Less driving has resulted in a 50% decrease in auto glass claims

“COVID-19 seems to become more taxing as time continues and more is learned about the virus. Solera recently held a webinar COVID-19 What’s Now and What’s Next, where a panel of the company’s experts addressed how the virus is impacting the industry on a global level.

“It’s an unprecedented situation where we have been forced to think outside of the box to look for better solutions; in the U.S. and we’ve seen most of the shops still open,” said Ramon Suarez, Solera regional managing director, as he began explaining what the company has been noticing. “The country’s auto glass claims volumes are down by 50% and auto glass replacement services are down 30%.””

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Due to the lockdown restrictions across most of the U.S., many people aren’t driving as often as they normally would. This is especially true for those who drove for their work commutes. Less driving means less accidents which trickles down to fewer insurance claims for auto glass. Because of this sudden drop in claims, auto glass shops have had to adjust their business operations accordingly.

As an essential business, we at IAS Auto Glass are doing everything possible to provide service to those in need. Even if you aren’t driving, your auto glass may still become damaged from vandalism, break-ins, or an “act of god”. Please call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

Eagan truck driver gets quite a scare when turkey smashes through windshield

“A truck driver and turkey got acquainted instantly on Wednesday in Eagan.

The Eagan Police Department posted on Facebook that a turkey flew through a truck driver’s windshield on Interstate 35E.

Both the driver and turkey were reported to be OK.

Police say after the turkey was removed, the bird walked into a wooden area “like nothing happened.””

Read the article and see additional photos here.

Judging by the size of the turkey and the completely shattered windshield, it must have been a frightening ordreal for both the driver and the bird. How neither was injured is pretty miraculous. While collisions with animals on the road is not uncommon, it typically involves deer or other large animals. However, other commenters on this story have also mentioned such incidents with turkeys in the Eagan area.

If your windshield was damaged because of an act of nature or otherwise, contact the pro’s at IAS Auto Glass for your complete auto glass repair needs. We even offer mobile service to residents in the twin cities area at no extra cost. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Tips to keep your car clean and free of COVID-19

“With the rise of COVID-19 cases around the country, many are disinfecting everything they come in contact with. Along with household items and devices, don’t forget about your car and the unknown germs you could be bringing in and out. Properly sanitizing the most frequently touched parts of your car is important. However, your interior is made up of a number of materials which should be treated differently.

Step #1: Select The Right Products

  • For all interiors: Across the board, always try to avoid any and all solvents including acetone, alcohols, and kerosene. They can be very harsh and aren’t a good fit for your car’s delicate interior materials.

Step #2: Vacuum Thoroughly

Spend time getting into the difficult, narrow, and cramped areas of your vehicle. Look for areas that often accumulate the most dirt, debris, and dust. Getting rid of that stuff first will make cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces of your car much more effective. Another helpful tip: if your vacuum has multiple attachments, use them to really gain access to those deep crevices”

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One of the important things to remember during this stressful time is really be aware of everything you touch. Keep hand sanitizer and lysol wipes with you during necessary car trips. Really think about the things you touch in your car’s interior. The steering wheel, radio, seat adjustments – these are things we do almost like 2nd nature. Try to get in the habit of wiping your hands before entering your car, as well as wiping down these components.

The team at IAS Auto Glass understands how difficult these upcoming weeks will be. We are still offering are our mobile auto glass service at no extra costs to residents in the twin cities area. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

Don’t be bulled into unnecessary auto glass repairs

“Recent insurance industry data places Florida as second in the nation for auto glass claims, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

“Auto glass claims have increased 52 percent over the last five years in Florida, and that suggests that there may be a corresponding rise in fraudulent activity,” said Alan Haskins, NICB’s vice president of government affairs.

Fraudsters continue to target Florida, as they look to take advantage of policyholders by convincing them they need a windshield repair or replacement – when they might not. Some glass repair companies bill for services and never actually replace the windshield, or often replace windshields that do not have damage.”

Read more on this story here.

It should be stated that this rise in fradulent auto glass claims by some shady repair companies is not indicative of the industry as a whole. However, some are using the Assignment of Benefits form as a way to take the rights of policyholder and inflate or misreperesent the cost of a repair. These businesses should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as other legitimate auto glass repair companies try to maintain a balance between their customers and the insurers.

At IAS Auto Glass we always have our customers best interest in mind. If a windshield can be repaired resulting in a lower cost than replacement, that’s what we’ll do. If your auto glass is not covered by your insurer, please contact us at 952-797-4374 and ask about our competitive cash prices. Additionally, you may visit FAQ page to read more common questions and answers.

Class action lawsuit against Subaru for defective windshields intensifies

“15 new plaintiffs have been added to a class action lawsuit that was originally filed by Christine Powell against Subaru. The suit alleges Subaru of America Inc. (Subaru) was “manufacturing, marketing and selling new vehicles with defective and dangerous windshields that were spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking.” The plaintiffs are seeking a trial by jury, according to court documents.

“Plaintiffs bring this consumer class action lawsuit because the defendants manufactured, marketed, distributed, and sold 2017-2020 Subaru Forester, 2017-2020 Subaru Outback, 2017-2020 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017-2020 Subaru Legacy and 2017-2020 Subaru Impreza vehicles (collectively known as class vehicles) without disclosing that the class vehicles’ windshields are defective and dangerous due to the fact that the windshields are spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking,” a portion of the consolidated complaint reads.

According to a consolidated complaint, filed earlier this month by all of the suit’s plaintiffs, Subaru “failed to disclose material facts and a safety concern to purchasers and lessees of the class vehicles.” The consolidated complaint combines Powell’s original suit with two additional class action cases over the auto manufacturer’s windshields that were filed in California and New Jersey.”

Read the full story here.

