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Spend some tax money on your car

windshield repair orlandoIt’s the time of year again when the big tax refund checks are in the mail. With the average tax refund expected to be nearly $3,000, you might be thinking about splurging on something special. However, being practical with some of your refund might be a better choice, like preventative vehicle maintenance.

Car owners can actually save more money in auto repairs in the long run by routinely spending small amounts on preventative maintenance, including a thorough annual vehicle inspection. Following the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual is like insurance. By spending a small amount on auto care more regularly, you protect yourself from larger expenses later on.

With proper care, the typical vehicle should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable performance. The most common routine maintenance procedures and repairs include checking the oil, filters and fluids, belts and hoses, brakes, tires and the HVAC system. The non-profit Car Care Council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment.

Routine car care will also help keep your vehicle running dependably and improve its fuel economy, so you can avoid unexpected car trouble and save more money at the pump.

Check the Headlights, Backlights, and Signals Don’t wait until you are on the road with headlights, backlights, or signals that don’t work to do something. Before your holiday road trip, take a look at all the lights and make sure they are working normally. It is also a wise idea to have someone help you see if any lights need replacement. Do this examination a few days before your trip so you’re not rushing at the last minute, but if you still have enough time (and it is recommended), take a look at the lights again the day of your trip.

Inspect the Tire Pressure Along with examining your headlights, backlights, and signals, you should inspect the tire pressure. A few days before your road trip, take a look if you see a flat tire or a tire that seems to be heading in that direction. If you have a flat tire, get it replaced fast. However, if you just have low tire pressure, then you have plenty of time to get it repaired; though, be sure to do so within a day or two and not at the last second before your trip. You can even go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free. Then, check the tire pressure again right before you leave for your trip (as in the morning of). Many new cars have an awesome feature that tells drivers whether the car has low tire pressure, but even so, it doesn’t hurt to check for yourself. It’ll help you have a safe drive.

Keep Windshield and Windshield Wipers Clean This car care tip will come in very handy on your road trip. Car owners use windshield wipers not just to clear the glass from rain but to also clean the glass from fog and dirt. Most glares drivers experience while on the road occur due to a dirty windshield, and it is during those moments that drivers use their windshield wipers to wipe the dirt out of their view. Yet, if the wiper blades are themselves dirty, then it’s impossible to thoroughly clean the glass. As a result, be sure to have a clean windshield and clean wiper blades before your road trip. If the wipers are old and starting to make screeching noises, be sure to replace them.


Regularly Refill on Windshield Washer Fluid 
Another similar car care tip is to always refill on windshield washer fluid, especially before your holiday road trip, as you might need it when you’re in need of washing a dirty glass while you’re off to your destination.

Reducing Glares

windshield glaresYou’re driving at night when another car’s headlights suddenly create a glare on your windshield. The strong lights blind you for a few seconds, putting you at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of you or unintentionally swerving to another lane. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, even in the morning when you’re driving to work you have this problem. Sunlight and just about any strong light create glares, making dangerous driving. Though you use the best sunglasses during daylight hours, the issue is unresolved at night. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is simpler than you thought, and it’ll prevent you from having to go to a car glass repair shop to get this fixed.

Clean the Windshield Inside and Out – The most important action to take in order to maintain your car’s glass, keep the glares away, and avoid going to a car glass repair shop (which can cost you a lot of money) is to start out by cleaning your windshield. Take a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, and spray it over the windshield. Then, using a microfiber cloth (don’t use regular rags, towels, or sponges as they can scratch the glass), wipe the glass clean. It will sparkle like it should. Then, repeating the same process, clean the other side of the windshield from inside the car. This will remove dirt and grime that have been building up on the glass and stop windshield glares.

Clean all Windows and Mirrors – Of course, cleaning the windshield isn’t enough to remove glares. You can still get glares through your windows and mirrors, as they can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision. Before you go to a glass repair shop, take a look at your glass. When was the last time you cleaned it properly? It’s highly necessary to clean all of your vehicle’s glass, including your rearview mirror, if you are having problems with glares.

Clean Windshield Wipers – While cleaning your windshield wipers doesn’t directly affect glares, it does help you maintain your windshield’s cleanliness, which in turn removes glares. Thus, it is crucial to regularly inspect your wiper blades and get them cleaned. Use your favorite washer fluid to wet a microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe the windshield wipers. This will leave them in a good condition and help you keep the glass in a topnotch shape. However, if your windshield wipers are old and have cracks in them, replace them with new ones, as the old wipers can scratch at the glass and cause even more glares. At the same time, always be sure that you have enough washer fluid in your car so you can keep the windshield clean at all times.

