Considering Window Tinting for Your Car?

When you think about window tinting you may imagine that it’s only for celebrities and footballers but in the 21st Century anyone can have tinted windows if they wish. Whether you’re a businessman or women looking to add that bit of class to your car or a parent just looking for that extra level or protection for your family, you may want to consider window tints.

Window tinting really can be very beneficial for you and your vehicles and here’s why:

• It can add value and enhance your car’s image.
• A major advantage is that it heightens security for your vehicle, it discourages break ins as the tint holds any shattered glass in one place. It also reduces the risk of people attempting ‘smash and grabs’ because the tints make it harder to see if there are any valuables in your car.
• Window tints also provide an extra level of privacy for you and your passengers, preventing people from being able to see into your car.
• Another big advantage to window tints is the way they can very efficiently reduce glare from sun or bright lights. This also protect any children or pets from harmful sunlight, blocking 99% of UV rays.
• The tints can also work as a heat rejection, helping to keep your car cooler in the hot weather.

If you would like any more information on window replacement or if you’re considering window tints for your car be sure to make Fleet Motorglass your first port of call. We are always on hand to offer any advice or information you may need.

Fleet Motorglass Offer the Complete Package

When it comes to the repair and maintenance of your car you want to ensure the company carrying out your work is reliable and professional. The glass in our cars, windscreens and our windows offer the first level of protection when we’;re driving so when that glass suffers a crack or chip it’s imperative that you get it sorted ASAP.

Here at Fleet Motorglass we are dedicated to providing a professional and convenient service to our customers. Therefore we offer a complete range of vehicle glass repairs in the Leighton Buzzard, Bedford and Milton Keynes areas. Our services cover the repair and replacement of not just your windscreen but your side and rear windows too.

Our repair and replacement service span all kinds of vehicles from cars to light and heavy goods vehicles. We also offer a mobile service meaning we can come and carry out the work at a convenient time and place for you, whether this is at home or your place of work.

If you’ve noticed a chip or crack in the glass panels of your car be sure to get it repaired as quickly as possible. A small chip could be easily repaired, saving you time and money. However if you leave a chip or crack to get progressively worse then you may end up having to have your whole windscreen replaced.

Why is Quick Repair Vital for Cracked Windscreens?

If your car windscreen becomes cracked you may be tempted to put off repairing it for as long as possible because you are afraid that the repair will be difficult or costly. However, repairing your windscreen as quickly as possible can save you a lot of trouble in the long run and provide you with peace of mind.

Driving with a cracked or chipped windscreen can be extremely dangerous, especially if you are driving at night on in heavy rain. The crack or chip n your windscreen will give you an additional blind spot, which can prove to be hazardous in difficult driving conditions.

There is an old saying that; ‘a stitch in time saves nine.’ This is also true when it comes to repairing your windscreen. What could be a simple repair job if caught quickly could soon turn into a much bigger job as the crack in your windscreen spreads. Before you know it, that small crack that you have been ignoring for months could be the reason your entire windscreen needs to be replaced. If this happens, it certainly will be costly and you will end up wishing that you attended to the matter earlier.

If you are unsure how to repair you damaged windscreen there are professionals such as us at Fleet Motorglass who can complete the job for you quickly and conveniently, which will save you a lot of time and trouble. Our trained professionals will also be able to provide essential advice on when your windscreen needs to be replaced and make sure that it is fully functioning before you head out on the open road once more.

In many cases it is even possible to get small windscreen repair jobs such as chips completed free of charge, depending on your insurance coverage and the policy of the repair company. Even if you have to pay a small fee, you can be sure that it will be much cheaper than paying out to replace your entire windscreen, and the good news is that small repair jobs can be completed many times before your windscreen needs to be replaced.

To find out more about the windscreen repair services we offer here at Fleet Motorglass get in touch with the team today on 0800 232 424.

Should I Ignore the Crack in My Windscreen?

You’ve noticed a crack or chip in your windscreen and you can’t decide whether to just ignore it… the short answer is no. You should never ignore damage to any glass in your car, after all your windscreen acts as protection between you and the outside world. There are plenty reasons why you should never ignore a crack in your windscreen and here are just a few:

The MOT

Depending on where the crack or chip is located on your windscreen it could well be an MOT failure. If the chip is in your eye line and could affect your driving or distract you it will result in a failure, if the crack is larger than 40mm this will also cause a fail.

