How to Avoid Broken Car Windows

Feelings of anger, violation, and confusion often arise after discovering the windows have been busted out of your automobile and your personal belongings are gone, stolen. Unfortunately, “smash and grabs” are becoming more and more common. However, it may be possible to prevent your vehicle from getting broken into by taking a few extra precautions. 

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At Lucky Dog Auto Glass in Kent WA, we’ve put together a list of tips for you to consider trying. Take a look! 

Keep All Valuables Hidden/Out of Sight 

You already know that if you have valuables in your vehicle, it’s necessary to keep them out of plain sight. Yet, some still make the careless mistake of leaving items like wallets, purses, cell phones, and shopping bags out in the open and unguarded. To avoid broken windows and stolen possessions, make sure to lock up anything of importance in the trunk or glove box of your car, or take these objects out of the automobile with you. 

Don’t Leave Your Car Running and Unattended 

We’re all guilty of having left our car running and unattended. This often occurs at a gas station or convenience store, when the errand seems quick, so quick, that turning the vehicle off doesn’t feel necessary. However, it’s impossible to gauge if or when a thief is waiting and watching. Leaving your automobile running and unattended puts you at risk of becoming a victim of car theft. Additionally, commercial drivers who leave their delivery vehicles running and unattended are at risk of losing not only the vehicle but the company’s tools and inventory. Bottom line: Never leave your car running and unattended, not even for a second. 

Be Mindful of Your Vehicle Purchase

If you want to be extremely safe, pay attention to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Hot Wheels list. This is a yearly list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in America. You can benefit from this information by purchasing an automobile, not on the list, an automobile that is less flashy and not as commonly stolen. Further, when you do buy a new vehicle, consider adding anti-theft devices or tracking systems. 

Lucky Dog Auto Glass Is Here for You! 

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While you can take every available precaution to keep your vehicle safe, some things are simply out of your control. In short, life happens. When life happens, or, more specifically, when you need auto glass replacement, you can always rely on Lucky Dog Auto Glass in Kent WA. 

Contact our skilled and professional team today to learn how we can help you! Just call (253) 569-9403. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Do I Do When My Car Windows Won’t Go Up?

Have you ever experienced trouble with your car windows? Specifically, have you had difficulty getting your car windows to go up? This can be a frustrating inconvenience—but the skilled and experienced team at Lucky Dog Auto Glass is here to help you solve the issue. 

What Do I Do When My Car Windows Wont Go Up

For starters, it’s important to note that if you have automatic windows (and you probably do), the problem is likely associated with one of the following: 

  • Damaged or broken regulator
  • Attachments broken off or disconnected from glass
  • Wiring
  • Faulty Switches

As such, it may be necessary to visit an auto glass specialist. However, you can try to remedy the complication yourself with one of the following solutions: 

  • Check the child safety locks.
  • Use your owner’s manual to check the fuses. A blown fuse may be the culprit and can be replaced.
  • Check to see if the motor has malfunctioned by pressing the window button up and down while listening for noises coming from the inside of the door. 
  • Check to see if the switch is bad by pressing the window button and watching the gauges on the dash for the slightest leap. 
  • Check to see if the local switch on the passenger or rear door isn’t working by using the master button on the driver’s side door. 

Next, try a troubleshooting method for a temporary fix. These troubleshooting methods include palming the glass.

With the car door open, sandwich the window between the palms of your hands and use gradual pressure to press the window up. You will need to have someone press and hold the window button while doing this.

Again, these are only methods for a temporary fix, ways to manipulate the window back into place until you can have it evaluated by a professional.

Contact Lucky Dog Auto Glass Today! 

If you are having trouble getting your windows to go up, contact Lucky Dog Auto Glass today! You can rely on us for complete satisfaction—and we even offer free estimates! Give us a call now at (253) 569-9403. We look forward to hearing from you.

Are There Different Types of Car Windshields?

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You most likely already know that your car windshield is important. Not only does it keep you safe from various weather elements, including rain, snow, and sleet—but it can also protect you when or if an accident occurs.

What you may not know is that three different types of windshield glass are used on automobiles: dealer glass, aftermarket glass, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass.

So, in a word, yes, there are different types of car windshields.

Below, we’ve described the types of windshield glass to give you a better understanding of each one. Take a look!

Dealer Glass

Dealer glass comes directly from the dealership, the dealership that has been authorized by the manufacturer to work on your car. When you purchase dealer glass, the glass will be the same type of glass your car had when it came off the assembly line. This glass will also come stamped with the manufacturer’s logo.

Aftermarket Glass

This type of glass is manufactured by companies that deal directly with automobile manufacturers. Aftermarket glass is not Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass—more on this type of glass later—it is made, however, to the same specifications of OEM or dealer glass. Still, this glass is not considered to be original equipment and will not have the name of the manufacturer stamped on it.

This glass is considerably less expensive, though. Additionally, it offers the same thickness as the original glass in your car and provides the same guarantee as both OEM and dealer glass.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Glass

Original Equipment Manufacturer, or OEM for short, verifies that parts are certified genuine manufacturer parts for your vehicle. When you get OEM glass for your windshield, it will be just like dealer glass, as OEM glass is the same type of glass your car had when it came off the assembly line but won’t have the make of the vehicle stamped on the glass.