Clean the Headlights – Finally, in order to avoid glares and not have to go to a car glass repair shop, clean your car’s headlights. This will help you view the road more clearly since other vehicles’ lights won’t outshine yours and blur your vision. There are a couple of ways to clean the headlights. While wiping them off with a car cleaner and a microfiber cloth is good—even essential—you will find that you need to do more in order to remove the yellow haze that’s on them. Therefore, what you can do is take baking soda and vinegar and combine a little bit of each in a foam cup. Then, you will dab your microfiber cloth in this homemade remedy and use it to wipe the grime and haze off of the headlights. This homemade solution can be very effective toward reducing glares.

With just these few actions, you’ll never have to deal with glares again and you won’t need to go to a car glass repair shop just to feel safe driving on the road at night or during daylight hours. Regularly check your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights and get them cleaned properly. It will do wonders when it comes to these irritating glares.

Florida Statute for Damaged Windshield

windshield glaresIf you experienced minor damage (usually defined as “chipped), then you may opt for a repair. If you experience major damage, like from a car accident, then you probably will want it replaced.

Can I get a ticket for a damaged windshield?

Florida statute 316.610 reads: It is a violation of this chapter for any person to drive or move, or for the owner or his or her duly authorized representative to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this chapter, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter, or for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required under this chapter.

In case you just skipped over the technical jargon, it means the police can stop you if they believe your car is unsafe, like a damaged windshield. Also, it is a primary offense, meaning you do not have to be doing anything else wrong for them to stop you. You can have your hands at “ten and two”, going three miles under the speed limit and maintaining your car in the lane perfectly…but if your windshield is cracked, you may still see sirens in your rearview mirror.

What’s the Outcome?

You can be facing a variety of unfavorable outcomes. If the police officer lets you off with a warning, then you will still have to spend several anxiety filled minutes alongside the road. If the police officer writes you a ticket, then you will either have to pay it or get the windshield fixed within 30 days AND either mail in proof of the correction or bring proof (depending on the county) to the county clerk’s office where you were ticketed. However, if the police officer decides your vehicle is not safe to drive, then you could be forced to have it towed at a substantial cost…and, of course, the ticket. While the last scenario may seem unlikely, Florida Statutes do not specify what the measurements, length, or placement of windshield damage would be to render a vehicle unsafe to drive. Therefore, it is up to the police officer’s discretion.

Is the windshield chipped or cracked?

If you experienced minor damage (usually defined as “chipped), then you may opt for a repair. If you experience major damage, like from a car accident, then you probably will want it replaced.  Four elements go into determining if your vehicle merely needs a repair:

  • Will a dollar bill cover up the damage?
  • Do you have more than three chips?
  • Is the damaged area in your line of sight?
  • Is the damage on the edge of the windshield?

If the answer to all of these questions is “No,” then it is usually safe to have the windshield repaired.

Windshield Replacements vs. Repair

Granted, a new windshield sounds better than repairing an old one, but that’s only true if you are getting the windshield from the factory. Florida Statute 627.7288 only requires that the new windshield be of “same fit, quality and performance.” It does not have to be an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part. Perhaps it is just as good as the factory windshield, and perhaps it fits just perfectly into your vehicle, but it is a gamble. While there are some individuals who will go their entire lives without ever being in a car accident, most people will have to deal with a broken windshield at some point. If and when you need it, we hope these tips will provide you with the knowledge you need to handle your repair (or replacement) as safely as possible.

Cracked Windshield

mobile windshield repairIf your vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, don’t ignore it, fix it. Disregarding a small crack now could lead to bigger problems later. Windshield damage may happen unexpectedly, and should be fixed as soon as possible.

 A neglected small chip or crack can turn into a larger one, requiring more costly windshield replacement. In addition, drivers could get ticketed and fined if the crack obstructs vision.

When a vehicle owner notices a problem with their windshield, they should not wait to get it fixed. A small chip or crack can grow larger, and if another item like a rock, golf ball or baseball hits the windshield, the damage can expand quickly, compromising safety and requiring full windshield replacement.

Repairing a small chip or crack is inexpensive, easy and quick to fix, and the vehicle owner’s insurance may even pay for the repair. With simple maintenance, you can avoid a much bigger issue.

SAFETY

Your windshield is among the most important safety functions on your car. Your auto glass must all be restored and it’s essential to retain your window and in good condition at all times. Driving with a chipped or cracked windshield may put you and your passengers at risk for injury in the event of a rollover or collision.