The Dangers:

We all know that ignoring a chip or crack in your windscreen can be very hazardous particularly at this time of year when we have freezing temperatures and extreme weather conditions. Just heating your windscreen up too quickly when you’re trying to defrost it on a cold morning could cause the crack to get much bigger. Vibrations can also cause the damage to get worse, particularly if you drive down country roads or towns where there are a lot of pot holes or speed bumps.

The Expense:

If you ignore a crack and it develops into something much worse you could end up having to have your whole windscreen replaced, resulting in more cost to you. Chips and cracks that are smaller than 40mm can often simply be repaired with very little fuss and often no cost to you providing your insurance covers you windscreen repair.

Here at Fleet Motorglass we are experts when it comes to glass replacement and windscreen repairs in Borehamwood and the surrounding areas, so if you’ve spotted damage to your windscreen, don’t delay, make us your first port of call! You can get in touch with us by clicking here.

How to Prepare your Car for the Winter Months

Winter has definitely arrived, we’re all digging out our thick socks, woolly jumpers and our winter coats and boots in preparation for the adverse weather conditions we are sure to witness again this season. But what about your car? Is your car ready for winter too? No? Well follow these simple steps and ensure that it’s winter ready and road safe:

1. Check Your Tyres:

Now is the ideal time to check all your tyres, including the spare and ensure they’re all fully inflated. It’s also a good time to check the tread, during the icy winter months you need as much grip as you can get so replace your tyres if the tread is getting low. If you can afford it, you could get yourself a set of winter tyres, they’re made of different rubber to normal tyres meaning they don’t lose their flexibility in the cold weather. They also provide you with plenty of grip and reduces your stopping distance.

2. Check Your Lights

With the dark mornings and evenings, not to mention all the fog, you’re lights will get a lot of use this time of year so it’s important to regularly check them and ensure they’re all working and also that they’re all clean and visible to other road users.

3. Check Your Windscreen

We’ve all seen the adverts on the TV but it really is essential to check the glass in your windscreen is intact as well as all your windows. If you spot a chip or crack you should get it sorted straight away. On a cold, frosty morning you need only hit a pot hole or thaw your car out too quickly and it could turn that little chip into a big crack, rendering your car unusable. So get your windows checked and repaired if needed.

4. Stock Your Car

Being stranded at the best of times is a horrible experience but being stuck at the side of the road or in the snow in the middle of winter can be pretty hazardous so make sure you’re prepared just in case. You should carry these essential supplies in your car:
– A blanket and an extra jacket
– Small shovel and some chains in case you get stuck in the snow
– A torch
– An ice scraper
– A first aid kit and a couple of energy bars

Here at Fleet Motorglass we’re always on hand to carry out windscreen repairs in Bedford at a convenient time and place to suit you. For more information don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

The Dangers of Driving with a Cracked Windscreen

Our cars take a lot of punishment throughout the year, and this is especially true when it comes to winter. With inclement driving conditions ahead, it is important that any minor faults are repaired before they turn into major problems. One such example is a cracked windscreen; it can easily escalate from an irritating or barely visible chip into the need for complete replacement. What are the dangers and more importantly, what can you do to make certain that this issue does not impede your driving safety?

More Than a Crack Alone…

Even a tiny imperfection within your windscreen can quickly become a massive issue. Due to the constant vibrations experienced while driving, a crack can lengthen within an extremely short amount of time. This can lead to several dangerous situations. First and foremost, a crack can hinder your ability to see the road in front of you.

Alongside this lessened visibility, if you happen to be involved in an accident, the chances of being injured due to flying glass are greatly increased. Even an airbag may deploy incorrectly (or not at all) due to a significant crack. Finally, we should recognise that any such crack is likely to cause a failure during an upcoming MOT inspection. Thankfully, Fleet Motorglass is your one-stop-shop for all windscreen repairs.

Complete Repair Service

We will first ascertain the extent of the crack. Certain factors will be taken into account such as its location and length. Any imperfection that is roughly the diameter of a pound coin will likely only require a minimal amount of repairs. However, larger cracks may dictate that the entire windscreen will need replacement. So, it is clear that using our services at the first sign of trouble is the best way to avoid such a situation.

