Fall weather brings shorter daylight hours and unpredictable driving conditions. This time of the year is especially critical for motorists to see and be seen.
Clear off your windshield
Keep your windshield clean without using products that accentuate the sun’s glare. Replace your old wiper blades with fresh ones to eliminate streaking, and always scrape off any frost in the morning before hitting the road.
Use your headlights
Make sure that your headlights work, and then turn them on whenever it’s foggy, raining, or while driving between dusk and dawn. And remember, when driving in fog, only use low beam settings so you won’t blind oncoming drivers, or yourself.
If your pet travels with you in your car, this information will help ensure they stay safe.
Buckle up—even pets
Just like people, animals need to be buckled up for safety. Having your pet properly restrained can prevent them from escaping, flying forward in your vehicle, or being hurt in a crash.
Keeping your pet secured in your vehicle also prevents you from driving while distracted. Driver distraction is a leading cause of car crashes in B.C.
Thieves will ‘smash and grab’ if they suspect you have the following items in your vehicle. According to police reports, these items are the 10 most popular:
- Personal electronics—tablets, laptops, iPods, GPS
- Work tools
- Credit cards and identification
- Stereo equipment
- Cash and change
- Car parts and accessories
- Garage door openers
Has your windshield been damaged or chipped? ICBC will assist you in processing a windshield repair or glass replacement claim, quickly and easily.
Am I covered?
You are covered if you have ICBC Comprehensive coverage. What’s more, you may be able to have your windshield repaired for free, without paying a deductible.
Where do I go?
You should go directly to an ICBC-approved Glass Repair Program facility.
Why should I go there?
ICBC Glass Repair Program facilities:
- Have the ability to initiate glass claims and invoice ICBC directly
- Offer limited windshield replacement warranties
- Have certified glass technicians on staff
- Provide fast, efficient claims processing
Just when you thought you had enough problems, you discover a crack in your windshield. Small cracks become big cracks, and a potential hazard for both driver and passenger. But now there’s a solution: HALCO Mobile Auto Glass Repair and Replacement Services.
Three Advantages of Mobile Auto Glass Repair
It’s convenient. Trained technicians with special equipment come to your place. You don’t have to dabble in DIY repairs.
It’s fast. Calling a mobile repair service saves you a lot of time. No driving across town to a repair shop. We’ll come to you. And once we’re there, most repairs can be done in about half an hour.
It saves you money. Procrastination can be expensive. If left unattended, cracks grow and can lead to costlier repairs. Call HALCO at 604-239-8648 for a free, no-obligation quote today.
As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, and as the outbreak had been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we would like to take this time to highlight how we are protecting our customers, vendors, and the entire team at B&D Autobody & Glass and Halco Glass. We have had no cases at our location thus, we will be continuing to serve our customers during our regular business hours and will continue to ensure that everyone visiting our shop is kept as safe as possible. Our goal is to help control the virus while also maintaining a healthy and inviting environment for everyone.
Our COVID-19 Prevention Plan includes the following points:
Increased sanitization of all high-traffic areas and touch-points; this is in addition to our general daily cleaning and weekly professional cleaning service.
Safety communication is in place throughout the shop, including posters outlining hand-washing techniques, prevention, and steps to take if a staff member were to experience symptoms.
Due to the shortage of hand sanitizer, we will have a limited supply for guests, please make sure to bring your own or wash your hands in the guest washroom upon entry.
Customer vehicles that are brought into the shop are outfitted with steering wheel covers and seat protectors prior to repair work. Additionally, all customer vehicles, our fleet of courtesy cars, and rental vehicle surfaces such as seats, steering wheels, door handles, gearshifts, touch screens, etc., will be wiped down with a disinfectant solution prior to, and after repairs. Should you have any sensitivities to these chemicals, please contact us prior to bringing your vehicle in.
Customers and COVID-19
If any of the following conditions apply to you, we ask that you come back at a later date and contact HealthLink BC (8-1-1):
- You have symptoms relating to COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or others as outlined on the BC Centre for Disease Control website (http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19)
- You have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- You have been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus within the last 14 days
We continue to monitor developments closely so that we can quickly adapt and continue to provide the services that you need. We are deeply committed to the safety of our customers and our staff as we all do our part to keep our community safe.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you would like to reschedule your appointment, have any questions, or would like further information please contact our office.
Will I need to pay a deductible?
As a rule, you won’t have to pay a deductible to have your windshield repaired, unless your damaged windshield is deemed unsafe and not appropriate to repair, and must be replaced.
Only an Authorized ICBC Glass Express Facility will be able to determine if it is safe and appropriate to repair. Authorized facilities are those with permanent locations and/or mobile repair services within B.C. — windshield repairs cannot be done at a temporary location such as a kiosk or tent, or out of province. Look for the facilities that carry the Glass Express logo. Click here for more from ICBC.
Call HALCO Glass in Vancouver at 604-239-8648 and we’ll explain all your options — and we’ll work directly with your insurance company, so you won’t have to.
We see it all the time, and many of us have done it. Broken auto glass covered with an elaborate display of plastic sheeting and duck tape. Although an attempt for a temporary fix is completely understandable, it has some downsides other than just the way it looks.
Plastic won’t stop flying objects
Shards of glass, rocks and metal objects can easily tear through plastic, injuring you or your passengers.
It won’t keep the weather out
You’ll waste gas trying to keep the weather out. AC’s and heaters can’t do their job efficiently — and then there’s the wind and rain.
You become an easy target for thieves
Your car looks vulnerable to thieves, and it doesn’t take much. Gone in 60 seconds — both your car and the valuables you kept inside.
You’ll delay fixing your glass properly
You’ll get accustomed to your handy work and delay the inevitable.
Play it safe. Call HALCO Glass in Vancouver at 604-239-8648 and we’ll explain all your options — and we’ll work directly with your insurance company, so you won’t have to.
Most accidents are preventable, and making safe driving as part of your New Year’s resolution list is always a good thing. Based on current statistics, below are the most common causes of road accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drug and alcohol-impaired driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Driving on wet pavement
No matter what you do, traffic accidents still happen, but it’s reassuring to know that HALCO Glass, along with its parent company, B&D Autobody — have the advanced services, innovative equipment, and highly trained technicians to restore your vehicle like new again — promptly and reliably.
The staff and management of Halco Glass wish all their customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!