As winter and cold weather sets in, it’s vital that you scrape your windshield

“‘As winter approaches, law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers to scrape their windshields before heading out on the roads to avoid causing a crash.

Police in Menomonie, Wisconsin said a driver drove into oncoming traffic Tuesday morning and went off the road because they could not see through the frost on their windshield.

No one was hurt in the crash, but police said it easily could have been much worse.'”

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Morning commuters are well aware of the frustrations that come with frost and ice build-up on windshields. It’s not uncommon to see tiny pockets of clear spots on windshields from other drivers as they rush to get to work. However, driving without even scraping at all? That’s a recipe for disaster.

The easiest thing you can do to clear your windshield is start and warm your car up while you get ready for work. It should only take several minutes before the ice starts to clear and it only takes a minute or two to walk out there and turn the ignition. If you have a remote starter, even better!

While we won’t scrape your windshield for you, we do offer exceptional service for repairs and replacements of windshields. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page to learn more.

San Francisco has a unique plan to combat vehicle break-ins

“Voter anger over San Francisco’s vehicle break-in epidemic has district attorney candidate Chesa Boudin proposing that the city help replace the broken windows and competitor Leif Dautch suggesting that convicted burglars do the repairs.

“For young, first-time, non-organized-crime offenders, Victims Services would operate a community-service restitution program where offenders would repair the glass of cars that have been broken into,” said Dautch, one of four candidates in a tight race to replace D.A. George Gascón, who resigned recently.

“This glass-repair unit would be one component of a diversion program or probation sentence, not the entire punishment for the crime,” said Dautch, a deputy state attorney general and former member of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commission.”

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It’s a strange concept for sure, burglars repairing auto glass on the spot? One has to wonder how these offenders would be trained and who would supervise them. As an automobile owner, naturally there would be concern over the qualifications of these convicts. Most people would probably feel more comfortable having a reputable professional make the repairs or replacement.

At IAS Auto Glass, our technicians offer mobile service in the Twin Cities metro area for no extra cost. Call us today at 952-797-4374 to schedule service or visit our auto glass page for more information.

New standard for auto glass implemented by the Certified Automotive Parts Association

“The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has announced its technical committee has approved the CAPA 801 Standard for the certification of automotive glass.

The standard currently applies to windshields but may be expanded to include side and rear windows in the future.

In the past, fit and clarity were the primary concerns when using aftermarket glass; however, with the growing trend of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) being incorporated with automotive glass, considerations surrounding the functionality of ADAS equipment must be also made.

Following feedback from the collision repair industry regarding the quality of aftermarket automotive glass, CAPA created the 801 Standard, which requires demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, Glazing Materials, as well as ADAS-related hardware, appearance, materials and dimensional requirements not addressed by the Federal standard. The standard does not include requirements for glass installation.”

Read the entire story here.

As technology in windshields contains to evolve, safety still remains the #1 priority. This new standard developed should help to further emphasize that point. One thing’s for certain, we’ve come along way from the original type of material used to manufacture auto glass.

The pro’s at IAS Auto Glass always follow installation and replacement procedures by the book. If you need auto glass service call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Golf ball sized-hole discovered in residents windshield near golf course

“A golf ball from the Southgate Municipal Golf Course reportedly made its way into a nearby resident’s driveway Aug. 25. Around 6 p.m., a man living in the 13000 block of Westminster Street said he discovered a golf ball-sized hole in the windshield of his 2018 Lincoln MKX. The next day, he took the car to the Southgate Police Department, where an officer noted the damage to the upper middle of the windshield. The estimated cost of repairs was $700.”

Read the report here.

When you discover damage to your vehicle while it is parked, it can be tricky getting reimbursed quickly. Unless covered by your insurance, you may have to foot the bill for the repair while the legal process plays out. This can be an unwelcomed burden and financial strain.

If you’re auto glass replacement isn’t covered by your insurance contact us at to inquire about our competitive cash prices. Give IAS Auto Glass a call at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Can excessive heat cause your windshield to crack?

“Although heat can put stress on laminated windshields, they will not crack or chip unless it has been hit by flying debris or a stone hurled at high speed

Experts with the Motor Industry Research Association said warmer weather causes chips to spread into vertical cracks.

Our experts recommend repairing chips or cracks as soon as possible especially during long heat waves.

And you really want to resist cranking up the A/C on sweltering hot days.

“If it’s more than 100 degrees outside and your windshield is extremely hot, that rapid oscillation between hot and cold can make it crack probably more than anything else can”, Cynthia Roy, automotive technician at Roy’s Automotive explains.”

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If there ever was a good reason to get that chip or crack fixed in your windshield, the possibility of it worsening should make it obvious. Instead of paying a small fee for repair you could be talking about having to replace the entire windshield. That’s a lot more of an involved process and will end up taking more time and costing you more money.

