We Know Auto Glass


At Auto Glass Now, we pride ourselves on the fact that we know auto glass. We have been in business since 1987 and in those 29 years we have perfected the art of installing and repairing windshields of all kinds. We dedicate hours and hours on training all of our employees to ensure that you, our customer, are getting the best possible service on all accounts. At Auto Glass Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re the president of the company, we’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and work hard to make sure you walk out with a smile on your face.


Here is the president of the company, Gerald Alexander, along with owner Tony Hakimian, installing a glass at our Oakland, CA location. The shop was having a busy day and neither of them hesitated to drop what they were doing and help out.


This is what Auto Glass Now is all about, people who know what they’re doing and love doing it.

Understanding Auto Glass Basics

lD3Sr9i6pCsdl5b4FclTJG55u1o-QGWTJHhAcEHb5mc  The auto glass world can sometimes get confusing. With the different types of windows all over a vehicle and the various tools and services offered, a little confusion is certainly understandable. Once you establish an understanding of the basics, most windows are easy to identify. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want. You can find a glossary of terms here to help you better define difficult concepts.

Window Types:

The large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards is the windshield. The rear window is generally windshield-sized but may not wrap around quite as far, and is located in the back of the vehicle. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all-around visibility, and vent windows are the small, usually triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don't open in modern vehicles.

Different type of windshields on a car.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the windows in their place in the door as they go up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves windows up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non-powered models, and in powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator. The window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding secure.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools on the market involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife-like object used to cut the molding away from the vehicle. Some technicians use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves go a long way in the auto glass industry.

Understanding these industry basics can help drivers have conversations with their technician. Knowing what is required to fix or replace auto glass is the first step in knowing what these services should cost. Drivers who can keep in mind the basics to windows, window functionality and the tools and services used will find auto glass mishaps far easier to navigate.

Tips to Save on Auto Insurance

Car insurance laws vary from state to state, but all states include some type of car insurance coverage requirement. That means almost every driver is looking to save a little money on their auto insurance. If your vehicle is damaged or you're in an accident, car insurance can protect you, your family, and your vehicle.

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Understanding exactly what type of insurance is required and value shopping for that insurance goes a long way. Looking for discounts in the long term is a good option as many competitive insurance companies offer different discounts and rewards. Discounts are often available for non-smokers, college graduates and drivers with good credit ratings. Companies can also offer discounts for certain age groups, not having accidents or maintaining proper speed as checked by an in-car sensor.

The key to getting the most value out of insurance is knowing what's required by both the state and the driver. Bodily Injury is the minimal requirement in many states, but drivers might do better with a slightly enhanced policy or comprehensive coverage. This depends largely on the risk of other vehicles in a location and a number of other factors. Once a driver knows the policy they need, shopping around both the big name insurance companies as well as smaller local firms is advised. It doesn't hurt to actively compare rates and see if discounts are available.


Bodily Injury Liability: Provides coverage in case you cause an accident in which another person or people are hurt. It covers the damages that you're legally responsible for and provides a legal defense if someone sues you for damages.

Comprehensive Coverage: Protects you against vehicle damage not caused by a collision, such as theft, vandalism, natural disasters, falling objects, and more. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of auto glass repair and replacement if you have comprehensive coverage.

For incidents that require auto glass repair and replacement services, insurance companies will more readily choose shops on an approved list or that offer a preferred rate to insured drivers. Most reputable auto glass shops preform both minor and major repair work for insurance companies and help insured drivers work with their insurance company to file a claim.

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In states such as Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York and South Carolina, no-deductible policies are available either as part of your insurance policy or as an add-on which could reduce the cost of your auto glass replacement or even make it free to you. For more information on these Zero-Deductible States, see our Florida shop pages for Pensacola and Jacksonville and our Arizona shop pages for Mesa and Phoenix.

Drivers can look for several ways to save on auto insurance. Shopping for the lowest rate helps upfront costs. Earned discounts and savings can help with the long term costs of insurance. Dealing with reputable auto glass shops that work with insurance companies can save you both time and money.

5 Ways the Cold Weather Can Damage Your Car

When winter hits, you know how to keep yourself safe and warm. You bundle up in layers of clothes, hats, gloves and scarves. But what can you do to protect your car?

Auto experts know that cold can do damage to vehicles over time, especially when temperatures dip below freezing.

Here are five of the most common ways cold can affect your vehicle.

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Check your tire pressure in cold weather!

