Windshield Replacement in Phoenix Arizona

Monday, June 6th, 2016

When you drive in a harsh environment, it’s only a matter of time until something is going to happen to your car’s windshields. Whether a breeze picks up causing nicks and chips, a crack keeps slithering across your windshield like a desert snake, or a foul baseball finds its mark, at some point you will need a specialist to take out the old and put in the new. When it comes to windshield replacement Phoenix residents know they can trust the professional specialists at Glas Tek.

Our experienced automotive specialists know how to take care of any windshield problem and we take pride in fixing things right, doing it fast, and doing it for a price that you can afford.

Your Safety Matters To Us
We never want you to drive with a damaged windshield that impairs your vision just because of early price estimates. We will give you an accurate estimate, let you know your options, and get a new windshield that gives you a 100% clear view of the road.

Offering Only The Best Service
We not only serve Phoenix, but the surrounding cities and suburbs, as well. You can call us and we will come see you for FREE, which is the same price as your estimate. We want to get you back on the road as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

You can contact us for:
– Auto glass repair
– Fixing rock chips
– Windshield examination
– Full windshield replacement

Why settle for second rate service? We take pride in offering you nothing short of the absolute best, and at an affordable price that won’t bust your budget.

There’s a reason when it comes to windshield replacement Phoenix residents turn to Glas Tek first. So call us today and see what all the positive press is about!

Arizona Auto Theft-Deterrent

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Trends in Phoenix Arizona

There are a number of reasons that contribute to the vehicle theft problem in Arizona, according to the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA). Arizona has experienced a dramatic population increase over the past 20 years. The 2006 Census indicates that Arizona’s estimated population is 6,166,318. This reflects an increase of more than 1 million people since 2000. There is a rather transient nature of our population, with many people living in multi-family housing units, such as apartments and condominiums. In these types of residential areas, vehicles are at greater risk to be stolen. And due to the dry, moderate climate in Arizona, our vehicles tend to maintain higher values.

Perhaps the greatest influence on Arizona’s vehicle theft problem is due to the proximity with Mexico. Research indicates that the highest motor vehicle theft vicinities are major metropolitan areas near seaports or international borders. There are seven official ports-of-entry along the 354-mile Arizona-Mexico border, and major California seaports are less than eight hours away.

One of law enforcement’s biggest problems is that most vehicle thefts occur at night, and it is typically hours later the victim discovers their vehicle is gone. A stolen vehicle can be stripped for parts, used to facilitate other crimes, or smuggled into Mexico before the owner realizes it is missing.

Arizona Auto Thefts Since 2000

Year

Number of Auto Thefts

2000

43,060

2001

52,203

2002

56,876

2003

56,222

2004

55,306

2005

54,905

2006

54,849

2007

48,389

2008

37,218

 

The “Layered Approach” To Protect Your Vehicle

Professional thieves can steal any car, but an owner’s vigilance and preparation can make the likelihood of his/her vehicle being stolen less likely. The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends the following:

Layer #1 – Common Sense

  • Lock your car – half of all vehicles stolen are left unlocked.
  • Take your keys – nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen have the keys in them.
  • Park in well-lit areas – car thefts occur at night more than half the time.
  • Park in attended lots – car thieves do not like witnesses.
  • Do not leave your vehicle running and unattended.
  • Completely close your car windows.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view.
  • Do not hide a spare set of keys in the car – the pros know where to look.
  • Park with your wheels turned toward the curb.
  • Always use your emergency brake when parking.
  • If you have a garage, use it – when you do, lock both the vehicle and the garage door.

Layer #2 – Warning Devices

The second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular second layer devices include:

  • Audible alarms
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Steering column locks
  • Brake locks
  • Tire locks
  • Watch Your Car decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • Protective Window Laminate
  • Microdots applied to various surfaces on vehicle, which are imprinted with identification information
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching on vehicle windows

Layer #3 – Immobilizing Device

This third layer of protection is a device which prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle.

Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated.

Popular third layer devices include:

  • Smart keys
  • High security locks and keys
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill switches
  • Starter, ignition and fuel disablers

Layer #4 – Tracking Device

The final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to a police or monitoring station when the vehicle is reported stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles.

  • Keep a photocopy of your vehicle registration and insurance card in your wallet or at home. This will enable you to provide information quickly to law enforcement and your insurance claims agent.
  • Etch the VIN number on all window glass of the vehicle.
  • Review your insurance policy annually. Don’t wait until after your vehicle is stolen to find out you don’t have the coverage you though you had. Owners are advised to review their auto insurance policies once a year.

Exercise caution if you see someone tampering with your car. Call 911 as quickly as possible.

The Importance Of Keeping Your Auto Glass In Top Condition

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Many people take auto glass for granted. Its purpose seems so simple, after all: it lets you look out without wind and rain getting in, just like any other window. However, appearances can be deceptive. In fact, the glass in your windshield is often intended to do far more than function merely as a window. A car is made up of many different components, but they all work together in harmony to produce a single design, and the windshield factors into this in a big way. Not only does the windshield keep you protected from wind and rain, but it also keeps you safe in an accident.

Windshield Safety

Early windshields were installed to keep the wind and bugs out of your face. While this worked, it did not recognize the importance of the structure of the vehicle and the large area that it needs to protect in an accident. Ordinary glass tends to shatter into extremely dangerous shards, and combining it with a high-speed collision is a recipe for disaster. Furthermore, windshields were installed using gaskets (rubber seals)  to hold the glass to the body of the vehicle. No modern glass company sells this sort of windshield any more for precisely this reason. Instead, modern designs are intended to avoid shattering dangerously and now use a urethane (glue) to better hold the glass to the body keeping you safer in a collision or roll-over accident.

Structural Support

It’s hard for many people to imagine a pane of glass being used as a structural member, but this practice is common in everything from skyscrapers to smartphones. Many modern phones have very little strength or stiffness without the glass in the display. Your car is similar. The windshield is expected to provide a significant degree of support for the roof in the case of a roll-over accident.

Repair

It is obvious that auto glass is a really important part of your car. More significantly, it must be in top condition in order to fulfill its intended role. If the glass has been cracked or chipped, it is far more likely to give way at an inopportune moment. It is important to consider that a damaged windshield replacement may result in your car being far safer overall. A good glass company may be able to repair minor damage to your glass, but in more severe cases it is very important to replace the entire pane for maximum safety.

Top Tips For Choosing A Windshield Replacement Company

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The time will come when you need a windshield replacement and choosing an auto glass company with a good history is the way to go. Many consumers request quotes and then base their decision on who is offering the lowest price. refer to the following list of tips to help you choose the company that is going to best suit your needs.

Quality Materials

Make sure that the company you are choosing uses quality glass products. Windshield glass plays an important part in the airbag system of a vehicle. When you are looking for a company to fit your windshield, you should pay close attention to the type of adhesive and glass that they use.

The Processes Used

You will need your windshield to be replaced quickly, but make sure that the company you choose to use meets the safety standards required. In order to make sure your family is safe, the company needs to meet the standards that the Auto Glass Safety Council has put in place. As sad as it may be, many glass shops tend to focus on price and not so much on safety. If a windshield is not installed in the correct manner, the airbags might push the windshield out, resulting in a rather dangerous situation for you and your family.

Claims Processes

Some of the time you can claim for windshield replacement and if you have comprehensive insurance cover you may even qualify for a $50 CASH AT TIME of service. Should you have a deductible, your only expense will be the deductible costs less $50. A lot of insurance companies will actually waive the deductibles if a windshield can be fixed rather than replaced.

Doing Your Bit to Save the Environment

By repairing and not replacing your windshield, you are helping the environment. Glass takes over 1 million years to decompose. Repairing your windshield will not only save you money, it will also help preserve our environment.