The original purpose of a window was to maintain wind road dust, and water from entering the vehicle. This is still a crucial function of the windshield, especially when traveling at speeds which can be standard of modern automobiles. However, hail, rocks, street dirt, and other items might collide together with your glass as you travel from place to place. Usually, these effects may cause a tiny processor or bust to make. When this happens, it is vital that you own it mounted as soon as possible. So that a replacement is unnecessary many times, little chips can be fixed.

Windshield Repair and Replacement

Another purpose of a windshield and auto glass is that they allow you to really have a clear view of traffic and the street around you. Knowing of your surroundings is essential to preventing potentially hazardous conditions and operating safely. Once your windshield is broken or destroyed, your vision could possibly be hindered, putting you and others in danger.

contributing advice: Car Care Council

Preventing Glares

windshield glaresYou’re driving at night when another car’s headlights suddenly create a windshield glares. The strong lights blind you for a few seconds, putting you at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of you or unintentionally swerving to another lane. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, even in the morning when you’re driving to work you have this problem. Sunlight and just about any strong light create glares, making your driving very dangerous. Though you use the best sunglasses during daylight hours, the issue is unresolved at night. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is simpler than you thought, and it’ll prevent you from having to go to a car glass repair shop to get this fixed. Regularly check your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights and get them cleaned properly to prevent glares.

Clean the Windshield Inside and Out

The most important action to take in order to maintain your car’s glass, keep the glares away, and avoid going to a car glass repair shop (which can cost you a lot of money) is to start out by cleaning your windshield. Take a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, and spray it over the windshield. Then, using a microfiber cloth (don’t use regular rags, towels, or sponges as they can scratch the glass), wipe the glass clean. It will sparkle like it should. Then, repeating the same process, clean the other side of the windshield from inside the car. This will remove dirt and grime that have been building up on the glass and stop windshield glares.

Clean all Windows and Mirrors

Of course, cleaning the windshield isn’t enough to remove glares. You can still get glares through your windows and mirrors, as they can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision. Before you go to a glass repair shop, take a look at your glass. When was the last time you cleaned it properly? It’s highly necessary to clean all of your vehicle’s glass, including your rearview mirror, if you are having problems with glares.

Clean Windshield Wipers

While cleaning your windshield wipers doesn’t directly affect glares, it does help you maintain your windshield’s cleanliness, which in turn removes glares. Thus, it is crucial to regularly inspect your wiper blades and get them cleaned. Use your favorite washer fluid to wet a microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe the windshield wipers. This will leave them in a good condition and help you keep the glass in a topnotch shape. However, if your windshield wipers are old and have cracks in them, replace them with new ones, as the old wipers can scratch at the glass and cause even more glares. At the same time, always be sure that you have enough washer fluid in your car so you can keep the windshield clean at all times.

Clean the Headlights

Finally, in order to avoid glares and not have to go to a car glass repair shop, clean your car’s headlights. This will help you view the road more clearly since other vehicles’ lights won’t outshine yours and blur your vision. There are a couple of ways to clean the headlights. While wiping them off with a car cleaner and a microfiber cloth is good—even essential—you will find that you need to do more in order to remove the yellow haze that’s on them. Therefore, what you can do is take baking soda and vinegar and combine a little bit of each in a foam cup. Then, you will dab your microfiber cloth in this homemade remedy and use it to wipe the grime and haze off of the headlights. This homemade solution can be very effective toward reducing glares.

With just these few actions, you’ll never have to deal with glares again and you won’t need to go to a car glass repair shop just to feel safe driving on the road at night or during daylight hours. It will do wonders when it comes to these irritating glares.

Windshield Repair Mistakes

auto glass repairRealizing that your windshield helps to hold up the roof of your car, making the right decision when you have a cracked windshield is important to you as the driver and your passengers. At Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, we’ve had people come in with the most bizarre windshield repair situations. For one, those people had delayed and neglected to come to us as soon as their broken auto glass occurred. Then, they went ahead and attempted to fix the glass themselves, using the strangest, most flimsy tools at their disposal. We were so shocked at what we saw, that we just had to share it with you so you don’t make the same mistakes. These people had believed advice strangers had given them, but you should be extra cautious when you fall in the same situations with your vehicle’s glass.

Take a look at the worst advice for repairing auto glass:

cracked windshield#1) Tape Can Hold Together Anything, Including Your Broken Windshield

Let’s be clear, tape, no matter in what form, is not going to fix your broken windshield. Adhesive tape is so delicate that you can literally tear it up with your own fingers. Now imagine if you use that tape to hold together a windshield with a chip. Rain can easily soften the tape’s hold on the glass. Even duct tape, which is certainly thicker and bigger, won’t help you. You have a large, heavy windshield in comparison to a piece of tape. It’s not going to hold, and the chip will expand into a crack that then turns into many fissures. Totally not worth it!

