Do Insurance Companies Want Out Of Glass Coverage?

When insurance companies first began insuring cars and including the windshield in their coverage, the glass was not a safety feature, the installation process was simple and quick, and the windshield cost was only about $100.

Now, the glass provides a number of safety features, the installation is complicated and time consuming, and windshields can cost from $400 to over $1000 for standard cars and trucks. Add the facts that there is now tremendous liability potential for improper installation, and the windshield features are getting more complicated and expensive, and you can see why insurance companies are not enjoying their glass claims experiences.

Legislation that has been introduced in a dozen states that would limit the control of networks add to the bad publicity and aggravation of processing glass claims.

Florida, where I live, is a non-deductible state. This means that most policy holders in Florida have had the choice of a free repair or a free replacement when their glass is damaged. When my renewal came last year it had a $350.00 deductible for comprehensive. When I called about it I was told it was mandatory and that a zero deductible was not an option. When I mentioned to the CSR that the deductible was the same amount as the cost of my windshield, she replied, “What a coincidence”. Recently when my new policy came the deductible had been raised to $500.00!

Higher deductibles put the windshield out of the claims process and cause the policy holder to address their costs involved with the option of repair (at $50 – $70) or replacement (at $350 to $500+). We should all hope this will drive more consumers to windshield repair and safer vehicles, less glass in landfills, and more money in their pockets.

3 Questions About Windshield Repair…



Why does glass damage spread over time?

Why repair your windshield instead of replacing it?

Why use SuperGlass Windshield Repair as your repair specialist?

All these questions and more, answered in our 5 minute video above.  Find out why we feel so passionate about saving the windshield’s original factory seal, and why you should too.

For more information, call SuperGlass at 866-557-7497 or visit
us at SuperGlass.com

What can we ALL do for the Earth in April (and the rest of the year)?

At SuperGlass, we think it’s important to take care of our planet.
Last week we talked a bit about how windshield repair saves energy,
but what else can we ALL do to help preserve the Earth’s natural resources?

1. Plant a tree!
2. Turn off your electric lights when you’re not using them.
3. Get water filter to keep plastic bottles out of landfills!
4. Keep your tires inflated! Obama wasn’t kidding, it saves gas!
5. Observe your watering day and don’t waste clean water!
6. Repair your damaged windshields! Don’t wait until you need a replacement!
7. Pick up some trash, don’t just leave it for the next person!
8. Switch your incandescent bulbs to fluorescent or LED bulbs!
9. Use public transportation if you can!
10. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
11. Make your commute more geographically efficient!
12. Remove scratches from glass instead of replacing it!

Repair IS Recycle!

Earth Day Reminds us to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE (using windshield repair)

Earth Day, begun in 1969, is a global movement, and is celebrated in 175 countries around the world. Earth Day and Earth Month inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment and resources.  SuperGlass is inspired to help spread the word and help educate people about why REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE is an important concept.

As an automobile related industry, Windshield Repair is somewhat unique in that it is an industry that actually SAVES resources and energy, rather than consuming energy and resources. Repairing fits into the “Reuse & Recycle” concept by preventing unnecessary glass replacement every day.

Some stats on glass replacement that repair helps avoid:

1. 156 Gallons of water is used in manufacturing ONE 26 pound windshield.

2. 1,508,000 BTUs of energy is expended making that ONE windshield.

3. 52 pounds of carbon emissions are expelled into the atmosphere from ONE 26 pound windshield’s manufacture.

4. One windshield that’s replaced and not repaired adds 26 pounds of glass to landfills, which are already 12% to 15% glass.

Replacement happens an estimated 45,000 times a day, so that adds up to:

7,020,000 gallons of water used
67,860,000,000 BTUs of energy expended
2,340,000 pounds of carbon emissions released
1,170,000 pounds of glass added to landfills PER DAY!

When a repair saves that windshield, it’s good for all of us. 70% to 90% of these environmental and energy problems can be eliminated and prevented by repairing. Windshield Repair is a safe, emissions-free process that saves the original windshield, reducing demand for glass and reducing energy waste every day.   The original glass is saved, the demand for more glass production and energy consumption is reduced, and most importantly, the driver and passengers are more likely to be safe in case of an accident (for more info on safety and windshield repair click here and here).

For more information on Earth Day, visit EarthDay.org.

For more information on Windshield Repair, visit SuperGlass.com

Windshield Repair: Just a money saver?

Most people assume that motorists repair their windshield simply to save money.

While it’s true that repair is generally about 10% of the cost of a windshield replacement, there are other compelling reasons to repair, rather than replace, stone damaged glass.

1. Safety – Today’s cars rely on the glass to provide major support to the roof in the case of a rollover accident. If the glass pops out the roof can more easily collapse. Retaining the original factory seal of the glass to the steel will ensure that performance.

2. Down Time: A windshield repair takes about 30 minutes and the car is ready to go immediately. With most replacements there is a cure time for urethane that will cause the car to sit for up to 8 hours.

3. Environment – Not only are most windshields dumped into the local landfills but, the manufacturing process is pollution heavy for the amount of product produced. For example; To manufacture one pound of glass will generate two pounds of Carbon Emissions, require six gallons of water in the process and use about 377,000 btu of energy. Repair helps avoid all that.

4. Cost: Windshield repair is about 10% of the replacement cost and insurance claims will eventually increase your policy rates. Most insurance companies will waive dedctible for repair but, many consumers elect to pay the $50 to $70 cost of repair themselves.