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!
What you should know
Repairing a windshield in winter is not the same as repairing one in summer. Summer heat speeds up the curing process significantly, and most auto glass repairs can be fast and fairly routine when performed by a knowledgable crew.
Mobile glass repair
All mobile glass repair technicians know that repairing a windshield in cold weather requires additional precautions and care — and time!
Auto glass must be heated to a certain temperature for the resin to cure properly and ensure tight seals. Passenger safety, as well as comfort, is always foremost on the minds of any responsible mobile auto glass repair specialist. Improperly sealed auto glass is not only dangerous, but poor workmanship can allow moisture and annoying whistling noises to enter the cabin of a vehicle.
Small chips or cracks in your windshield during the summer months are guaranteed to get bigger as the cold weather approaches. Smart motorists will tend to them as early as possible — they’ll save money, and have more peace of mind during winter driving conditions.
See, and be seen
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, when driving in fog, only use low beam settings so you won’t blind oncoming drivers, or yourself.
It’s back to school!
Back to school means kids are excited and can be easily distracted. For drivers, this can create dangerous situations on the roads. Make sure your windshield is in optimal condition and be vigilant and alert behind the wheel. You never know when a small child might step out from between parked cars or off a sidewalk.
Obey the Crossing Guard
A crossing guard is there to keep children safe. If you come up to a set of lights, and the light turns green, but the crossing guard still says stop, follow his/her direction and not the traffic light. There might be a child still crossing the street that you can’t see.
Not just any auto glass!
Many new vehicle models come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – a series of safety systems that allows your vehicle to automate and enhance safety functions. Your vehicle’s ADAS can alert you to potential problems on the road and help you avoid accidents.
Features include collision avoidance assistance to alert you when you’re too close to another vehicle, automatic braking to help you avoid collisions and adaptive cruise control to react to the speed of the vehicles around you. Since ADAS sensors are often placed in your vehicle’s windshield, repairing the damage helps preserve these systems.
HALCO auto glass repair specialists are up-to-speed when it comes to your vehicles ADAS systems. Call HALCO today and talk to one of our glass repair specialists.
You have questions — we have answers!
When your vehicle needs a windshield replacement or car window repairs, you may have questions about our auto glass services. Just ask us! We’ll have answers.
At HALCO Glass, we’re committed to trust, honesty, integrity, and transparency in everything we do. When you bring your vehicle in for an auto glass replacement or repairs, we want you to feel comfortable, confident, and educated about the auto glass services you’ll receive with us.
If you have questions about our company, our auto glass technicians, or our services, — feel free to reach out to HALCO Glass at 604-239-8648 to get all the answers you need.