#2) Super Glue Permanently Fixes Things, So Why Not the Glass?

cracked windshieldSuper glue, no matter how strong, is not literally permanent. It does have many benefits, such as putting back together the handle on your favorite coffee mug that you accidentally broke. However, when it comes to broken auto glass, you have to remember that you have a big windshield that’s holding up a heavy car roof. That super glue is only going to create a sticky mess that’s going to be impossible to remove later. And guess what that’ll do? That’ll create a blurry windshield with many light glares. Now, isn’t it better to just go to the professionals before all this mess happens?

#3) Nail Polish Makes Nails Strong, So It Has to Work on Windshields!

This advice is so ridiculous, we’re not sure why anyone actually believed it. Nail polish is definitely not going to fix your broken auto glass. Think about it. When someone puts nail polish on their fingernails, it keeps their nails strong for a few days. At first, the color is sparkly and neat, but then it starts to get dull, and that’s when you notice the first chip. Nail polish then peels off, and nails are back to their normal strength. As a result, nail polish is not going to be any different on windshields. It might last for a day or two, but it certainly won’t make a difference. It’ll peel off after being exposed to rain and the harsh heat, and the chip will still turn into a big crack.

#4) There are Special Band-Aids for Windshields That You Can Always Use

Some geniuses out there decided that a great way to fool people into giving them lots and lots of money is to create “special” Band-Aids for windshields.  Let’s be frank, this is just another form of translucent tape, and it’s not going to hold up a heavy, broken windshield. Don’t listen to these advertisements. Be wise and realize that all of this is just a means to strip you of your money.

A broken auto glass needs to be repaired by an expert rather than get fixed with tools that an eight year old uses in his school’s arts and crafts project. Therefore, don’t hesitate to go to a professional auto glass shop, or you might end up facing worse repairs. When you see a chip in your windshield, take immediate action. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your passengers.

Windshield – It All Began By Accident

The invention of shatter-resistant glass has brought numerous positive changes to the automobile industry. The history of shatterproof/safety glass is one that started with a revolutionary discovery. It all began by accident. No really – the creation of shatter-proof glass happened by accident.

French Chemist Edouard Benedictus had an assistant who had failed to remove the residual cellulose nitrate solution from a glass flask that had previously been filled with it. When the chemist accidentally dropped his glass flask, the broken glass adhered to a thin layer of plastic that had formed inside the container from cellulose nitrate. This same chemist went on to create the life-saving buffer found in the bullet-proof glass.

The Timeline

  • The 20s – the placement of laminated glass in stylish vehicles like the famous Hudson Roadster and the classic Oldsmobile. Still, laminate windshield inclusion played a pivotal role in the popularity found in vehicle safety features.
  • The 30s – tempered glass became another available option. Laminate windshields had made their way into the standard features of many vehicles and were quickly gaining interest. In 1937, federal regulations required the use of safety glass in automobiles.
  • The 50’s – laminate windshields increase. The bubbles that formed in the laminate during the heating process had become a safety concern instead of a safety feature. In 1959, the emergence of float glass created a durable safety barrier.
  • The 60’s was revolutionized by something called the Pilkington Process. This process involves floating, heating, and molding molten mixtures of silica, water and other ingredients in controlled chambers and is still used today.
  • The 70’s – safety became a huge consideration for vehicle makers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was created to regulate on-the-road vehicles.
  • Today – Our current auto-glass windshields are made of three layers of materials. Two layers of tempered glass and one sheet of Polyvinyl butyral are fused seamlessly together to create flexible, durable windshields. We continue to improve on auto-glass window safety.

Did you know?

The word “Windshield” is used in North America while “Windscreen” is used in Australia and the British Isles to describe the auto glass in the front of an automobile..

 

Why LP Auto Glass Orlando?

mobile windshield repairAll car glass repair shops are the same, right? Wrong! What makes a car glass repair shop Orlando stand out is its level of quality, strong customer service, fairness of prices, and its promise to you. If it does not have any of those, it is not a professional shop. Getting the job done is not the same as getting it done the right way for an affordable price. That is why LP Auto Glass Orlando is the best in Central Florida.

