“First I thought it was something wrong with my business but when the auto parts supplier delivery guy is complaining about being “slow” and might be laid off, I had nervous sigh of relief” and “Customers are clutching their wallets and putting service off until the last minute” says a shop owner who requested to be anonymous
Of the windshields replaced in the first quarter of 2013, 52% ignore their own safety and wait to have the cracked windshield replaced at the time of inspection. “As we all know, it is the responsibility of both the driver and fleet managers to make sure all vehicles are ready and safe for Nova Scotia driving.” Said Ron Tibert, manager at Scotia Auto Glass
Auto Repair Shop owners feel the market will return during late spring, but just need to hold on until then.
Scotia Auto Glass tips for preparing for Spring
- If you have a windshield chip, always warm up the cold glass slowly. Ideally, get it repaired.
- Replace windshield wipers. We had a harsh winter and the blades get chipped and torn plus they can cause smearing and reduce visibility.
- Make sure you check your vehicle regularly. Cleaning headlamps, keeping the battery in good condition, checking tires and their tread.
- Consider a windshield coating protection like AquaShield to help visibility
- Keep an essential breakdown kit in your trunk, with high-visibility clothing, a flashlight, first-aid etc.