While some glass brands may be different, when it comes to repairing or replacing your windshield, the specific type of glass doesn’t necessarily matter. If you have an older, collector’s car, then you may want to use glass to retain the automobile’s originality, making it more authentic.

Contact Lucky Dog Auto Glass!

Are you in need of windshield repair or replacement? If so, contact Lucky Dog Auto Glass today! We are a family-owned business with decades of experience—we guarantee your complete satisfaction and safety.

To speak to a member of our friendly and professional team, contact us today by calling (253) 569-9403. We look forward to working with you.

How to Tell Whether You Need to Replace or Repair Your Windshield

If your windshield becomes damaged, one of the main questions you’ll likely have is whether it can be repaired or if you’ll need a complete replacement. Before you make that decision, there are a couple of important factors you should keep in mind.

What does your insurance policy cover?

The cost of a complete windshield replacement can vary a lot depending on your insurance policy and your type of vehicle. Most newer vehicles have ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) technology located in the windshield, which significantly increases the cost of windshield replacement. Before you make a decision, it’s best to know what will be covered, what won’t, and how much you’ll have to pay out of pocket.

Do you have damage around the edge of your windshield?

Unfortunately, if there are cracks or chips around the edges, the whole structure of your windshield is compromised – which is a serious safety concern. In this case, it’s best to choose a full replacement rather than a repair.

How is your line of sight and visibility?

If your windshield is damaged near your line of sight, it could impact your visibility, even if the glass is repaired. The most dangerous part of the windshield to have damage is at about 12 inches in front of your steering wheel, extending up to the height of your windshield wipers. If you have damage within this area, we recommend replacing it for your safety.

How long is the crack?

If the entire damaged area can be covered with the size of a quarter, it can typically be repaired. For cracks longer than this, you will likely need a full replacement.

How deep is the chip?

Windshields are made from 2 layers of glass, with a layer of plastic in between. If the crack is deep enough that it reaches the inner layer of glass, it can’t be repaired. Any type of damage on the interior layer of glass will need a complete windshield replacement.

Hopefully, this has helped you decide whether you should get your windshield repaired or replaced but if you’re still unsure, contact us! We’re happy to evaluate your windshield and give you a free estimate. Schedule your estimate appointment by calling (253) 569-9403 or fill out our online form.

Windshield Repairs and Replacements – What Do You Need to Know?

Your windshield is one of your car’s biggest safety devices.  Instead of just being a pane of glass that you look through, each windshield has a complete infrastructure – made up of two pieces of glass with a layer of special vinyl sandwiched in between them.  The vinyl is responsible for preventing your windshield from shattering during a crash.

If any part of your windshield gets damaged – even if it’s just a tiny crack or chip – you don’t have time to waste.  You need experts who know how to make it structurally sound again.  The only question is, do you need experts that specialize in repairs or replacements?

What’s the difference?

A windshield repair involves injecting a premier resin right into the chip or crack.  A good repair job can be done in about 30 minutes.  Windshield replacements, however, are a longer, more tedious process.  As is obvious by the name, a replacement involves removing your old windshield and installing a new one.  This doesn’t take very long, but you have to let the car sit for a few hours so that the urethane used to bond the windshield to the rest of your car has plenty of time to dry.  (A big perk of windshield repairs is that you don’t have to worry about the windshield being installed improperly or waiting for anything to dry, because it stays right in place the entire time it’s being worked on!)

But how do you know if your windshield can be repaired, or if it needs a full-blown replacement?

Here’s the general rule of thumb – repairs can usually be done on chips that are less than three inches long.  There can be exceptions, so don’t automatically assume that your bigger damage warrants a replacement.  The best thing to do is to contact a windshield repair company, show them the damage, and let them be the judge.  (Even better, the good repair companies will have you email them photos of the damage, so that you don’t have to worry about driving around with a windshield that’s been compromised!)

The key, though, is to find a repair company you can trust.  Unfortunately, a less-than-stellar company may tell you that your windshield can be repaired when it really needs to be replaced.

Why?

It could be a case of subpar training.  After all, everyone in the industry doesn’t go through the same training.  Unfortunately, lots of technicians aren’t certified at all, and many of the ones who are aren’t certified by the right organizations.  So, they may not be looking at your windshield damage with a trained eye!  (If you want to make sure your company has been trained properly, look for technicians that have been certified by the National Windshield Repair Association)

Other companies may talk you into a repair job simply because they only handle repairs, and they don’t want to turn away your business!  So, if you want an honest answer, look for a team that you can trust to be upfront with you.

Just be sure to do it quickly!  After all, damage that only warrants a minor repair can quickly spread and turn into something more serious that ends up requiring a replacement.  The longer you let your windshield sit (even if you’re not actually driving the car around town), the more likely you are to need a replacement.

What about cost?

Because there’s less work involved, windshield repairs are much less expensive than replacements.  Luckily, though, in either case, your auto insurance company may foot the bill!  You’ll have to check your policy first, but in many cases, windshield damage comes with 100% coverage – meaning that you don’t even have to meet a deductible first.  If you’re not exactly sure how to deal with your insurance company, a good company can contact them and file a claim for you.

Now that you know all the details, go out and take care of your windshield so that it can take care of you!

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