The original plantiff, Christine Powell, first filed the lawsuit against Subaru back in October. In that initial filing, dozens of complaints were attached to back up Powell’s claim alleging the source defect. These complaints were logged in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s database. Based on the fact the lawsuit has become class action, it’s clear Subaru has a major problem on their hands.

If your windshield has cracked or chipped without warning, you should immediately review your vehicle warranty. Check if a recall is in effect. If you need immediate repair or replacement then contact IAS Auto Glass at 952-797-4374. You may also view our auto glass page for more information.

Car alarms unlikely to go off when thieves smash auto glass and windows

“From what he’s seen, criminals typically target that front glass first and then quickly realized they’re not getting into the car that way, Smith said. The target then becomes the back window, creating two glass problems for car owners.

In most cases when those windows are busted, Tom said people shouldn’t expect an alarm to go off — even if a car came with an alarm unless you have specific glass and impact sensors.

Many cars do come with some type of entry point security, which means the horn will sound if a door is pried open, Tom said. That security feature doesn’t mean the horn with sound if a window is busted.

“When thieves break in, they already know that if they break the window, if they don’t open the door, (the alarm)’s probably not going to go off,” Tom said.”

Read the full story here.

Even if you don’t leave your valuables in plain sight, there’s still a chance that a thief will not be deterred from breaking into your car. The same goes for parking your car in a well-lit area. Windows are the easiest point of entry and can cause double the frustration for car owners. It’s bad enough having something stolen but then needing to replace the window is like pouring salt on a wound.

If you’ve been the victim of a vehicle break-in that resulted in a broken window or two, call IAS Auto Glass at 952-797-4374. You may also visit our auto glass page for more information on our services.

Sheet of ice obliterates windshield of middle school bus

“Middle school students aboard a Utica Community Schools bus in Shelby Township experienced an after-school scare Tuesday, when a sheet of ice shattered half of the bus windshield.

It happened around 3 p.m. on 25 Mile Road near Van Dyke according to Shelby Township Police. The bus was carrying 31 students at the time.

The bus driver and one student sustained minor injuries, and were both treated and released from the hospital according to police.

The sheet of ice is believed to have come from the roof of a box truck.

Police told Action News it’s unclear if the truck driver knew the ice was on their roof or not.”

Read more on this story here.

According to local law, it is illegal to leave snow and ice covering your windows and windshield. Since it is believed that the ice came from the roof of this vehicle, criminal liability may be a toss up. Regardless, common decency and safety should have everyone wanting to remove any potential hazards like ice buildup no matter where it is located on the vehicle. It’s fortunate that this bus driver kept calm and no serious injuries occurred.

The team at IAS auto glass provides auto glass service to commercial and fleet vehicles. We even offer discounts on some of the commercial vehicles we service. Call us at us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for further details.

Toyota Prius facing legal issues for “self-destructing” windshields

What Is The Prius Lawsuit About?
There is an alleged defect that can cause the windshields of 2016-2018 Prius to crack unexpectedly at any time during normal driving. There are 57 pages about the complaint, including points at which the windshield can self destruct at any time. The problem with the Prius windshield can happen when parked or while traveling at high speeds.

What Could Happen To You In Your Prius?
A windshield that self destructs could be nothing short of a disaster. The structural integrity of the main cabin relies upon the windscreen in the event of an accident.”

Read more on this lawsuit here.

Apparently, Toyota has known about this issue for some time. Funds from the lawsuit are supposed to help those who’ve put in a claim for repair to be reimbursed. There doesn’t appear to be any recall, so it seems like if you’re a Prius owner, you’ll have to see when and if your windshield is affected.

At IAS Auto Glass we offer both windshield repair and replacement services. Contact us today at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Just a reminder to always clear your vehicle windows of ice before driving

“A woman who scraped some but not all the ice from Tuesday’s storm off her windshield crashed into a mailbox and flipped over on Thursday, Ramapo police said. She was slightly injured in the crash and had to be extracted from the car by the Monsey Fire Department.

Earlier today Ramapo PD responded to a car crash on Bluejay St in the Village of Chestnut Ridge. The investigation revealed that the 61 year old female operator failed to scrape the ice from her vehicles windshield. The operator’s view was obstructed due to the ice covered windshield. As a result, she crashed into a brick mailbox.”

Read more about the incident and see photos here.

No matter how late you’re running, it’s never a good idea to forgo clearing your windshield and other auto glass from ice. For one, you’re putting other motorists and pedestrians at risk by limiting your visibility. Of course, there’s also the chance that you’ll be in an accident not involving others as shown in this case. All it takes to avoid such a problem is a little extra time and patience. Warm your car up for 10 or so minutes before you need to leave and that ice will be easy to remove.

At IAS Auto Glass we offer a wide range of auto glass services. This includes repair and replacement for not just standard automobiles but also commercial and fleet vehicles. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Catfish smashes through windshield of SUV

“It’s not unusual for eastern North Carolina drivers to hit a deer while driving, or a raccoon or even a crow or vulture munching on road kill; it’s not, however, common for a driver to hit a catfish while driving down the road.

Rhesa Walston of Washington hit the whiskered fish while driving home from her mom’s house on Wednesday night.

“That birds got a fish and I was like oh my gosh, it’s a catfish and about that time he drops it and it lands on my windshield and tiny glass just goes everywhere.””

Read the full story here.

What are the odds that a bird would drop a fish (or any object) and have it land right on your windshield? It’s hard to not be angry and feel like this was an intentional act. Unfortunately, situations like these might be classified as an “Act of God” and therefore could be difficult to win a claim.

If your windshield was damaged and needs to be replaced, call IAS Auto Glass at 952-797-4374. We offer mobile service to those in the twin cities area at no extra cost. Visit our auto glass page for more information.