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ADAS Calibration Legislation May Impact The Auto Glass Industry In Effort To Protect the Consumer

On March 11, the Auto Glass Safety Council released a statement that warned the auto glass replacement and repair industry of possible changes to pricing, billing practices, and relationships with consumers and insurance companies. The Auto Glass Safety Council is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe repair and replacement of auto glass. The statement was released in concern of recent state legislative proposals.

The proposed legislation seeks to provide ADAS calibration transparency to the customer while reworking the relationship auto glass shops have with insurance companies and claims adjusters. This could cause concern for auto glass companies that perform or subcontract their ADAS calibration services. 

The bills may vary by state but are primarily based on similar laws passed in Utah in 2021 and 2022 that:

  • Require auto glass repair shops to provide the customer with an itemized description in writing of the work to be performed, the amount the insurance company is paying, and cannot represent that there will be no cost to the customer unless the insurance company has approved the cost.
  • Require auto glass shops to meet or exceed motor vehicle manufacturer specifications and not charge for services not in accordance with those specifications. 
  • Requires auto glass shops to inform the customer if a calibration service was not performed or not successfully performed.
  • Allow an insurer to limit the payment on recalibration to a “fair and competitive price.”
  • Impose possible civil penalties of $500 for each violation of the bill’s provisions. 

Many states, including Arizona, Maryland, and Illinois, are considering passing this legislation. While Georgia has yet to report on adopting these laws, it’s important to still raise awareness of how such legislature could affect our auto glass shop. 

Lightning Auto Glass is located in Chamblee, Georgia. We work with our trusted partner, Insight Vehicle Calibration, to perform ADAS calibration service for customers who recently had a windshield replacement, changed suspension, a wheel alignment, or received a fault code.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Repair Damaged Auto Glass

If you spot a crack or chip on your auto glass, don’t wait to have the repairs made. Here are four reasons you should repair damaged auto glass as soon as possible.

Why You Shouldn't Wait To Repair Damaged Auto Glass

1. Your Insurance May Cover The Cost

Depending on your policy, your car insurance may cover some of the cost to fix cracks and scratches in your glass. Some insurance policies may even cover the entire cost of your repair if the damage resulted from an accident. Lightning Auto Glass is approved by all major insurance companies and is networked with them to file your insurance claim for you. Just give our office a call, and we will handle it from there.

2. Waiting Could Make Damage Worse

Repairing your damaged auto glass right away can prevent it from spreading. Allowing a crack or chip to sit in the glass can result in a more expensive repair down the road. You may even need to have replacement glass installed. Repairing auto glass damage is generally less costly than installing a replacement.

3. Limited Road Hazard Warranty

Lightning Auto Glass offers a limited road hazard warranty on all windshield repairs and replacements. Our warranty will cover the repair or replacement of your windshield due to damage received from normal driving conditions. This warranty lasts for as long as you own the vehicle. Click here to read our warranty terms and conditions.

4. Driver Safety & Visibility

Large cracks and chips on a windshield can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. This negatively impacts the windshield’s ability to protect you and your passengers in the event of an accident. Likewise, if the damage is located in the driver’s line of sight, it could decrease their visibility while driving.

Contact Lightning Auto Glass For Repairs

Whether small or large, if you’re dealing with windshield or auto glass damage, you should contact Lightning Auto Glass for repair or replacement as soon as possible. We can often have your vehicle’s repairs completed within the same day as your scheduled appointment. Call our shop at (770) 451-6468 or click here to schedule your appointment.