|Windshield Winterizing Saves Money, Pane. |
(ARA) Minneapolis, Minn.--If winterizing your car begins and ends
with snow tires and antifreeze, you may be overlooking a crucial component -- your
windshield. "Before snow, sleet and freezing temperatures threaten the integrity of
your car's windshield, examine it carefully for cracks, dings and 'stars'," advises
Leo Cyr, director of marketing of NOVUS Windshield Repair. "Even a small ding, if
ignored, can become a big problem, requiring a new windshield costing over $1,000,"
Cyr warns. "But if caught early enough, the problem can be repaired for as little as
With more than 2,600 trained technicians across the United States and around the world,
NOVUS offers these tips on how motorists can avoid unnecessary expenses, inconvenience and
frustration this winter.
"It's important to know how to identify windshield problems and to recognize that
most can be quickly and easily repaired as a safe and inexpensive option to
replacement," Cyr says. He points out that freezing temperatures "can cause the
smallest of 'stars' in your windshield to burst into long, irreparable cracks." And
many car owners are unaware that heaters and defrosters can accelerate the process of
cracking by blowing hot air inside a windshield that is frozen outside. Rapid temperature
changes adversely affect glass which is already damaged.
At Novus, technicians replace windshields only if absolutely necessary. "Our
policy is to repair damage whenever possible," says Cyr. "This not only saves
money for our customers, it also satisfies the interests of car insurers."
He explains, "Because our patented process has proven so successful on windshield
dings and cracks and is extremely cost effective when compared with replacement costs of
$300 to over $1,000, most insurance companies welcome our money-saving strategies. Many
even waive the deductible, so the car owner pays nothing."
The really good part, says Cyr, is that repair does not require the windshield to be
removed. The factory seal between auto body and windshield is not broken. In the event of
an accident, the windshield remains exactly where the factory intended -- firmly in place.
That fact alone makes windshield repair the safest alternative for damaged windshields,
"Winter or summer," he reminds the environmentally-conscious,
"windshields cannot be recycled and, instead, end up in valuable landfill space. The
NOVUS method of repair has resulted in one cubic foot of space saved for every four
NOVUS has repaired more than 18 million windshields since the Minneapolis, Minn.-based
company was founded in 1972. According to Cyr, all work performed by the factory-trained
technicians is guaranteed for as long as you own your car.
NOVUS has more than 500 locations in North America. In the U.S., call 1-800-77-NOVUS
for immediate connection to the nearest NOVUS location. In Canada, consult your local
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