At IAS auto glass, we repair windshields as well as replace them. No matter how bad the damage is, we have you covered one way or another. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Hail storm wreaks havoc on brooklyn park residents and businesses

“Many Brooklyn Park businesses are calling their insurance companies after Monday’s hail.

The storm also caused a problem for The Window Store Home Improvements next door, but owner Ron Vosika says that’s not necessarily bad news.

“This windshield’s got a nice circle in it from here and these dents in the hood,” pointed out Vosika. “We had six vehicles here and two trailers that got damaged. In Osseo, there we had two other vehicles that were parked over there that got damaged.””

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According to eyewitnesses, the hail storm brought chunks of ice the size of golf balls. Many people in the Brooklyn Park area tried to quickly get their vehicles under cover but didn’t quite make it. As a result, lots of broken glass, dents, and dings were unavoidable.

At IAS Auto Glass, we know how quickly mother nature can strike. Fortunately, we offer mobile service at no extra cost to people in the twin cities metro area. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Police called on man who refused to pay for shoddy windshield repair job

“A Fort Smith man has a chip on his shoulder – and two on his windshield – after police responded when he refused to pay a $75 fee for a repair job at a Deco Windshield Repair kiosk in Yellowknife on July 25.

Ken Hudson, president of the Fort Smith Metis Council, paid up as soon as police arrived but insists he was swindled.

Hudson went into the Canadian Tire. When he returned, he was dismayed to find the technician had failed to fix the windshield, he said.

“I came back and he was still working on it,” said Hudson. “The one chip looked exactly the same from when he started. The second one didn’t look much better.””

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There’s always at least two sides to every story. Is the customer being unruly and unfair or did the technician actually perform a poor job? It’s true that the main objective of fixing chips in windshields is to repair the integrity of the glass. However, although there might be an imperfection or noticeable spot, an improvement should be visible. In this case, the customer took a photo of the repair job afterward and claimed it looked exactly as it did before.

At IAS Auto Glass, customer satisifaction is our priority. We always strive to meet our customer’s expectations as well as clearly define what the main purpose of repair is. If your windshield needs repair or replacement please call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

4 year court battle between Nationwide and a VT. auto glass shop ends

“The four-year legal battle between a Vermont auto repair shop and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) has come to an end. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Parker’s Classic Auto Works, Ltd. (PCAW).

A Superior Court judge previously ruled to throw out the jury’s verdict that was in favor of PCAW. Now however, the auto body shop will gain $41,737.89 from Nationwide due to the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June. The Vermont Supreme Court, provided a 14-page unanimous decision that was authored by Justice Karen Carroll, which ruled in favor of PCAW.

According to court documents, PCAW claimed Nationwide “failed to pay enough to cover needed repairs to vehicles that had been in collisions.” The allegations were also referred to as “short-pay” throughout PCAW’s complaint.”

Read more on this story here.

In the news lately it’s been Geico that has been cracking on auto glass companies who submit fradulent claims. This time around it’s the insurance agency was found in breach of contract for not providing adequate reimbursement. In both cases, the costs usually tricker down to the consumer in regards to higher insurance premiums or out of pocket costs for services.

At IAS Auto Glass, our goal is to provide a smooth and easy process for repairing or replacing your auto glass. If you have any questions about pricing or procedure, call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Documentary about auto glass’s biggest supplier to be released on Netflix

“The locally made documentary about Fuyao Glass America will be released on Netflix Aug. 21.

The film — made by Yellow Springs filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert and their colleagues — follows the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass-factory in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation in Moraine.The plant today is the largest single-site auto glass production site on the planet, with about 2,300 workers.”

Read more about the movie here.

If you ever wondered about how the auto glass industry works, this film will give you some insight. If you look at the technological history of Fuyao, you might be surprised to learn some of their innovations that we take for granted these days. Things such as wired glass defrosts, HUD (heads up display) glass, even solar glass! No doubt, they have some exciting things on the horizon.

IAS Auto Glass specializes in getting the right glass replacement for your vehicle. We offer a wide variety of OEM glass options to get your vehicle back on the road. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Mattress comes crashing through NC woman’s windshield

It’s fortunate that the woman only sustained minor injuries. An object that heavy travelling at a high rate of speed is going to make quite an impact. The driver who failed to properly secure the mattress will most likely be apprehended if not already. One things for sure, as the woman says, avoid following vehicles hauling heavy loads unless absolutely necessary. If you’re on a single lane road then make sure to allow for a great distance between your vehicle and the one in front.

If you’ve been in an accident and sustained windshield damage, call the pros at IAS Auto Glass. We offer free mobile service and our rates are competitive. Visit our auto glass service page or dial 952-797-4374 for more information.