1. Tire pressure
In cold weather, tire pressure tends to decrease at rest and increase when the car is moving. Be sure to inspect your tires if your tire pressure light comes on. Driving with too low or too much tire pressure can lead to uneven wear and a shortened lifespan for the tire. It can even cause a blowout on the road!

2. Thickening fluids
In the cold, your car’s fluids tend to thicken – making them move less freely. Starting the car 10-15 minutes early to warm up can help your fluids move better throughout your car while you drive. Always make sure your fluids are at the proper levels.

3. Salty issues
What do road crews use to melt that pesky snow and ice on the roads?

A salty road can spell trouble if you don't wash your car.
A salty road can spell trouble if you don't wash your car.


Salt can stick to your car and cause metal components to corrode if left there. The undercarriage, brakes and wheel wells are particularly vulnerable. Wash your car frequently to eliminate salt buildup.

4. Dead batteries
Did you know your car battery works harder to start your car in cold weather because its starting capacity is reduced? If your battery is three to four years old, it could be time for a replacement. Take it to an auto mechanic to get it checked before it starts to get too cold outside. Storing your vehicle in a garage in the winter isn’t a bad idea, either.

5. Leaking
With constant temperature changes, condensation turns to water and then to ice. Inside the power steering, brake and engine transmission systems, this can cause leaks when the ice can’t move through the lines. If a malfunction occurs, leaks can be hazardous. We recommend flushing your fluids before winter and warming your car before driving in cold weather.

How to De-Ice Your Windshield

It’s beginning to get colder outside, which for many could mean icy windshields every morning. With winter rapidly approaching, it’s important to know the right ways to de-ice your windshield to avoid unnecessary auto glass repair or replacement.

Do not pour hot water onto a frozen or iced-over windshield. The temperature difference can cause auto glass to crack. Instead, give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning and try these ideas:

1. Use scraping tools. The old-fashioned way is sometimes the best way. Plus, it’s a great workout!

2. Use the “defrost” setting. Letting your car idle and warm up is a good way to help the ice melt faster. Make sure you are not in an enclosed area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

3. Spray your windshield with a rubbing alcohol and water solution to help melt the ice. Make a 2:1 rubbing alcohol to water solution and fill a spray bottle. Spray on icy windows.

Winshield Requirements

Windshield Replacement Requirements

The moment you get a crack in your wind bonnet large enough to obstruct your view of the highway then a windshield replacement is necessary. Windshield replacement is also necessary even when the crack in the glass does not create a visibility problem because if the crack is ignored, the glass can break farther and end up falling out of the car.

Replacing the windshield means that you should find another piece that is identical to the one you had before. The glass from one model and make of automobile will generally not be suitable as a windshield replacement in UgFsZgSAADBP0N9q83Pjl62QL7lDgmLMTQndY3ZpwHkanother automobile. The glass placed before the driver is always different because each manufacturer shapes them differently. The reason for this is that each vehicle has a slight difference in shape. So it is advisable to buy a piece of glass that was specifically molded for the make and model of your vehicle.

In most countries, the government always regulates the manufacture of glasses and makes sure only the appropriate glass is placed in automobiles and commercial buildings. This means that any glass intended for these purpose must be heat tempered which means they are break resistant and less brittle. The entire process that makes them break resistant renders them too hard. You can neither shape them nor cut them afterwards. Now you understand why a mold must be made to be used as a pattern even before the window is made so that it can fit into the opening perfectly.

You also need a replacement gasket that fits around the opening before any item can be replaced. The gasket made of rubber should fit well the opening in the vehicle. This rubber will protect the edges of the glass from breaking due to vibration. It is important to know that even though tempered automobile glass is very strong, it can easily be shattered especially if you strike it on the edge.

In order to bind the glass to the rubber and also the rubber to the car body, you will need a special adhesive. If you fail to use the appropriate adhesive, the glass will not stay in place and will likely not be water tight. It means you will have a very hard time at the car wash or when it starts raining. The reason for having a windshield is to protect you from flying debris and water. This is only possible if you use the right adhesive.

In some cases, the gasket that holds the glass in place can dry and rot after many years even if the windshield is not damaged. If your vehicle is in such a condition, first you should carefully remove the glass and then proceed to the gasket. Replace the old gasket with a new one then hold the gasket and the glass in place with adhesive.

If you want to save some cash on windshield replacement, you can do this at home but if you think you cannot handle it then you can consult a professional glass company to do everything for you. There are some companies that will even come at your place of work and attend to your vehicle.