For smaller chips, our trained technicians will employ the use of mechanical devices alongside a clear epoxy to seal and completely strengthen the existing crack. This can be done in little more than an hour and in many cases, the crack itself will have disappeared entirely. This resin will also strengthen the windscreen and prevent the crack from expanding any further; an excellent way to avoid a major and potentially costly issue.

As winter is fast approaching, it is important that you consult us if you notice even the smallest of cracks. Feel free to contact Fleet Motorglass for more information or if you wish to secure our services. Windscreen safety and longevity are our paramount concerns.

Tinted Window Laws | What You Need to Know | Advice for Car Owners

Tinting the windows of your vehicle can bring both visual and security benefits, yet what you might not know is that there are some laws which must be adhered to when it comes to tinted windows. As we are vastly experienced when it comes to tinting windows on all makes and models of vehicle, you can rest assured that we here at Fleet Motorglass always stick to the laws set in place, however thought we’d provide you with them so you know all there is to know.

The first thing to bear in mind is that the rules surrounding both front windscreen and front passenger window tinting depend on the year in which the vehicle was manufactured as there are different guidelines for vehicles used before and after April 1st 1985. For rear windscreens and rear passenger windows, there are currently no rules surrounding the level at which these windows can be tinted.

Vehicles First Used Before 1st April 1985

On vehicles that were used for the first time before 1st April 1985, the front windscreen and front passenger windows must allow at least 70% of light through.

Vehicles First Used After 1st April 1985

On all vehicles that were first used after 1st April 1985, the front windscreen must be tinted to a degree that allows at least 75% of light through whilst front passenger windows must let at least 70% of light through them.

If windows are tinted to a level which doesn’t allow this percentage of light through, you could receive a ‘prohibition notice’ which prevents you from driving your vehicle on the road until the tinting has been adjusted or a penalty notice or court summons could be issued.

At Fleet Motorglass, we will ensure that the window tinting service you have invested in from us will always be completed to the very highest standard and in line with the legal requirements so you won’t ever encounter any problems. If you would like to find out more or wish to book your vehicle in for window tinting, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call on the number local to you and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Will A Damaged Windscreen Mean An MOT Fail?

Your car windscreen is a vital piece of kit, far more than a window or convenient shelter from the wind or rain. Small cracks grow rapidly, and minor damage can result in a significant damage if subject to further impact or shock. Due to this, there are certain forms and types of damage to your windscreen that will cause your car to fail its MOT.

For the purposes of an MOT inspection, your car windscreen is divided into two main areas. The most important for the purposes of an inspection is the area directly in front of the driver, a 290mm wide column from the top of the windscreen wiper’s arch to the bottom of the windscreen itself, and centred on the steering wheel.

While it’s technically possible to repair damage up to 40mm in diameter, some repair companies will only repair damage up to 10mm in diameter if it is located in this zone. Damage larger than 10mm within this zone will result in an MOT failure, as will damage with a diameter of more than 40mm anywhere else on your windscreen.

Significant scratching or discolouration that reduces the driver’s visibility will also cause your car to fail its MOT. Even if damage such as cracks or chips are structurally minor, if it is shallow or minute or if it has a diameter of more than 10mm in the driver zone, your car will fail.

According to industry sources, almost 9 per cent of cars failed their MOT last year due to damaged windscreens. The good news is that we here at Fleet Motorglass can repair such damage, including cracks up to 40mm in diameter. As a general rule of thumb, any damage under 40mm in diameter can be easily repaired, without the need to replace your windscreen.

Our service comes with a guarantee that your car will pass the windscreen aspect of its MOT, and should repair not be possible leaving you requiring a full replacement unit, we will even deduct the cost of the potential repair from the cost of the new windscreen.

Repairs start from as low as £29.99, and are free for drivers who have fully comprehensive insurance. If your vehicle is due in for its MOT and you are concerned about what may be nothing more than minor damage, call in today to see how we can save you time and money through a fast and efficient repair service.

Cracked Windscreen! But To Repair or Replace? That is the Question…

Just a few years ago, a cracked windscreen meant replacement. At Fleet Motorglass, we have the expertise and technology to repair as well as replace your cracked windscreen. Small chips leading to minor cracks can often be repaired, however, if the damage is severe, we suggest replacing it.

