Saving with Windshield Repair

We came across this article from the Sammamish Reporter that echoes the sentiments of the auto glass community regarding the importance of prompt repair of chips and nicks in you auto glass.  Thousands of windshields are replaced nationwide every year that should never have needed it.  Which means that not only are consumers spending money that they don’t need to spend, but tons of non-recyclable glass is being unnecessarily thrown into landfills.

There used to be a time when the only thing to do was to either ignore them or replace the whole windshield, an expensive undertaking which can set you back $300 to $400.

Dick Walker, owner of Eastside Mobile Auto Glass, said that he had seen quite a few people bring their cars in over the past few weeks to have their windshields repaired, before they needed replacing.

“It makes a lot of sense,” Walker said. “If you get the chip while it is still small, we can repair it before it spreads and cracks. A repair job costs about $40, but if you wait and the windshield needs repairing, then it will cost hundreds.”

Walker, who has been in business for 29 years and in Issaquah for 18, says that this time of year, a lot of the cracks start to grow.

It’s the warmer weather – the glass starts to slowly expand and the cracks that were made in the winter put strain and stress on the windshield.

The good news for motorists is that most insurance companies will pay for a windshield repair.

“A lot of them will even waive the deductible,” said Walker.

And if you are in the Rochester, NY area, repair is FREE with a small donation of pet supplies to help support our community animal shelters.  As little a five pounds of cat or dog food could save you a windshield replacement a few months down the line.

Even for those non-New York-ers the cost, time and materials saved should be a big enough motivator to get you down to your local NGA Certified glass shop for a quick easy and painless repair to your chipped windshield


Free Windshield Chip Repair in Rochester, NY

Ray Sands Glass is excited to announce that we will once again be providing FREE windshield chip repair to anyone bringing in items to be donated to the Open Door Mission, a non-profit organization that helps people in need.  We had such great success with last year’s charitable promotion, which sent 15  truckloads of donations to Open Door from November to February, we have decided to do it again.  But this year we will continue the drive throughout the year, sending our donations to other charities after February.

We accept donations of pretty much anything: food, clothing for adults or children (especially business attire, since they help people find work), coats, blankets, shoes, boots, gloves, hats and toiletries.  You can check out their website for a more detailed list of their needs.

We do the free chip repairs in exchange for donations whether or not you have glass coverage.  So if you do have glass coverage, you save yourself an insurance claim, if you don’t have coverage you save 50 dollars.

With the economy falling on hard times, charities often suffer, so we can only hope that this drive will see the same success it did last year.  We were truly amazed at the way the Rochester supported the needy in their own community.  We were overwhelmed with donations from people who didn’t even need a chip repair, so we applied Aquapel Rain Repellent Treatment to their windshields.

So thank you, beforehand, for all support and donations that we know we will receive for the Open Door Mission with this drive.  And thanks again to the agencies who’s employees went through their own closets and cupboards and called us to pick up boxes upon boxes of donations last year.