We Use Only Original Parts

At LP Auto Glass Orlando, when we replace your old, broken windshield or window with a new one, we always make sure that it is an original part. We never use old or used glass. In fact, we carry a large inventory of glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. Our car glass repair can occur here at our facility or at your location within a 45-mile radius in the Orlando Metro area. This ensures that you only receive high-quality car glass parts that are sturdy and can last for a long time.

Affordable Prices

We are not called low price for nothing. When you come to our shop, you will get the best service around for a fair price. We will never increase our prices, and we always make sure that we charge you less than other car glass shops.

We Service Five Different Counties in Florida

Whether you live in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, or Osceola County, LP Auto Glass Orlando is readily available to service you in all your car glass needs. You will not need to go to a pricey car glass repair shop while we are around.

We Can Come to You

Another great reason to rely on LP Orlando is our mobile service, which comes to you. For instance, if your car’s glass is in a terrible shape that makes driving your car dangerous, you can easily call us. We will drive straight to you. This service is recommended to make sure you stay safe while still receiving the best car repair

You Receive a Lifetime Warranty with Us

When you get a car glass repair at LP Auto Glass Orlando, you receive a lifetime warranty with us. If anything occurs to the same glass that we repaired, we will repair it once more on us. This way, you will never have to worry about us doing a half-decent job. We will fix your glass anytime it experiences problems.

We Will Not Rest until You Are Satisfied

Not only is the service at LP Orlando affordable and has a lifetime warranty, it is also 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you do not like the job or repair on your car’s glass, we will work on it again until you are happy with the work. We would never let you go home with a bad car glass repair or replacement. You can speak up your mind, tell us all your concerns, and we will be sure to get everything fixed just the way that it should be done.

LP Auto Glass Orlando has the best, highest-quality services at affordable prices and always goes above and beyond to make customers happy.

Back-to-School Car Safety

back to school car safetyIt’s time for back-to-school and it’s time to help families remember back-to-school car safety for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more.

There is always a lot to do before school starts and making sure your vehicle is running safely and efficiently should be at the top of that ‘to-do’ list.

  1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  2. Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  3. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
  4. Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
  5. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips .

Back-to-school car safety should be on the top of every family’s mind as we start this busy time of the year with our children.

reprinted from the Car Care Council

Heart of Hurricane Season

hurricaneWe are entering the heart of hurricane season, and we all know what this means for Orlando’s residents. If a hurricane does not pass through Florida, storms still manage to attack and disrupt our daily lives. However, if a hurricane does pass through Florida, shelter is a must. That is why it’s a wise idea to be prepared for such an event ahead of time. This requires planning with your entire family, building a disaster supplies kit, and taking other precautions in order to have hurricane protection.

Here is all you need to do:

Plan with Your Family It’s always important to plan with your family in case you are not together when a hurricane occurs. Where will you take shelter? How will you contact one another? During this planning period, think of different scenarios and have each member of your family discuss what will take place, where they’ll go, how you’ll find each other, etc… This includes discussing what will happen when the kids are in school, when the parents are at work, when the college students are driving back from classes, and any other possible situation.

Build a Kit Next, build your emergency disaster kit. This kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation), a minimum of three-day supply of non-perishable food, a radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a manual can opener, a cell phone with chargers, among other necessities and tools.

Remove Any Outdoor Objects If you have any chairs, tables, potted plants, or decorations outdoors that could easily be picked up by a hurricane and thrust away, be sure to move them indoors where they are safe. Doing so gives you hurricane protection against these items being shoved against a glass door or window, leading to a bigger disaster.

Hurricane Season – For Your Car:

Park Your Car in a Garage or Away From Trees Just as you have to safeguard yourself and your house, you need to safeguard your car. If you park it outside when you have space in your garage, then take advantage of this garage. Protect your car from the outside storm which could seriously harm it. Though, if you can’t park it under a roof, be sure that it is at least away from a tree or a line of trees. You want to avoid the possibility of having a weak tree fall on your car as much as possible.

Keep Your Gas Tank Full in Case of an Evacuation Even if your car is parked inside your garage, keep it there on a full tank of gas. This is a crucial hurricane protection step since it will help you if you are told you have to evacuate the area. You don’t want to drive in a storm with little gas to go on.

Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car Even if you never evacuate your house or shelter, having an emergency kit specifically for your car is essential. Like the disaster kit in your house, your car kit should have water and non-perishable food, radio (battery or hand cranked), flashlight, manual can opener, cell phone and car charger, clothes, blankets, first aid kit, jumper cables, and more. If you have babies and/or pets, you should also have baby formulas, milk, and pet food in the car.

Having hurricane protection in Orlando is a must so you can be prepared even if the worst takes place. Make a plan with your family, and you’ll have ease of mind.