Repair or Replace – Your Choice

Whether your windscreen has to be repaired or replaced depends on many factors, such as the size of the crack, the location and the severity of the crack. At Fleet Motorglass, we use the latest technology and materials to repair cracks, circular “bullseye” damage and star-shaped breaks on windscreens. We use the pound coin rule; if the crack or the damage is not bigger than the diameter of a pound coin, we do not recommend replacing the windscreen. We have skilled glaziers, who can repair cracks and damages within 30 minutes; and if your insurance policy covers the repairs, you will not have to deal with any out-of-pocket expenses.

When doing windscreen repairs, we ensure that the best quality materials are used. The quality of our repair-work has always exceeded the satisfaction of our customers. In fact, it has helped their vehicles pass an MOT, post repair-work.

If the crack is huge, it can compromise the performance and strength of the glass, and we usually recommend windscreen replacements during such circumstances. By replacing a severely damaged windscreen, you prevent an accident, dirt and grime from entering into your vehicle. We keep a wide range of windscreens in stock, so replacement work can also be done fairly quickly and easily. In case of a comprehensive vehicle insurance cover, you will not have to worry about the cost of replacement, and we would also be quite glad to do the paperwork for your insurance company.

Do not let a cracked windscreen cause you problems during MOT or while driving. Instead, make sure you deal with the crack immediately, regardless of how small or big it is. Contact us at Fleet Motorglass today to find out how our professional windscreen repair and replacement services can help you out.

We would be happy to answer any question or address doubts, so that you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing between repairing or replacing the cracked windscreen. You also can send us an enquiry through our website, and we will arrange a call back immediately.

Protecting your car from the summer heat | Fleet Motorglass Car Advice

Most car owners do what they can to protect their car against the worst excesses of the winter weather, but then often undo that good work by leaving their vehicle exposed to the not-dissimilar risks of the summer.

Yes, the skies being bright blue and cloudless doesn’t mean your car is no longer at risk, with the sun’s sheer heat posing its own dangers. So here at Fleet Motorglass, we thought we would come up with a list of some of the things you can do to keep your car in the best condition as the temperatures edge up.

Bring your car inside

Parking your car under some kind of shelter – ideally a garage – shields it from the most intense sunlight and extremes in temperature. It’s as wise advice during the summer as it is during the winter, when the threats to your car from the surrounding climate may be much more visible.

Park in the shade

Whenever you see the chance to park your car in the shade of a large tree or building, take that chance to minimise the amount of time your vehicle spends exposed to direct sunlight. It won’t cost you a thing, takes only a bit of effort and could make a big long-term difference to your car’s long-term condition.

Shield the interior

It isn’t just the exterior of your car that could be vulnerable to sun damage – the likes of your steering wheel, dashboard and upholstery could suffer as well. This is why some especially wise vehicle owners who are unable to park their car regularly in a garage or in the shade invest in windscreen sun shades to protect their interior from the adverse effects of both heat and light.

Invest in tinted windows

Window tinting is one of our newest services here at Fleet Motorglass. It is a popular and long-awaited service, and with good reason! Not only can window tinting improve the appearance of your car and keep the sun out of your eyes while you are driving, it can also help to preserve your car interior in the best condition for longer by warding off the most intense heat and light.

Keep your tyres inflated

The often extremely hot roads during the summer months can also increase the risk of punctures, especially when your tyres aren’t properly inflated. Your tyres’ air level can also be adversely impacted by the steep temperature changes between day and night. So, take special care during the warmer months to constantly check the pressure in your tyres and make sure they are inflated to the pressure your owner’s manual specifies.

Monitor the engine belts, too

Any component of your car that is largely made from rubber is vulnerable during the summer, given how rubber expands when warm and contracts when the temperature drops. Tension being continually built up and released in this way may lead to cracks and eventually, outright breaks in your vehicle’s engine belts. While this isn’t really preventable, you should certainly be alert to any unusual engine squeaking that may be the telltale sign of belt damage, and have it quickly checked out by a professional.

Much like humans are advised to protect themselves during the summer using various common sense measures, so the same principles should apply to your car! Apply these above tips to help keep your car looking and driving without a hitch right through to autumn.