole in the windshield to navigate for some time, completely blind otherwise.

According to a post on Facebook by the MHP, the driver of the fourth-generation Outback was, at the very least, protecting his eyes while sighting Interstate 90 through the jagged hole in the windshield. He was, however, wearing safety glasses to prevent shards of safety glass from blowing into the car and damaging his vision. Nice.”

Read the entire story here.

Apparently the driver had crossed several state lines while operating the vehicle in it’s smashed-up condition. There was no indication as to how the car became this way. However, police said that it was loaded on a flat-bed truck and transported to its final destination. It’s amazing the driver made it that far without being stopped previously.

IAS Auto Glass offers expert windshield replacement to residents in the Twin Cities area. In fact, we offer mobile service at no extra cost. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page to find out more.

Man piles furniture on windshield, roof, and trunk of car while driving

“A driver decided to move a large sofa by putting it on the front windshield of his car, totally obscuring his view of the road ahead. The four-door silver sedan was snapped in West Mobile, Alabama, on Friday with a TV on the roof, and a matching couch obscuring the back window. The five-second video shot by Adrianne Ely Pyle and obtained by WKRG showed the three pieces of furniture tied to the car with rope.

Pyle drove up alongside the vehicle and passed it, revealing the car had a driver as well as a passenger. The car appeared to have the front driver’s side window rolled down, perhaps to help him see the road ahead.”

Read more about this bizarre story here.

Talk about an accident waiting to happen. Aside from the terrible and dangerous idea, a windshield isn’t meant to support that much weight. Instead of renting a uhaul, this driver is willing to potentially kill himself, his passenger, and anyone unlucky enough to be in their path. After another reporter contacted the local police, they were informed that no witnesses came forward and a citation wasn’t issued. Yikes!

Unfortunately, poor choices from motorists regarding unsecured loads affect innocent drivers far too often. This usually happens when construction vehicles or trucks neglect to secure items such as poles, bricks, and other heavy objects. Some times these incidents are fatal. They almost always involving smashing the windshield. The team at IAS Auto Glass understands how stressful situations like these are and offer our expert windshield replacement service at a reasonable price. Call us at 952-797-4374 to learn more.

Woman videos snake slithering wildly on her windshield

“A Florida resident went viral on TikTok after a snake took a liking to her windshield and she struggled to get it off.

Earlier this month, Abbey Rostron uploaded a series of videos of TikTok showing a small snake that she found on her car that led her to pull over. The first video has received over 4.6 million views.

“I had to pull over because this dude is in my car,” she says in the clip. “I don’t even know what to do. Dude, please just get off the car. Just jump off. Be a good little snake.”

Even though Rostron says the snake is in the car, it appears to be outside the windshield, although she could have been referring to inside the hood. At another point in the first video, she films the snake while driving and takes the car to an Advance Auto Parts for assistance.”

Read more on this story here.

The driver apparently kept losing track of the snake which added to her humorous takes during the videos. Eventually, the snake fell off harmlessly to the ground. A few commenters speculated that it was a non-venomous snake called a black racer. Even if some how the snake managed to get through the windshield Mrs. Rostron was never really in any danger. However, it’s safe to assume that she will be extra cautious for awhile every time she steps in her car.

While it’s extremely unlikely a snake would cause damage to a windshield, there are plenty of instances where other critters have broken through. Animals such as deer, birds, and even turtles can easily break through while you’re driving. If your windshield has been damaged by an animal or otherwise call IAS Auto Glass at 952-797-4374. For residents in the Twin Cities area we offer mobile windshield repair and replacement at no extra charge!

Don’t fall for the “quick hacks” for windshield defrosting

“The icy winter storm across the U.S. has brought snow to 100 million Americans from the South to East Coast, causing hazardous road conditions and car troubles such as icy windshields.

While authorities have urged people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel, one social media user recently took to Facebook to offer some alleged advice on how to defrost car windows that have been frozen by the ice and sleet.

The user claims dumping scorching hot water on your windshield can be more effective at clearing the glass windshield.

“Pour hot water on your windshield & it’ll defrost faster thank me later,” reads the Feb. 14 post with over 12,000 shares.”

Read more on this story here.

It’s astounding that such bad advice can be shared thousands of times as if it is some sort of new tip. There has always been people who’ve resorted to pouring hot water on a windshield to thaw it out. Yes, that’s a quick way to melt ice. It’s also inevitable that at some point that hot water will cause the windshield to crack. Why? Because the glass can’t handle such extreme temperature changes.

If your windshield is cracked or chipped call IAS Auto Glass at 952-797-4374. Our auto glass service includes repair and replacement with repairs taking 30 minutes or less!

Sheet of ice from passing car smashes windshield of driving couple

“Bill and Becky Cassell were on their way to the grocery store for winter weather supplies when a sheet of ice flew off the roof of a passing car and slammed into their windshield.

“When I opened my eyes, we were covered in glass and ice,” Bill Cassell recalled. “Going straight was the only thing I could do. There was no getting out of the way.”

Cassell said they sustained minor injuries, which primarily consisted of small cuts on their hands from the glass. However, the accident left them uneasy.

“It wasn’t really until we got how and saw how bad it was that I started shaking,” said Becky Cassell. “[The ice] came right into his face. It could have killed him. So, I’m so thankful to God that it didn’t.””

Read more on this story here.

We’ve talked about clearing ice and snow from your vehicle in the past. Most people, however, are only concerned with clearing the windshield for visibility. Some, even only clear out a tiny portion of the windshield! The truth is, your vehicle needs to be completely free from any ice or snow that has the potential to slide off. It’s not only the responsible thing to do, but may end preventing a horrific tragedy.

At IAS Auto Glass, we hear stories all the time of objects breaking through windshields. We do everything possible to make such experiences less stressful during the windsheild replacement process. That’s why we offer mobile service at no extra cost. Call us at 952-797-437 or visit our auto glass service page for more details.